• Janet’s Notebook

    We’re having a pizza party I love hosting pizza nights. But, I don’t always call my favorite pizzeria. I love to whip up some great — and unusual — pies in my own kitchen. Making homemade pizza does not need to be hard. Some pizza …

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  • Polar air blamed for 21 deaths nationwide

    ATLANTA — Fountains froze over, a 200-foot Ferris wheel in Atlanta shut down, and Southerners had to dig out winter coats, hats and gloves they almost never have to use. The brutal polar air that has made the Midwest shiver over the past few days …

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  • President declares disaster

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Arkansas to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by a severe winter storm on Dec. …

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  • Phil Everly, half of pioneer rock duo, dies at age 74

    LOS ANGELES — There is no more beautiful sound than the voices of siblings swirled together in high harmony, and when Phil and Don Everly combined their voices with songs about yearning, angst and loss, it changed the world. Phil Everly, the youngest of the …

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  • ‘Fresh Prince’ actor dies

    NEW YORK (AP) — James Avery, the bulky character actor who laid down the law at home and on the job as the Honorable Philip Banks in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” has died. Avery’s publicist, Cynthia Snyder, told The Associated Press that Avery died …

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  • AP poll: Obama health care overhaul top 2013 story

    NEW YORK (AP) — The glitch-plagued rollout of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul was the top news story of 2013, followed by the Boston Marathon bombing and the dramatic papal changeover at the Vatican, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors …

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  • Miller shares ‘The 2014 Happiness Calendar’

    Amp up the amount of happiness in your life each and every month of the year by intentionally focusing on 12 strategies that the science of happiness and well being has proven can increase your feelings of happiness and satisfaction, according to Henry S. Miller, …

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  • Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2013

    Both were mold-breaking former heads of state who reshaped their own countries and the world. Nelson Mandela, revered for his efforts to end apartheid in South Africa, and Margaret Thatcher, the “Iron Lady” who imposed her will on Britain’s politics and economy, were among notables …

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  • NYC transit hubs handle flood of lost-found items

    NEW YORK (AP) — For the handful of New York transit officials who dutifully collect and catalog more than 50,000 items a year lost on commuter trains, subways and buses, the monotonous flood of wallets, handbags, eyeglasses and smartphones is occasionally broken by tales of …

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  • UNOS to oversee hand, face transplants like organs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sure your liver or kidney could save someone’s life. But would you donate your hands, or your face? Signing up to become an organ donor may get more complicated than just checking a box on your driver’s license. The government is preparing …

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  • Tablets a hit with kids, but experts worry

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tablet computers are so easy to use that even a 3-year-old can master them. And that has some pediatricians and other health experts worried. Since navigating a tablet generally doesn’t require the ability to type or read, children as young as …

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  • Pancho Claus: A Tex-Mex Santa from the South Pole

    HOUSTON (AP) — He usually has black hair and a black beard, sometimes just a mustache. Like Santa, he wears a hat — though often it’s a sombrero. He dons a serape or a poncho and, in one case, a red and black zoot suit. …

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