• Target: 40M credit/debit card accounts may be breached

    (AP) — Target says that about 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been affected by a data breach that occurred just as the holiday shopping season shifted into high gear. The chain said that accounts of customers who made purchases by swiping …

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  • Severe weather possible

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The Storm Prediction Center says severe storms are possible this weekend in parts of the Southern Plains and Southeast. The center, based in Norman, Okla., says damaging winds and some tornadoes are possible Saturday in an area stretching from Austin, Texas, …

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  • Influential country singer Ray Price, 87, dies at home

    DALLAS (AP) — Good friends like Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard got more credit for their contrary ways and trend-setting ideas, but it was Ray Price who set the precedent for change in country music more than a decade earlier. Price passed away Monday at …

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  • ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ star Peter O’Toole dies at 81

    LONDON (AP) —  Peter O’Toole, the charismatic actor who achieved instant stardom as “Lawrence of Arabia” and was nominated eight times for an Academy Award, has died, his agent said Sunday. He was 81. O’Toole died Saturday after a long illness, Steve Kenis said in …

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  • Oscar-winner Joan Fontaine dies

    (AP) — Academy Award-winning actress Joan Fontaine, who found stardom playing naive wives in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Suspicion” and Rebecca” and also was featured in films by Billy Wilder, Fritz Lang and Nicholas Ray, died Sunday. She was 96. “Fontaine, the sister of fellow Oscar winner …

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  • Cookie cutters are part of 65-year holiday tradition

    Nettie McBirney, aka “Aunt Chick,” and “Tulsa’s Best Known Cook” knew she had something special. Her cookie cutters were born out of experience, ingenuity and entrepreneurial drive. She was sure that they were going to be the kind of product that generations of mothers and …

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  • Betty Crocker reveals ‘Red Hot Holiday Trends’

    MINNEAPOLIS — From coast to coast, the Betty Crocker Test Kitchen experts have their “spoon” on the pulse of the most exciting, surprising and delicious trends this holiday season. This year’s top 10 Red Hot Holiday Trends include deconstructed desserts to unexpected mash-ups, copycat candy …

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  • Looming large: Parents find a craft craze to like

    Cooper Volkman is 8 years old and full of energy. While his 10-year-old sister sits down easily to focus on projects, Cooper tends to be perpetually in motion. Lately, though, it’s been different. In the evenings, when his mom, Lori, makes dinner at home in …

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  • 6 geezers laying? Holidays bring on song botches

    NEW YORK — Milk and spiders? Nine lazy Hansons? Sleep in heavenly peas? It’s that time of year: holiday music time. And with holiday music comes all the strange and twisted things we sometimes think we’re hearing. Mondegreens, the moniker for misheard words in song, …

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  • Leaders mark passing of former senator

    NASHVILLE (AP) — Leaders in Arkansas are remembering former state legislator Jim Hill, who died Wednesday at the age of 74. Howard County Coroner John Gray says Hill died Wednesday morning at his home in Nashville after suffering from a lengthy illness. Hill, a Democrat, …

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  • Antibiotics in meat may be phased out

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing a potential threat to public health, the Food and Drug Administration is taking steps toward phasing out the use of some antibiotics in animals processed for meat. Many cattle, hog and poultry producers give their animals antibiotics regularly to ensure that …

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  • Colorado’s legal weed sales will be spotty

    DENVER — Legal marijuana sales in Colorado are set to start on Jan. 1, or so the law says. Knowing when the recreational pot shops will actually open, however, is anyone’s guess. The state’s 160 hopeful pot shops are so mired in red tape and …

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