• Merchants in Ark., Okla. deal with another storm

    TULSA, Okla. — Frustrated merchants in Oklahoma and Arkansas again struggled Monday to make the best of a cold situation in the aftermath of another winter storm that blew through the Ozarks during the weekend. Many schools, diners and businesses in the region were closed …

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  • Gospel concert to be held in memory of pastor

    POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — Calvin LeGrand with Heartland Singers and Touched by the Master will be in concert at 6 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Community Church, located at 213 W. Victor St. in Poplar Bluff, Mo. The service will be in memory of Charles Kelly, …

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  • ‘12 Years a Slave’ rises up at Oscars, wins best picture

    LOS ANGELES — Perhaps atoning for past sins, Hollywood named the brutal, unshrinking historical drama “12 Years a Slave” best picture at the 86th annual Academy Awards. Steve McQueen’s slavery odyssey, based on Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoir, has been hailed as a landmark corrective to …

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  • Former local resident’s work featured in NY theater fest

    MANHATTAN — The New York Musical Theatre Festival has announced the 2014 Next Link Project musicals for its 11th annual festival and a Batesville playwright is among 10 winners selected to participate. This year’s festival is July 7-27 in Manhattan. The Next Link Project is …

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  • Polio-like disease showing up in children in Calif.

    STANFORD, Calif. — An extremely rare, polio-like disease has appeared in more than a dozen California children within the past year, and each of them suffered paralysis to one or more arms or legs, Stanford University researchers say. But public health officials haven’t identified any …

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  • Ramis, Zen master to a wild comedy storm, dies

    “Caddyshack.” “National Lampoon’s Animal House.” “Ghostbusters.” “Groundhog Day.” “Stripes.” Those titles are some of the most beloved and widely quoted comedy classics of the last 30 years. They’re also Harold Ramis’ filmography. Ramis, the writer-director-actor who quietly and often off-screen created an unparalleled and hugely …

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  • Expedited disability for veterans available in mid-March

    Carolyn W. Colvin, acting commissioner of Social Security, along with Congressman John Sarbanes, Democrat, of Maryland, recently unveiled a new initiative to expedite disability claims by veterans with a Department of Veterans Affairs disability compensation rating of 100 percent permanent and total. Under the new …

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  • Maria von Trapp, 99, dies in Vermont

    STOWE, Vt. (AP) — Maria von Trapp, the last surviving member and second-eldest daughter of the musical family whose escape from Nazi-occupied Austria was the basis for “The Sound of Music,” has died. She was 99. Von Trapp died at her home in Vermont on …

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  • Oldest-known Holocaust survivor dies at age 110

    LONDON (AP) — Alice Herz-Sommer, believed to be the oldest Holocaust survivor, died at age 110 on Sunday, a family member said. The accomplished pianist’s death came just a week before her extraordinary story of surviving two years in a Nazi prison camp through devotion …

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  • NJ wrestlers’ lynching photo draws scrutiny

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — School sports officials asked the state’s civil rights agency to look into a photo that shows members of a high school wrestling team apparently simulating a lynching. The photo, which surfaced online in recent days, shows seven white teens wearing Phillipsburg …

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  • 35 hurt in floor collapse at Miss. church

    LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — The second floor of an activity center at a rural Mississippi church collapsed during an evening youth service, sending about 70 people crashing down and injuring 35 of them, survivors and authorities said today. The injuries were not life-threatening, an official …

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  • WhatsApp: A $19 billion bet for Facebook

    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is placing a $19 billion bet on reaching its next billion mobile users with the acquisition of WhatsApp, a popular messaging service that lets people send texts, photos and videos on their smartphones. The $19 billion deal is by far …

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