• King’s speech called for justice, freedom for all

    The following is the full text of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech at the March on Washington, Aug. 28, 1963: I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history …

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  • US readies possible solo action against Syria

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday prepared for the possibility of launching unilateral American military action against Syria within days as Britain opted out in a stunning vote by Parliament. Facing skepticism at home, too, the administration shared intelligence with lawmakers aimed at convincing …

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  • Heat brings back drought worries in Midwest

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A growing season that began unusually wet and cold in the Midwest is finishing hot and dry, renewing worries of drought and its impact on crops. Temperatures soared to records in recent days in parts of the region, reaching nearly …

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  • Fast-food strikes set for cities today, seeking higher wages

    NEW YORK  — Fast-food customers in search of burgers and fries might run into striking workers instead. Organizers say thousands of fast-food workers are set to stage walkouts in dozens of cities around the country today, part of a push to get chains such to …

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  • Janet’s Notebook – Tantalize your taste buds with tomatoes

    Unfried Fried Green Tomatoes I’ve said it before and I will say it again — I LOVE tomatoes. When they are ripe and juicy, you can eat them as a snack (I may be known to do this from time to time …). On their …

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  • First woman member of NYSE dies

    NEW YORK — Muriel “Mickie” Siebert, who started as a trainee on Wall Street and became the first woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, has died of complications of cancer at age 84. Siebert died Saturday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer …

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  • Midwest heat prompts early school dismissals

    LINCOLN, Neb. — An unusual, late-summer heat wave has enveloped much of the Midwest, putting schools and sports events on hold. Schools in Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, the Dakotas and Illinois let out early on Monday as temperatures crept toward the mid-90s — beyond in some …

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  • Coke says it hasn’t changed its formula, but other brands have

    ATLANTA — Coca-Cola keeps the recipe for its 127-year-old soda inside an imposing steel vault that’s bathed in red security lights. Several cameras monitor the area to make sure the fizzy formula stays a secret. But in one of the many signs that the surveillance …

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  • Obama says Syria attack is ‘big event of grave concern’

    AUBURN, N.Y. — President Barack Obama says a possible chemical weapons attack in Syria this week is a “big event of grave concern” that has hastened the timeframe for determining a U.S. response. “This is something that is going to require America’s attention,” Obama said …

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  • Teens attack WWII vet

    SPOKANE (AP) — An 88-year-old veteran of World War II was beaten to death outside the Eagles Lodge in Spokane, and police are looking for two young men who may be responsible for the attack. Friends identified the victim as Delbert Belton, and say he …

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  • Toddler drowns

    MULDROW, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says an 18-month-old girl has died after being found face down in a swimming pool near Muldrow. The OHP says Lakelyn Thornell died Wednesday after being found in the pool at a home west of Muldrow in …

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  • Phillies’ top farm club presents funeral winner

    ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies’ top farm club on Tuesday offered a free funeral to an eastern Pennsylvania fan recently diagnosed with ALS. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs announced the winner of its funeral giveaway during a home game at Coca-Cola Park. Steve Paul, …

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