• 1 charged in death of good Samaritan

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri woman has been charged with negligent homicide in the death of a man who pulled over to help after seeing her car crash on a northern Arkansas interstate. David P. Moessner, 51, of Wildwood in eastern Missouri, was struck …

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  • Man denies bitcoin

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto said Thursday that he is not the creator of bitcoin, adding further mystery to the story of how the world’s most popular digital currency came to be. The denial came after Newsweek published a 4,500-word cover story …

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  • Colorado flatter than a pancake; Kansas not as flat as some think

    Which U.S. state is flattest? In a recent nationwide poll, 33 percent of respondents said Kansas and 23 percent said Florida. Florida is correct by any measure. Its highest point is only 345 feet above sea level, so no local view can have much relief. …

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  • Cold, rain doesn’t halt Mardi Gras revelers

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A cold, gray day greeted revelers — but didn’t deter them — along parade routes Tuesday as the Carnival season in New Orleans headed to a crest with the unabashed celebration of Mardi Gras. The first street marching groups, including clarinetist …

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  • 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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