• 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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  • Holiday sales down for third week

    NEW YORK (AP) — After a strong start to the season, sales at stores have fallen for three consecutive weeks. That puts a lot of pressure on retailers to get shoppers into stores in the final days of what’s typically the busiest shopping period of …

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  • 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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