• Ice storm’s wake leaves power customers in dark

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Utility crews aren’t getting much relief from the weather as they work to restore electricity to hundreds of thousands of people in Pennsylvania and Maryland, two days after an ice storm downed power lines and trees. Forecasters said the cold weather …

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  • Snow heads back to Northeast after Midwest slammed

    Winter-weary residents of the Northeast are getting another dose of snow, sleet and freezing rain, with the second storm of the week canceling classes, closing government and business offices, and causing power outages across the region after causing similar havoc in the Midwest on Tuesday. …

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  • Couple charged after toddler calls 911 15 times

    LOWVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities have charged a northern New York woman and her boyfriend because the woman’s 2-year-old daughter used their cellphones to dial 911 a total of 15 times last month. Village of Lowville Police Officer Matthew Martin says the 23-year-old mother and …

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  • Funeral, casket outlets are heading to the mall

    LOS ANGELES — We eat there, buy our clothes there and some people suspect teenagers may actually live there. So perhaps it was just a matter of time until funeral homes began moving into the local shopping mall. Over the past two years, Forest Lawn …

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  • ‘Little House’ star dies in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES — Richard Bull, who played shopkeeper and put-upon spouse Nels Oleson on TV’s “Little House on the Prairie,” has died. He was 89. Bull died Monday at the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s hospital, fund spokeswoman Jaime Larkin said. The actor, a resident …

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  • ‘Clementine Hunter ­­— Making a Mark’ to be on display in Natchitoches, La.

    NATCHITOCHES, La. — An exhibition of important early works of the celebrated Natchitoches artist Clementine Hunter will be on display in the Lemee House in Natchitoches, La., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The exhibit, “Clementine Hunter — Making a Mark,” will showcase some …

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  • Stubb’s offers Bar-B-Q recipes

    Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q has recipes for simple, delicious dishes that are sure to please the whole gang and can be made quickly and easily in the warmth of the kitchen. Stubb’s sauces, spice rubs and marinades are all-natural and certified gluten-free, with no high fructose …

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  • Former 2nd lady Joan Mondale dies

    ST. PAUL, Minn.  — Joan Mondale, who burnished a reputation as “Joan of Art” for her passionate advocacy for the arts while her husband was vice president and a U.S. ambassador, died Monday. She was 83. Walter Mondale, sons Ted and William and other family …

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  • Miller shares 8 simple stress busters

    Got stress? Stress is a part of a normal life that you can’t really avoid. The good news? You have more power than you realize to control stress before it prevents you from living the life you want to lead, according to Henry S. Miller, …

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  • Philip Seymour Hoffman leaves extraordinary legacy

    NEW YORK — He was only 46, busy as ever and secure in his standing as one of the world’s greatest actors. There were no dissenters about the gifts and achievements of Philip Seymour Hoffman, whose death Sunday in New York brought a stunning halt …

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  • 32 charged in Texas human smuggling ring

    BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — More than 30 people have been indicted in a Houston-based wrongful employment and human smuggling ring with ties to Louisiana and Arkansas. Federal prosecutors in Beaumont say arrests began Thursday. More than 20 people have been detained. Indictments returned in November …

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  • Ouachita alum Barrett Baber wins Grammy Gig of a Lifetime

    LOS ANGELES — It’s been quite a week for former Ouachita Baptist University student Barrett Baber (’02) as one of his dreams comes true — performing at the Grammys. Baber, who recently won the nationwide Grammy Gig of a Lifetime competition, performed live at Club …

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