• 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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  • 6 geezers laying? Holidays bring on song botches

    NEW YORK — Milk and spiders? Nine lazy Hansons? Sleep in heavenly peas? It’s that time of year: holiday music time. And with holiday music comes all the strange and twisted things we sometimes think we’re hearing. Mondegreens, the moniker for misheard words in song, …

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  • Leaders mark passing of former senator

    NASHVILLE (AP) — Leaders in Arkansas are remembering former state legislator Jim Hill, who died Wednesday at the age of 74. Howard County Coroner John Gray says Hill died Wednesday morning at his home in Nashville after suffering from a lengthy illness. Hill, a Democrat, …

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  • Antibiotics in meat may be phased out

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing a potential threat to public health, the Food and Drug Administration is taking steps toward phasing out the use of some antibiotics in animals processed for meat. Many cattle, hog and poultry producers give their animals antibiotics regularly to ensure that …

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  • Colorado’s legal weed sales will be spotty

    DENVER — Legal marijuana sales in Colorado are set to start on Jan. 1, or so the law says. Knowing when the recreational pot shops will actually open, however, is anyone’s guess. The state’s 160 hopeful pot shops are so mired in red tape and …

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  • Health care sign-ups picking up

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With time running short, the nation’s health care rolls still aren’t filling up fast enough. New sign-up numbers Wednesday showed progress for President Barack Obama’s health care law, but not enough to guarantee that Americans who want and need coverage by Jan. …

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  • Pay gains for young women; inequality still seen

    WASHINGTON — Young American women are increasingly likely to receive pay nearly equal to their male counterparts, with earnings at 93 percent of men, a new study finds. Still, those women remain as pessimistic as their mothers and grandmothers regarding gender equality. A report released …

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  • African leaders hold moment of silence for Mandela

    In nearly seven decades spent fighting for freedom and equality, Nelson Mandela inspired and challenged the world to stand up for others. As word of Mandela’s death spread, current and former presidents, athletes and entertainers, and people around the world spoke about the life and …

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  • Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s peacemaker, dies

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela was a master of forgiveness. South Africa’s first black president spent nearly a third of his life as a prisoner of apartheid, yet he sought to win over its defeated guardians in a relatively peaceful transition of power that inspired …

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  • Sulphur Rock woman wins reserve world champ title

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Brenda Kay Jackson of Sulphur Rock captured the reserve world championship title in amateur stake racing at the American Quarter Horse Association’s recent 2013 Bank of America Amateur World Championship Show. Jackson showed her American quarter horse A Venturous Red Man. The …

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  • Officials: Speed a factor in deadly crash

    LOS ANGELES — Investigators sought to determine the cause of a fiery crash that killed “Fast & Furious” star Paul Walker while the actor’s fans erected a makeshift memorial Sunday near where the Porsche he was riding in smashed into a light pole and tree. …

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