• Phil Everly, half of pioneer rock duo, dies at age 74

    LOS ANGELES — There is no more beautiful sound than the voices of siblings swirled together in high harmony, and when Phil and Don Everly combined their voices with songs about yearning, angst and loss, it changed the world. Phil Everly, the youngest of the …

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  • ‘Fresh Prince’ actor dies

    NEW YORK (AP) — James Avery, the bulky character actor who laid down the law at home and on the job as the Honorable Philip Banks in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” has died. Avery’s publicist, Cynthia Snyder, told The Associated Press that Avery died …

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  • AP poll: Obama health care overhaul top 2013 story

    NEW YORK (AP) — The glitch-plagued rollout of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul was the top news story of 2013, followed by the Boston Marathon bombing and the dramatic papal changeover at the Vatican, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors …

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  • Miller shares ‘The 2014 Happiness Calendar’

    Amp up the amount of happiness in your life each and every month of the year by intentionally focusing on 12 strategies that the science of happiness and well being has proven can increase your feelings of happiness and satisfaction, according to Henry S. Miller, …

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  • Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2013

    Both were mold-breaking former heads of state who reshaped their own countries and the world. Nelson Mandela, revered for his efforts to end apartheid in South Africa, and Margaret Thatcher, the “Iron Lady” who imposed her will on Britain’s politics and economy, were among notables …

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  • NYC transit hubs handle flood of lost-found items

    NEW YORK (AP) — For the handful of New York transit officials who dutifully collect and catalog more than 50,000 items a year lost on commuter trains, subways and buses, the monotonous flood of wallets, handbags, eyeglasses and smartphones is occasionally broken by tales of …

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  • 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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