• ‘Junie B. Jones’ author dies

    New York — Barbara Park, a former class clown who channeled her irreverence into the million-selling mishaps of grade schooler Junie B. Jones, has died. She was 66. Park died Friday after a long battle with ovarian cancer, according to a statement released Sunday by …

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  • Janet’s Notebook

    Giving thanks … for some wonderful recipes How can the holiday season be here already? Wasn’t it just New Year’s and we were making resolutions for the year? (Which reminds me, I still need to work on a few of mine …) I know each …

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  • Greenville water chief leaves

    GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The city of Greenville is looking for a director for its water department at the same it is trying to hire a new engineer. Wter department director Korey Adams resigned Friday to became director of the Little Rock (Ark.) Job Corps …

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  • Some rejoice, others decry stores’ opening as Black Friday creeps into Thanksgiving

    NEW YORK — Last Thanksgiving Day, Kimberly Mudge Via’s mother, sister and nieces left in the middle of their meals to head for the mall. Now, Via says she’ll never host Thanksgiving dinner for her relatives again. “They barely finished,” says the 28-year-old who lives …

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  • Senator announces spring intern program

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) has announced that his office is seeking full or part-time interns to help staff in his Washington, D.C. and state offices during the 2014 spring semester. “Working in a Senate office allows interns to experience what they’ve …

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  • WWII reunions poignant for veterans

    DAYTON, Ohio — Paul Young rarely talked about his service during World War II — about the B-25 bomber he piloted, about his 57 missions, about the dangers he faced or the fears he overcame. “Some things you just don’t talk about,” he said. But …

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  • CMA Awards, fellow stars salute George Strait

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The entertainer of the year trophy at the Country Music Association Awards is one of the most coveted honors in the genre, but sometimes it’s OK to lose — like, say, when George Strait is a nominee. Strait won his third …

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  • 6 people shot dead in South Carolina domestic dispute

    GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) — Bryan Sweatt was in the middle of a custody fight with his girlfriend over their 7-month-old daughter and facing a burglary charge that could put him in jail for years. His girlfriend’s father had warned him to stay away from his …

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  • FutureFuel to join S&P SmallCap 600 on market index

    New York — FutureFuel Corp. will replace A.O. Smith Corp. in the S&P SmallCap 600, according to a news release. The change is among several that will be made among the stock market indices after the close of trading on Monday. While FutureFuel (NYSE:FF) will …

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  • Whooping cough up in La., Texas, Ark.

    NEW ORLEANS — Whooping cough has set a post-1960s record in Louisiana and state officials are asking doctors to keep an eye out for it. Outbreaks are worse in Texas, where nearly 2,900 cases have been reported, and Arkansas, where numbers are double those of …

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  • Veteran character actor Ed Lauter dies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Veteran character actor Ed Lauter, whose long, angular face and stern bearing made him an instantly recognizable figure in scores of movies and TV shows during a career that stretched across five decades, died Wednesday. He was 74. Lauter died of …

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  • Scott Carpenter, 2nd US astronaut in orbit, dies

    DENVER (AP) — Scott Carpenter conquered the heights of space, the depths of the ocean, and the darkness of fear. And in doing so he became the second American to orbit the Earth, powered by not just a rocket but an insatiable curiosity. “Conquering of …

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