• Police warn of booby-trap car in search for teen

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A massive search entered a sixth day today for a man suspected of abducting a 16-year-old family friend as police warned he may have abandoned his car while on the run and rigged it with explosives. James Lee DiMaggio, 40, may …

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  • Rains unleash deadly Midwest flooding

    ST. LOUIS  — Torrential rains continued across the nation’s midsection on Thursday, causing flash flooding that killed a woman and a child, damaged homes and forced multiple water rescues. Up to 10 inches of rain pounded southern Missouri overnight. A woman died near Jane, Mo., …

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  • Rescuers find body of 25-year-old Mt. Hood snowboarder

    MOUNT HOOD, Ore. (AP) — A dozen rescuers armed with chain saws and other tools chipped away at tons of ice and snow Sunday to the recover the body of a 25-year-old snowboarder killed when an ice tunnel collapsed on Oregon’s Mount Hood. The snowboarder, …

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  • Ohio killer set for execution found hanged in cell

    CLEVELAND (AP) — A man condemned to death for fatally stabbing a neighbor during a Cleveland burglary was found hanged in his cell Sunday just days before his Wednesday execution. Billy Slagle, 44, was found at about 5 a.m. at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution south …

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  • Janet’s Notebook

    Cool off with fresh summer drink ideas There’s a charming spot right off our little downtown square where they make liquid gold.  They call it Almond Punch, but I swear it’s priceless.  Cool and cravable, it’s the go-to for every lunching lady who steps across …

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  • Hot air balloons to fly over Tunica; public offered rides

    TUNICA, Miss. (AP) — It’s hard to find more hot air in one place than will be in Tunica on Aug. 9-11. And that’s not an insult to Tunica promoters; they planned it that way. Tunica’s second Balloon Bash is set for those dates, starting …

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  • Copper theft suspected in electrocution

    POCOLA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma authorities say a man was found dead at an electrical transfer box at a concrete mill in Pocola and that the victim was likely stealing copper when he was killed. Pocola police say a woman called for help regarding a …

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  • Gay couples tie knot in 2 states

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gay couples began tying the knot in Minnesota and Rhode Island today, pushing the growing roster of places where same-sex couples can wed to more than a quarter of U.S. states. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak began presiding over his state’s first sanctioned …

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  • RI home lived in while family was on vacation

    BARRINGTON, R.I. (AP) — In a stunt straight out of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” a Rhode Island family came home from a weeklong vacation to find that someone had been living in their house. Tracy Woodard of Barrington said the family found wet towels …

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  • Blueway opponents push for end to federal program

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Pressure is mounting among Missouri lawmakers and landowners to end a federal program that recognizes conservation and recreation efforts along waterways. Pushback to the National Blueway program began after the 700-mile-plus White River, which flows through southern Missouri and northern …

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  • Salad pegged in cyclospora outbreak

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Health officials in Iowa and Nebraska on Tuesday identified prepackaged salad mix as the source of a severe stomach bug that sickened hundreds of people in both states, but federal authorities said it’s not clear whether cyclospora outbreaks elsewhere in the …

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  • Eileen Brennan of ‘Private Benjamin,’ ‘Clue’ dies at 80

    LOS ANGELES — Whether she was issuing orders as an Army captain in “Private Benjamin,” rambling as a real-life rendition of Mrs. Peacock from “Clue” or blasting an immortal monster with a shotgun as a crazy cat lady in “Jeepers Creepers,” actress Eileen Brennan injected …

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