• Neighbors recall victim, 8

    BOSTON (AP) — The young victim of the Boston Marathon bombings is being remembered as a vivacious boy who loved to run and climb. Eight-year-old Martin Richard was among the three people killed in the explosions Monday. That’s according to a person who talked to …

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  • A city’s sorrow: Boston’s beloved day dissolved in chaos and tears

    BOSTON (AP) — It dawned chilly, clear and blue, a parsimonious but perfect serving of New England springtime that — because it came on the third Monday in April — unquestionably called for a celebration. The kind of morning just right for an 11:05 a.m. …

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  • Jonathan Winters, man of many faces, dies at 87

    LOS ANGELES — Jonathan Winters was a crowd all by himself, guaranteeing that his multitude of characters, breakneck improvisations and kinetic clownishness kept generations of fans laughing. Winters, who died Thursday at age 87 at his Montecito, Calif., home, was a pioneer of improvisational standup …

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  • Storm moving east

    SHUQUALAK, Miss. (AP) — A powerful spring storm unleashed tornadoes, hail and high winds as it swept through the Midwest into the Deep South, leaving three people dead and thousands without power before heading for the Carolinas early today. The storm marched from Louisiana to …

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  • Monsanto grant deadline nears for local schools

    ST. LOUIS — The deadline is approaching for local school districts to compete for a grant of up to $25,000 through America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education presented by the Monsanto Fund. In 2012, Southside School District received $25,000 which the high school used to purchase …

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  • Spelling Bee kids will have to know words’ definitions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Ever wonder if those spelling bee kids know the meanings of some of those big words? Now they’ll have to prove that they do. Organizers of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Tuesday announced a major change to the format, adding multiple-choice …

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  • Annette Funicello dies at 70

    NEW YORK — She was the first crush for a generation of boys, the perfect playmate for a generation of girls. Annette Funicello, who became a child star as a cute-as-a-button Mouseketeer on “The Mickey Mouse Club” in the 1950s, ruled among baby boomers, who …

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  • Margaret Thatcher, Iron Lady, dead at 87

    LONDON (AP) — Love her or loathe her, one thing’s beyond dispute: Margaret Thatcher transformed Britain. The Iron Lady who ruled for 11 remarkable years imposed her will on a fractious, rundown nation — breaking the unions, triumphing in a far-off war, and selling off …

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  • NY judge makes available morning-after pill to all

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration must make emergency contraceptives available to girls of all ages within 30 days, a federal judge has ruled, saying the agency’s decisions regarding the so-called morning-after pill were “arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable. Judge Edward Korman in …

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  • Teen in crash that killed 5 was fugitive

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A teenager facing drunken driving charges in a Nevada crash that killed five members of a California family had escaped from a juvenile facility, and it’s unclear whether anyone ever went looking for him, an Orange County supervisor says. Jean Ervin …

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  • Ebert: Not just a critic, but a part of Hollywood

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Roger Ebert could be tough on filmmakers, but unlike many critics, he earned their respect. So much so that they claimed him as one of their own when the Directors Guild of America made Ebert an honorary lifetime member at the …

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  • Study: Dementia surpasses cancer, heart disease in cost

    Cancer and heart disease are bigger killers, but Alzheimer’s is the most expensive malady in the U.S., costing families and society $157 billion to $215 billion a year, according to a new study that looked at this in unprecedented detail. The biggest cost of Alzheimer’s …

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