• Feds rescind White River’s Blueway designation

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Seeking to quell a public backlash, the U.S. Department of the Interior dropped the White River on Wednesday from a new federal program that recognizes conservation and recreation efforts along waterways. The decision to rescind the National Blueway designation for the …

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  • From solemn to spectacular, July 4th celebrated

    NEW YORK (AP) — From solemn to spectacular, the nation marked its independence with the reopening of the Statue of Liberty for the first time since Superstorm Sandy, extravagant fireworks that included a 19-burst salute to Arizona’s fallen firefighters and a musical tribute in Washington …

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  • VA eliminates 65K claims

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that as a result of the initiative launched in April to expedite disability compensation claims decisions for veterans who have a waited a year or longer, more than 65,000 claims — or 97 percent of …

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  • Janet’s Notebook – Recipes Win Over Fans In Great Onion Debate

    “Leave out the onions and I’m in!” “Onions are a must for me and salad would not be complete without them, especially the red ones.” It’s an age old debate, to add onions or not to add onions! We got quite the conversation going over …

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  • Reaction mixed to gay marriage rulings

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gay rights supporters in Arkansas said they were encouraged Wednesday by a pair of U.S. Supreme Court decisions supporting same-sex couples, but members of the state’s congressional delegation reiterated they view marriage as between a man and a woman. Justices tossed …

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  • ‘Family Ties’ creator Gary David Goldberg dies

    NEW YORK (AP) — Gary David Goldberg, who created the 1980s sitcom hit “Family Ties” and expanded into feature films, has died. Goldberg died of brain cancer in Montecito, Calif., on Saturday, days before his 69th birthday, The New York Times reported. Goldberg’s TV successes …

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  • ‘I Am Legend’ author dies at 87

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Richard Matheson, the prolific sci-fi and fantasy writer whose “I Am Legend” and “The Shrinking Man” were transformed into films, has died. He was 87. A spokesman for the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films said Matheson died Sunday …

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  • DA: Officer ‘heroic, justified’ in shooting man who took girl

    MIDWEST CITY, Okla. (AP) — A prosecutor says a Midwest City police officer who shot and killed a man who had grabbed and threatened a child inside a Wal-Mart was “heroic” and justified. A letter from Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater to Midwest City …

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  • Enjoy Fresh Watermelon in Fresh, New Ways

    “When one has tasted watermelon he knows what the angels eat.” — Mark Twain Undeniably, there’s something about biting into sweet, supple melon that just makes a lady want to throw on a sundress, grab a parasol and frolic in the fresh cut grass.  Or, …

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  • Hostess: Twinkies to return to shelves July 15

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hostess is betting on a sweet comeback for Twinkies when they return to shelves next month. The company that went bankrupt after an acrimonious fight with its unionized workers last year is back up and running under new owners and a …

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  • Shaped by history … Gettysburg marks milestone

    GETTYSBURG, Pa. — Gettysburg changed the direction of American history 150 years ago, and the town hasn’t been the same since. The couple of hundred thousand visitors expected at events to mark the anniversary of the 1863 clash won’t have to look far to find …

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  • USDA seeks applications for grants to improve the quality of rural housing

    Eligible applicants include public agencies, private non-profit organizations, federally recognized Indian tribes WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for grants to help low- and very-low-income rural residents repair their homes. USDA remains focused on carrying …

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