• 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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  • Impostor service animals posing growing problem

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s an easy law to break, and dog cheats do. By strapping a vest or backpack that says “service animal” to their pet, anyone can go in stores and restaurants where other dogs are banned, creating growing problems for the disabled …

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  • Mother: Woman killed in DC chase was depressed

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Connecticut woman who was shot to death by police after a car chase that began when she tried to breach a barrier at the White House suffered from post-partum depression, her mother said. The harrowing chase Thursday unfolded between two national …

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  • Novelist Tom Clancy dies at 66

    NEW YORK — In 1985, a year after the Cold War thriller “The Hunt for Red October” came out, Tom Clancy was invited to lunch at the White House, where he was questioned by Navy Secretary John Lehman. Who, the secretary wanted to know, gave …

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  • Stop being so stupid, voters tweet to Congress

    WASHINGTON — The roiling debate over the U.S. government shutdown is extending to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as fed-up Americans turn to social media to register their disgust with federal lawmakers for shutting down the government. Those posting pulled no punches, calling members of Congress …

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  • Strap on your computer: wearable tech taking off

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The digital domain is creeping off our desktops and onto our bodies, from music players that match your tunes to your heart beat, to mood sweaters that change color depending on your emotional state — blue for calm, red for angry. …

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  • Med student takes oath

    HOUSTON — Medical student Grant McChesney of Batesville recently received his white coat during a ceremony for students, according to a news release. McChesney is a first-year medical student at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. In August the class of 2017 took the …

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  • New mom charged in abduction

    KENNETT, Mo. (AP) — A northern Arkansas mother faces a felony child endangerment charge after taking her newborn from a southeast Missouri hospital without permission. Twenty-eight-year-old Amber Trammel of Paragould was arrested Wednesday in Dunklin County along with her stepmother and aunt. Each remains jailed …

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  • Jury convicts man in girlfriend’s death

    POTEAU, Okla. (AP) — A jury in eastern Oklahoma has convicted a Spiro man of two counts of first-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend. The jury deliberated almost seven hours Thursday before convicting 27-year-old Christopher Kenyon Simpson in the death …

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