• First woman member of NYSE dies

    NEW YORK — Muriel “Mickie” Siebert, who started as a trainee on Wall Street and became the first woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, has died of complications of cancer at age 84. Siebert died Saturday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer …

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  • Midwest heat prompts early school dismissals

    LINCOLN, Neb. — An unusual, late-summer heat wave has enveloped much of the Midwest, putting schools and sports events on hold. Schools in Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, the Dakotas and Illinois let out early on Monday as temperatures crept toward the mid-90s — beyond in some …

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  • Coke says it hasn’t changed its formula, but other brands have

    ATLANTA — Coca-Cola keeps the recipe for its 127-year-old soda inside an imposing steel vault that’s bathed in red security lights. Several cameras monitor the area to make sure the fizzy formula stays a secret. But in one of the many signs that the surveillance …

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  • Obama says Syria attack is ‘big event of grave concern’

    AUBURN, N.Y. — President Barack Obama says a possible chemical weapons attack in Syria this week is a “big event of grave concern” that has hastened the timeframe for determining a U.S. response. “This is something that is going to require America’s attention,” Obama said …

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  • Teens attack WWII vet

    SPOKANE (AP) — An 88-year-old veteran of World War II was beaten to death outside the Eagles Lodge in Spokane, and police are looking for two young men who may be responsible for the attack. Friends identified the victim as Delbert Belton, and say he …

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  • Toddler drowns

    MULDROW, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says an 18-month-old girl has died after being found face down in a swimming pool near Muldrow. The OHP says Lakelyn Thornell died Wednesday after being found in the pool at a home west of Muldrow in …

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  • Phillies’ top farm club presents funeral winner

    ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies’ top farm club on Tuesday offered a free funeral to an eastern Pennsylvania fan recently diagnosed with ALS. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs announced the winner of its funeral giveaway during a home game at Coca-Cola Park. Steve Paul, …

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  • City tries less salt in takeout

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Amar Jones knows that high-salt Chinese takeout isn’t good for his high blood pressure. But the lure of shrimp with broccoli is hard to resist. So he was heartened recently to hear that his favorite dish now has 20 percent less sodium …

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  • Alaska health official eyeing Arkansas plan

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — State health commissioner Bill Streur is looking at whether Arkansas has a health care solution that might work in this state. Arkansas wants to use Medicaid expansion money under the federal health care law to enroll people in private plans on …

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  • Bank recognized

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) recognizes Citizens Bank in Batesville for reaching an important milestone as an ICBA member. This marks the community bank’s 40 years as a member of ICBA, the only national trade association dedicated exclusively to serving …

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  • Airman’s program to target fitness

    KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea — Shaving a few seconds off of run time may not seem like much, but can be the difference in graduating Air Force boot camp or not. Airman 1st Class Patrick Shappley, 8th Communications Squadron cable and antennae maintenance …

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  • Best-selling author Elmore Leonard dies

    DETROIT — He was the master of his genre, the Dickens of Detroit, the Chaucer of crime. Every novel Elmore Leonard wrote from the mid-1980s on was a best-seller, and every fan of crime stories knew his name. George Clooney was an admirer. So were …

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