• 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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  • WikiLeaks case turns to sentencing

    FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Acquitted of the most serious charge against him, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning still faces up to 136 years in prison for leaking government secrets to the website WikiLeaks, and his fate rests with a judge who began hearing arguments today …

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  • Virginia Johnson, renowned sex researcher, dies at age 88

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — In an era when even talking about sex was virtually taboo, Virginia Johnson had a way of putting research subjects at ease, persuading them to participate in groundbreaking investigations that changed the way human sexuality was perceived. Johnson, half of the …

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  • UT, Med partner in new women’s-infants’ hospital

    MEMPHIS (AP) — The medical college of the University of Tennessee is planning to build a women’s and infants’ hospital, in conjunction with the Regional Medical Center. The new hospital will be built adjacent to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital on the campus of the UT …

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  • Dennis Farina, star of ‘Law & Order,’ dead at 69

    NEW YORK — Dennis Farina, a onetime Chicago cop who as a popular actor played a cop on “Law & Order,” has died. Farina died Monday morning in a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital after suffering a blood clot in his lung, according to his publicist, Lori …

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  • Pioneering reporter aged into legend

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Covering 10 presidents over five decades, Helen Thomas aged into a legend. She was the only reporter with her name inscribed on a chair in the White House briefing room — her own front row seat to history. Starting as a copy …

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