• 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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  • 1 hiker found, 1 missing in Calif.

    RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. — One of two hikers missing for three days in Southern California’s Cleveland National Forest was found alive Wednesday night, but his companion remained missing, a sheriff’s spokesman said. Another hiker not involved in the search found 19-year-old Nicholas Cendoya at …

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  • Worker thrown from dock where ship torn loose

    MOBILE, Ala. — Authorities were searching for a shipyard worker who was thrown into the water in strong winds that also tore a troubled Carnival cruise ship away from its mooring at an Alabama port. The man was one of two people in a guard …

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  • Honor student named

    SAVANNAH, Ga. — Samantha Chisum of Vilonia has been named to the Dean’s List at the Savannah College of Art and Design for fall 2012. Full-time undergraduate students who earn a grade point average of 3.5 or above for the quarter receive recognition on the …

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  • Trees offered for joining group

    Nebraska City, NEB. — National Arbor Day is April 26, and the Arbor Day Foundation is offering 10 free shade trees to anyone who joins the foundation in April. The trees are red oak, sugar maple, weeping willow, bald cypress, thornless honeylocust, pin oak, river …

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