• Swimmer, movie star Esther Williams dies

    LOS ANGELES — Esther Williams, the swimming champion turned actress who starred in glittering and aquatic Technicolor musicals of the 1940s and 1950s, has died. She was 91. Williams died early Thursday in her sleep, according to her longtime publicist Harlan Boll. Following in the …

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  • Trial delayed for suspect

    POTEAU, Okla. (AP) — The trial of an Oklahoma man accused of killing a pregnant Arkansas woman has been pushed back to July. A LeFlore County judge on Wednesday granted prosecutors’ request to postpone Christopher Simpson’s trial. Simpson has pleaded not guilty to two first-degree …

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  • Court: Girls can buy morning-after pill for now

    NEW YORK (AP) — Girls of any age can buy generic versions of emergency contraception without prescriptions while the federal government appeals a judge’s ruling allowing the sales, a federal appeals court said Wednesday. The order, the latest in a series of rulings in a …

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  • 6 dead in Pa. building collapse

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Buoyed by the discovery of a woman buried in rubble nearly 13 hours later, rescue workers today were digging through the debris from a building collapse that killed six people a day earlier, even though they believed no one else was trapped. …

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  • Jean Stapleton dies at 90

    LOS ANGELES — Jean Stapleton’s Edith Bunker was such a dithery charmer that we had to love her. And because she loved her bombastic husband Archie, we made room for him and TV’s daring “All in the Family.” It took an actress as smart and …

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  • US woman facing drug charge released in Mexico

    NOGALES, Mexico (AP) — An Arizona woman held in a Mexico jail for a week on a drug-smuggling charge was freed and traveled back to the U.S. after a court reviewed her case, including key security footage, and dismissed the allegations. Yanira Maldonado, 42, walked …

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  • New York Mayor Bloomberg: ‘I feel perfectly safe’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been a public face of gun control for years, but he’s in a new, unsought spotlight after ricin-laced letters were sent to him and a group he helps lead. The billionaire hasn’t shied from using his political …

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  • Deadline nears for programs

    WASHINGTON — USDA Farm Service Agency administrator Juan M. Garcia is encouraging farmers and ranchers to enroll for the 2013 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Payment Program (DCP) or the Average Crop Revenue Election Program (ACRE) before the deadline, said Dee Anne Barnes, Independence County FSA executive …

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  • Philanthropist John Hammons dies

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — John Q. Hammons’ first business went bust, saddling him with debt. Yet the son of a poor Missouri dairy farmer paid it off within two years and turned his sights to hotels, the cornerstone of what would become a national real estate …

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  • Boy Scouts approve plan to accept openly gay boys

    GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — After lengthy and wrenching debate, local leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have voted to open their ranks to openly gay boys for the first time, but heated reactions from the left and right made clear that the BSA’s controversies …

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  • Alcohol, speed in boat crash fatal to students

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A preliminary report on a northeast Oklahoma boat crash that killed two University of Arkansas students says excessive speed, driver inattention and alcohol use contributed to the accident. Grand River Dam Authority police said in a report Wednesday that the driver …

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  • Nearly all US states see drop in teen births

    NEW YORK  — The nation’s record-low teen birth rate stems from robust declines in nearly every state, but most dramatically in several Mountain States and among Hispanics, according to a new government report. All states but West Virginia and North Dakota showed significant drops over …

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