• Former AP fashion editor Anderson dies at 91

    AUSTIN, Texas — Former Associated Press fashion editor and foreign correspondent Nadeane Walker Anderson, who interviewed legendary designers including Coco Chanel and Christian Dior while working in Paris, has died in Texas. She was 91. Anderson, who used her maiden name Nadeane Walker as her …

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  • Texas company: Microwave keeps bread mold away

    LUBBOCK, Texas — Attention, bread shoppers: A Texas company could have the answer to some consumers’ unwelcome discovery that just-purchased loaves contain mold. MicroZap Inc. claims its technology allows bread to stay mold-free for 60 days. The bread is bombarded with microwaves for about 10 …

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  • NY county officials: Releasing gun owners’ names endangers public

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York county clerk justified his refusal to release the names and addresses of handgun permit holders to a newspaper, saying it would give stalkers and thieves a convenient roadmap to target potential victims — and determine whether they have …

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  • Poll: Obesity’s a crisis but we want our junk food

    WASHINGTON (AP) — We know obesity is a health crisis, or every new year wouldn’t start with resolutions to eat better and get off the couch. But don’t try taking away our junk food. Americans blame too much screen time and cheap fast food for …

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  • Kansas wants sperm donor pay child support to couple

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The state of Kansas is trying to force a man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple to pay child support, arguing that the agreement he and the women signed releasing him from all parental duties was invalid because they didn’t …

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  • ‘Tennessee Waltz’ singer Patti Page dies at age 85

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Unforgettable songs like “Tennessee Waltz” and “(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window?” made Patti Page the best-selling female singer of the 1950s and a star who would spend much of the rest of her life traveling the world. When unspecified …

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  • Study: Fructose may spur overeating

    This is your brain on sugar — for real. Scientists have used imaging tests to show for the first time that fructose, a sugar that saturates the American diet, can trigger brain changes that may lead to overeating. After drinking a fructose beverage, the brain …

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  • People worldwide follow New Year’s traditions

    The transition from the old to the new year is filled with superstitions and elaborate rituals, writes Burt Wolf in his book “Gatherings & Celebrations.’’ “Many people believe that the food and drink of New Year’s Eve will influence life during the coming year,’’ according …

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  • Fiscal ‘cliff’ deal reached

    WASHINGTON — Racing the clock, the White House sealed a New Year’s Eve accord with Senate Republicans late Monday to neutralize across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts in government programs due to take effect at midnight, according to administration and Democratic officials. Under the deal, …

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  • Afghan violence falls in 2012, insider attacks up

    KABUL, Afghanistan — Violence in Afghanistan fell in 2012, but more Afghan troops and police who now shoulder most of the combat were killed, according to statistics compiled by The Associated Press. At the same time, insider killings by uniformed Afghans against their foreign allies …

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  • A surprisingly good vintage as market logs gains

    NEW YORK — If you’d told investors what was going to happen in 2012 — U.S. economic growth at stall speed, an intensifying European debt crisis, a slowdown in China, fiscal deadlock in Washington, decelerating corporate earnings growth — and asked how the stock market …

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  • List: No love for ‘fiscal cliff,’ ‘spoiler alert’

    DETROIT — Spoiler alert: This story contains words and phrases that some people want to ban from the English language. “Spoiler alert” is among them. So are “kick the can down the road,” “trending” and “bucket list.” A dirty dozen have landed on the 38th …

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