• Country singer-songwriter Claude King dies at age 90

    NEW ORLEANS — Country singer-songwriter Claude King, an original member of the Louisiana Hayride who was best known for the 1962 hit “Wolverton Mountain,” has died. He was 90. King had just celebrated his birthday and 67th wedding anniversary last month. The couple’s eldest son, …

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  • Hugo Chavez, fiery Venezuelan leader, dies

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez was a former paratroop commander and self-styled “subversive” who waged continual battle for his socialist ideals. He bedeviled the United States and outsmarted his rivals time and again, while using Venezuela’s vast oil wealth to his political advantage. …

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  • Doctors say HIV cure is ‘close’

    WASHINGTON — A baby born with the virus that causes AIDS appears to have been cured, scientists announced Sunday, describing the case of a child from Mississippi who’s now 2½ and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection. There’s …

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  • Mindy McCready’s funeral held in southwest Florida

    FORT MYERS, Fla. — As her music played in the background, country music star Mindy McCready was remembered Tuesday by friends and family as a fun and talented singer who also “wanted to be healed” from her past. About 200 friends and family gathered in …

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  • Mindy McCready’s funeral held in southwest Florida

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Mindy McCready’s funeral is being held in her hometown of Fort Myers. The funeral for the late country star was set for today at Crossroads Baptist Church. A memorial is scheduled in Nashville next month. McCready committed suicide Feb. 17 …

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  • Surgeon general dies

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dr. C. Everett Koop has long been regarded as the nation’s doctor— even though it has been nearly a quarter-century since he was surgeon general. Koop, who died Monday at his home in Hanover, N.H., at age 96, was by far …

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  • ‘Argo’ wins best picture on scattered Oscar night

    LOS ANGELES — Just as Oscar host Seth MacFarlane set his sights on a variety of targets with a mixture of hits and misses, the motion picture academy spread the gold around to a varied slate of films. “Argo” won best picture as expected, along …

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  • FoodCorps recruiting next ‘class’ to connect school kids to real food

    MISSOULA, MONT. — This week FoodCorps, a national organization that addresses childhood obesity and food insecurity in underserved communities, opens applications for its third annual class of service members. The selected emerging leaders will dedicate one year of full-time public service in school food systems …

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  • CRP general sign-up period to be from May 20 to June 14

    MINNEAPOLIS — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week at the National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will conduct a four-week general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program beginning May 20 and ending on June 14. “CRP has a …

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  • Small jet crashes in Ga., killing 5, wounding 2

    THOMSON, Ga. — Investigators combed Georgia woods Thursday for clues about what led a small jet to overshoot an airport runway and crash, killing five people on board and injuring two others. Among the seven passengers on board when the plane crashed Wednesday night were …

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  • Fans feel the force at lightsaber class

    SAN FRANCISCO — A group of San Francisco Star Wars fans who want to travel to a galaxy not that far away have created a combat choreography class for Jedis-in-training with their weapon of choice: the lightsaber. At a recent class, Alain Bloch, the self-proclaimed …

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  • Plains storm gathers strength, cited in road death

    ST. LOUIS — Parts of the nation’s heartland awoke today to more than half a foot of snow, as a large storm made its way eastward out of the Rockies, snarling traffic for morning commuters and allowing an army of children to trade pen and …

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