• 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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  • For Philadelphia bicyclist, a cat is his co-pilot

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — For bicyclist Rudi Saldia, you could say a cat is his co-pilot. Saldia often buzzes around Philadelphia with his year-old feline Mary Jane perched on his shoulder. Their urban adventures have turned heads on the street and garnered big hits on YouTube. …

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  • Youngest Okla. tornado victims remembered by kin

    MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Nine-year-old Sydney Angle was “everywhere at once” when she was out on the softball field. Kyle Davis, 8, was nicknamed “The Wall” because of his size and presence on the soccer field. JaNae Hornsby, also 9, was the life of the …

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  • Oklahoma tornado death toll revised to 24

    MOORE, Okla. — Emergency crews searched the broken remnants of an Oklahoma City suburb today for survivors of a massive tornado that flattened homes and demolished an elementary school. At least 24 people were killed, including at least seven children, and those numbers were expected …

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  • Gas prices up 11 cents

    CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped 11 cents over the past two weeks. The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices released Sunday says the price of a gallon of regular is $3.66. Midgrade costs an average of …

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