• Sultry-voiced Lauren Bacall dies

    NEW YORK (AP) — Lauren Bacall was a movie star from almost her first moment on the silver screen. A fashion model and bit-part New York actress before moving to Hollywood at 19, Bacall achieved immediate fame in 1944 with one scene in her first …

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  • Robin Williams ‘made us laugh, made us cry’

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Robin Williams, a brilliant shapeshifter who could channel his frenetic energy into delightful comic characters like “Mrs. Doubtfire” or harness it into richly nuanced work like his Oscar-winning turn in “Good Will Hunting,” died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was …

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  • Census: Almost 10 million Americans changed race

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 10 million Americans decided they would be a different race or ethnicity in the early 2000s, with the largest movement coming from Hispanics deciding which racial category they should be in, a new census report showed Wednesday. People switched between races, …

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  • Boozman seeking Washington, D.C. interns

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. John Boozman has announced that his office is seeking full- or part-time interns in his Washington, D.C., office and seven state offices during the 2014 fall semester. “Working in a Senate office allows interns to experience what they’ve learned in …

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  • 7 ways to create better, stronger passwords

    NEW YORK (AP) — With the recent news that a Russian hacker ring has amassed some 1.2 billion username and password combinations, it’s a good time to review ways to protect yourself online. The hacking misdeeds were described in a New York Times story based …

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  • Jim Brady dies: Reagan aide, gun control advocate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A major trait that endeared Jim Brady to the Washington press corps was his sense of humor, especially when he made fun of his own boss. When Ronald Reagan was campaigning for president in 1980, Reagan drew scorn from environmentalists for saying …

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  • Life-Size Dorothy, Toto LEGO models truly prove there’s no place like home

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — One-of-a-kind Dorothy and Toto Lego models claim Legoland Discovery Center Kansas City as their permanent home. Making their public debut on Friday, August 1st, the life-size Dorothy and Toto Lego models will add to Legoland Discovery Center Kansas City’s current …

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  • Veteran television impresario Robert Halmi Sr. dies at 90

    NEW YORK — Prolific TV producer Robert Halmi, Sr., has died. Halmi died Wednesday in his New York City home at 90, said spokesman Russ Patrick. The Hungarian-born Halmi found success as a magazine photographer after arriving in America in 1951, shooting pictures for such …

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  • What’s a group selfie? Usie (pronounced uss-ee)

    NEW YORK — What do you call a group selfie? An usie, of course! As in “us.” Pronounced uss-ee, rhymes with fussy. “Usies are a growing trend that I think have far more social value than selfies,” said Michal Ann Strahilevitz, a professor of marketing …

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  • Senior citizens share homes

    NEW YORK (AP) — It’s not exactly “The Golden Girls,” but for Marcia Rosenfeld, it’ll do. Rosenfeld is among thousands of aging Americans taking part in home-sharing programs around the country that allow seniors to stay in their homes and save money while getting some …

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  • Check your doctor’s vitals first

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans consider insurance and a good bedside manner in choosing a doctor, but will that doctor provide high-quality care? A new poll shows that people don’t know how to determine that. Being licensed and likable doesn’t necessarily mean a doctor is up …

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  • Film, TV legend James Garner, reluctant hero, dies at age 86

    NEW YORK (AP) — Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety. James Garner had a way of widening his eyes while the corner of his mouth sagged ever so slightly. Maybe he would swallow once to further make his point. …

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