• Farmers’ Almanac predicts another nasty winter ahead

    LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The folks at the Farmers’ Almanac can be forgiven for feeling smug: The 198-year-old publication correctly predicted the past nasty winter while federal forecasters blew it. Memories of the polar vortex and relentless snowstorms won’t soon be forgotten. And the editors …

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  • Mimicking the airlines, hotels get fee-happy

    NEW YORK (AP) — Forget bad weather, traffic jams and kids asking, “Are we there yet?” The real headache for many travelers is a quickly-growing list of hotel surcharges, even for items they never use. Guaranteeing two queen beds or one king bed will cost …

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  • Richard Attenborough dies

    LONDON (AP) — Acclaimed actor and Oscar-winning director Richard Attenborough, whose film career on both sides of the camera spanned 60 years, has died. He was 90. The actor’s son, Michael Attenborough told the BBC that his father died Sunday. He had been in poor …

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  • Social media tips for parents: To post or not to post?

    NEW YORK — Privacy-wary parents are increasingly pausing before they post photos, names and other information about their wee ones on social media. Some are choosing a complete blackout, while others opt for nicknames and a few carefully selected snapshots. Here are some social media …

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  • Man shows up for jail in T-shirt with mug shot

    MADISON, Maine (AP) — A Maine man who served a 48-hour sentence for drunken driving wore something special for his jail booking photo: a T-shirt featuring his mug shot. Nineteen-year-old Bobby Burt, of Pittsfield, had the mug shot from his June arrest printed on the …

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  • Longtime ‘SNL’ announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

    NEW YORK — Few would recognize his face, but most knew his voice: the booming baritone that for nearly four decades heralded “Saturday Night Live.” Don Pardo, the eras-spanning radio and TV announcer whose resonant voice-over style was celebrated for its majesty and power, died …

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  • 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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