• Schools increasingly check students for obesity

    CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — The Chula Vista school district not only measures the academic progress of Marina Beltran’s second-grader, it also measures her son’s body fat. Every two years, Antonio Beltran, like his classmates, steps on a scale. Trained district personnel also measure his …

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  • Seismic signals show Wash. sustained two landslides

    SEATTLE — Seismic signals showed there were two major slides about four minutes apart during Saturday’s disaster in Washington state, and afterward smaller slides continued for days, University of Washington researchers said. A report on the landslide readings was sent to the U.S. Geological Survey …

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  • Walmart sues Visa over card fees

    NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart Stores Inc. is suing Visa Inc. over fees that it charges the world’s largest retailer when customers use a credit or debit card. Walmart said Visa conspired with banks to illegally fix and inflate fees that retailers pay on card …

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  • Home demos turn Detroit into blank canvas

    DETROIT (AP) — The families of Detroit’s Brightmoor area are delighted that the day is finally approaching when bulldozers will arrive to level more of their neighborhood. After that, their community’s future will be like the cleared landscape — a blank canvas. For years, Brightmoor …

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  • Smartphone app may help alcoholics stay sober

    CHICAGO — A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns helped keep some on the wagon, researchers who developed the tool found. The sober app studied joins a host of others …

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  • Janet’s Notebook

    Why do I have to pick a side? Every Easter, I serve a main course like ham or lamb. Add a nice salad, warm bread, some sort of vegetable side dish and you have a great meal. This year, I’m still planning on making my …

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  • Harrah’s casino announces it will close in Tunica

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The long decline of what was once the nation’s third-largest casino market was underlined Wednesday when the largest casino in Mississippi’s Tunica County announced it would close. Caesars Entertainment will shutter its Harrah’s casino in Tunica on June 2, laying off …

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  • Bills owner Ralph Wilson dies at 95

    BUFFALO, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson never forgot how he was made to feel like an outsider for having the audacity to challenge the NFL. It was 1959, and Wilson had just invested $25,000 to join Lamar Hunt and Bud Adams in helping …

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  • Wife of Richard Petty dies

    RANDLEMAN, N.C. (AP) — Lynda Petty, the wife of NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty, died Tuesday after battling cancer for several years. She was 72. Petty Motorsports spokesman Jeff Dennison said in a statement that Petty was surrounded by her family when she died …

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  • Miller explains the reason happiness matters

    Although some would have you think otherwise, the uniquely human pursuit of happiness is not merely some frivolous idle-time activity for the fortunate few. Far from it. Instead, it is a serious pursuit — a duty and responsibility for each of us. As the progress …

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  • Millions of kids to test new education assessments

    WASHINGTON — What’s on the new Common Core-based exams? More than 4 million kids in U.S. schools soon will have a clue. Field testing begins this coming week in 36 states and the District of Columbia on assessments developed by two different groups of states. …

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  • ‘Homeland’ actor James Rebhorn dies

    NEW YORK — James Rebhorn, the prolific character actor whose credits included “Homeland,” “Scent of a Woman” and “My Cousin Vinny,” has died. He was 65. Rebhorn’s agent, Dianne Busch, said Sunday that the actor died Friday at his home in South Orange, N.J., after …

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