• However Supreme Court rules, gay marriage debate won’t end

    NEW YORK — However the Supreme Court rules after its landmark hearings on same-sex marriage, the issue seems certain to divide Americans and states for many years to come. In oral arguments Tuesday and Wednesday on two cases involving gay couples’ rights, the justices left …

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  • Vet with local ties assists in ground breaking procedure

    WYLIE, Texas — Former Batesville resident and veterinarian Dr. Toby Wallis assisted with a never-before-performed procedure in America — surgical bilateral denervation of the coxofemoral joints. The procedure to block nerve signals from the hip joints to the brain was performed on Tacoma, a 13-year-old …

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  • USS Boston reunion planned

    The USS Boston shipmates, crew members and all U.S. Navy ships named Boston are planning a July reunion of all USS Boston officers, crew, U.S. Marine Corps and flag personnel. The reunion will be held July 11-14 in Albuquerque, N.M. For details, write USS Boston …

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  • Diemer named president-elect

    CARBONDALE, Ill. — Don Diemer, former Batesville resident and program director of the physician assistant program at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Carbondale, has been elected to the position of president-elect of the Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants (IAPA). His term began in …

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  • Argentine Cardinal elected Pope Francis

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — From “the end of the earth,” the Catholic Church found a surprising new leader Wednesday, a pioneer pope from Argentina who took the name Francis, a pastor rather than a manager to resurrect a church and faith in crisis. He is …

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  • Commoner-turned-princess dies in Sweden

    STOCKHOLM — She was one of the better kept secrets of Sweden’s royal household: a commoner and divorcee whose relationship with Prince Bertil was seen as a threat to the Bernadotte dynasty. In a touching royal romance, Welsh-born Princess Lilian and her Bertil kept their …

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  • 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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