• Walmart and Target: A tale of 2 discounters

    NEW YORK — This holiday season, the biggest discount chains in the U.S. will tell the tale of two very different shoppers: those that have and those that have not. Walmart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer, on Thursday acknowledged that its low-income shoppers continue …

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  • ‘Star Wars’ figures, dominoes in National Toy Hall of Fame

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia outmuscled little green army men for a spot in the National Toy Hall of Fame. “Star Wars” action figures join centuries-old dominoes in the class of 2012, which was announced by the Rochester hall Thursday. A national …

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  • Deer hits car, killing 2

    NASHVILLE (AP) — An Arkansas couple was killed after a deer ricocheted off another vehicle and crashed through the window of their car, state police said. The crash happened Thursday morning on Arkansas 27 in south Arkansas. According to a preliminary report from Arkansas State …

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  • Four more years

    WASHINGTON — His lease renewed in trying economic times, President Barack Obama claimed a second term from an incredibly divided electorate and immediately braced for daunting challenges and progress that comes only in fits and starts. “We have fought our way back and we know …

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  • Gay marriage, marijuana OK’d in historic votes

    Altering the course of U.S social policy, Maine and Maryland became the first states to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote, while Washington state and Colorado set up a showdown with federal authorities by legalizing recreational use of marijuana. The outcomes for those ballot measures …

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  • Chef’s Planet hosting messy recipe contest

    PETERSBURGH, N.Y. — Chef’s Planet is launching a Messy Recipe contest to search for the gooiest, most flavorful, mouth-watering, original recipes. All amateur and professional chefs and bakers are invited to submit their favorite original recipes that leave the kitchen and oven an utter mess …

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  • Region hit by Sandy struggles to resume daily life

    NEW YORK (AP) — People in the coastal corridor battered by superstorm Sandy took the first cautious steps today to reclaim routines upended by the disaster, even as rescuers combed neighborhoods strewn with debris and scarred by floods and fire. But while New York City …

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  • Sandy leaves death, damp, darkness in wake

    NEW YORK (AP) — As superstorm Sandy marched slowly inland, millions along the East Coast awoke Tuesday without power or mass transit, with huge swaths of the nation’s largest city unusually vacant and dark. New York was among the hardest hit, with its financial heart …

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  • Service News

    Fort Meade, Md. — Air Force Lt. Col. Charles J. Wallace II graduated from the Naval War College, College of Naval Warfare in Newport, R.I. Qualified students earned a master of arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. The college is the oldest war college …

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  • McGovern, who lost ’72 presidential bid, dies

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — George McGovern once joked that he had wanted to run for president in the worst way — and that he had done so. It was a campaign in 1972 dishonored by Watergate, a scandal that fully unfurled too late to …

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  • Student gets white coat

    HARROGATE Tenn. — Russell Staggs of Batesville recently received his white coat during a White Coat Ceremony at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, Tenn., according to a news release. Staggs is a first-year osteopathic medical student at LMU-DCOM. The White Coat …

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  • Specter died fighting for moderation

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Arlen Specter, a pugnacious and prominent former moderate in the U.S. Senate who developed the single-bullet theory in President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and played starring roles in Supreme Court confirmation hearings, lost a battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma at a time …

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