• Medicare Open Enrollment starts Monday

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Rick Crawford reminds senior citizens in his district that Medicare Open Enrollment will run from Oct. 15-Dec. 7. “Open Enrollment is an important time for seniors to make sure they have the Medicare plan that best suits their needs. Navigating any …

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  • Alex Karras, former NFL lineman, actor, dies at 77

    DETROIT (AP) — Alex Karras was a man of many roles. Fearsome NFL defensive lineman. Lovable TV dad. Hilarious big-screen cowboy. And in the end, a dementia victim who blamed the NFL for his illness along with thousands of former players in lawsuits accusing the …

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  • Gatewood elected president of World War II association

    RICHMOND, Va. — The 503rd Parachute Regimental Combat Team Association, World War II, held its annual reunion in Richmond, Va., in September. The Honor Flight Network provided two buses and took the reunion attendees to Washington, D.C., on the first day of the reunion. Each …

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  • Aggressive Romney spars with Obama in 1st presidential debate

    DENVER (AP) — In a showdown at close quarters, an aggressive Mitt Romney sparred with President Barack Obama in their first campaign debate Wednesday night over taxes, deficits and strong steps needed to create jobs in a sputtering national economy. “The status quo is not …

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  • Analysis: Romney’s debate cheers GOP

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Challenger Mitt Romney used Wednesday’s debate to put President Barack Obama on the defensive on health care, jobs and other issues. The president’s reluctance to fire back harshly gave new hope to Republican partisans. Romney managed to highlight his top campaign themes …

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  • A phone home: NY teens pay valets to store devices

    NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of teenagers who can’t take their cell phones to school have another option, courtesy of a burgeoning industry of sorts in always-enterprising New York City: paying a dollar a day to leave it in a truck that’s parked nearby. Students …

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  • Shop til you drop? Holiday sales seen rising 4.1 percent in 2012

    NEW YORK — Americans are expected to spend more during what’s traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year, but they’re not exactly ready to shop til they drop like they have been in the past two years. The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest …

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  • Many Iraq, Afghan vets choosing ‘second service’

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Part of the occasional series Coming Home, about veterans’ adjustment to civilian life.   RALEIGH, N.C. — The link between U.S. military service and running for office is as old as the republic itself. It started with George Washington, who famously wrote that, …

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  • Forest Service to waive fees on Public Lands Day

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Forest Service is waiving standard amenity fees Saturday in recognition of National Public Lands Day at hundreds of recreation sites nationwide. The focus of National Public Lands Day is to instill a sense of shared stewardship and educate the public about …

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  • Andy Williams dies at 84

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Andy Williams, the silky-voiced, clean-cut crooner, whose hit recording “Moon River” and years of popular Christmas TV shows brought him fans the world over has died, his publicist said. He was 84. Williams died Tuesday night at his home in Branson …

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  • MOPS announces registration drive

    DENVER — Mothers of Preschoolers International has announced the beginning of its 2012-13 season. MOPS groups are communities that strive to meet the needs of every mother with children from birth through kindergarten, according to a news release. “Of all the baby must-haves I added …

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  • NYC hospitals crack down on junk food

    NEW YORK — People nervously waiting around in New York City hospitals for loved ones to come out of surgery can’t smoke. In a few months from now, they can’t have a supersized fast-food soda. And soon, they won’t even be able to get a …

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