• Desert Storm commander Norman Schwarzkopf dies

    WASHINGTON — Truth is, retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf didn’t care much for his popular “Stormin’ Norman” nickname. The seemingly no-nonsense Desert Storm commander’s reputed temper with aides and subordinates supposedly earned him that rough-and-ready moniker. But others around the general, who died Thursday in …

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  • From a Manila slum emerges an unlikely prima ballerina

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The ghetto called Aroma reeks of putrefying trash collected by its residents for recycling. Half-naked children with grimy faces play on muddy dirt roads lined by crumbling shanties of tarpaulin walls, cracked tin roofs and communal toilets. From this Manila slum …

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  • Storm whips into Northeast bringing snow, rain

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A powerful winter storm brought snow to inland parts of the Northeast and driving rain and wind to areas along the coast today, a day after it swept through the nation’s middle, dumping a record snowfall in Arkansas and wrecking post-holiday …

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  • Top business story in ’12: Sluggish global economy

    This would be the year when the global economy finally regained its vigor. At least that’s what many had hoped. It didn’t happen. The three largest economies — the United States, China and Japan — struggled again in 2012. The 17 countries that use the …

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  • Jack Klugman dead at 90

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jack Klugman, the prolific, craggy-faced character actor and regular guy who was loved by millions as the messy one in TV’s “The Odd Couple” and the crime-fighting coroner in “Quincy, M.E.,” died Monday, a son said. He was 90. Klugman, who …

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  • Durning, king of character actors, dies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charles Durning grew up in poverty, lost five of his nine siblings to disease, barely lived through D-Day and was taken prisoner at the Battle of the Bulge. His hard life and wartime trauma provided the basis for a prolific 50-year …

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  • Discounts rise as stores try to salvage season

    NEW YORK — When it comes to fat holiday discounts, better late than never. This holiday shopping season, many stores haven’t been offering the same blockbuster deals as they did last year. Instead, they’ve dangled offers of free shipping and no-fee layaways to lure shoppers. …

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  • Mass shootings voted top news story of 2012

    NEW YORK (AP) — The horrific massacre of 26 children and staff at a Connecticut elementary school, along with other mass shootings, was the top news story of 2012, narrowly edging out the U.S. election, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors …

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  • USDA to allow more meat, grains in school lunches

    WASHINGTON — The Agriculture Department is responding to criticism over new school lunch rules by allowing more grains and meat in kids’ meals. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told members of Congress in a letter Friday that the department will do away with daily and weekly …

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  • Newtown, Conn. plans burials as school’s future debated

    NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A grieving Connecticut town braced itself today to bury the first two of the 20 small victims of an elementary school gunman and debated when classes could resume — and where, given the carnage in the building and the children’s associations …

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  • Students nervously return to school after shooting

    MIAMI (AP) — By the time Richard Cantlupe received the news of the Connecticut school shooting that left 20 children dead, his students had already gone home for the weekend. And so the American history teacher at Westglades Middle School in Parkland, Fla., was bracing …

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  • Man recalls attack on Pearl Harbor

    PEARCY (AP) — When the bombs began falling at Pearl Harbor 71 years ago, William Chase was in the naval hospital, just below Drydock No. 1, almost completely recovered from the German measles. A U.S. Navy veteran, Chase, 88, was scheduled to report to the …

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