• Man accused in 8 deaths gets second life sentence

    MORRISON, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois man accused of killing eight people from two states during a 2008 spree was given a second life sentence Wednesday, this time in the death of a 93-year-old man. A judge in Whiteside County also sentenced Nicholas T. Sheley …

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  • Zaxby’s warns customers of potential fraud

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia-based restaurant firm says suspicious computer files have been found at some of its locations, prompting it to warn customers about the potential for fraud. Zaxby’s Franchising Inc. said in a statement that the suspicious files may have resulted in …

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  • IRS plans tax season opening for 1040 filers

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following the January tax law changes made by Congress under the American Taxpayer Relief Act, the Internal Revenue Service announced it plans to open the 2013 filing season and begin processing individual income tax returns on Jan. 30. The IRS will begin …

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  • Widow of poisoned lottery winner didn’t alert authorities

    CHICAGO (AP) — The widow of a Chicago lottery winner who died of cyanide poisoning as he awaited a $425,000 check says she cannot believe her husband could have had enemies and that she has no idea who in their family asked that authorities take …

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  • Former AP fashion editor Anderson dies at 91

    AUSTIN, Texas — Former Associated Press fashion editor and foreign correspondent Nadeane Walker Anderson, who interviewed legendary designers including Coco Chanel and Christian Dior while working in Paris, has died in Texas. She was 91. Anderson, who used her maiden name Nadeane Walker as her …

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  • Texas company: Microwave keeps bread mold away

    LUBBOCK, Texas — Attention, bread shoppers: A Texas company could have the answer to some consumers’ unwelcome discovery that just-purchased loaves contain mold. MicroZap Inc. claims its technology allows bread to stay mold-free for 60 days. The bread is bombarded with microwaves for about 10 …

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  • NY county officials: Releasing gun owners’ names endangers public

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York county clerk justified his refusal to release the names and addresses of handgun permit holders to a newspaper, saying it would give stalkers and thieves a convenient roadmap to target potential victims — and determine whether they have …

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  • Poll: Obesity’s a crisis but we want our junk food

    WASHINGTON (AP) — We know obesity is a health crisis, or every new year wouldn’t start with resolutions to eat better and get off the couch. But don’t try taking away our junk food. Americans blame too much screen time and cheap fast food for …

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  • Kansas wants sperm donor pay child support to couple

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The state of Kansas is trying to force a man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple to pay child support, arguing that the agreement he and the women signed releasing him from all parental duties was invalid because they didn’t …

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  • ‘Tennessee Waltz’ singer Patti Page dies at age 85

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Unforgettable songs like “Tennessee Waltz” and “(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window?” made Patti Page the best-selling female singer of the 1950s and a star who would spend much of the rest of her life traveling the world. When unspecified …

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  • Study: Fructose may spur overeating

    This is your brain on sugar — for real. Scientists have used imaging tests to show for the first time that fructose, a sugar that saturates the American diet, can trigger brain changes that may lead to overeating. After drinking a fructose beverage, the brain …

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  • People worldwide follow New Year’s traditions

    The transition from the old to the new year is filled with superstitions and elaborate rituals, writes Burt Wolf in his book “Gatherings & Celebrations.’’ “Many people believe that the food and drink of New Year’s Eve will influence life during the coming year,’’ according …

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