• ‘Dallas’ star Hagman dies in Texas at 81

    J.R. Ewing was a business cheat, faithless husband and bottomless well of corruption. Yet with his sparkling grin, Larry Hagman masterfully created the charmingly loathsome oil baron — and coaxed forth a Texas-size gusher of ratings — on television’s long-running and hugely successful nighttime soap, …

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  • Black Friday shoppers out earlier

    This year’s Black Friday shoppers were split into two distinct groups: those who wanted to fall into a turkey-induced slumber and those who’d rather shop instead. Stores typically open in the wee hours of the morning on the day after Thanksgiving that’s named Black Friday …

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  • Residents sue over Barling alcohol vote

    BARLING (AP) — A group of Barling residents has filed suit against the county election commission over the city’s recent vote to legalize alcohol sales. Booneville lawyer Erik Danielson filed the lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of 21 Barling residents. The lawsuit claims that the Nov. …

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  • Parade honoring war heroes ends in tragedy

    MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — A float decorated with American flags and carrying wounded veterans and their spouses to a banquet in w Texas took the full force of a train at a railroad crossing, killing at least four people and injuring 16. Some managed to …

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  • 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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