• 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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  • ‘Homeland,’ ‘Modern Family’ win big at Emmys

    The post-Emmy champagne surely tasted sweet for the people at “Modern Family” and “Homeland,” but they needed only to look around the Nokia Theatre to see how quickly popular tastes and Hollywood’s most unpredictable awards show can change perceptions. “Modern Family” continued its run as …

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  • Tot tablets, retro brands are hot toys

    NEW YORK (AP) — It’s still technically summer, but for some it’s not too soon to think about what the kiddies will want for the holidays. Toys R Us has come out with its annual “hot toy” list that includes tablets for kids, fashion dolls …

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  • NWTF celebrates hunting, fishing day

    EDGEFIELD, S.C.—The National Wild Turkey Federation encourages Americans to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day Saturday by enjoying time in the outdoors and introducing that experience to others, said spokesman John Brasier. Local NWTF chapters from throughout the country are at the forefront of the …

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  • IUDs, implants urged for teen girls’ birth control

    CHICAGO — Teenage girls may prefer the pill, the patch or even wishful thinking, but their doctors should be recommending IUDs or hormonal implants — long-lasting and more effective birth control that you don’t have to remember to use every time, the nation’s leading gynecologists …

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  • Forest Service to waive fees on National Public Lands Day – Volunteers provide helping hands for Sept. 29 event

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Forest Service is waiving standard amenity fees on Sept. 29 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 …

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  • Mississippi River barge traffic halted

    GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) — Crews scrambled to make repairs Wednesday near the busiest Mississippi River lock shut down because of damage blamed partly on the summer drought, snarling hundreds of barges and tugboats in a backlog that was growing worse by the hour. Workers …

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  • Bluegrass festival begins Thursday

    WEST PLAINS, Mo. — The Heart of the Ozarks Bluegrass Association will have its annual fall bluegrass festival Thursday through Saturday at the HOBA Park in West Plains, Mo. Bands performing will be the Baker Family of Birch Tree, Mo., Backyard Bluegrass of Ava, Mo., …

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