• 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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  • ‘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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