• Mileage rates up 1 cent per mile for business, medical, moving

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2013 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2013, the standard mileage rates for the use of …

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  • River groups seeking help for low water

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Businesses that move products on the Mississippi River continue to seek the government’s help as the river approaches historic lows. The Army Corps of Engineers on Friday began reducing the outflow from an upper Missouri River reservoir to ease drought conditions …

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  • ‘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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