• Ranch in running for thousands

    NEW YORK — Nearly 30,000 charities have been nominated for the chance to share $5 million in grant money by participating in a nationwide program and among them is the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches headquartered in Batesville, but it needs the public’s vote if it …

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  • Newport man set to die gets last-hour reprieve

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court again halted the scheduled execution of a Texas inmate convicted of a triple murder less than an hour before he could have been taken to the death chamber Wednesday. Justices decided to stop the punishment of John …

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  • Listen to radios? Watch TVs? Not for Class of ’16

    MILWAUKEE — Remember when suitcases had to be carried instead of rolled? Or when an airline ticket was a booklet of pages separated by carbon paper? Maybe you remember when Lou Gehrig held the Major League record for consecutive baseball games played. This year’s college …

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  • Phyllis Diller blazed trail for female comedians

    LOS ANGELES — Long before Kathy Griffin was languishing on the D-list, Roseanne Barr was calling herself a domestic goddess and Joan Rivers was asking audiences if they could talk, wild-haired housewife-turned-comedian Phyllis Diller was dishing one-liners about her husband, Fang. “I should have suspected …

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  • ‘Top Gun’ director plummets to death

    LOS ANGELES — Tony Scott, director of such Hollywood hits as “Top Gun,” “Days of Thunder” and “Beverly Hills Cop II,” died Sunday after jumping from a Los Angeles County bridge, authorities said. The 68-year-old Scott’s death was being investigated as a suicide, Los Angeles …

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  • With caution, crop residues can be fed during drought

    The ongoing drought has diminished feed supplies to critical levels. In response, livestock producers are looking for any affordable and available feed source to save at least a portion of their existing herds. One potential source of feed is crop residue. Residue includes stalks, leaves …

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  • Foreclosure rates rose in July

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — More U.S. homes started on the foreclosure path in July, as lenders tackled a backlog of mortgages gone unpaid even as they pulled back on home repossessions. The number of homes that received an initial notice of default — the first …

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  • Smokey Bear celebrates 68th birthday

    HOT SPRINGS — A beloved American icon, Smokey Bear, turned 68 on Thursday. Smokey Bear has been rated one of the most recognizable figures in America, ranking alongside Mickey Mouse and Santa Claus. Since 1944, Smokey Bear has been a recognized symbol of conservation and …

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  • Dry summer brings bears out more often

    OLD FORGE, N.Y.  — With their normal summer diet of greens and berries shriveled by summer heat or drought in many spots nationwide, hungry bears are rummaging through garbage, ripping through screens and crawling into cars in search of sustenance. In the Adirondack Mountain village …

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  • Careful black bear raids candy shop

    DENVER (AP) — A bear in a candy store is nothing like a bull in a china shop. At least not this one. A black bear went in and out of a Colorado candy store multiple times early one July morning, but he used the …

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  • Slaying suspect has atty.

    MEMPHIS (AP) — A man accused of killing his parents last month was accused of stabbing a man in Tennessee two months earlier and had pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman with a knife in April, according to court records obtained Monday. Antonio Whitlow, 33, …

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  • Veterans reunion set for Sept.

    BATON ROUGE, La. — USS America Carrier Veterans Association will hold its reunion Sept. 11 through 15 at Holiday Inn South, located at 9940 Airline Highway in Baton Rouge, La. A highlight of the reunion will be a trip to Pascagoula, Miss., for a tour …

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