• 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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  • NWTF presents $660,000 in endowments to schools

    EDGEFIELD, S.C. – The National Wild Turkey Federation will present $660,000 in endowments to 33 high school and collegiate shooting organizations throughout the nation through the Scholastic Shooting Trust, a foundation created by MidwayUSA owners Brenda and Larry Potterfield, said NWTF spokesman John Brasier. “Each …

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  • 11th anniversary of 9/11 observed

    NEW YORK  — Americans paused again today to mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks with familiar ceremony, but also a sense that it’s time to move forward after a decade of remembrance. As in past years, thousands were expected to …

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  • Grandma’s gift: Woman gives birth to her own grandchild

    CHICAGO — Setting foot in a hospital again, Emily and Mike Jordan couldn’t help but feel anxious. More than two years before, at age 29, Emily had been diagnosed with cervical cancer. But just before she was to undergo a radical hysterectomy, she was told …

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  • Judge may issue order for Fort Hood suspect beard

    FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A judge on Thursday was expected to issue a definitive order for the forcible beard shaving of the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage, which could trigger yet another delay in his upcoming murder trial. …

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  • NASA Dawn spacecraft traveling to dwarf planet

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — After spending a year gazing at a giant asteroid, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft on Wednesday began the cruise toward an even bigger target — a voyage that will take nearly three years. Ground controllers received a signal from Dawn that it successfully …

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  • 7-year-old girl recovers from bubonic plague

    DENVER (AP) — The parents of 7-year-old Sierra Jane Downing thought she had the flu when she felt sick days after camping in southwest Colorado. It wasn’t until she had a seizure that her father knew something was seriously wrong and rushed her to a …

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  • ‘The Green Mile’ star dies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Clarke Duncan was one big, irresistible jumble of contradictions. His presence was formidable, even intimidating: The former bodyguard had a muscular, 6-foot-4 frame, but it was topped by the brightest of megawatt smiles. His gravelly baritone was well-suited to everything …

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  • USS America veterans to reunite

    BATON ROUGE, La. — The 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 …

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