• What to do about protecting distracted pedestrians

    WASHINGTON — A young man talking on a cellphone meanders along the edge of a lonely train platform at night. Suddenly he stumbles, loses his balance and pitches over the side, landing head first on the tracks. Fortunately there were no trains approaching the Philadelphia-area …

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  • Storms leave some damage in Oklahoma, Arkansas

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Severe thunderstorms brought much-needed rainfall but unwelcome wind damage in parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas. Winds gusting over 70 mph blew through parts of southern Oklahoma and winds of at least 60 mph were reported in western Arkansas Thursday. Authorities say …

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  • Mississippi River level dropping

    MEMPHIS (AP) — The Mississippi River’s water level keeps dropping, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Memphis said Wednesday it is using survey boats and dredges to maintain safe navigation. Meanwhile, river barge and tow boat operators are continuing to lose money as …

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  • Actor Chad Everett dies

    LOS ANGELES — Chad Everett, the blue-eyed star of the 1970s TV series “Medical Center” who went on to appear in such films and TV shows as “Mulholland Drive” and “Melrose Place,” has died. He was 75. Everett’s daughter, Katherine Thorp, said he died Tuesday …

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  • Developer of home treadmill dies at 96

    NEWARK, N.J. — William Staub, who took the treadmill — that ubiquitous piece of exercise equipment that is loved and loathed by millions — into homes and gyms, has died. He was 96 and had been spied on a treadmill as recently as two months …

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  • Star of TV’s ‘The Jeffersons’ dies

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — George Jefferson was a bigot. A loudmouth. Rude. Obsessed with money. Arrogant. And yet he was one of the most enjoyable, beloved characters in television history. Much of that credit belongs to Sherman Hemsley, the gifted character actor who gave …

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  • Sally Ride, first US woman in space, dies at 61

    LOS ANGELES — Space used to be a man’s world. Then came Sally Ride, who blazed a cosmic trail into orbit for U.S. women. With a pitch perfect name out of a pop song refrain, she joined the select club of American space heroes the …

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  • ‘The Girl from Ipanema’ turns 50

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — “Tall and tan and young and lovely…” You’ve heard of her. The Girl From Ipanema. You might have come across the bossa nova classic while on hold on the phone, during a long elevator ride, or in a cafe in …

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  • Police: 12 dead in Colorado theater shooting

    AURORA, Colo. (AP) — A gunman in a gas mask barged into a crowded Denver-area theater during a midnight premiere of the Batman movie today, hurled a gas canister and then opened fire, killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others in one of …

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  • Agriculture officials tour states gripped by disasters 

    USDA Farm Service Agency WASHINGTON —As serious drought conditions continue to creep across nearly two-thirds of the lower 48 states, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials are fanning out to rural communities across the country to show support to farmers and ranchers affected by a …

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  • Country superstar Kitty Wells dies

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Without Kitty Wells, there might be no Taylor Swift. Or Miranda Lambert. Or Loretta Lynn. She was the pioneer, the first female singer with enough spunk and fire to get noticed in the male-dominated world of country music. Think about it: …

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  • Deep Purple’s Jon Lord dies at age 71

    LONDON (AP) — British rocker Jon Lord, the keyboardist whose powerful, driving tones helped turn Deep Purple and Whitesnake into two of the most popular hard rock acts in a generation, died Monday. He was 71. A statement on Lord’s official website says the Leicester, …

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