• FSA nominations begin

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency county committees has begun. “I urge all farmers and ranchers to participate in this year’s county committee elections by nominating candidates by the Aug. 1 deadline,” Vilsack …

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  • Ernest Borgnine dies at age 95

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — He was a tubby tough guy with a pug of a mug, as unlikely a big-screen star or a romantic lead as could be imagined. Yet Ernest Borgnine won a woman’s love and an Academy Award in one of the great …

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  • Body found in Memphis is that of missing boy

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis police said Tuesday that the body of a child found in a large trash bin is a 3-year-old boy who had been reported missing by his father two days earlier. Authorities said the boy’s father was being held on $1 million …

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  • Beloved actor Andy Griffith remembered

    RALEIGH, N.C. — Andy Griffith, who made homespun Southern wisdom his trademark as the wise sheriff in “The Andy Griffith Show” and the defense lawyer in “Matlock,” died Tuesday. He was 86. Griffith died about 7 a.m. at his coastal home, Dare County Sheriff Doug …

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  • ‘Unreal’: Residents tour Colo. blaze devastation

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Cars were burned to nothing but charred metal and only concrete remained of many homes in the neighborhoods most damaged by the worst wildfire in Colorado history. But for residents allowed Sunday to temporarily return to the area for the first …

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  • Former Israeli PM Shamir dies at 96 near Tel Aviv

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Yitzhak Shamir was a fighter for the Jews long before Israel’s creation, an underground leader who led militias against the Arabs and British. He made no apologies and no compromises — not as an underground fighter, an intelligence agent who hunted Nazis, …

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  • Website to be turned over to feds

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A California-based company accused of preying on veterans for their education benefits agreed Wednesday to pay $2.5 million to 20 states and turn over its website — GIBill.com — to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The consumer protection settlement between …

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  • High court upholds key part of Obama health care law

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court today upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul. The decision means the huge overhaul, still only partly in effect, will proceed and pick up momentum over the next several years, affecting …

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  • Filmmaker Nora Ephron dies of leukemia

    NEW YORK (AP) — Among the injustices about the death of Nora Ephron is that she isn’t around to tell us about it. Ephron, the essayist, author and filmmaker who challenged and thrived in the male-dominated worlds of movies and journalism and was loved, respected …

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  • Court: No automatic life sentence for kids

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that it is unconstitutional for state laws to require juveniles convicted of murder to be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. The 5-4 decision is in line with others the court has made, including …

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  • George R. Hearst Jr., media titan’s grandson, dies at age 84 of complications from a stroke

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hearst Corp. board chairman George Randolph Hearst Jr., the oldest grandson of the media titan William Randolph Hearst, died Monday, the company said. Hearst was 84. The company said in a statement that Hearst died at Stanford University Medical Center in …

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  • State to help reduce hunger in Mississippi

    JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi has the highest obesity rate in the nation, yet it also has the highest percentage of households unable to afford enough food for a healthy lifestyle. It seems like a contradiction. Yet, state Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith says the two problems …

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