• ‘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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  • Report: Don’t worry much about quakes, fracking

    WASHINGTON — The controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas does not pose a high risk for triggering earthquakes large enough to feel, but other types of energy-related drilling can make the ground noticeably shake, a major government science report concludes. Even those …

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  • Rodney King, whose beating led to LA riots, dies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Just a few months ago, Rodney King was once again the center of attention as the world checked back in on the man whose videotaped beating by police sparked one of the nation’s worst race riots. King had left Los Angeles …

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  • ‘Gone With the Wind’ actress Ann Rutherford dies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ann Rutherford, the demure brunette actress who played the sweetheart in the long-running Andy Hardy series and Scarlett O’Hara’s youngest sister in “Gone With the Wind,” has died. She was 94. A close friend, Anne Jeffreys, said she was at Rutherford’s …

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  • MSU announces graduates

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Missouri State University conferred 2,541 degrees during the spring commencement ceremonies May 18. A total of 1,940 bachelor’s degrees, 548 master’s degrees, nine specialist degrees and 44 doctorate degrees were awarded. Two hundred students were recognized for their work with a more …

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