• E. coli has ‘many faces’

    Humans have a love-hate relationship with the species of bacteria known as Escherichia coli. We hear about outbreaks of food-borne illness associated with E. coli, (and those are becoming less frequent) but many are unaware of the other roles E. coli plays. Those roles are …

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  • Shooting suspect caught in NC

    CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Fort Campbell soldier suspected of killing his girlfriend, also a soldier, and leaving her body in a bathtub was arrested in North Carolina over the weekend, authorities said Monday. A witness told police that Spc. Shardae Wright, 23, was seen …

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  • ‘Star Wars’ artist who drew Darth Vader, C-3PO, dies at 82

    Ralph McQuarrie BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Ralph McQuarrie, the man credited with bringing director George Lucas’ vision for “Star Wars” to the big screen, died Saturday at the age of 82. McQuarrie’s conceptual designs were the basis for some of the trilogy’s iconic characters such …

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  • Obama to deliver commencement address in Joplin

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will speak at the high school graduation ceremony in Joplin, the Missouri city slowly recovering after being struck by a devastating tornado a year ago. Obama will deliver remarks at the May 21 commencement, according a White House official, who …

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  • Wary eye on skies in towns hit by deadly twisters

    HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — Kera Wise picked through the fragments of her aunt and uncle’s tornado-ruined home with a determined hustle under clear skies that weather forecasters warned soon might again turn dark and dangerous. Wise figured she had little time to waste Thursday as …

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  • Adoptive father accused of rape

    TROY, Ohio (AP) — Federal and local law enforcement officials said they’re widening the investigation into child sexual exploitation allegations against an adoptive father charged with raping three boys in his care. Officials said the father hired one of the boys, a 10-year-old, out for …

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  • Singer Davy Jones of The Monkees dies

    Davy Jones WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Davy Jones, the diminutive heartthrob who rocketed to the top of the 1960s music charts by beckoning millions of adoring fans with the catchy refrains of The Monkees, died Wednesday. He was 66. His publicist, Helen Kensick, …

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  • Storm death toll rises to 12 across Midwest

    HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — A pre-dawn twister flattened entire blocks of homes in a small Illinois town Wednesday as violent storms ravaged the Midwest and South, killing at least 12 people in three states. Winds also ripped through the country music mecca of Branson, Mo., …

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  • Branson battered

    BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — A powerful storm system bearing a string of possible tornadoes left at least one person dead and dozens injured as it tore roofs from buildings, upturned trailers and wreaked chaos across a broad swath of the Midwest. Forecasters had predicted conditions …

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  • ‘The Artist’ earns best-picture, lead-actor Oscars

    LOS ANGELES — “The Artist” won five Academy Awards on Sunday including best picture, becoming the first silent film to triumph at Hollywood’s highest honors since the original Oscar ceremony 83 years ago. Among other prizes for the black-and-white comic melodrama were best actor for …

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  • Lowe’s foundation awards $1M to Keep America Beautiful

    STAMFORD, Conn. — Keep America Beautiful, Inc. (KAB) and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation announced a major gift in support of KAB’s mission to engage individuals in local community improvement and environmental projects, according to a news release. The donation to Keep America Beautiful …

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  • NTWF completes ‘record-breaking’ convention

    EDGEFIELD, S.C.  — The National Wild Turkey Federation’s 36th annual National Convention and Sport Show was a fantastic success, with a record 650 exhibitor booths sold and near-record attendance, said NWTF spokesman Brent Lawrence. “There were 44,606 convention attendees, which surpassed the previous year’s total …

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