• ‘Powerful’ spring storm system moving across US 

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The director of the Storm Prediction Center says the spring storm system that walloped Arkansas will continue moving eastward over the next few days, producing powerful storms with the potential for tornadoes. Russell Schneider says the storm system that produced tornadoes …

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  • ATV deaths data released

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — According to data released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, child deaths caused by all-terrain vehicles decreased slightly in 2012, while serious injuries to ATV riders of all ages appear to have increased slightly in 2012. At least 54 children lost …

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  • OK Red Cross offers support

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The American Red Cross in central Oklahoma is deploying two emergency response vehicles and at least four volunteers to help with tornado recovery efforts in Arkansas. Sixteen people died in Arkansas as a tornado carved an 80-mile path of destruction Sunday …

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  • Janet’s Notebook

    It’s Fiesta Time! I love to throw a party. Family in town, the holidays, it’s staying light later … you name it, I’ve probably created a reason to have a party for it. Next up, Cinco de Mayo! I am a huge fan of Mexican …

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  • Country singer dies after bout with cancer

    FAIR OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Sharp, a country music singer who recorded multiple chart-topping songs and survived a well-publicized battle with cancer, has died. He was 43. His sister Mary Huston said Sharp died at his mother’s Fair Oaks, Calif., home, at 10:49 p.m. …

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  • Janet’s Notebook

    Let’s Get our Brunch On! Who doesn’t love brunch? It’s a time to gather friends, indulge on delicious food and maybe drink a cocktail or two. Next to dessert, brunch is my favorite meal. And yes, in my mind, dessert is a meal! Each year, …

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  • NWS confirms tornado

    CHARLESTON (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed Arkansas’ first tornado of 2014. Forecasters in Tulsa, Okla., say an EF1 tornado hit Sunday evening in a rural area of Franklin County in western Arkansas. The weather service says the twister touched down at 8:45 …

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  • Mid-April freeze threatens fruit trees

    ST. LOUIS — The winter that just won’t quit has one more punch for the nation’s Heartland — a cold front bringing a brief return to sub-freezing weather, creating concerns for growers of apples, peaches, grapes and other fruit. Temperatures in the 70s and 80s …

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  • One year later … Boston, its people heal

    BOSTON — Every time Roseann Sdoia comes home, she must climb 18 steps — six stairs into the building, another 12 to her apartment. It is an old building in Boston’s North End, with doors that are big and heavy, not an easy place for …

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  • Family Dollar to cut jobs, close about 370 stores

    MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) — Family Dollar plans to cut some jobs and close about 370 underperforming stores as it tries to reverse sagging sales and earnings. The discount store operator will also lower prices on about 1,000 basic items. Family Dollar did not provide details …

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  • A blank look, followed by bloodshed at high school

    MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — It was just before the start of class and the hallways were packed with students at their lockers or chatting with friends. Nate Moore was walking to homeroom, book in hand, when a classmate he knew to be quiet and unassuming …

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  • At-home mothers on the rise, new research shows

    NEW YORK — More women are staying at home full-time to raise their children, according to a new Pew Research Center report released Tuesday. Factors cited by Pew to explain the increase include more immigrant mothers, who tend to stay home with children in greater …

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