• Oscar-nominated writer-director Paul Mazursky dies at age 84

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul Mazursky, the innovative and versatile director who showed the absurdity of modern life in such movies as “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” and “An Unmarried Woman,” has died. He was 84. The filmmaker died of pulmonary cardiac arrest …

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  • Birth control ruling sparks political clash

    WASHINGTON — Republicans called it a win for religious freedom. The decision of the Supreme Court, they said, is further evidence the country’s new health care law is deeply flawed. The claims of victory arrived almost immediately after the high court ruled Monday that some …

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  • Janet’s Notebook

    Celebrating the Red, White and Blue … Recipes! Freedom, fireworks, family and food … that’s what Fourth of July is to me! I love how cookouts are filled with the traditional American fare – burgers, hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, etc. This year, my …

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  • T1red of p@sswords? Y0u @re N*t @lone!

    CHICAGO (AP) — Good thing she doesn’t need a password to get into heaven. That’s what Donna Spinner often mutters when she tries to remember the growing list of letter-number-and-symbol codes she’s had to create to access her various online accounts. “At my age, it …

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  • ‘Designing Women’ star Meshach Taylor dies

    LOS ANGELES — Meshach Taylor, who played a lovable ex-convict surrounded by boisterous Southern belles on the sitcom “Designing Women” and appeared in numerous other TV and film roles, died of cancer at age 67, his agent said Sunday. Taylor died Saturday at his home …

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  • Veteran character actor dies

    NEW YORK (AP) — As a masterful character actor and early product of postwar, Method-style theater, Eli Wallach wore countless faces, disappearing into them all. But he was always propelled — in acting and in life — by a mischievousness and an abiding playfulness that …

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  • World Elder Abuse Awareness Day observed

    World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was June 15. The following tips for preventing the disturbing trend of elder financial abuse have been offered by the Independent Community Bankers of America, the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation and Merchants and Planters Bank: • Secure all your …

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  • Janet’s Notebook

    Put a Twist on Traditional Pasta Salad During the summer, on any given weekend, I have a backyard full of people. It seems like everyone congregates at my house and “suddenly” we’re having a cookout. I love it and wouldn’t have it any other way. …

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  • Last baby boomers turning 50; so-called senior discounts begin

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The last of the baby boomers turn 50 this year, and if they want to cry into their beer about getting older, at least they can now buy it at a discount. That’s because the first of the so-called senior discounts …

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  • Anime Blues Con nears

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Anime Blues Con, a convention dedicated to bringing art and culture of all things Asian and anime, will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Memphis Convention Center at 255 N. Main St., according to a news release. Events will include a …

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  • Website helps fight exploitation

    WASHINGTON — The Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation, under the direction of Morality in Media, now has a central website, www.EndExploitationMovement.com, to help the public find help and resources in the fight against sexual exploitation and to serve as the hub for leaders in the …

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  • Casey Kasem was island of calm in swirl of pop music

    LOS ANGELES — In pop culture, Casey Kasem was as sweet and dependable as a glass of warm milk and a plate of chocolate chip cookies, which only made the ugliness of his last few years of life seem more bizarre and tragic. The radio …

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