• 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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  • Singer/guitarist Bob Welch dies

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bob Welch, a former member of Fleetwood Mac who went on to write songs and record several hits during a solo career, died Thursday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. He was 65. Police spokesman Don Aaron said Welch’s wife …

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  • Author Ray Bradbury dies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ray Bradbury imagined the future, and didn’t always like what he saw. In his books, the science fiction-fantasy master conjured a dark, depressing future where the government used fire departments to burn books in order to hold its people in ignorance …

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  • Graduate awarded

    STANDISH, Maine — Jeffery Watson, formerly of Pangburn graduated from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine with a master of science in education, according to a news release. Watson, director of clinical education in the respiratory therapy program at Jefferson College in Missouri, received the Health …

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  • Belmont announcer could make historic call

    NEW YORK — If I’ll Have Another becomes horse racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner and first in 34 years on Saturday in the Belmont Stakes, he’ll take Larry Collmus into the history books with him. The chestnut colt’s attempt to accomplish the feat will be …

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  • ‘Feud’ host Richard Dawson dies

    NEW YORK — Richard Dawson brought a saucy, unabashedly touchy-feely style to TV game shows as host of “Family Feud.” The British-born entertainer, who died Saturday at age 79 from complications related to esophageal cancer at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, earlier …

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  • Student graduates USF

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The University of Sioux Falls recently awarded 417 degrees at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science. Among those students included Joseph R. Foley of Batesville, who was awarded a nursing degree.

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