• Shirley Temple, iconic child star, dies at 85

    SAN FRANCISCO — Shirley Temple, the dimpled, curly-haired child star who sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers, has died, according to publicist Cheryl Kagan. She was 85. Temple, known in private life as Shirley Temple Black, died Monday …

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  • 5-year-old dies, forced to drink 2 liters of soda

    SURGIONSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An East Tennessee couple faces a murder charge, accused of forcing the man’s 5-year-old daughter to drink more than 2 liters of grape soda and water, causing her brain to swell and rupture, authorities said. According to the Hawkins County Sheriff’s …

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  • GI Joe, the world’s first action figure, turns 50

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.  — G.I. Joe is turning 50. The birthday of what’s called the world’s first action figure is being celebrated this month by collectors and the toy maker that introduced it just before the nation plunged into the quagmire that would become the …

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  • After 22 years, Leno concludes ‘Tonight’

    NEW YORK — Make way for Jimmy Fallon. “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno ended a stellar if sometimes stormy run Thursday night with high emotion at concluding what he termed “the greatest 22 years of my life.” Calling himself “the luckiest guy in the world,” …

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  • Ice storm’s wake leaves power customers in dark

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Utility crews aren’t getting much relief from the weather as they work to restore electricity to hundreds of thousands of people in Pennsylvania and Maryland, two days after an ice storm downed power lines and trees. Forecasters said the cold weather …

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  • Couple charged after toddler calls 911 15 times

    LOWVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities have charged a northern New York woman and her boyfriend because the woman’s 2-year-old daughter used their cellphones to dial 911 a total of 15 times last month. Village of Lowville Police Officer Matthew Martin says the 23-year-old mother and …

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  • Snow heads back to Northeast after Midwest slammed

    Winter-weary residents of the Northeast are getting another dose of snow, sleet and freezing rain, with the second storm of the week canceling classes, closing government and business offices, and causing power outages across the region after causing similar havoc in the Midwest on Tuesday. …

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  • Funeral, casket outlets are heading to the mall

    LOS ANGELES — We eat there, buy our clothes there and some people suspect teenagers may actually live there. So perhaps it was just a matter of time until funeral homes began moving into the local shopping mall. Over the past two years, Forest Lawn …

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  • ‘Little House’ star dies in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES — Richard Bull, who played shopkeeper and put-upon spouse Nels Oleson on TV’s “Little House on the Prairie,” has died. He was 89. Bull died Monday at the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s hospital, fund spokeswoman Jaime Larkin said. The actor, a resident …

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  • Stubb’s offers Bar-B-Q recipes

    Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q has recipes for simple, delicious dishes that are sure to please the whole gang and can be made quickly and easily in the warmth of the kitchen. Stubb’s sauces, spice rubs and marinades are all-natural and certified gluten-free, with no high fructose …

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  • ‘Clementine Hunter ­­— Making a Mark’ to be on display in Natchitoches, La.

    NATCHITOCHES, La. — An exhibition of important early works of the celebrated Natchitoches artist Clementine Hunter will be on display in the Lemee House in Natchitoches, La., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The exhibit, “Clementine Hunter — Making a Mark,” will showcase some …

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  • Former 2nd lady Joan Mondale dies

    ST. PAUL, Minn.  — Joan Mondale, who burnished a reputation as “Joan of Art” for her passionate advocacy for the arts while her husband was vice president and a U.S. ambassador, died Monday. She was 83. Walter Mondale, sons Ted and William and other family …

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