• Wearing life jacket consistently improves odds significantly

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in almost three-fourths of recreational boating fatalities and that 85 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets. “Accidents on the water happen much too fast to …

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  • Efrem Zimbalist Jr., star of ‘The FBI,’ dead at 95

    LOS ANGELES — Handsome, debonair and blessed with a distinguished voice that reflected his real-life prep school upbringing, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. seemed born to play the television roles that made him famous, that of hip Hollywood detective and brilliant G-man. A prolific actor who also …

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  • ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ actor Hoskins dies at age 71

    LONDON (AP) — Bob Hoskins never lost his Cockney accent, even as he became a global star who charmed and alarmed audiences in a vast range of roles. Short and bald, with a face he once compared to “a squashed cabbage,” Hoskins was a remarkably …

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  • Latest weather wallop: Florida, Alabama flooding

    PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. — In the latest blow from a dayslong chain of severe weather across the South and Midwest, the Florida Panhandle and Alabama Gulf Coast were hit with widespread flooding early today, with people stranded in cars and homes waiting for rescuers to …

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  • Death toll reaches 36 

    PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Highway Patrol says a 67-year-old woman has died in severe flooding in the Panhandle, bringing the total number of deaths from a string of U.S. storms to at least 36. The agency said today that Betty Faye Word drove …

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  • Cast your vote for ‘Most Beloved Veteran’

    INDIANAPOLIS — The American Legion invites all Americans during the month of May to choose the person they believe to be the country’s most beloved veterans. Individuals may choose from 100 names online at www.legion.org/belovedveterans or submit names of veterans they choose. Each person may …

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  • Tornadoes tear through South, add to US death toll

    LOUISVILLE, Miss. — A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over three days flattened homes and businesses, forced frightened residents in more than half a dozen states to take cover and left tens of thousands in the dark today. As the …

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  • ‘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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