• USDA to help boost declining honey bee population

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced $8 million in Conservation Reserve Program incentives for Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin farmers and ranchers who establish new habitats for declining honey bee populations. More than half of the commercially managed honey …

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  • Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause

    CHICAGO — Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals. Recent reports in medical journals detail nickel allergies from a variety of personal electronic devices, including laptops and cellphones. But it …

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  • Maine police get Facebook boost with stuffed duck

    PORTLAND, Maine — Police here believe they have quacked the code for finding followers on social media. The 80-officer Bangor Police Department, which serves a city of about 33,000, has attracted more than 20,000 likes on its Facebook page after humorous pictures of a stuffed …

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  • Eastern storms leave 5 dead, 200K without power

    SMITHFIELD, N.Y. (AP) — Severe thunderstorms packing strong winds swept through a number of Eastern states, killing five people, destroying or damaging numerous houses and leaving nearly 200,000 without power today, officials said. In central New York, four people died after the storms hit the …

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  • ‘McHale’s Navy’ star Bob Hastings dies at 89

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An actor best known from the 1960s sitcom “McHale’s Navy,” has died. Bob Hastings was 89. Allison Knowles says her grandfather died Monday in his Burbank, California, home after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer. Hastings won fans on “McHale’s Navy” …

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  • Books profits benefit Wounded Warrior Project

    What are “Cookbooks for Guys?” “These are good-tasting recipes that men can make fast because we’re lazy and we’re hungry,” author Tim Murphy said. With 14 titles in the series and more coming, Murphy has struck upon a concept that has become a cottage industry. …

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  • 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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