• Film, TV legend James Garner, reluctant hero, dies at age 86

    NEW YORK (AP) — Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety. James Garner had a way of widening his eyes while the corner of his mouth sagged ever so slightly. Maybe he would swallow once to further make his point. …

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  • Maria Shriver launches program honoring her father, Sargent Shriver

    NEW YORK — Maria Shriver is launching a new U.S. volunteer initiative called the Shriver Corps, named in part to honor the legacy of her late father, Sargent Shriver, who founded the Peace Corps. The Shriver Corps will train volunteers to help poor Americans connect …

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  • Elaine Stritch mourned as a feisty, funny broad

    NEW YORK — Elaine Stritch was more than a Broadway actress. She was a New York institution, strolling around in a fur coat, pork pie hat or oversized sunglasses. She often wore shorts and ties, or just black stockings and a white flowing shirt. Her …

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  • Buzz Aldrin: Where were you when I walked on moon?

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — On July 20, 1969, Buzz Aldrin was “out of town” when the world united and rejoiced in a way never seen before or since. He and Neil Armstrong were on the moon. They missed the whole celebration 45 years ago …

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  • Officials ID body found in ditch

    SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Officials have identified a man found dead in a ditch off Interstate 55 in Southaven. DeSoto County Coroner Jeff Pounders said 62-year-old Michael J. Gooch was found around 2 p.m. Tuesday on Old Airways near Interstate 55 by a road worker …

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  • New guidelines could help many pregnant workers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New federal guidelines on job discrimination against pregnant workers could have a big impact on the workplace and in the courtroom. The expanded rules adopted by the bipartisan Equal Employment Opportunity Commission make clear that any form of workplace discrimination or harassment …

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  • Janet’s Notebook

    Pucker Up for these Luscious Lemony Desserts I pretty much love lemon everything. As a kid, I would politely say “no thank you” if a dessert had lemon in it. Thankfully, my taste buds changed. Now, I can’t get enough lemon! And one of my …

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  • Bear cub gets head stuck in cookie jar

    RINGWOOD, N.J. (AP) — A frightened bear cub got its head stuck in an oversized cookie jar while rummaging through some trash and had to be rescued from a tree in New Jersey. Environmental Protection Department spokesman Larry Ragonese says the 6-month-old cub apparently found …

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  • 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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