• Casey Kasem was island of calm in swirl of pop music

    LOS ANGELES — In pop culture, Casey Kasem was as sweet and dependable as a glass of warm milk and a plate of chocolate chip cookies, which only made the ugliness of his last few years of life seem more bizarre and tragic. The radio …

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  • Parents sue Walmart, police over shoplifting suspicion

    LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) — The parents of a mentally disabled woman are suing Walmart and police after she was stopped for suspected shoplifting at a Detroit-area store. Wendy Kozma of Novi said her 25-year-old daughter, Jodi, who has the mental capacity of an 8-year-old, now …

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  • Actress Ruby Dee dies at 91

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ruby Dee, an acclaimed actress and civil rights activist whose versatile career spanned stage, radio television and film, has died at age 91, according to her daughter. Nora Davis Day told The Associated Press on Thursday that her mother died at …

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  • Janet’s Notebook

    Fire up the grill in honor of dad Not sure about you, but some of my fondest memories of my dad are around the grill. Looking back, I thought all my “problems” could be solved by talking to him while he flipped burgers. And he …

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  • Spice up your barbecue with Bold Tastin’ Grilled Steak

    Want to liven up an ordinary steak at your next summer barbecue? Home cook Ashley Muller’s Bold Tastin’ Grilled Steak should be on the menu! The seasonings on this steak are great and the taste of this amazing marinade will have your guests asking for …

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  • World honors D-Day’s fallen, 70 years on

    COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France (AP) — Gone are the screaming shells, seasick soldiers and bloodied waters of 1944. Today, a sun-splattered Normandy celebrated peace, with silent salutes, tears and international friendship marking 70 years since the D-Day invasion helped change the course of World War II and …

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  • Park: Too risky to search for six Rainier climbers

    MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) — Park officials say it’s currently too risky to send people in search of six climbers who likely fell thousands of feet to their deaths while attempting to scale 14,410-foot Mount Rainier. Under safer conditions, crews could go in …

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  • Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Katz dies

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lewis Katz, a self-made man who built his fortune in New York parking lots, billboards and cable TV, and went on to buy the NBA’s New Jersey Nets, NHL’s New Jersey Devils and The Philadelphia Inquirer, died in a weekend plane crash. …

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  • Hillshire to talk with Tyson, Pilgrim’s Pride

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hillshire Brands says it will hold separate talks with Pilgrim’s Pride and Tyson Foods, as the two meat processing heavyweights engage in a bidding war for the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs. The announcement by Hillshire …

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  • ‘Brady Bunch’ actress Ann B. Davis dies

    Emmy-winning actress Ann B. Davis, who became the country’s favorite and most famous housekeeper as the devoted Alice Nelson of “The Brady Bunch,” died Sunday at a San Antonio hospital. She was 88. Bexar County, Texas, medical examiner’s investigator Sara Horne said Davis died Sunday …

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  • Veterans insignia available

    Veterans recognition window stickers and magnetic vehicle plaques are now available for veterans to show how they served the country. Called “VetSignias,” they honor veterans from World War II to today’s War on Terror. Available are 36 styles of special metalized film window stickers and …

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  • Man convicted of fatally beating 4 with hammer

    ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) — A man serving life sentences for two killings was convicted Thursday in the deaths of four others who were fatally beaten with a hammer in a northwest Illinois apartment. After a little over three hours of deliberations, jurors found Nicholas …

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