• 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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  • University: Poet, author Maya Angelou dies at 86

    NEW YORK (AP) — Maya Angelou was gratified, but not surprised by her extraordinary fortune. “I’m not modest,” she told The Associated Press in 2013. “I have no modesty. Modesty is a learned behavior. But I do pray for humility, because humility comes from the …

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  • Former Lyon dean retires from Culver-Stockton

    CANTON, Mo.— Richard Valentine, a Missouri native and former Lyon College dean of admissions, is retiring as president of Culver-Stockton College as of June 30 and plans to retire to Batesville. Valentine was the college’s 25th president, as well as the first alumnus president, graduating …

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  • Students win ‘wild turkey’ national scholarships

    EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation awarded a $5,000 National Future Farmers of America Collegiate Scholarship to Zayne Aldrich of Neosho, Missouri. Aldrich is wrapping up his senior year at Neosho High School while maintaining a 3.79 GPA, ranking near the top of …

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  • 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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