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'Happy' Rockefeller, widow of former vice president, dies
AP — Margaretta “Happy” Rockefeller, the widow of former U.S. Vice President and New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and one of the first women to speak publicly about her breast cancer in the 1970s, has died. She was 88.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015


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F. Scott Fitzgerald home on market
GREAT NECK, N.Y. (AP) — The suburban New York home where F. Scott Fitzgerald is believed to have written “The Great Gatsby” is up for sale.
Thursday, May 21, 2015

House tours let communities strut, bond, fundraise
AP — Across the country, spring is the season for house tours, a chance for the house-proud to strut their stuff, and for communities to bond, celebrate and fundraise.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Ski resorts turn themselves into summer resorts too
DENVER (AP) — In the old days, after the snow melted at ski resorts, all that remained was grass, a gondola and the occasional alpine slide.
Saturday, May 16, 2015

Ingredients that help fight inflammation
Those outside of the medical profession may consider inflammation a negative thing. However, inflammation is an attempt by the human body to heal itself. Inflammation that does not overstay its welcome can help protect the body from bacterial and viral infections.
Saturday, May 16, 2015

'King of the Blues' Blues Legend B.B. King Dead At Age 89
LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He was 89.
Friday, May 15, 2015

Oak on the tongue: Bourbon boom drives demand for USA oak
OAKVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Napa Valley vintner David Duncan has been known to stick his head in an American white oak barrel to get a full hit of the vanilla-laden, fresh-baked cookie smell the emanates from the wood.
Thursday, May 14, 2015

Letterman on Retirement: It's Time, But He's Torn
NEW YORK (AP) — You don't think of David Letterman as a stop-and-smell-the-flowers type, but here he is, at a major turning point yet savoring his chocolate milkshake.
Thursday, May 14, 2015

Feds: Grandmother hid pill mill ring behind suburban facade
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — To neighbors, Sylvia Hofstetter was a wealthy businesswoman and grandmother who threw extravagant pool parties and went all out to decorate her upscale suburban home on Christmas and Halloween.
Saturday, May 9, 2015

Paddling Maine's Kennebec River on Benedict Arnold's trail
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Benedict Arnold and his men should have had it so good when their 1,100-member expedition ventured into the forbidding upper reaches of Maine's Kennebec River in 1775.
Saturday, May 9, 2015

AFSCME retirees to hold two meetings in May
 DECATUR, Ill — Retired members of AFSCME Sub-Chapter 87 will have two opportunities during the month of May to catch up on the latest news affecting their pensions and benefits. The first meeting will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, May 11, at the Decatur Public Library (Staley Room) in Decatur. The guest speaker for the occasion is Bennie Strumpher, Decatur Coin and Jewelry.
Saturday, May 9, 2015

FAA can allow cellphones during takeoff and landing
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal aviation officials acted within their authority in allowing airline passengers to use cellphone and other electronics during takeoffs and landings, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.
Friday, May 8, 2015

70 Years After WWII, German War Kids Still Looking For Soldier Dads
BERLIN (AP) — When Paul Schmitz was a little boy, he never understood why kids in his tiny German village taunted him as a "Yank" and beat him up. He was a teenager by the time he found out: His father was an American soldier his mother had a romance with in the final days of World War II.
Friday, May 8, 2015

Mother's Day founder became disgusted with holiday
(AP) — The official Mother’s Day holiday arose in the 1900s as a result of the efforts of Anna Jarvis. Following her mother’s 1905 death, Anna Jarvis conceived of Mother’s Day as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children.
Friday, May 8, 2015

When were you born? Daytime is most common
NEW YORK (AP) — Taking mom out to lunch on Mother’s Day is surprisingly appropriate: The noon hour is one of the most common times of day for babies to be born.
Friday, May 8, 2015

Emma, Noah top list of most popular baby names
WASHINGTON (AP) — Emma and Noah were the most popular baby names in 2014.

Among girls, Emma was followed by Olivia, Sophia, Isabella and Ava, according to the list released Friday by the Social Security Administration. For boys, Noah was followed by Liam, Mason, Jacob and William.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Stop smoking with the right cessation products
Smoking continues to be a major concern, affecting the health of a substantial proportion of the population. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates nearly 18 out of every 100  adults aged 18 or older in the United States currently smoke cigarettes. That equates to an estimated 42.1 million people.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

How to show a nurse you care
TAYLORVILLE — Nurses are often the first people patients see when visiting hospitals. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources Services Administration, there were 2.8 million registered nurses, including advanced practice RNs, and 690,000 licensed practical nurses, or LPNs, in the United States between the years of 2008 and 2010.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

How to avoid unhealthy habits at the office
TAYLORVILLE — According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, working professionals spend an average of 8.5 hours per day at work. Many professionals spend much of their time at work sitting down in front of a computer, which can be detrimental to long-term health.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Whale watching now year round activity in San Diego
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Once limited to the winter months, whale watching off San Diego is now a year-round activity that comes with a guarantee of a sighting.
Saturday, May 2, 2015

Requiem for a clam strip: Last 2 HoJo restaurants soldier on
LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) — The 28 ice cream flavors are just a cool memory. Those fried clam plates? All but eighty-sixed. Howard Johnson's restaurants — the once-ubiquitous orange-roofed eateries that nourished baby boomers before the rise of burgers and burritos — have almost disappeared.
Saturday, May 2, 2015

NASA spacecraft to impact planet Mercury Thursday
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s Mercury-orbiting spacecraft, Messenger, is going out with a bang this week, adding a hefty crater to the little planet closest to the sun.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

April 30th marks 40th anniversary of fall of Saigon
SAIGON (AP) — April 30 marks the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, the end of the Vietnam War and the close of a bitter, devastating chapter in both U.S. and Vietnamese history.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Supreme Court hears historic same-sex marriage arguments
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pivotal Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy did not tip his hand Tuesday as the high court heard historic arguments over the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Diet Pepsi dropping aspartame for sucralose
NEW YORK (AP) — PepsiCo says it’s dropping aspartame from Diet Pepsi in response to customer worries and replacing it with sucralose, another artificial sweetener commonly known as Splenda.
Friday, April 24, 2015

M.H. Abrams, Norton anthology founder, dies
NEW YORK (AP) — M.H. Abrams, an esteemed critic, teacher and tastemaker who helped shape the modern literary canon as founding editor of the Norton Anthology of English Literature and joined the elite himself by writing one of the 20th century’s most acclaimed works of criticism, has died. He was 102.
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Model for Norman Rockwell's Rosie the Riveter painting dies at age 92
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Mary Doyle Keefe, the model for Norman Rockwell’s iconic 1943 Rosie the Riveter painting that symbolized the millions of American women who went to work on the home front during World War II, has died. She was 92.
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Auschwitz guard describes camp in chilling detail
LUENEBURG, Germany (AP) — A former SS sergeant described in chilling detail today how cattle cars full of Jews were brought to the Auschwitz death camp, the people stripped of their belongings and then most led directly into gas chambers.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

More than $100,000 of Kentucky bourbon stolen
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A bourbon theft ring targeting the Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey distilleries operated for years as a lucrative business, involving tens of thousands of dollars in whiskey, and the scheme began to unravel only when stolen barrels were discovered behind a shed, officials said.  
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Vegas welcome sign's designer not quite satisfied
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The woman who designed the neon sign that has welcomed countless visitors to “fabulous Las Vegas” since 1959 has died.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

National Zoo plans to breed pandas living in US, China
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists at the National Zoo have traveled around the world to prepare for this year’s giant panda breeding season.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Amid optimism, US-Cuba relations challenge baseball players
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Yasmany Tomas took his last practice swings, packed his bat and carried his oversized No. 24 duffel bag toward the clubhouse.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Things to know about breakfast in the classroom
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When the school bell rings, children file into classrooms and open their textbooks. Increasingly, they're also eating a bowl of cereal.
Monday, April 20, 2015

Snack foods that promote better sleep
According to the National Sleep Foundation, changes in sleep patterns are a part of the aging process. Many people experience difficulty falling asleep and then staying asleep as they age, and that difficulty can make men and women over 50 feel more tired during the day.
Saturday, April 18, 2015

How to eat after 50
As people age, their dietary needs begin to change. Foods that were once staples of your diet as a youth may be restricted once you hit a certain age, while other foods you may have always avoided may now be necessary to fuel and support a healthy body.
Eating healthy foods and exercising may not be enough to sustain health, as hormonal changes and other health effects as a person reaches age 50 can have a profound impact on his or her nutritional requirements. The following are a few things men and women over 50 may want to consider as they look to eat a healthy diet for years to come.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Get the facts on ocular migraines
While many people are familiar with the term “migraine headache,” few may have experienced an ocular migraine. Ocular migraines, sometimes referred to as “eye migraines,” are often harmless and may disappear rather quickly.

The organization All About Vision defines ocular migraines as painless, temporary visual disturbances that usually affect one eye. Ocular migraines can be disturbing because of their symptoms. People experiencing ocular migraines may experience scintillations, or bright flashing lights or flickering. Wavy lines surrounding an enlarging blind spot (scotoma) also can occur. Blind spots may start small but quickly grow bigger and move across one’s field of vision.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Preventing osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones that occurs when a person loses too much bone, produces too little bone or both. When a person has osteoporosis, his or her bones become brittle and can easily break.
Saturday, April 18, 2015

Easy ways to start looking younger now
Many young people, and adolescents in particular, desire to look older. But those desires often shift as men and women reach middle age, at which time looking younger becomes a priority. When wrinkles crop up or laugh lines appear, people are quick to run out and find methods to wipe away the years. Fortunately for adults, there are plenty of ways to create more youthful looks when Father Time starts catching up.
Saturday, April 18, 2015

Causes of women's baldness
Baldness is a condition most often associated with men, but plenty of women suffer from hair loss as well. Oftentimes, women suffer with hair loss in silence, embarrassed that they’re the only one experiencing baldness and failing to take any corrective action.
As many as 5 percent of women under 30 and 60 percent of those older than 70 are affected by some measure of hair loss, according to Dr. Gail Mercurio, MD, associate professor of dermatology at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y. There are many common forms of hair loss in women, and a wide number of treatment and preventative options are.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Tips for taking back your shower
 If you're like many busy women, you may have discovered that your shower is the only time you have to yourself each day, away from the stress and responsibilities of everyday life. Making the most of each shower will allow you to take the time to cleanse not only your body, but also your mind. 
Saturday, April 18, 2015

How smarter shopping enhances well-being
 There isn't a one-size-fits-all approach to living a better life, but most people agree - feeling your best is aligned with making healthier choices. The road to well-being starts with making informed decisions that will help you to shop, cook, eat and feel better.
From career-driven singles to busy moms and dads, making healthy decisions on a daily basis is a challenge for most Americans. In fact, a 2014 study published for Food Marketing Institute by Prevention magazine and Rodale Inc. found that two out of three shoppers agree that what you eat affects wellness, but a hectic lifestyle can disrupt even the healthiest of intentions.

Saturday, April 18, 2015








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