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Mike Pence's candidacy could prevent Illinois man's pardon
CHICAGO (AP) — Mike Pence’s spot on Donald Trump’s presidential ticket may jeopardize a wrongfully convicted man’s pardon request in Indiana.
Saturday, July 23, 2016


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Air Conditioning 101: Keep In Mind Systems Tend To Last No More Than 15 Years
Summer's steamiest days can keep even the most intrepid among us shuttered indoors, seeking the sublime relief of air conditioning. And with temperatures predicted to be above average for much of the country, you'll want to make sure your air conditioner is in good working order, says Consumer Reports.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Fire up a bold fourth of July BBQ
This Fourth of July, take your backyard barbecue staples from basic to bold with knock-out burgers, grilled fruit "steaks" and festive red, white and blue-colored desserts.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

In New Mexico, New Deal legacy gets a 2nd look
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Amid the misery of the Great Depression, Rupert Lopez gratefully worked for $1 a day for the Civilian Conservation Corps, making adobe-block walls for a new regional National Park Service administration building in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Friday, July 1, 2016

Checklist for that summer vacation rental home
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Run Your Own Race It's Yours To Win
TAYLORVILLE — As we celebrate Father’s Day today, I’m remembering my dad and the lessons he taught my brothers and me.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

'Lost Recipes' book tells story of bygone restaurants and inns
A new cookbook called “The Book of Lost Recipes” remembers classic dishes from long-gone hotels, iconic restaurants and roadside eateries of yesteryear. But the book is more than a collection of recipes. It also chronicles the evolution of American food culture, telling stories of how and why certain dishes and restaurants became popular when they did.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Kitchen Scoop by Alicia Ross
Saturday, June 18, 2016

BARBECUE POPCORN SEASONING MIX
Saturday, June 4, 2016

BEET, SHRIMP AND AVOCADO TARTINE
Saturday, June 4, 2016

A Straightforward Version
Today's recipe for Flatbread Patty Melts almost didn't make it to the photo shoot; the heavenly smell of sauteed onions coupled with the cheesy, moist burger with slaw on warm flatbread beckoned my family to the kitchen. I literally had to hold them back so I could shoot the photo to accommodate the recipe.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

What's in a name? Ask the folks in Two Egg, Fla.
TWO EGG, Fla. (AP) — What came first, the Chicken or the Egg — or make that the Two Egg?
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Queen Elizabeth lands magazine cover
LONDON (AP) — Britain’s 90-year-old Queen Elizabeth II is a Vanity Fair cover star, in a portrait by photographer Annie Leibovitz.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Woman pulls casket for miles for mental health awareness
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A woman is walking 80 miles while pulling a casket from her home to the state capitol to raise awareness of mental health issues, including suicide and addiction.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Hawaii: Exploring the sea cliffs and sad stories of Molokai
MOLOKAI, Hawaii (AP) — A visit to the island of Molokai offers a window on a unique and tragic chapter of Hawaiian history. For about a century beginning in 1866, some 8,000 individuals afflicted with leprosy were quarantined to live out their lives on the remote Kalaupapa Peninsula on Molokai's northern shores. Their stories are told at Kalaupapa National Historical Park.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Domestic violence accusations often leave permanent damage
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fans can be deeply forgiving, willing to look past their favorite star's terrible drug addiction, ugly custody battle or ignorant remarks. But accusations of domestic violence often leave a lasting impression on a celebrity's image. Chris Brown may be winning Grammys, but nobody's forgotten what happened with Rihanna.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Memorable words from the Nat'l. Spelling Bee
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Here are some memorable words and definitions from the final rounds of the 89th Scripps National Spelling Bee. Biological terms were particularly challenging, and shorter words often present a greater challenge than longer ones, which are made up of roots that spellers can piece together.
Friday, May 27, 2016

Dr. Beach names Hawaii's Hanauma Bay best beach in America
HONOLULU (AP) — When you come upon an ocean bay that has features known as “Toilet Bowl” and “Witch’s Brew,” you may not envision a welcoming tropical oasis. But Hawaii’s Hanauma Bay, nestled inside a breeched volcanic cone on the southeastern shore of Oahu, has some of the state’s calmest waters, most pristine beaches and world-renowned snorkeling over coral reefs that teem with colorful fish.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Agency to review tribe's request to kill bald eagles for religious purposes
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has received an application but has not yet made a decision about granting a permit to a Wyoming Indian tribe that wants to kill bald eagles for religious purposes, a spokesman says.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Road-trip apps to make the miles fly by
TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Hitting the road this summer? Forget Yelp and those hotel booking apps — they’re useful, but boring. Instead, pack along these apps to liven things up along the way. You might even learn something.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Morel hunting heats up in wake of northwest fires
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — From flames come fungi.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Ex-spellers stay in involved with National Bee
WASHINGTON (AP) — Like an ex-jock who wants to stay involved in his sport, Jacob Williamson has taken on many roles in the two years since his memorable run to the finals at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Monday, May 23, 2016

Sunday Breakfast Simply
Memorial Day weekend is almost upon us, and if you are like me, you have a crowd coming to celebrate. I love to feed large gatherings, but breakfast always seems hit or miss. In my family now we have babies who wake their parents at dawn; older adults who sleep in after years of being the ones who rose early; and just about every possible scenario in between.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Pfizer says it's blocking use of drugs for lethal injections
AP — Pharmaceutical company Pfizer said Friday it was blocking use of its drugs in lethal injections, which means all federally approved drugmakers whose medications could be used for executions have now put them off limits.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

A Napa Valley gathering within your reach
If the thought of throwing a gala tends to leave you feeling frazzled, you might do well to take a lesson from top Napa Valley winemakers, who know a thing or two about slowing down and enjoying the good things in life — in style.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Restaurant owner in Idaho potato country writes ode to fries
NEW YORK (AP) — Fried or baked, sprinkled with truffle oil or flavored with crumbled herbs, french fries are an enduring dish, fancied up or served the simple way around the globe.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Baggage moving at Phoenix airport a day after massive delay
PHOENIX (AP) — Bags jammed a parking lot at the Phoenix airport as they waited to be shipped by ground to other cities for safety checks, among thousands that missed their flights because of problems with the federal system that screens luggage for explosives.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

New statue celebrates park designer Frederick Law Olmsted
(AP) — If you've visited parks in New York, Boston or many other places around the U.S., you've probably experienced the landscapes of Frederick Law Olmsted. Olmsted designed hundreds of parks, gardens and other public spaces, including Manhattan's Central Park, Boston's "Emerald Necklace," the grounds of the U.S. Capitol in Washington and California's Stanford University campus.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Designed to inspire wounded soldiers
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Invictus Games closed four days of inspirational athletic performances in spectacular fashion Thursday night in Orlando.
Friday, May 13, 2016

Amputee from 9/11 attack wins 7 medals at Invictus Games in Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sarah Rudder was on the verge of a key promotion in the U.S. Marines on Sept. 11, 2001, when the terrorist attacks struck and eventually left her without a leg.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Ancho Chile Rubbed SMOKED BEEF BRISKET ON THE GRILL:
Saturday, May 7, 2016

A Devilishly Good Treat!
Is it possible to make a homemade appetizer in just 5 minutes? I think so, if you use hard-cooked whole peeled eggs -- widely available in grocery store dairy cases across the country. These cooked eggs help you make a summertime favorite, deviled eggs, in a matter of minutes.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Dana Thomas House: Two musical evenings in one historic home
SPRINGFIELD – The Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site welcomes rising young folk singer Ben Bedford on May 26 and 27 for concerts in a gorgeous space designed especially for music by architectural genius Frank Lloyd Wright.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Emma, Noah continue as top baby names
WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to baby names, Emma and Noah reign supreme.

And don't name your daughter Isis.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Shipping containers offer welcoming homes for many
PHOENIX (AP) — A stack of shipping containers sitting in a lot in an industrial section of Phoenix has some developers thinking inside the box.
Friday, May 6, 2016

It's Star Wars Day: May the 4th be with you
(AP) — It’s not a national holiday, yet it might be an intergalactic one.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Tennis-ball sized diamond could fetch $70 million
LONDON (AP) — It’s a rock for the ages.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

All four grays in Saturday's Derby have a chance
(AP) — The 142nd Kentucky Derby is showing its age, in a gray kind of way.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Touring sites from London's punk rock scene, 40 years later
LONDON (AP) — The Sex Pistols and The Clash led the British punk rock revolution in the steamy summer of 1976. London is marking 40 years since that summer with a series of events, gigs and exhibits this year.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

NJ Weedman: Officials 'exaggerated big-time' in pot charges
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey marijuana advocate dubbed NJ Weedman says authorities "exaggerated big-time" in charging him with distributing pot from his restaurant and cannabis church.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Ohio schools close over video threatening American students
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — An anonymous video threatening the safety of “American students” posted to a location-based social media app group connected to Ohio University prompted heightened security on the campus and closed six area school districts Friday.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Prescription drugs found with Prince at death scene
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prescription drugs were discovered with Prince when he was found dead in his Paisley Park home in suburban Minneapolis, several news organizations reported Thursday.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

McNugget Makeover? McDonald's tests 'simpler' recipe
NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s wants to take some of the mystery ingredients out of Chicken McNuggets.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016












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