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FFA wants to fine Southwest $12 million
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply in three separate cases with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners.
Monday, July 28, 2014


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Dinosaurs may have evolved from the likes of hummingbirds
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have mapped how a group of fearsome, massive dinosaurs evolved and shrank to the likes of robins and hummingbirds.


Comparing fossils of 120 different species and 1,500 skeletal features, especially thigh bones, researchers constructed a detailed family tree for the class of two-legged meat-eaters called theropods.  That suborder of dinos survives to this day as birds, however unrecognizable and improbable it sounds.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

No "Generica" at the Effingham County Cultural Center
EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) — If the walls of the old Effingham County courthouse museum could talk, they would tell of a rich local history.

After a lengthy battle to save the historical structure built in 1870-71, the courthouse reopened on Nov. 11, 2012 as a museum. Since that day, the Effingham County Cultural Center and Museum Association has showcased the transformation of the main floor from a functioning courthouse into a functioning museum.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Books: 'The Home Place"
Carrie La Seur's finely crafted debut chronicles a woman's complicated relationship with her hometown of Billings, Montana, her relatives who stayed behind and her ancestral history. La Seur's graceful prose in "The Home Place" complements her incisive character studies of a family that has managed to keep most of its problems behind closed doors.

Alma Terrebonne left Billings and the family's "home place" more than 15 years ago to attend college on a full scholarship, shortly after her parents were killed in a car accident that maimed her younger sister, Vicky. Now an attorney in Seattle, Alma only returns to Billings to attend family events.

Alma returns home when Vicky is found frozen to death. The single mother of 11-year-old Brittany, Vicky led a troubled life of drugs, bad boyfriends and debt. Alma plans to arrange Vicky's funeral, visit with her older brother, Pete, and her grandmother, and settle Brittany with her aunt and uncle who had raised Vicky after their parents' death.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Film: 'Calvary' is exquisitely nuanced
LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Michael McDonagh’s 2011 debut, “The Guard,” provided the wonderful Brendan Gleeson with a vehicle for some of his best screen work, playing an Irish West Country cop unencumbered by diplomacy skills. But “Calvary,” the follow-up collaboration of the writer-director and lead actor is in a whole different league. Gleeson’s performance as a man of profound integrity suffering for the sins of others is the lynchpin of this immensely powerful drama, enriched by spiky black comedy but also by its resonant contemplation of faith and forgiveness. Representing a considerable leap in thematic scope and craft for McDonagh, “Calvary” deserves to reach the widest possible audience.
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Clapton says thank you to Cale with 'The Breeze'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For Eric Clapton, the early 1970s were filled with drug addiction, personal difficulties and growing dissatisfaction with music.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Giant 'catsup' bottle draws tourists
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — For tourist Bruce Pasarow of Buena Park, California, leaving Illinois before seeing what’s billed as the “World’s Largest Bottle of Catsup” was not an option.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

How to help distracted students
Today's students have more gadgets at their disposal than ever before. As technology like tablets and smartphones have become more prevalent in the lives of adults, such devices also have become more commonplace in the classroom. Some kids thrive when teachers utilize technology to enhance lesson plans, while others may be distracted by access to technology.
Saturday, July 26, 2014

Stock up on students' tech supplies
Shopping for back-to-school supplies was once limited to picking up a few folders, spiral-bound notebooks and assorted writing implements. But today's students need much more, including a variety of technological gadgets, to keep up with their classmates.
Saturday, July 26, 2014

How to make school lunch healthier
The benefits of a healthy diet are clear and well documented. In addition to providing the nutrients a growing body needs, consuming a balanced diet helps children maintain a healthy weight. Obesity continues to be a growing problem among school-aged children and can contribute to the onset of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, and many other adverse medical conditions.
Saturday, July 26, 2014

How to help kids transition back to the classroom
The dawn of a new school year is an exciting time. Kids may not want to say goodbye to days spent lounging by the pool, but such disappointment is often tempered by the prospect of returning to school with friends.
Saturday, July 26, 2014

Food trucks unlikely in Bowling Green
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — People hoping for a regular food truck presence in Bowling Green could be left wanting.

The southern Kentucky city of about 60,000 people doesn't have any regular food trucks patrolling the town.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

JFK returns to old look in new collectors' coin
WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — President John F. Kennedy is getting his old look back on new collectors’ coins.
Thursday, July 24, 2014

CBS News event marks 50th anniversary of civil rights legislation
NEW YORK (AP) — A CBS News event Thursday marking the 50th anniversary of civil rights legislation is both a look back at history and a glimpse into future business opportunities for a broadcast news division.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Big Milestone For Britain's Little Prince
LONDON (AP) — The palace is releasing special pictures, the Royal Mint is striking a commemorative coin and newspapers are publishing glowing tributes.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Comic-Con offers toy designers a chance to go wild with collectibles
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When it comes to designing the highly coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the sky’s the limit for the designers at Mattel.
Monday, July 21, 2014

Mineral Point, Wisconsin: Figgyhobbin And The Arts
MINERAL POINT, Wis. (AP) — This tiny town is a charming place where old stone buildings hug the hills, and artists' galleries, pottery studios and antique shops line the streets.
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Here's to the ladies who lunch: Elaine Stritch, brash stage legend, dies at age 89
NEW YORK (AP) — Elaine Stritch, the brash theater performer whose gravelly, gin-laced voice and impeccable comic timing made her a Broadway legend, has died. She was 89.
Friday, July 18, 2014

No hints from Hillary Clinton on 'The Daily Show'
NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton gave Jon Stewart no hints about whether she will run for president, but acknowledged during Tuesday’s taping of “The Daily Show” that the speculation surrounding her possible candidacy has become “a cottage industry.”
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Bill ensures email and photos won't die with you
WASHINGTON (AP) — When you die, should your loved ones have access to your Facebook, Yahoo and other online accounts?
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

South Dakota teen finishes flight around the world
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A South Dakota teen may have become the youngest person to fly solo around the world.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Stocks move higher in mid-day trading, Citi climbs
(AP) — Stocks were holding on to gains in midday trading Monday after sliding sharply last week. Citigroup’s latest quarterly financial results helped add to expectations of a strong corporate earnings season.
Monday, July 14, 2014

Got a rash? iPad could be the cause
CHICAGO (AP) — Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.
Monday, July 14, 2014

Backlogged immigration courts face new deluge
The court system is so overwhelmed that it can currently take three years to get a hearing, and many believe the delays will only get worse in the months ahead. For many immigrants, the delays in the court system work in their favor because they know they have so long before their cases are resolved.
Saturday, July 12, 2014

Wine lovers raise a glass to direct shipping law
BOSTON (AP) — Whether it's pinot noir, merlot, chardonnay or cabernet sauvignon, wine lovers in Massachusetts will soon be able to have some of their favorite bottles shipped straight from the vineyards to their homes.
Saturday, July 12, 2014

Walsh gives up control to get back on TV
NEW YORK (AP) — To get back into television, John Walsh had to relinquish some of the control that he’d grown used to.
Friday, July 11, 2014

Amazon asks FAA for permission to fly drones
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is asking the Federal Aviation Administration permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less.
Friday, July 11, 2014

Pub Church: Congregation Raises A Toast To God
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — It's a Sunday afternoon at the Opal Divine's in South Austin, and the Rev. Steve Kinney is about to convene a meeting of spiritually minded souls in what Carrie Nation would have called a den of iniquity.
Friday, July 11, 2014

The best of TV: Emmy nominations announced today
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The sprawling and bloodthirsty saga “Game of Thrones,” defying the Emmy Awards’ grudging respect for such fantasy fare, emerged as the leader in the nominations announced today with 19 bids, including best drama series.
Thursday, July 10, 2014

Review: Unlimited e-book services offer plenty
SPANISH FORK, Utah (AP) — Two startups are trying to do for e-books what Netflix does for movies.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Harry Potter is back in a new J.K. Rowling story online
LONDON (AP) — Harry Potter is back — mysterious, married, and going gray.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Washington poised to start legal marijuana sales
SEATTLE (AP) — Lines were growing in the pre-dawn hours Monday outside shops set to become the first in Washington state to sell recreational marijuana legally.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Questions and answers about Washington's pot sales
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state’s first recreational marijuana stores open for business this week, more than a year and a half after voters decided to legalize, tax and regulate pot.
Monday, July 7, 2014

Nonprofits Help The Dying Make Farewell Videos
SCARSDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Carolyn Ngbokoli doesn’t remember the sound of her mother’s voice. She was just 19 when her mom died, and no recordings were left.

Now Ngbokoli, 37, faces the possibility of her own early death, from breast cancer. But she has made sure that her sons, 4 and 6 years old, can see how she loved them, hear how she spoke to them and be reminded of her advice to them long after she’s gone.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Great White attacks swimmer in Calif.
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A 7-foot-long great white shark bit a man Saturday swimming off of Southern California’s Manhattan Beach, officials said.
Saturday, July 5, 2014

61 Hot dogs and a wife
NEW YORK (AP) — High-ranking chowhound Joey "Jaws" Chestnut dropped to one knee and proposed to his longtime girlfriend before Friday's annual hot dog eating contest, then packed away 61 franks and buns to hold onto his coveted mustard yellow winner's belt.
Saturday, July 5, 2014

Minneapolis-St. Paul: 5 free things for visitors
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Like many places that endure long, difficult winters, Minnesota comes alive when the weather warms up. So many people from the Twin Cities — as Minneapolis and St. Paul are known — head to lakes in northern parts of the state that the city's attractions truly open up to out-of-towners. And as in any urban area, some of the best are free.
Saturday, July 5, 2014

Eastern offers culinary camp for young chefs
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — The marinara is bubbling.

The parmesan is chopped. The lemons are sliced.

But something isn’t quite right. As Chef Jeremy Ryan takes a taste of the tarragon butter sauce he’s prepping for the evening’s main course, his eyes light up as he has a revelation.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

National Institute of Health: Think before you drink
WASHINGTON (AP) — How strong is that pina colada? Depending on how it’s made, it could contain as much alcohol as two glasses of wine.

The National Institutes of Health is trying to spread the word: Take a look at its online alcohol calculator to see how much you’re really drinking with those summer cocktails.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

John Williams to debut new version of US anthem
WASHINGTON (AP) — American composer-conductor John Williams is debuting a new arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” featuring choirs, trumpets, an orchestra and cannons on the National Mall for the nation’s birthday.
Thursday, July 3, 2014

Books: 'Sleepwalker's Guide' beautiful
"The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing" (Random House), Mira Jacob

At the start of Mira Jacob's beautiful debut, "The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing," Amina Eapen's mother summons her home to Albuquerque, New Mexico, claiming that her father is acting strangely (though it's possible the real reason Kamala wants her daughter home is so she can set her up with a doctor).

Thursday, July 3, 2014








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