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Round Two: Buffalo Faces Another Wintry Wallop
A vehicle, with a large chunk of snow on its top, drives along Route 20 after digging out after a massive snow fall in Lancaster, N.Y. Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Another two to three feet of snow is expected in the area.
AP Photo/Gary Wiepert
A vehicle, with a large chunk of snow on its top, drives along Route 20 after digging out after a massive snow fall in Lancaster, N.Y. Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Another two to three feet of snow is expected in the area.
AP Photo/Gary Wiepert
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A new blast of lake-effect snow roared through western New York with thunder and lightning today, raising to nearly 6 feet the three-day total in parts of the Buffalo area.
Thursday, November 20, 2014

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Bill Mauldin cartoons to be auctioned this week
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two dozen original editorial cartoons created by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and World War II veteran Bill Mauldin are set to hit the auction block for the first time this week.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Pilot killed in Chicago plane that crashed into home
CHICAGO (AP) — A small twin-engine cargo plane crashed into a home on Chicago’s southwest side Tuesday, killing the pilot but sparing a couple who were asleep just inches away.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Texas high school team made playoffs at 0-10
DALLAS (AP) — Houston Scarborough coach Ajani Sanders understands there are people who don't think his 0-10 team with a 57-game losing streak should have been in the Texas high school football playoffs.
Saturday, November 15, 2014

Club using 15-inch golf cups to attract new golfers
BULL VALLEY, Ill. (AP) — Next spring, McHenry County golfers could start seeing more greens with holes larger than dinner plates as courses experiment with new ways to make the ancient game more appealing.
Saturday, November 15, 2014

Solvang, Calif: Danish sweets and fine wine
SOLVANG, Calif. (AP) — As a Southern California native with a Danish dad and the tongue-twisting Danish name "Solvej," I've always been asked, somewhat cheekily, "Hey! Do you know the town Solvang?"
Saturday, November 15, 2014

Crews Search Site of War of 1812 Fort In Unlikely Illinois
WARSAW, Ill. (AP) — Jenny Goldman ran her gloved hand over the screen, carefully separating a flat disk from the surrounding soil.

“A button,” Goldman said. “Usually we’ll find lots of roots, but we hope for artifacts.”

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ebola drug testing sparks ethics debate
WASHINGTON (AP) — Health officials are scrambling to begin human testing of a handful of experimental drugs for Ebola. But the effort has sparked an ethical debate over how to study unproven medicines amid an outbreak that has killed nearly 5,000.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cosmic 1st: European spacecraft lands on comet
DARMSTADT, Germany (AP) — Hundreds of millions of miles from Earth, a European spacecraft made history today by successfully landing on the icy, dusty surface of a speeding comet — an audacious first designed to answer big questions about the universe.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Escaping the wealth gap can mean fleeing hometowns
DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — This Illinois city already was struggling when Tara Holycross and her friends were kids riding their bikes to Custard Cup, swimming at the park district pool and hanging out in the Wendy’s parking lot.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

New WWII book details story of 'First SEALS'
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Before there were heavily armed Navy SEALs conducting nighttime helicopter raids, there were guys like Frank Monteleone landing on beaches in the dark on two-man motorized rafts dubbed "flying mattresses."
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Winter weather is headed this way
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A frigid blast of air is moving into the mainland U.S. thanks to a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend. Residents in the Upper Midwest are bracing for heavy snow and temperatures plunging across numerous states.
Monday, November 10, 2014

When the Berlin Wall crumbled
(AP) — The Berlin Wall came down Nov. 9, 1989, heralding not just the reunification of East and West Berlin, and East and West Germany, but the eventual fall of the USSR and the Iron Curtain.
Friday, November 7, 2014

The Colosseum: Ancient Ruin or Modern Venue?
MILAN (AP) — Don't expect gladiators to make a latter-day comeback. And soccer has already been ruled out.
Friday, November 7, 2014

Rocket crash stirs uncertainty about space tourism
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal accident investigators have an early sense of what went wrong before an experimental spaceship designed to ferry tourists beyond the Earth’s atmosphere broke apart during a test flight. But they still don’t know why the craft prematurely shifted its shape prior to the deadly crash.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014

25th Anniversary of the fall of the wall
BERLIN (AP) — Berlin’s appearance has changed enormously since the fall on Nov. 9, 1989 of the Berlin Wall, which for nearly three decades divided the communist east from the city’s west — a capitalist enclave deep inside East Germany.
Monday, November 3, 2014

Blood drive in county need local support
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — To help ensure an adequate blood supply for the region, the Central Illinois Community Blood Center is offering  opportunities to donate blood in Christian County.
Monday, November 3, 2014

Ambush suspect in court after $10-million manhunt
MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — Onlookers shouted “Are you sorry?” and “Why did you do it?” as a gaunt and battered-looking Eric Frein — the survivalist suspected in the ambush slaying of a Pennsylvania state trooper — was led from court today, the morning after his capture ended a grueling seven-week manhunt.
Friday, October 31, 2014

Hosting Thanksgiving for the first time? Some tips
NEW YORK (AP) — The potatoes are wrong. The football game's too loud. The kids aren't dressed right. Thanksgiving can, of course, be a great joy, but with so many beloved traditions on the line it can also be prime ground for sniping and griping the first time the torch has been passed.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Boy or girl? Family with 12 sons awaits baby 13
ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan couple with 12 sons is expecting baby No. 13, and even though they're sticking to their tradition of not finding out in advance whether they're having a boy or girl, they said they'd be shocked if their streak is broken.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

TV rollout planned for Bush book about his father, '41'
NEW YORK (AP) — Former President George W. Bush will be back in the public eye as he promotes “41,” his upcoming book about his father, former President George H.W. Bush.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Russians deliver space station cargo after US flop
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Just hours after an American cargo run to the International Space Station ended in flames, a Russian supply ship has arrived at the station with a load of fresh supplies.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Ebola nurse who was quarantined now in Maine
FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A nurse who was confined against her will at a hospital in New Jersey after treating Ebola patients in West Africa is in Maine, where state officials said she’s agreed to be quarantined, officials said Tuesday.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Medical pot deilmma: Where to get the 1st seeds
CHICAGO (AP) — As more states legalize medical marijuana, there’s one stage in the process nobody wants to talk about: the part where people still have to break the law.
Monday, October 27, 2014

Chatham native Gracie Gold third in figure skating competition
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — Gracie Gold is convinced the day will come when she wins a major international competition.
Monday, October 27, 2014

Pair of dancing priests become internet sensation
ROME (AP) — A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keys-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract.
Friday, October 24, 2014

New study details vast scope of teen dating abuse
NEW YORK (AP) — From violence to verbal taunts, abusive dating behavior is pervasive among America's adolescents, according to a new, federally funded survey. It says a majority of boys and girls who date describe themselves as both victims and perpetrators.
Friday, October 24, 2014

Get Your Game On Now For Holiday Toy Shopping
NEW YORK (AP) — Looking for the holiday season's hot toys, like anything related to Disney's "Frozen"? Or maybe you're not picky and just looking for deals?
Friday, October 24, 2014

Mormons address mystery about undergarments
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church is addressing the mystery that has long surrounded undergarments worn by its faithful with a new video explaining the practice in-depth while admonishing ridicule from outsiders about what it considers a symbol of Latter-day Saints' devotion to God.
Friday, October 24, 2014

California startup company unveils gun technology for law enforcement
WATSONVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A Silicon Valley startup has developed technology to let dispatchers know when a police officer’s weapon has been fired.
Friday, October 24, 2014

Lots of ballot initiatives in midterm
(AP)  — Large companies and national advocacy groups are putting millions of dollars in ads behind ballot measures this year, from questions about oil companies’ profits in Alaska to medical marijuana in Florida, according to an analysis of advertising data released Thursday from the Center for Public Integrity.
Thursday, October 23, 2014

'Cadaver dog' work more accepted by cops, courts
BENTON, Calif. (AP) — The burly Labrador retriever sticks out his wide snout to sniff the dirt and dusty air. He’s clearly excited as he runs, yelping, through the high desert of California’s Eastern Sierra region.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

America says no to cappuccino potato chips
NEW YORK (AP) — America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored Lay’s potato chips.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CVS tacks tobacco payment to prescription network
(AP) — First, CVS Health pulled tobacco from its store shelves.  Now, it plans to make some customers think twice about filling prescriptions at other stores that still sell smokes.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Joko Widodo sworn in as Indonesia's new president
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Joko Widodo completed a journey from riverside shack to presidential palace on Monday, cheered through the streets following his inauguration by tens of thousands of ordinary Indonesians in a reminder to the opposition-controlled parliament of the strong grass-roots support that swept him to power.
Monday, October 20, 2014

Man gets 1 to 2 years in buggy horse drive-by
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who pleaded guilty in a drive-by shooting that killed a horse pulling a buggy with a family inside has been sentenced to one to two years behind bars.
Monday, October 20, 2014

Man pleads not guilty in Louisiana stripper death
GRETNA, La. (AP) — A 42-year-old man has pleaded not guilty in the death and dismemberment of a stripper in New Orleans’ French Quarter.
Monday, October 20, 2014

Woman saved from California chimney, then arrested
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — A woman stuck in the chimney of a Southern California house has been rescued and arrested.

Ventura County fire Capt. Ron Oatman says firefighters responding to neighbors’ reports of a woman crying had to chisel away much of the chimney and lubricate it with dish soap Sunday to free 30-year-old Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Dogs Welcome
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Exhibits include dog paintings, dog sculptures and displays about famous dogs. But what really makes this St. Louis museum unique is the visitors: Dogs are welcome, and curators aren't worried about the canines knocking things over or making a mess.
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dallas nurses cite laundry list of sloppy conditions in Ebola care
DALLAS (AP) — A Liberian Ebola patient was left in an open area of a Dallas emergency room for hours, and the nurses treating him worked for days without proper protective gear and faced constantly changing protocols, according to a statement released late Tuesday by the largest U.S. nurses’ union.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Behind The Scenes At The Clinton White House
Behind the scenes in Bill Clinton’s White House, drawn from long-restricted papers released Friday from his presidency:
Saturday, October 11, 2014

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