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  • As shoppers mobilize on Thanksgiving, retailers branch out

    NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers are hitting the stores on Thanksgiving and will be finding some surprises: toys and TVs at J.C. Penney, Barbies at Best Buy, kitchen appliances like wine refrigerators at B.J.’s. As the holiday shopping season officially kicked off Thursday, retailers are counting on a lift from a better economy. But they’re also looking beyond economic data and mapping out ways to pick up sales from other retailers as Amazon expands its reach. That can mean opening […]

  • Pioneering jazz singer Jon Hendricks dies at 96

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Jon Hendricks, the pioneering jazz singer, and lyricist who with the trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross popularized the “vocalese” singing style in which words were added to instrumental songs, has died. He was 96. His daughter, Aria Hendricks, confirmed his death to the New York Times. She said he died Wednesday at a New York City hospital. Hendricks found fame in the 1950s and ’60s teaming with Dave Lambert and Annie Ross. Their interracial trio became […]

  • Black clouds of smoke stretched over Brussels as Belgian waffle factory catches fire

    BRUSSELS — The sweet smell of waffles is familiar in Belgium but on Thursday, November 23 people were left choking as a fire at a waffle factory sent a dense black cloud across Brussels, disrupting road and rail traffic and forcing the evacuation of nearby factories and a school. Police said the blaze at the Milcamps factory, which produces the national sweet treat in various regional variants, broke out at lunchtime. The fire originated in the cooling system and quickly […]

  • Della Reese, of TV’s “Touched by an Angel,” has died at 86

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Della Reese, the actress and gospel-influenced singer who in middle age found her greatest fame as Tess, the wise angel in the long-running television drama “Touched by an Angel,” has died at age 86. A family representative released a statement Monday that Reese died peacefully Sunday evening in California. No cause of death or additional details were provided. Before “Touched by an Angel” debuted in 1994, Reese was mainly known as a singer, although she had […]

  • Roy Moore accuser says she was not paid to tell her story

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman accusing Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of initiating sexual contact when she was 14 said Monday she wanted to confront him years ago but didn’t because he was powerful and the encounter gutted her self-confidence. She said she came forward to tell her story only after other women agreed to. The declaration by Leigh Corfman comes after Moore’s supporters claimed without evidence that reporters were offering thousands of dollars to women for accusations. The state […]

  • 3- 2-1, BAM! Georgia Dome imploded in downtown Atlanta

    ATLANTA (AP) — One of the nation’s largest domed stadiums has been destroyed in a scheduled implosion in downtown Atlanta. Nearly 5,000 pounds of explosives were on hand to blast the Georgia Dome in Atlanta to smithereens Monday at 7:30 a.m. People gathered at windows of tall office buildings, at a nearby revolving hotel-top restaurant, in parking lots and at other areas around the scene downtown to watch the blast. The dome opened in 1992, and officials had said it […]

  • Honda recalls 900,000 Odyssey minivans; 2nd row seat may tip

    NEW YORK (AP) — Honda is recalling about 900,000 of its Odyssey minivans because the second-row seats may tip forward if not properly latched. The recall announced Saturday covers vehicles from the 2011-17 model years. About 800,000 of the affected minivans were sold in the United States. Honda says it has received 46 reports of minor injuries related to the issue. It says the Odyssey’s second-row seat may tip forward during moderate to heavy braking if it isn’t properly latched […]

  • Charles Manson, cult leader and mastermind behind 1969 deaths of actress Sharon Tate, 6 others, has died

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charles Manson, the hippie cult leader who became the hypnotic-eyed face of evil across America after orchestrating the gruesome murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969, died Sunday after nearly a half-century in prison. He was 83. Manson, whose name to this day is synonymous with unspeakable violence and madness, died at 8:13 p.m. of natural causes at a Kern County hospital, according to a California […]

  • Cosby Show actor Earle Hyman dies at 91

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Earle Hyman, a veteran actor of stage and screen who was widely known for playing Russell Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” has died. Jordan Strohl, a representative for The Actors Fund, says that Hyman died Friday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey. He was 91. A North Carolina native, Hyman made his Broadway debut as a teenager in 1943. He would go on to become a charter member of the American Shakespeare Theater. […]

  • South Dakota university to offer 18-day intensive courses

    RAPID CITY, S.D. — A university in western South Dakota is introducing an unconventional schedule for students interested in completing a college course in 18 days. Black Hills State University-Rapid City will offer block courses for students who want to focus on and finish one subject at a time, the Rapid City Journal reported. University officials said the offering will be the first of its kind in South Dakota. Traditionally, college courses are held at different times based on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday or […]

  • Longtime country singer, songwriter Mel Tillis dies

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.  — Mel Tillis, the affable longtime country star who wrote hits for Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs and many others, and overcame a stutter to sing on dozens of his own singles, has died. A spokesman for Tillis, Don Murry Grubbs, said Tillis died early Sunday at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida. He was 85. Grubbs said Tillis battled intestinal issues since 2016 and never fully recovered. The suspected cause of death is respiratory failure. Tillis, the […]

  • Bodies found in Alabama linked to missing rapper, promoter

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) An Alabama sheriff says two bodies found over the weekend in a rural area are believed to be an Atlanta-based rapper and his cousin, a music promoter. Both had been missing for several days. Rapper Edward Reeves, known as Bambino Gold; and Kendrick Stokes, known as Skooly Kee Da Tooly, were reported missing Nov. 7. The Montgomery Advertiser reports that the bodies were found in separate locations in Macon County, in eastern Alabama. Macon County Sheriff Andre […]