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Ringling circus elephants to retire in May

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is ending its elephant acts a year and a half early, and will retire all of its touring elephants in May. Read more »

Published Jan. 11, 2016

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From film to videos, Bowie's most memorable visual works

David Bowie's legend was as intrinsically tied to his aesthetic as it was to his genius as a musician. His striking looks and unique charisma made Bowie a natural fit for his own music videos and... Read more »

Published Jan. 11, 2016

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Bristol man takes snow making into his own hands

A winter wonderland of up to 9 inches of snow blankets Blair Bullock's Meadow Drive yard recently — even though official records reflect no measurable precipitation in the region. Read more »

Published Jan. 10, 2016

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'Star Wars' tops DiCaprio in 'Revenant' to stay No. 1

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" stayed on top of the North American box office for the fourth straight weekend, beating out Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Revenant," and becoming the third-largest... Read more »

Published Jan. 10, 2016

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Obama vetoes bill to repeal signature health care law

Protecting his signature domestic achievement, President Barack Obama on Friday vetoed legislation to repeal his health care law, saying the measure "would reverse the significant progress we have... Read more »

Published Jan. 8, 2016

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Hawaii's last sugar plantation to stop growing sugar

Hawaii's last sugar plantation is getting out of the sugar-growing business, signaling the end of an industry that once powered the local economy and lured thousands of immigrants to the islands. Read more »

Published Jan. 7, 2016

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'Star Wars' Monopoly to include Rey after girl complains

The "Star Wars" version of Monopoly will add a game piece based on the female character Rey after an 8-year-old girl wrote to game maker Hasbro complaining about the omission and telling them:... Read more »

Published Jan. 7, 2016

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Cancer now No. 1 killer in 22 states, ahead of heart disease

Cancer is becoming the No. 1 killer in more and more states as deaths from heart disease have declined, new health statistics show. Read more »

Published Jan. 7, 2016

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Janet Jackson says she's recovering, denies cancer

Janet Jackson said she doesn't have cancer, but she isn't specifying the illness that interfered with a concert tour. Read more »

Published Jan. 6, 2016

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House GOP sending health law repeal to Obama for first time

House Republicans prepared to cast their 62nd vote Wednesday repealing President Barack Obama's health care law, with a difference: It's the first time their bill will end up on the president's desk. Read more »

Published Jan. 6, 2016

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LeVar Burton says time is right for 'Roots' remake

LeVar Burton, who starred in the influential 1970s miniseries "Roots," said the remake is arriving at a crucial time. Read more »

Published Jan. 6, 2016

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Why aren't smart TVs very clever?

Turns out that smart TVs can be, well, pretty dumb. Read more »

Published Jan. 6, 2016

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Valeant names Howard Schiller as interim CEO

Pharmaceuticals has named former finance chief Howard Schiller as interim CEO while the troubled drug company's chairman and chief executive remains hospitalized with severe pneumonia. Read more »

Published Jan. 6, 2016

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Queen of Creole Cuisine, Leah Chase, still cooking at 93

After decades running the famous Dooky Chase's restaurant in New Orleans, the Queen of Creole Cuisine has few regrets — maybe just one. Read more »

Published Jan. 5, 2016

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80-year-old Tokyo fish market holds final New Year auction

It's among the biggest of Japan's many New Year holiday rituals: Early on Tuesday, a huge, glistening tuna was auctioned for about 14 million Japanese yen ($118,000) at Tokyo's 80-year-old Tsukiji... Read more »

Published Jan. 5, 2016

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Disneyland to close some attractions to build ‘Star Wars’ land

To make way for “Star Wars,” Disneyland is about to launch its largest expansion ever, which means shutting down a significant chunk of the Anaheim theme park. Read more »

Published Jan. 4, 2016

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Many doctors don't urge HPV shots for preteens, leading to low vaccination rates, study says

Many pediatricians and family doctors are not strongly recommending the cancer-preventing HPV vaccine to preteens and their parents, contributing to low vaccination rates, a survey of nearly 600... Read more »

Published Jan. 4, 2016

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'Star Wars' box office surpasses 'Titanic,' 'Jurassic World'

LOS ANGELES — "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" marched confidently into the new year, raking in an additional $88.3 million over the New Year's weekend and topping the box office for a third... Read more »

Published Jan. 3, 2016

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Will work for food? Co-op programs end amid labor-law fears

Food cooperative programs that allow members to scoop rice, sort organic vegetables and ring up sales in return for grocery discounts are fading fast. Read more »

Published Jan. 3, 2016

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Natalie Cole, master of past and present styles

She began as a 1970s soul singer hyped as the next Aretha Franklin and peaked in the 1990s as an old-fashioned stylist and time-defying duet partner to her late father, Nat "King" Cole. Read more »

Published Jan. 2, 2016

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Security concerns, temperatures don't take fun out of parade

The flower-drenched Rose Parade rolled with few hitches Friday under cloudless blue skies to the delight of hundreds of thousands of fans, some of whom camped out all night on sidewalks determined... Read more »

Published Jan. 1, 2016

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Wayne Rogers, Trapper John on 'M.A.S.H.,' dies at 82

Wayne Rogers, whose Trapper John McIntyre alongside Alan Alda's Hawkeye Pierce brought mischief, martinis and meatball surgery to the masses in the 1970s every week on "M.A.S.H.," has died. Read more »

Published Jan. 1, 2016

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Reaction to the death of Grammy-winning singer Natalie Cole

Reaction to the passing of Grammy-winning singer Natalie Cole, who died in Los Angeles on Thursday at age 65. Read more »

Published Jan. 1, 2016

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Swift's world tour tops Pollstar's 2015 list with $250.4M

Taylor Swift's star-studded "1989 World Tour" topped Pollstar's list of worldwide tours of the year, grossing $250.4 million. Read more »

Published Dec. 31, 2015

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Gadgets around us will keep getting smarter, like it or not

Our cars, our homes, our appliances and even our toys: Things around us are going to keep getting smarter. In 2016, we'll entrust even more of our lives and their intimate details to machines... Read more »

Published Dec. 31, 2015

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