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  • Southern Democrats trying to recover lost ground

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — To rebuild in the conservative South, Democratic leaders say their party must become more aggressive advocates for the middle class in an effort to energize African-Americans and attract whites. After the Republicans' success in the midterm elections, many say the...

  • A glance at Ferguson: Then, now and the future

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Thanksgiving started quietly in Ferguson, following protests Wednesday night that drew the smallest crowd since a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the death of Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old. ___ THE LATEST: Community members...

  • City's ugly Christmas tree getting single red bulb

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    READING, Pa. (AP) — A much-maligned public Christmas tree in Pennsylvania is getting the Charlie Brown treatment. Officials in Reading (RED'-ing) say the spindly branches will be decorated with a single red ornamental bulb — just like the scrawny tree in the beloved "Peanuts" holiday...

  • Families asked to host visitors for pope's US trip

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Residents of the Philadelphia area are being asked to show some brotherly love to those traveling to the city to see Pope Francis next year. With hotel rooms filling up fast for the Roman Catholic-sponsored World Meeting of Families, organizers hope to find more...

  • Longevity, icon status get toys into hall of fame

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Before the holiday wish lists and mad buying rush each year comes a dose of nostalgia with the National Toy Hall of Fame's annual picks for enshrinement. This year, bubbles, little green army men and the Rubik's Cube took their place alongside past winners...

  • National Toy Hall of Fame inductees over the years

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    The inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame: ___ 2014: Little green army men Bubbles Rubik's Cube ___ 2013: Rubber duck Chess ___ 2012: Dominoes Star Wars action figures ___ 2011: Blanket Dollhouse Hot Wheels ___ 2010: Playing cards The Game of Life ___...

  • Toyota, tire maker Toyo issue safety recalls

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Toyota is recalling about 30,000 Sienna Minivans worldwide, saying the 2015 models' overhead assist grips can detach when an air bag deploys. The automaker says that the grips, which are mounted to the minivans' roof rails, could detach from the mounting bracket...

  • Ferguson grand jury papers full of inconsistencies

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Some witnesses said Michael Brown had been shot in the back. Another said he was face-down on the ground when Officer Darren Wilson "finished him off." Still others acknowledged changing their stories to fit published details about the autopsy or admitted that they...

  • Justice sent home after heart stent implanted

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court spokeswoman says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been released from the hospital after having a heart stent implanted to clear a blocked artery. Spokeswoman Kathy Arberg says the 81-year-old jurist was sent home Thursday and is expected to be at work...

  • Frida Kahlo's garden to be reimagined in New York

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's native garden and studio will be reimagined at the New York Botanical Garden in the spring. The garden will use flowers and plants native to Mexico in the exhibition "Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life," which will open May 16 and run through...

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