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  • Girls embrace rare program at juvenile center

    By LINCOLN WRIGHT - Associated Press

    Standing before a full room, Alexis lifted her face up from the piece of paper in her hands and spoke into the microphone in front of her. Published August 2, 2014

  • Senior singers troupe inspire smiles around Racine

    By KRISTEN ZAMBO - Associated Press

    One man held a nursing home resident's hand, looking into her eyes, while he and 11 others sang "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" to a packed dining room. Published August 2, 2014

  • West slope reservist treats Dominican patients

    By GREG RULAND - Associated Press

    Maj. Philip Latteier cut a gallant figure in black and white camouflage during a June deployment to the Dominican Republic, but it was the U.S. Army reservist's successful humanitarian mission there that drew the most attention. Published August 2, 2014

  • Folk singer visits NC to drum up support for bees

    By NATHANIEL AXTELL - Associated Press

    Usually when folk singer Dar Williams travels to Western North Carolina on tour, she draws crowds of excited fans to Asheville venues such as The Grey Eagle or The Orange Peel. But Williams recently embarked on a more low-key tour of the region with the goal of creating a buzz of a different sort. Published August 2, 2014

  • Exotic animals help Mass. nursing home patients

    By SAMANTHA ALLEN - Associated Press

    At the Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley, it's not uncommon to see patients asleep in their wheelchairs by the saltwater-fish tank, or out for a stroll around a pasture filled with grass-grazing animals like goats and llamas. Published August 2, 2014

  • Manny Roth, founder of Café Wha?, dead at 94

    By HILLEL ITALIE - Associated Press

    Manny Roth, a colorful club owner in Greenwich Village whose Cafe Wha? and its basement level stage was a rite of passage in the 1960s for Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen and many others, has died. He was 94. Published August 2, 2014

  • Bout with leukemia becomes nurse's life mission

    By DAVE NICHOLSON - Associated Press

    Becky Dame was a college freshman when a stomachache sent her to the infirmary. That trip led to an unexpected and life-changing diagnosis: leukemia. Published August 2, 2014

  • Exhibit captures the poster art of World War I

    By JOHN ANDREW PRIME - Associated Press

    A century after it started, World War I, the Great War, and for a generation the "War to end all wars" will be commemorated with an exhibit at Shreveport's R.W. Norton Art Gallery. Published August 2, 2014

  • Stanley shoots for an all-season future

    By ROCKY BARKER - Associated Press

    A week ago, Idaho 21 was lined with cars during the arts and craft fair on this town's biggest weekend of the year, the Mountain Mamas Festival. Published August 2, 2014

  • Summer program helps visually impaired children

    By KIRSTEN JOHNSON - Associated Press

    In a quiet classroom at the Idaho Falls Activity Center, 8-year-old Mei Mei Hill plastered zebra-print sticky material, tie-dye duct tape and eyeball foam stickers onto her brand new cane. Published August 2, 2014

  • EXCHANGE: Volunteers revitalize Effingham museum

    By TONY HUFFMAN - Associated Press

    If the walls of the old Effingham County courthouse museum could talk, they would tell of a rich local history. Delaine Donaldson and his group of tireless volunteers want to the give the historical structure a renewed voice, one that will preserve the county's shared history for years to come. Published August 2, 2014

  • PraiseMoves reignites debate over yoga's nature

    By TAYA FLORES - Associated Press

    Yoga mats out and heads bowed, about 10 women listened intently as Tammy Douglas said a prayer aloud. The opening prayer set the tone for the Saturday PraiseMoves class, which is marketed as a Christian alternative to yoga. Published August 2, 2014

  • Judge won't free Russian accused of hacking in US

    By GRACE GARCES BORDALLO - Associated Press

    A federal judge in the U.S. territory of Guam denied a motion Thursday to release a Russian lawmaker's son accused of hacking computers inside hundreds of U.S. businesses. Published August 1, 2014

  • Contract talks in Met Opera labor dispute extended

    By VERENA DOBNIK - Associated Press

    It's a drama worthy of the Metropolitan Opera: Frantic, last-minute labor negotiations aimed at averting a lockout that threatens to stop both pay and benefits for thousands of singers, musicians, stagehands and other workers. Published August 1, 2014

  • Police: Costumed girl injured at Comic-Con fell

    By Associated Press

    Police say a costumed teenager who was found bloody and unconscious during Comic-Con was likely the victim of a fall, and the injuries weren't caused by an assault. Published August 1, 2014

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