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    Convoy of wreaths headed for Arlington National Cemetery

    COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine (AP) — A convoy loaded with Christmas wreaths has left Down East Maine for a weeklong journey to Arlington National Cemetery, where the wreaths will adorn tombstones this holiday season. The Wreaths Across America caravan departed Sunday from Columbia Falls, where the wreaths were made. It’ll travel through Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, […]
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    Settlement reached in mom’s breastfeeding suit against YMCA

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A lawsuit alleging a Rhode Island YMCA would not allow a mother to breastfeed in public has been settled. The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island on Friday announced the settlement on behalf of Elizabeth Gooding, who sued the Ocean Community YMCA in May. Gooding is a mother of three […]
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    Swiss woman angry over champagne refusal ejected from plane

    BERLIN (AP) — German police say the pilot of a passenger jet destined for Zurich made an unscheduled stop at Stuttgart airport because a Swiss passenger become aggressive after being denied champagne. Reutlingen police say crew members were unable to calm the 44-year-old business class passenger, who was angered by their refusal to serve her […]
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    Sexual misconduct often part of the job in hospitality work

    CHICAGO (AP) — One woman recalls how a general manager at a Chicago-area restaurant where she worked told her that if security cameras recorded him reaching between her legs and grabbing her genitals, he could simply “edit that out.” Another woman worked at an Atlanta restaurant and says her boss did nothing when two dishwashers […]
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    Price hikes push health insurance shoppers into hard choices

    Margaret Leatherwood has eight choices for health insurance next year but no good options. The cheapest individual coverage available in her market would eat up nearly a quarter of the income her husband brings home from the oilfields. The Bryson, Texas, couple makes too much to qualify for Affordable Care Act tax credits that help […]
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    Pope urges nuclear disarmament, climate-change solutions

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is calling for a world without nuclear arms and for effective measures to combat climate change. Addressing the faithful Sunday in St. Peter’s Square, he stressed what he called “the strong link between human rights and nuclear disarmament.” Francis said working to protect the dignity of the weakest and […]
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    Poet Robert Frost’s original Christmas cards on display

    MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) — For the first time in more than half a century, a series of Christmas cards and booklets that feature poems by Robert Frost, the poet known for his gritty images of rural New England life, are on display at Vermont’s Middlebury College. Some of the poems were published for the first […]
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    Today in History

    Today in History Today is Sunday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2017. There are 21 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 10, 1817, Mississippi was admitted as the 20th state of the Union. On this date: In 1520, Martin Luther publicly burned the papal edict demanding that he recant […]
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    NYC Ballet names interim leadership during harassment probe

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Ballet has appointed an interim team to oversee the artistic management of the company during an investigation into a sexual harassment accusation against longtime leader Peter Martins. The ballet company announced Thursday that 71-year-old Martins is taking a leave of absence from the company and its School […]
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    Oklahoma veterinarian removes 21 pacifiers from dog’s belly

    EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma mother and father couldn’t figure out what was happening to their child’s pacifiers until the baby’s grandmother saw the family dog swipe one off a counter. One nauseous pooch and a trip to their veterinarian’s office confirmed the couple’s hunch: Dovey had 21 pacifiers lodged in her stomach. The […]