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Niche, mainstream sellers carry kale into beauty

    NEW YORK (AP) — Kale has crept out of salads and juicers into beauty products fromniche and mainstream sellers. The leafy superfood that many love and others love to hate can now be had in face masks, skin-brightening serums, creams and nail polish, pushed along by the march to healthier living and the frenzy [...]

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No. 23 Tar Heels host Flames in season opener

  CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The week started at North Carolina with the focus on who would start at quarterback for the No. 23 Tar Heels in Saturday night’s opener against Liberty. By midweek, however, the attention had shifted to the suspension of four defensive players — a moment that overshadowed the preseason optimism [...]

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Gun company cuts ties with reality TV star

  BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana firearms company at the center of the reality TV show “Sons of Guns” distanced itself from the program’s star this week after he was arrested on charges of repeatedly raping a child. Will Hayden was arrested Tuesday. As of Thursday, Red Jacket Firearms said that “with heavy [...]

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Ebola arrives in Senegal as outbreak accelerates

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A man infected with Ebola traveled to Senegal, bringing the disease to that country for the first time in an outbreak that has hit four other West African nations and killed more than 1,500 people, the Ministry of Health said Friday. The infected person, a university student from Guinea, sought treatment [...]

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Reds, blues dominate Emmy Awards red carpet

  NEW YORK (AP) — Lena Dunham showed up for the Emmys in an awkward pink confection and Kerry Washington went for a bright orange dress with dark sparkle peeking out from underneath, but it was the reds and blues that dominated the carpet Monday. And neutrals, too. On Team Red were best actress in a comedy winner Julia [...]

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UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark

  GENEVA (AP) — The civil war in Syria has forced 3 million people out of the country as more than a million people fled in the past year, creating a crisis that the U.N. refugee agency said requires the biggest operation in its 64-year history. The tragic milestone means that about one of every [...]

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FSU-Oklahoma State headlines ACC opening weekend

  A look at things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference during Week 1 of the season: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 1 Florida State vs. Oklahoma State. The reigning national champion Seminoles and Heisman winner Jameis Winston face the Cowboys in the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night. The Seminoles [...]

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Bucks County Playhouse gives lyricists a boost

  NEW YORK (AP) — All too often, it’s the melodies in musicals that get all the attention. But what about the lyrics? The new leaders of the Bucks County Playhouse are hoping to try to redress the imbalance by focusing on a musical’s lyrics as part of a push to incubate new shows and [...]

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A flavor out of favor: Dog meat fades in S. Korea

  SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — For more than 30 years, chef and restaurant owner Oh Keum-il built her expertise in cooking one traditional South Korean delicacy: dog meat. In her twenties, Oh traveled around South Korea to learn dog meat recipes from each region. During a period of South Korean reconciliation with North Korea [...]

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SAfrica: 4 guilty in murder try on Rwandan general

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African court found four men guilty Friday of an attempt to murder an exiled former Rwandan general in front of his home in Johannesburg, an attack that the general said was ordered by Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Two other suspects were acquitted for the shooting in 2010 that injured Gen. [...]

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US delivers military aid to Lebanese army

  BEIRUT (AP) — The United States has delivered its first emergency shipment of weapons to Lebanon, officials said Friday, to help bolster military forces as part of a broader regional response to combat the growing threat posed by Islamic extremists. The delivery is in response to a request by the Lebanese government after a [...]

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Beyonce wears designs by Virginia Beach native

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Superstar Beyonce Knowles Carter last month posted to Instagram photos of herself wearing the African-print fashions of Reuben Reuel. Harper’s Bazaar hailed him as her favorite new designer. Yet Reuel is not really new to the design world. He simply is new to the massive limelight and sudden interest that erupt from [...]

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Beamer Ball here to stay

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech has given football coach Frank Beamer a two-year contract extension. Athletic director Whit Babcock announced the extension on Wednesday, which will keep the winningest active coach at the Division I level on the Hokies’ sideline through Jan. 1, 2019. Financial terms were not released. Babcock says the extension is [...]

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Feds reviewing Reynolds’ deal to buy Lorillard

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal regulators are putting Camel cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc.’s planned $25 billion takeover of rival Newport maker Lorillard Inc. under the microscope. The nation’s second-biggest tobacco company said Friday that the Federal Trade Commission has asked for additional information as part of an antitrust review of the deal. The [...]

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California Legislature passes ‘yes means yes’ bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State lawmakers on Thursday, Aug. 28 2014,  passed a bill that would make California the first state to define when “yes means yes” while investigating sexual assaults on college campuses. The Senate unanimously passed SB967 as states and universities across the U.S. are under pressure to change how they handle rape [...]

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Dustin Diamond returns again to his inner Screech

  NEW YORK (AP) — The rank of mega-stars who are known simply by one name includes, of course, Madonna, Cher, Beyonce and Bono. Oh, and one more, surely — that man-boy known as Screech. Samuel “Screech” Powers of the 1990s TV show “Saved by the Bell” has become almost an icon — for gross [...]

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Iraqi town holds out against militant juggernaut

  BAGHDAD (AP) — As Islamic militants rampaged across northern Iraq in June, seizing vast swaths of territory and driving hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, the Shiite Turkmens living in the hardscrabble town of Amirli decided to stay and fight. The wheat and barley farmers took up arms, dug trenches and posted [...]

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Budget Cuts

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is ordering state agency heads to come up with across-the-board budget cuts for the next two years in order to cope with a more than $880 million budget shortfall. McAuliffe’s chief of staff, Paul Reagan, sent a memo to agency chiefs on Friday ordering them to come [...]

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Stock markets subdued after weak economic data

  HONG KONG (AP) — European and Asian stock markets were subdued Friday after data showed Japan’s economy is struggling to recover from a sales tax hike and that inflation in the eurozone slipped again, a sign the recovery remains weak. KEEPING SCORE: Germany’s DAX was up less than 0.1 percent to 9,469.08 while France’s [...]

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Shelly Sterling: Ballmer eager to own Clippers

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Shelly Sterling was approached by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about buying the Los Angeles Clippers, the wife of disgraced team owner Donald Sterling did not know who he was. But in short order she convinced him the team was worth an unprecedented $2 billion. In an exclusive interview [...]

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Autopsy doesn’t say why Oklahoma inmate writhed

   OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An autopsy on an Oklahoma inmate who died after his troubled execution was halted concluded that he was killed by the lethal drugs, but it doesn’t explain why he writhed, moaned and clenched his teeth before he was pronounced dead about 43 minutes after the process began. Department of Corrections [...]

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No. 7 UCLA comes east to face Virginia

  CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia has a new quarterback and all sorts of optimism heading into its opener. The Cavaliers also have one of the most formidable opponents in the country in No. 7 UCLA. The Bruins have two players — dual-threat quarterback Brett Hundley and linebacker and running back Myles Jack — expected [...]

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