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‘Scary Lucy’ statue gets new role in mall Halloween display

It’s a role “Scary Lucy” was born to play: Frightening people at Halloween.

ABC Family network changing name to Freeform

The ABC Family network, home of youthful dramas “Pretty Little Liars” and “The Fosters,” said Tuesday it will change its name to Freeform this winter.

‘Jay Leno’s Garage’ rolls into prime-time on CNBC

Jay Leno said it’s been easy to lure Francis Ford Coppola, Laurence Fishburne and other famous folks to his new car-centric TV show.

Patrick Kennedy memoir creates rift among his family

A memoir by former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy has created a rift with family members upset over his portrayal of family secrecy, substance abuse and mental illness, including that of his father, late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy.

Michigan factory supervisor wins $310.5M Powerball ticket

A supervisor at a Michigan fiberglass factory who won a $310.5 million Powerball jackpot said Tuesday that she immediately quit her one-time “nasty, dirty” job and will buy land to build houses for her family.

Russia, US plan another talk to avoid air conflicts in Syria

Russia has informed the United States that Moscow is willing to continue talks to ensure the two countries’ aircraft don’t interfere with each other over Syria, senior U.S. military officials said Tuesday.

Top general in Afghanistan recommends keeping more US troops

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan recommended on Tuesday that President Barack Obama revise his plan and keep more than 1,000 U.S. troops in the country beyond 2016, just days after a deadly U.S. airstrike “mistakenly” hit a hospital during fierce fighting in the north.

NATO chief: Russian jets in Turkish airspace no accident

NATO’s secretary-general on Tuesday rejected Moscow’s claim that its military incursion into alliance airspace over Turkey wasn’t intentional or important, saying there were two separate incidents and “the violation lasted for a long time.”

Sunken ship had enough lifeboats, but storm overpowered it

Crew members trained regularly in calm waters to handle the lifeboats would instead likely have struggled against buffeting by huge 50-foot waves, a vessel taking on water and listing to one side and winds the Coast Guard estimated reached 140 mph. Life rafts can get torn apart. Lifeboats become impossible to drop into the sea.

Multigenerational hit: Student debt traps parents and kids

A college degree practically stamped Andres Aguirre’s ticket to the middle class. Yet at age 40, he’s still paying the price of admission. After a decade of repayments, Aguirre still diverts $512 a month to loans and owes $20,000.

US, Chile declare new marine reserves, fight overfishing

President Barack Obama has declared new marine sanctuaries in Lake Michigan and the tidal waters of Maryland, while Chile blocked off more than 200,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean near the world-famous Easter Island from commercial fishing and oil and gas exploration.

Federal court: Intent matters in migratory-bird deaths

Companies accused of causing migratory bird deaths may be harder to successfully prosecute after a federal appeals court recently ruled that a century-old wildlife protection law only applies if the killing is intentional.

Oregon shooter rants in writings about having no girlfriend

The gunman who executed nine people at an Oregon community college before killing himself ranted in writings he left behind about not having a girlfriend and thinking everyone else was crazy, a law enforcement official said Monday.

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Amtrak train derails in central Vermont

An Amtrak train headed from Vermont to Washington, D.C., on Monday hit rocks that had fallen onto the track from a ledge, spilling the locomotive and a passenger car down an embankment, derailing three other cars and injuring seven people.

Flight diverted; stricken pilot dies

An American Airlines flight from Phoenix to Boston was diverted to Syracuse, New York, Monday morning after the captain became ill and later died, according to an airline spokeswoman.

Man jubliant after finding missing toddler

A man who found a little girl who’d been missing from her great-grandparents’ home for two days sounded jubilant in a 911 call.

General Mills recalling 1.8 million boxes of Cheerios

General Mills is recalling 1.8 million boxes of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios produced at a plant in Lodi, California, saying the cereal is labeled gluten-free but actually contains wheat.

Thousands without running water as SC flooding continues

People across South Carolina got an object lesson Monday in how you can dodge a hurricane and still get hammered.

Feds, states announce settlement with BP over Gulf oil spill

The Justice Department and five states on Monday announced a $20 billion final settlement of claims arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

US, 11 Pacific Rim countries reach trade deal

Having hammered out an ambitious trade deal with 11 Pacific Rim countries, the Obama administration now faces a potentially tougher task: selling the deal to a skeptical Congress.