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In this July 6, 2013, file photo, Mel Tillis performs at the Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert at the Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla. Tillis, the longtime country star and Air Force veteran has died. He was 85. <br>Alonzo Adams/Invision/AP

Longtime country singer, songwriter and military veteran Mel Tillis dies

Mel Tillis, the affable longtime country star who wrote hits for Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs and many others, and overcame a stutter to sing on dozens of his own singles, has died.



Mayo physician dispels popular coffee misconceptions

Is coffee good or bad for us? How much is too much? Can it stunt growth? Donald Hensrud, M.D., director of Mayo Clinic's Healthy Living Program, provides answers to these much-debated questions.


Can Marvel’s ultra-violent character 'The Punisher' be used to understand trauma victims?

Days before New York Comic Con’s sneak peek of "The Punisher," Marvel and Netflix decided to pull their next collaboration out of the convention entirely. The plan had been to simulcast the first two installments of the 13-episode series for fans all the way from the Nuit Noire (Black Night) event in Paris. But in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting on Oct. 1, an attack that left 58 people dead and hundreds more wounded, the studios decided to postpone the screening and push the official premiere to Nov. 17. A respectful decision for a series that stars a comic-book character known for his gun violence and featuring a title sequence depicting the slow assemblage of a sniper rifle.

Faith

Two women ask a simple question: 'Need prayer?' Now prayer tents are springing up

Farm worker Ivan Mendoza is riding his bicycle down a busy central Fresno street carrying a bag of recyclables so he can “buy some milk or something” when he comes upon a sign, “Need prayer?” hanging off the side of a pop-up tent.


Microfishing targets smallest fish around with pocket-sized rods and minuscule hooks

Gerry Hansell has too many worms. Otherwise, he's well equipped for a lucky weekday afternoon spent fishing -- microfishing, to be specific: the art of chasing not trophy bass or trout, but tiny species most fishermen regard as bait, if they regard them at all. Hansell's rod is so small it collapses to fit in a pocket. His hook? So minuscule as to be nearly invisible. But those worms ....


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games

The 'Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim' is overly familiar, great on handheld Switch

Where do you even begin to review a re-re-release of a six-year-old video game? Most of the time, the answer is simple. You don’t. You skip that release and move on to the next one, much like gamers will not normally flock to a port of such an old game.



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Family-run Antica Osteria Mingot near Pordenone great for those who like variety

If you’re the type who likes to order the same thing from the menu every time you visit a particular restaurant, Antica Osteria Mingot may not be the best choice. The family-run restaurant in the Pordenone suburb of Rorai Grande not only changes the menu options virtually every day, but diners often face different choices from lunch to dinner.


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the meat and potatoes of life

Desperate fans want their football

Unlike other football fans, I had no choice in the matter. I was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania. Ergo, I am a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. In that part of the country, team loyalty is passed down like eye color, pigeon toes and Grandma’s Golumpki recipe. As involuntary as breathing air.