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Today in History

Today is Saturday, Dec. 20, the 354th day of 2014. There are 11 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Dec. 20, 1860, South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union as all 169 delegates to a special convention in

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Public Affairs Calendar

Events listed in this column are generally open to the public, although admission fees may be charged. To request changes or additions or notify The Sun of special meetings for this listing, call 935-5525 or 1-800-237-5341, fax to 935-5823 or

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Retailers ready for busy weekend

Staci Vandagriff | The Sun
Waverly Hale, 5, helps her grandmother, Cathy Hale, add to the overflowing cart of toys by picking out Christmas presents for her sister Friday afternoon at Target in The Mall at Turtle Creek.

By Christi Crawford, Sun Staff Writer, ccrawford@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — While Black Friday is the oft-hyped start to the holiday shopping frenzy, today may actually be the busiest shopping day of the year.
Analytics firm ShopperTrak expects

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A-State concludes road swing

Staci Vandagriff | The Sun
Arkansas State’s Amanda Lawson launches a jump shot during the Red Wolves’ exhibition victory over Truman State. ASU closes a four-game road swing with tonight’s game at Missouri State.

By Matthew V. Roberson, Sun sports writer JONESBORO — Arkansas State has been very busy during its longest road swing of the year. The Red Wolves just hope all the travel doesn't catch up to them before they get home. ASU faces its fourth opponent. . . more »

What nickname did NFL great Lance Alworth share with a Disney movie title character?

What comic actor scored huge sales with his Bad Golf Made Easy instructional videos?

Who was the NBA leader in rebounds per game during the 2009-10 season?

How many rounds must a golfer have have played to be eligible for a handicap?

Who hit his 700th home run on September 17, 2004?

Who won the ladies singles most times at Wimbledon in the 80s?

In the 1994 Winter Olympics, how many athletes represented Israel?

Where would you have to win a NASCAR race to get the famous clock?

Beebe portrait unveiled
Plant board OKs 2 new weed killer
Obama: Change may be slow to come to Cuba
Obama signs massive defense spending bill
Latest Congress not the least productive
Bush officials gave CIA wide latitude
Master Gardener class applications being accepted
ASU, MSCC merger talks continue
Post offices set holiday hours
Church sets Candlelight Communion Service
Church: Use holiday funds for homeless
Catholic church opens new building
ASU license plates raise funds for scholarships
JPD probes 3 vehicle thefts
Man accused of two burglaries in one night

Read about all these and more in today's print edition or online e-Edition.

Ferguson's last 'good night' as 'Late Late Show' host

NEW YORK (AP) — Was it Bob Newhart horsing around all those years on "The Late Late Show"? That whimsical notion is part of the revelry during Craig Ferguson's final hour as host of the CBS talk show. It airs Friday at 12:35 a.m. EST. Secretariat the . . .

Collins denies he's a pedophile in interview

NEW YORK (AP) — Embattled actor Stephen Collins says he's not a pedophile and insists he has inappropriately touched a minor on only one occasion. In an interview with Yahoo's Katie Couric, the "7th Heaven" star described himself instead as someone . . .

December 2014