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Thermometer hits at least 128 degrees in Death Valley, Calif.

PHOENIX, June 30 (UPI) -- The temperature reached at least a record-tying 128 degrees in California's Death Valley National Park Sunday, officials said.

Alleged thief arrested over stolen painting

OLYMPIA, Wash., April 21 (UPI) -- A Washington man was arrested for trying to sell a painting he allegedly stole to an antique shop where the theft victim had originally bought it, police said.

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Weather hints at a better U.S. crop season

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., March 15 (UPI) -- U.S. weather patterns have indicated a more promising growing season in the Midwest and Northeast this year than in 2012, AccuWeather meteorologists said.

Storms hit West Coast; trigger surf alerts

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- A series of storms on the West Coast caused power outages and travel delays and advisories were posted for high surf and rip currents, officials said Friday.

Tornado hits Norman, Okla.; 10 hurt

NORMAN, Okla., April 13 (UPI) -- A tornado hit Norman, Okla., Friday afternoon, inflicting minor injuries on at least 10 people and causing property damage, officials and witnesses said.

Man robs bank in drag

LEXINGTON, Ky., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Police in Kentucky said they are investigating whether a bank robbery involving a man in women's clothing is connected to other cross-dressing crimes.

Man, 82, accused of trading drugs for sex

BEREA, Ky., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- An 82-year-old man in Berea, Ky., allegedly traded OxyContin to two young women in return for sexual favors, police say.

Blackout affecting up to 2M Floridians

MIAMI, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Up to 2 million Floridians were without electricity Tuesday after blackouts rolled across portions of the state following a shutdown of two nuclear reactors.

Winds expected to fan California flames

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- More light to moderate Santa Ana winds are forecast for wildfire-swept southern California along with a dry air mass, meteorologists reported Friday.

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Saxophonist Otto "Toby" Hardwicke was born this day in 1904 in Washington, D.C. He was Duke Ellington's alto sax mainstay for about 14 years beginning in 1932.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Trumpeter Sidney de Paris was born this day in 1905 in Crawfordsville, Ind. He succeeded Rex Stewart in the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra in 1931, then recorded several classics with Don Redman.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Bass player Eugene Wright was born this day in 1923. He signed on with the Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1958, where his solid timekeeping became the base for Brubeck's experiments with polyrhythms and unusual time signatures.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Norma Egstrom, better known as jazz singer Peggy Lee, was born this day in 1920 in Jamestown, N.D. She died earlier this year.
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Electric violinist Michael White was born this day in 1933 in Houston. He came into the jazz spotlight in 1965 at the Monterey Jazz Festival as a member of saxophonist John Handy's quintet. -0-
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Trumpeter and bandleader Lee Castle was born this day in 1915 in New York. He was a featured soloist with many of the major jazz big bands.
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Pianist and composer Scott Joplin, the man known as the King of Ragtime, was born this day in 1868 in Texarkana, Texas. He died in New York in 1917.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Clarinetist and bandleader Buster Bailey was born this day in 1902 in Memphis.
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