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Puppet, Twister, Super Soaker make National Toy Hall of Fame, beat Wiffle ball, coloring book

ROCHESTER, N.Y. Twister, the parlour game once too hot for the Sears catalogue but cool enough for Johnny Carson, was inducted Thursday into the National Toy Hall of Fame. The class of 2015 also includes the old-as-time puppet and Super Soaker — think squirt gun on steroids.

Kraft Heinz shedding 2,600 jobs, closing 7 factories in Canada, U.S.

IOWA CITY, Iowa Kraft Heinz is closing is closing a plant in Canada and six others in the United States over the next two years as part of a downsizing that will eliminate 2,600 jobs, the newly merged food company announced Wednesday.

The Canadian plant being closed is in St. Marys, a small town in southwestern Ontario.

Nats hire Baker as manager

WASHINGTON—Dusty Baker is the new manager of the Washington Nationals—meaning Major League Baseball avoids what would have been its first start to a season since 1988 with zero black skippers.

The Nationals announced Baker’s hiring today, nearly a month after firing Matt Williams, whose lack of prior experience turned out to be a problem as the club missed the playoffs.

Whisenhunt given boot by Titans

NASHVILLE—The Tennessee Titans have fired Ken Whisenhunt after a 3-20 start, with Mike Mularkey being named interim head coach for the rest of the season.

The Titans announced the move this morning.

“We have expected more progress on the field, and I felt it was time to move in a different direction,” Titans’ controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk said in a statement.

Ozone hole swells

GENEVA—The Antarctic ozone hole has swelled this month to one of its biggest sizes on record, U.N. and U.S. scientists say.

They insist the Earth-shielding ozone layer remains on track to long-term recovery but residents of the southern hemisphere should be on watch for high UV levels in the weeks ahead.

Pennies turn into windfall

RUSTON, La.—After more than 45 years of saving pennies, a Louisiana man decided it was time to cash them in.

The News-Star reports 73-year-old Otha Anders, of Ruston, took 15 five-gallon plastic water jugs full of the coins to the bank on Tuesday.

His grand total: a deposit of $5,136.14 into his account.

He says it will go toward a recent dental bill.

Man makes more than a pretty penny - $5,136.14, to be exact - cashing in his jugs of the coins

RUSTON, La. After more than 45 years of saving pennies, a Louisiana man decided it was time to cash them in.

The News-Star reports that 73-year-old Otha Anders, of Ruston, took 15 five-gallon plastic water jugs full of the coins to the bank on Tuesday. His grand total: A deposit of $5,136.14 into his account. He says it will go toward a recent dental bill.

UN weather body: Antarctic ozone hole expands due to cold

GENEVA The U.N.’s weather body says unusually cold high-altitude conditions have expanded the Antarctic ozone hole to one of the largest sizes on record, though the long-term trend remains one of shrinkage.

The World Meteorological Organizations notes regular, year-to-year variations in the hole, but says the expansion shows “we need to remain vigilant.”