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NEW YORK (AP) — Corporate deal news gave the US stock market a lift on Monday as a bidding contest erupted for a discount retailer. Stocks also climbed amid reports of diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire in the conflict in Ukraine.

Dollar General jumped after making a bid for retailer Family Dollar, a rival discount store. The offer topped a bid made last month by Dollar Tree, another discount retailer. Airlines were also among the big gainers as the price of oil slumped.

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ADA [ndash] Billy J. "Sam" Estes, 80, of Ada, passed away Monday, June 1, 2020, in Ada. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, June 4, 2020, at Morris Memorial Baptist Church in Latta. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

ADA [ndash] Graveside services for Letha Nadine Kindrick Cushman, 84, of Ada are at 2 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Park Cemetery. The Rev. Earl Hood will officiate. Mrs. Cushman passed away Saturday, May 30, 2020, at an Oklahoma City hospital. She was born July 1, 1935, in Ada, to Cecil and Pau…