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Dear Annie

Dear Annie: My husband, “Robert,” and I moved back to our hometown several years ago to help with aging parents. I went back to work as a nurse, and he joined his father’s law firm. Upon moving back, we struck up a friendship with an old acquaintance of Robert’s. “Tim” and Robert ...

Today in history

By The Associated Press Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 22, 1968, the fast-paced sketch comedy program "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" premiered as a weekly series on NBC-TV. On this date: In 1498, during his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, Christopher Columbus arrived at ...

California highway swamped by deadly mudslides reopens

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A coastal California highway swamped by deadly mudslides reopened Sunday after a nearly two-week closure that caused traffic headaches across the region, state officials said. Traffic began moving again on U.S. 101 in Santa Barbara County shortly after noon, ...

Weekend of women’s marches promises continued momentum

By HAVEN DALEY and JOHN LOCHER Associated Press LAS VEGAS— Thousands of people poured into a football stadium in Las Vegas on Sunday, the anniversary of women's marches around the world, to cap off a weekend of global demonstrations that promised to continue building momentum for ...

Senate moderates to pitch leaders on plan to end shutdown

By KEVIN FREKING, ANDREW TAYLOR and ALAN FRAM Associated Press WASHINGTON — Restive Senate moderates in both parties expressed hopes of finding a way out of the government shutdown mess Sunday as their leadership engaged in unrelenting finger-pointing over who was to blame for the ...

Fight breaks out in Eagles parking lot

By The Associated Press A fight broke out in a parking lot near the Philadelphia Eagles' home stadium as police tried to disperse tailgating fans hours before the NFC Championship game. NJ.com reports a bloodied fan was taken into custody amid the chaos Sunday afternoon near Lincoln ...

Flower show’s focus on water lets visitors dive into spring

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — As the East Coast continues its slog through chilly temperatures and general winter dreariness, the Philadelphia Flower Show offers a colorful sneak peek into warmer, longer days. This year, visitors can dive into spring at the "Wonders of Water" themed show, which runs ...

Ellsworth shows independent streak in GOP candidates’ forum

By MARC LEVY Associated Press A little-known lawyer from Pittsburgh showed an independent streak as the four Republican candidates vying for the nomination to challenge Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in November's election stood together in their third forum Saturday night. The hourlong forum ...

Droves fill pope’s final Mass in restive Latin America trip

By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press LIMA, Peru — More than 1 million people turned out Sunday for Pope Francis' final Mass in Peru, giving him a warm and heartfelt farewell that contrasted sharply with the outcry he caused in neighboring Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slandering ...

Pence accuses Congress of playing politics with military pay

By KEN THOMAS Associated Press NEAR THE SYRIAN BORDER — Vice President Mike Pence, weighing in from the Middle East on the shutdown in Washington, accused the U.S. Congress of playing politics with military pay, and told American soldiers stationed near the Syrian border that the Trump ...

Tom Petty died of drug overdose

By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK— Tom Petty died last year because of an accidental drug overdose that his family said occurred on the same day he found out his hip was broken after performing dozens of shows with a less serious injury. His wife and daughter ...

Winners and losing teams from early NFL Draft entry period

Every year Alabama sends a handful of underclassmen to the NFL. Every year the next wave of stars slips into place for the Crimson Tide and Nick Saban’s team rolls along. Saban said goodbye to five underclassmen last week, including All-America defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick and ...

Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George doing it all for new team

OKLAHOMA CITY — Thunder coach Billy Donovan can’t pinpoint the best thing about Paul George. Oklahoma City’s versatile forward averages just over 20 points per game, leads the league in steals and is third in 3-point goals while shooting 43 percent from beyond the arc. “I think ...

Government must plan for climate change

By MICHAEL BIESECKER Associated Press WASHINGTON — A top manager who supervises the Environmental Protection Agency program responsible for cleaning up the nation's most contaminated properties and waterways told Congress on Thursday that the government needs to plan for the ongoing ...

Michigan farmer to open new game bird preserve

BY PATTI BRANDT BURGESS Traverse City Record-Eagle CEDAR, Mich.— Area yak and alpaca farmer Chris Butz is expanding his agritourism offerings by opening the first game bird preserve in Leelanau County. Hunters can pursue game birds such as ring-necked pheasants, ruffed grouse and ...

Amazon is ‘heart of the church’

By NICOLE WINFIELD and CHRISTINE ARMARIO Associated Press PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru — Pope Francis traveled deep into the Amazon rainforest Friday demanding an end to the relentless exploitation of its timber, gas and gold and recognition of its indigenous peoples as the primary ...

First African Baptist: Enjoying a fresh start to a faithful legacy

Nathaniel Lee Tribune Correspondent The First African Baptist Church, the oldest African-American church in Pennsylvania with roots dating to the early 1800s, has a deep and enduring connection to Philadelphia. Significant changes have occurred over the years, most notably the move to its ...

Denver labor program for homeless expanding after success

By JON MURRAY The Denver Post DENVER — Jeffrey Maes didn't expect to live on the streets in his 50s. He had started several businesses, but he says the last one, a remodeling company, went south just as he was stretched thin on four properties. He lost them all, he said, and ended up ...

N Carolina couple cherishes life with Down syndrome

By JIMMY TOMLIN High Point Enterprise HIGH POINT, N.C. — For 17 years, Shannon Newby had believed she wouldn't be able to have any more children. Her son, Zachary, would be her only child — that's what the doctors had told her — and she was fine with that. So in late 2014, when ...

Russian police in unexpected encounter with crocodile

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russian police had an unexpected encounter while searching a house in St. Petersburg — a crocodile in the basement. The Fontanka.ru news portal said the incident happened Thursday while detectives were looking for undeclared weapons in the house of a man ...