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Veterans Tab submissions being accepted

Submissions are being accepted for the annual Veterans Tab published by The Parkersburg News and Sentinel. The tab is a collection of reader-submitted stories and photos about veterans in Wood, Washington and surrounding counties, living or deceased in any period of history. Information ...

California firefighters turn corner on wildfires

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — With the winds dying down, fire officials said Sunday they have apparently “turned a corner” against the wildfires that have devastated California wine country and other parts of the state over the past week, and thousands of people got the all-clear to return ...

Tillerson brushes off any talk of drama

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday ducked, danced and sidestepped the question of whether he truly called President Donald Trump a “moron,” dismissing the brouhaha as the “petty stuff” of Washington. Though they keep coming, Tillerson insisted the persistent ...

Attack in Somalia claims 276 lives

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The most powerful bomb blast ever witnessed in Somalia’s capital killed 276 people with around 300 others injured, the country’s information minister said early Monday, making it the deadliest single attack in this Horn of Africa nation. The toll was expected to ...

Collins urges Trump on health care subsidy

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key moderate Republican urged President Donald Trump on Sunday to back a bipartisan Senate effort to shield consumers from rising premiums after his abrupt decision to halt federal payments to insurers. Sen. Susan Collins called the move “disruptive” and an immediate ...

Chill in air as McConnell prepares to meet Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump blames the Senate’s GOP leader for the health overhaul failure, hints at tantalizing deals with Democrats and watches his former strategist work to bulldoze the Republican establishment on Capitol Hill. There’s no need for air conditioning at the ...

Our broken moral compass

As George Orwell said, “some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them.” Many stupid ideas originate with academics on college campuses. If they remained there and didn’t infect the rest of society, they might be a source of entertainment, much in the way a circus is. ...

Is Trump the heir to Reagan?

Three decades ago, as communications director in the White House, I set up an interview for Bill Rusher of National Review. Among his first questions to President Reagan was to ask him to assess the political importance of Barry Goldwater. Said Reagan, “I guess you could call him the John ...

How often to write?

DEAR ABBY: My son and I are very close. He joined the Marine Corps (a decision I fully support) and shipped out recently. I had read on a Marine family site that frequent letters from home are encouraged, so I had letters written even before I got his mailing address. I sent off three ...

‘Happy Death Day’ enjoys box office win

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The box office might be struggling this year, but the horror genre is alive and well. This weekend the “Groundhog Day”-like horror pic “Happy Death Day” scored a first-place finish, surpassing expectations and blowing the much costlier and star-driven “Blade ...

Members of Polish metal band charged with rape, kidnapping

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Members of a Polish metal band have been charged with rape and kidnapping after authorities say they gang-raped a woman on their tour bus following an August show in Spokane, Wash. Waclaw Kieltyka and Michal Lysejko of the band Decapitated appeared in court on Friday ...

Hogwarts Express rescues stranded family in Scotland

LONDON (AP) — As if by magic, the Hogwarts Express has come to the rescue of a stranded family in Scotland. The train that took Harry Potter to school was played onscreen by the Jacobite steam train , which runs on a remote and scenic route through the Scottish Highlands. On Friday, it ...

James Corden catches flak for joking about Weinstein

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Television talk show host James Corden is facing a backlash over jokes he made about Harvey Weinstein. Corden made a string of quips about Weinstein and the sexual misconduct allegations against him during a Hollywood charity event Friday. Corden joked about Weinstein in ...

Yellen sounds upbeat on economy at seminar

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Sunday sketched a bright outlook for the U.S. economy and for inflation prospects in coming months, saying the impact of the recent hurricanes will likely slow economic growth slightly but only temporarily and should be followed by a ...

Should you add a loan to shopping cart?

“Will that be cash, credit card or personal loan?” The next time you shop online, you may be offered a new way to pay —î a personal loan with fixed monthly payments. Instead of using cash or plastic at checkout, you would provide some personal information and get a loan in minutes. Got ...

How tax plan would alter mortgage interest deduction

WASHINGTON (AP) —î Each year, taxpayers subsidize America’s homeowners by roughly $70 billion, with the benefits flowing disproportionately to coastal areas with high incomes and pricey homes, from New York and Washington to Los Angeles and San Francisco. The subsidy for homeowners comes ...

Businesses fix workspace issues

NEW YORK (AP) —î Triangle Pest Control’s original workspace was a 2,000-square-foot garage housing 25 people —î the technicians who did the bug control work, as well as all the sales and support staffers. It was hard for employees to handle phone calls when everyone sat so close ...

$3M to support drug addiction families

CHARLESTON (AP) — Federal health authorities have awarded $3 million over five years for a joint project of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Prestera Center, Marshall University and the Children’s Home Society to help 200 children and families affected by drug ...

Beware pets with candy

NEW YORK (AP) —î It’s a trick-or-treating tradition: Dump the night’s candy haul onto the living room floor to pick out the gems, or do some horse trading with siblings or friends. The excitement — and sugar rush — may leave humans unaware that all that candy might just be lethal ...

Halloween destinations to visit

NEW YORK (AP) —î In case the real world’s not scary enough, there are plenty of Halloween attractions out there designed to completely freak you out. One in New York called This Is Real promises to “literally kidnap you and stash you in a Brooklyn warehouse.” Fortunately, you can also ...