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Children experience deaf Santa event

HUNTINGTON (AP) — Ernest Williams didn’t say a word when the children rushed to his side as he and his wife, Vickie, entered the room, but his face and the faces of the children he hugged spoke beyond mere words. In a language as intricate as any one spoken, his white gloves flurried into ...

Unwilling husband wants life to himself

DEAR ABBY: I joined the Navy after I learned I was becoming a father. I didn’t want to be a husband or father, but I did both. In 2010, my wife died. My feelings about being a husband and father never changed. Our two children are now grown and want me to move near — or in with — them. ...

Harassment wave no boon for Ohio’s woman governor candidates

COLUMBUS (AP) — As predictions increasingly fashion next year’s gubernatorial race as a faceoff between Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine, a question smolders: Wasn’t this supposed to be the year of the woman? In other states, female candidates are seizing on ...

Two off-duty officers killed at scene of auto crash

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — An FBI agent and a state fire marshal were killed Friday while standing on the shoulder of a highway at the scene of a traffic crash, Maryland State Police said. FBI Supervisory Special Agent Carlos Wolff, 36, and Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Sander Cohen, 33, died ...

Trump hails civil rights heroes; protesters pan his record

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — President Donald Trump paid tribute Saturday to the leaders and foot soldiers of the civil rights movement whose sacrifices help make the United States a fairer and more just country, though protests surrounding his visit to Mississippi laid bare the stark divisions ...

Priest who used to be KKK member apologizes 40 years later

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A former Ku Klux Klan member who burned a cross on a black couple’s lawn 40 years ago, before becoming a Roman Catholic priest, has finally written his victims an apology. The Rev. William Aitcheson told Philip and Barbara Butler he was “blinded by hate and ...

Road map for tax reform

House and Senate Republicans are racing to hammer out a tax cut agreement that blends the House bill passed on Nov. 16 with the Senate version that squeaked through at 2 a.m. Saturday morning with one vote to spare. Failure to compromise is not an option. They must deliver a final bill to the ...

Is flirting sexual harassment?

In 2003 a genetics paper revealed that one in 200 men alive in that year was a direct descendant of Genghis Khan (1162-1227). Khan was the Mongol emperor whose armies swept out of the north to conquer pretty much all of Asia. His successors took big chunks of Europe as well. When Marco Polo ...

Fires continue to burn in Southern California

FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) — A week of destructive fires in Southern California is ending but danger still looms. Well into what’s considered the wet season, there’s been nary a drop of rain. That’s good for sun-seeking tourists, but could spell more disaster for a region that emerged this ...

Aided by scandal, Dems fighting math and history in Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Renegade Republican Roy Moore may be plagued by scandal, but it will take more than that to convince the voters of 44th Place North to show up for Democrat Doug Jones on Tuesday. In a state where Democrats are used to losing, the malaise is easy to find in this ...

Snow exits South, making way Northeast

ATLANTA (AP) — A pre-winter storm that roared through the Deep South and coated half of North Carolina and portions of Virginia in snow pushed northward on Saturday, leaving motorists to brave potentially icy roads and utility crews trying to restore heat and light to thousands. Forecasters ...

CVS bids $69B for Aetna amid health care changes

Drugstore operator CVS is making a $69 billion offer for insurer Aetna as it tries to position itself as a one-stop shop for Americans’ health care needs with prescription drugs, clinics and insurance plans to cover those goods and services. The companies announced Sunday that CVS Health ...

Woman gets help with brother’s special gift

BALTIMORE (AP) — A toy company and strangers are pitching in to help a Maryland woman find a particularly important Christmas gift for her disabled brother. Cassie Gretschel turned to Reddit recently for help tracking down a discontinued Tonka truck for her brother, Max, who lives in ...

Senator: U.S. military families should exit SKorea

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday that he believes it’s time to start moving the families of American military personnel out of South Korea as North Korea pushes the U.S. closer to a military conflict. Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he will ...

Police: Man angry about parking stabbed two, mowed down others

NEW YORK (AP) — A man angry about a parking dispute stabbed two people and then drove into a group of pedestrians on a sidewalk Sunday, leaving one person dead and several others injured, one critically, police said. The violent altercation started around 4:30 a.m. outside a hookah lounge in ...

Kushner says Trump is still undecided on Israel’s capital

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has not yet decided whether to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital or whether to proceed immediately in moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city. That’s according to his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner. Kushner said ...

Blacks sabotage themselves

The educational achievement of white youngsters is nothing to write home about, but that achieved by blacks is nothing less than disgraceful. Let’s look at a recent example of an educational outcome all too common. In 2016, in 13 of Baltimore’s 39 high schools, not a single student scored ...

Little Rocket Man’s risky game

In the morning darkness of Wednesday, Kim Jong Un launched an ICBM that rose almost 2,800 miles into the sky before falling into the Sea of Japan. North Korea now has the proven ability to hit Washington, D.C. Unproven still is whether Kim can put a miniaturized nuclear warhead atop that ...

Alabama Senate race off the rails after claims

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Shouting matches and threats. A feud with a late-night television host. Standing ovations and standoffs with the media. Long stretches without campaigning. Republican Roy Moore’s supposedly smooth ride to the U.S. Senate has become an off-color demolition derby ...

Fight over Trump travel restrictions ongoing

SEATTLE (AP) — For most of the time Syrian refugee Mohammad Al Zayed has been in the United States, judges have been wrestling with the Trump administration’s efforts to impose travel restrictions that he says would keep him from seeing relatives who remain overseas. It’s taken an ...