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Don’t fall for these financial scams

NEW YORK — Beware of the stranger on the phone — it could be a scammer. Fraudsters are increasingly picking up the phone and using old-school tricks to steal your money by pretending to be a government worker or a family member in trouble. Impostor scams overtook identity theft last year ...

Is there relief from robocalls?

NEW YORK — For Michael Rizzo, answering the phone is too often a waste of time. His Sports City Pizza Pub in Buffalo, New York, depends on customers calling to order wings, pizza and potato skins. But much of the time, it’s an automated message pushing a scam . “It’s getting to the ...

Did Alexander Hamilton hold this coin?

WASHINGTON (AP) —î Old inns along the Revolutionary War trails boast of George Washington sleeping there. But coin experts say they have found the first silver piece minted by the United States —î one likely held by the most en vogue of Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton. David ...

Union, feds at odds on surge in coal mine deaths

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) —î Deaths in U.S. coal mines this year have surged ahead of last year’s, and federal safety officials say workers who are new to a mine have been especially vulnerable to fatal accidents. But the nation’s coal miner’s union says the mine safety agency isn’t ...

Biking across Lake Champlain on an old rail causeway

SOUTH HERO, Vt. (AP) —î Abandoned rail lines have been converted into recreation paths all over the United States. But the Island Line Trail in Vermont is unusual: It includes a causeway that runs across the open waters of Lake Champlain, from the Vermont mainland to the island community of ...

New country music festival coming to Louisiana in October

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is getting a new country music festival this fall. More than 25 artists will perform across multiple stages Oct. 7-8 at the inaugural Flambeau Fest, to be held in Gonzales at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center. The Advocate reports the announcement was made ...

Dying Va. woman gets wish of Ohio milkshake granted

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio native in hospice care in Virginia had a dying wish fulfilled last month — one last mocha milkshake from a popular suburban Cleveland restaurant. Fifty-year-old Emily Pomeranz died Friday of pancreatic cancer. With help from a friend in Virginia and ...

Apple Upside-Down Cornbread gets identity crisis

Cornbread has always had a bit of an identity crisis in our house: Is it savory or is it sweet? Does it replace dinner rolls or dessert? Inspired by the gorgeous tarte tatins of France, lately I’ve been sauteeing up tart granny smith apple slices in a little butter and then covering them ...

Mom’s hoarding is crowding daughter out

DEAR ABBY: I’ve been trying to declutter and get rid of things, but each time I do, my mother scolds me for getting rid of sentimental items and sends them back to my room. There are clothes that haven’t fit me for years, old trinkets, even gift boxes she won’t let me dispose of or ...

Classics: 1968 Cadillac found in garage

George Wagner was simply doing a good deed when an elderly woman asked him to look at the lawn mower in her garage. The mower hadn’t run in years so Wagner agreed to look at his neighbor’s mower and hopefully get it working once more. As the garage door opened, Wagner received an unexpected ...

Trump is reeling from loss on ACA

The demise of the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act is hardly the end of the story. Donald Trump will not let this loss stand. Since its inception in 2010, Republicans have made the Affordable Care Act a symbol of Obama-Clinton overreach — part of a supposed plot by liberal ...

Creeping totalitarianism

Polling from YouGov this week shows 45 percent of Republicans support letting courts shut down “news media outlets for publishing or broadcasting stories that are biased or inaccurate.” Only 18 percent of Democrats favor this. Worse, only 33 percent of Republicans recognize that “fining ...

Officer indicted on charges related to crash

CHARLESTON (AP) — A West Virginia police officer has been indicted on three misdemeanor charges stemming from a deadly crash earlier this year. Charleston police Officer Stephen Doss was indicted by a Kanawha County grand jury on charges of negligent homicide, speeding and an emergency ...

Slain Indiana officer praised for his service

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A police officer who authorities say was killed by a man he was trying to rescue from an overturned car in Indianapolis was hailed during his funeral for his community dedication. Several hundred police officers from around the state and country were among the mourners at ...

Death row inmate who killed self didn’t want prison change

COLUMBUS (AP) — A death row inmate who killed himself in March didn’t want to make a planned move to a new prison and was upset about a recent legal setback, records show. Inmate Patrick Leonard was visited regularly by prison mental health services, including a check two days before his ...

McConnell to mull plan to pay health insurers

FANCY FARM, Ky. (AP) — A week after an attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act failed, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’d consider a bipartisan effort to continue payments to insurers to avert a costly rattling of health insurance markets. McConnell told reporters Saturday ...

Trump begins ‘working vacation’

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Taking a break from the capital and a rocky first six months in office, President Donald Trump spent the first full day of his “working vacation” quietly on Saturday. Burdened with West Wing conflict, a stalled legislative agenda and a pile of investigations, ...

Trump adviser stresses North Korea threat

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s national security adviser H.R. McMaster is stressing that it is “impossible to overstate the danger” posed by North Korea. In an interview with MSNBC’s Hugh Hewitt that aired Saturday, McMaster said Trump has been “deeply briefed” ...

Northwestern teacher, Oxford staffer jailed in stabbing case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Far from their prestigious campuses, a Northwestern University professor and a University of Oxford finance officer were jailed in the San Francisco area Saturday after eight days as fugitives sought in the death of a young hairdresser in Chicago stabbed repeatedly until ...

Billions lost in nuclear power projects, with more bills due

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A decade ago, utilities were persuading politicians around the country to let them spend big to go nuclear. Expanding nuclear energy capacity was a sure bet, they said: Natural gas prices were rising, energy needs skyrocketing, and the federal government was poised to ...