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Police: Teen molested 50 children in California

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A teenager who turned himself in to police confessed to molesting some 50 children over the past several years across Southern California, authorities said. Eighteen-year-old Joseph Hayden Boston was brought to a Riverside police station on Saturday by his mother ...

‘Coco’ tops box office for a second week

NEW YORK (AP) — In a sleepy post-Thanksgiving weekend at the box office, Pixar’s “Coco” remained the top film for the second straight week while a number of Oscar contenders packed theaters in specialty release. “Coco” again easily led all films with $26.1 million in the U.S. and ...

ABC News suspends reporter

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC News on Saturday suspended investigative reporter Brian Ross for four weeks without pay for his erroneous report on Michael Flynn, which it called a “serious error.” Ross, citing an unnamed confidant of Flynn, the former national security adviser, had reported Friday ...

Skiing Santas ho-ho-hold court at annual bash

NEWRY, Maine (AP) — Santa Claus is known for shimmying down chimneys, but for one day a year, dozens of Santas try to avoid tumbling down a mountain. The 18th annual Santa event took place at Sunday River ski resort in western Maine on Sunday. The event is highlighted by Santas skiing and ...

Only child feels pressure

DEAR ABBY: I’m 17 and so is my boyfriend. He is an only child, and all throughout his life, his parents have put a lot of pressure on him. Recently, they’ve been talking about him getting into an honors program in a college. Abby, his parents act like if he doesn’t get in, they won’t be ...

Man detained by ICE after talking to reporters

SEATTLE (AP) — A Mexican man who spoke with reporters about his longtime girlfriend’s immigration arrest has now been detained himself, and he says agents told him it’s because he was in the newspaper. Baltazar “Rosas” Aburto Gutierrez spoke with the local Chinook Observer as well as ...

Trump lashes out at own FBI online

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump launched a fresh attack Sunday on the credibility of his own FBI, responding to revelations that an FBI agent was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team investigating Russian election meddling because of anti-Trump text messages. Trump, ...

McConnell dismisses talk about shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Testing the resolve of Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared Sunday there won’t be a government shutdown this week over the question of protecting immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, describing it as a “non-emergency” to be ...

Why some students quit college

Growing up in Cookeville, Tennessee, a university town about 80 miles east of Nashville, Hayley Furcean was determined to be the first college graduate in her family. “I’ve always been the smart kid,” she says. After graduating from high school in 2008, she earned a full academic ...

Family loans: How to dodge the drama

Financial advisers don’t always agree, but when it comes to lending money to family, there’s consensus: Tread carefully. If an adult child needs help buying a first home or has a promising business idea, a family loan can be a fast and convenient option. But there’s a risk of drama down ...

Officials forming plans to fight epidemic

CHARLESTON (AP) — As West Virginia sees record numbers of drug overdose deaths, state officials say they’ll submit plans for responding further to the opioid epidemic to Gov. Jim Justice by mid-January. “There is a critical need to identify a concise set of recommendations to stem the ...

Ohio councilman cruises streets to pick up carts

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Councilman Jason Scaglione cruised along the street. His head swiveled back and forth as he steered with one hand. He spotted a shopping cart and hit the brakes. “Bingo.” The Walmart cart sat in an alley — right where a resident told him it would be found. The ...

General physicians volunteering time to help NAS babies

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A group of Raleigh General Hospital physicians and advanced practice clinicians are donating their time to help fight the opioid epidemic in an unexpected way — by cuddling and feeding newborns suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). NAS can occur in ...

Update on knitted prostheses program

DEAR READERS: I am often asked, “Do you ever hear back from the people who wrote to you?” The answer is yes, I do. A year ago, “Claire G. in California” wrote to bring awareness to a program called Knitted Knockers. Its members knit or crochet soft, lightweight prostheses for breast ...

Why Dec. 25 is the day

With the return of the Christmas season, I like to remind people that so much of what we learn about the holiday may not actually be so. You probably learned that Christians placed Christmas on December 25 to co-opt Saturnalia, the Roman Empire’s mid-winter festival, or possibly the Festival ...

Is feminism the answer to sexual harassment?

So the friendly morning host with the warm smile was a serial sexual predator? He had a secret lock installed on his office door operated by a button under his desk like a Bond villain? The NPR guy was a Prairie Homewrecker? Next you’ll tell us that that nice Bill O’Reilly is a creep. Never ...

Trump alters story on why he fired Flynn

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump changed his story Saturday on why he fired Michael Flynn as his national security adviser, now suggesting he knew at the time that Flynn had lied to the FBI as well as to Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russians during the ...

Sweeping aside Russia probe, Trump touts tax victory

NEW YORK (AP) — Brushing aside an ongoing Russia probe, President Donald Trump reveled Saturday in the Senate’s passage of a sweeping tax bill, predicting with swagger that he and his fellow Republicans were “unbeatable.” Trump swept into his hometown on a $6 million fundraising blitz, ...

Longtime Michigan Rep. Sander Levin won’t run in 2018

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Rep. Sander Levin of Michigan announced Saturday that he will not seek re-election to a 19th term in 2018. Levin, whose Democratic-leaning district is in suburban Detroit, said he will teach at the University of Michigan after 36 years in Washington. “I ...

Alabama Senate candidate Jones reaches out to black voters in race with Moore

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Speaking at the scene of the one of the climactic confrontations of the civil rights movement, Alabama Democrat Doug Jones on Saturday again made his pitch that Alabama’s black and white voters have unified concerns that he can best represent. “They face more issues in ...