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Diligent college student has less time for friends

DEAR ABBY: I’m in my early 20s and the only one in my circle of friends who’s currently in college. They all want to hang out all the time, but most of them live more than 100 miles away. I have a strict school schedule, and I’m required to study and earn high grades or I will be let go ...

Skin in the game

In describing the GOP tax cuts, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that they and bonuses American workers were getting were “crumbs.” They were “tax cuts for the rich.” Some argued that the tax cuts would reduce revenues. Pelosi predicted, “This thing will explode the deficit.” ...

Striving to keep surgery under wraps

DEAR ABBY: I had bariatric surgery (gastric sleeve) five months ago. I left my previous job because the way I was treated by my employer and co-workers changed drastically after my procedure. I am starting a new job soon and do not want to tell my new employer or co-workers that I have had ...

‘Grinch’ makes off with $66M at box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) — You’re a mean one — and you’re number one — Mr. Grinch. “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” sledded past mixed reviews and made off with $66 million for Universal Pictures to top the weekend North American box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. Last week’s ...

On SNL, Pete Davidson says sorry to wounded veteran he mocked

NEW YORK (AP) — “Saturday Night Live” cast member Pete Davidson has apologized for mocking the appearance of a veteran who lost an eye in Afghanistan. He says Lt. Com. Dan Crenshaw, now a congressman-elect from Texas, “deserves all the respect in the world.” On SNL’s “Weekend ...

Joe Perry hospitalized after jamming with Billy Joel

NEW YORK (AP) — Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has been hospitalized with breathing problems that began after a guest performance with Billy Joel in New York. Perry’s publicists said in a statement Sunday that the musician is alert and responsive in the hospital and is expected to return to ...

Bruno Mars to provide 24K Thanksgiving meals in Hawaii

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruno Mars will mark the end of his massive “24K Magic World Tour” by providing meals to 24,000 Hawaii residents in need for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Hawaiian-born singer announced Sunday he has donated money for the food to the Salvation Army’s Hawaiian and ...

Special session canceled over Loughry resignation

CHARLESTON (AP) — The resignation of a West Virginia Supreme Court justice recently convicted of federal charges prompted the governor Sunday to cancel a special legislative session that was to consider the justice’s removal. It was the latest development in an impeachment scandal miring ...

Walker ponders life off the government payroll

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — When Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leaves office in January, he faces being out of work and off the government payroll for the first time in more than a quarter-century. He hasn’t said yet what he plans to do next, but at 51, there’s plenty of time for Walker to mount ...

Christmas tree goes up in NYC’s Rockefeller Center

NEW YORK (AP) — The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is in place and will soon be strung with 50,000 LED lights as one of New York City’s star holiday attractions — the gift of a same-sex married couple. The 72-foot-tall, 12-ton Norway spruce arrived on a flatbed trailer Saturday ...

Southern California blaze burns mobile homes, Malibu mansions

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Two people were found dead and scores of houses from the celebrity mansions of Malibu to the mobile homes of seniors in the suburbs burned in a pair of wildfires that stretched across more than 100 square miles of Southern California, authorities said Saturday. The two ...

Small plane crashes in Iowa, killing all four people on board

GUTHRIE CENTER, Iowa (AP) — A small plane crashed in central Iowa, killing all four people on board, after the pilot apparently had a heart attack and a student pilot was going to attempt an emergency landing, authorities said Saturday. The plane dropped off radar Friday night about 4 miles ...

Where do we go when journalism fails us?

This election should remind us how vital and necessary local journalism is to factual reporting. National media outlets routinely fell for stories about topics outside their knowledge base — stories specially crafted by political operators wanting to shape narratives about campaigns. All one ...

Who votes Republican?

Exit polls aren’t always 100 percent reliable. For example, in 2016, the exit interviews suggested that Donald Trump would lose Florida, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and North Carolina by small margins. He won all of them. Let’s take it as given that 2018’s exit polls are likely flawed in ...

Recounts set in Florida Senate, governor races

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida secretary of state ordered recounts in the U.S. Senate and governor races on Saturday, an unprecedented review of two major contests in the state that took five weeks to decide the 2000 presidential election. Secretary Ken Detzner issued the order after ...

Kemp pushes Abrams to concede in Georgia race

ATLANTA (AP) — Ahead by more than 60,000 votes days after Georgia’s gubernatorial election, Republican Brian Kemp pushed for Democrat Stacey Abrams to concede Saturday as civil rights groups urged her to stay in the fight. Kemp’s campaign issued a statement that said it was ...

Sex abuse crisis tops agenda for U.S. Catholic bishops

As U.S. Catholic bishops gather for their national assembly next week, the clergy sex abuse crisis dominates their agenda amid calls from critics that church leaders finally bring about meaningful reforms to root out misbehaving priests. The three-day assembly that starts Monday in Baltimore ...

U.S. trade gap grew to $54B in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — Record imports expanded the U.S. trade deficit for the fourth straight month in September, as the politically sensitive trade deficit in goods with China hit a record. The Commerce Department said Friday that the gap between what America sells and what it buys abroad ...

Man doesn’t want to buy his lady ‘piece of carbon’

DEAR ABBY: My girlfriend and I love each other very much and have been living together with our children for five years. We intend to get married soon. Here is the rub: She’s “old school.” She believes she should receive a diamond ring as part of the marriage proposal. I would marry her ...

Report: Pilot error the cause of deadly military plane crash

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The cause of a military plane crash that left nine people dead outside Savannah, Georgia, was pilot error, according to a report by the U.S. Air Force Accident Investigation Board. Nine airmen from the Puerto Rico National Guard died May 2 when the plane plunged onto ...