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Secret to deep-dish apple pie? Precook apples

There's no better way to enjoy fall's abundant apple harvest than in a towering deep-dish pie. Unfortunately, this dessert often yields unevenly cooked, shrunken apples swimming in an ocean of their own exuded juices atop a pale, soggy crust. We wanted each slice to be dense with juicy apples, ...

Adore pumpkin cheesecake? Make a portable version

With a tangy, rich flavor and velvety consistency, cheesecake's characteristic qualities make it well-suited to variation: Lemon cheesecake, chocolate cheesecake, and berry cheesecake are all common. But our favorite variation might just be pumpkin cheesecake. We love the way the tangy cream ...

They hate our Constitution, not Kavanaugh

One of the best statements of how the Framers saw the role of the federal government is found in Federalist Paper 45, written by James Madison, who is known as the “Father of the Constitution”: “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and ...

Blindsided by past romance

DEAR ABBY: My husband, “Bill,” and I have been happily married for 22 years and have two very active, beautiful children. Our oldest daughter has been playing on a traveling soccer team for the last five years. Bill and I go all over the country to watch her play and have become very close ...

‘The Predator’ hunts down $24M showing despite weak reviews

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Predator” is at the top of the food chain in its first weekend in theaters. 20th Century Fox said Sunday that the film earned an estimated $24 million from more than 4,000 North American theaters. But with an $88 million production price tag, the Shane ...

Nunes pushes to release interviews in Russia investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House intelligence committee chairman said Sunday he plans to release the transcripts of dozens of private interviews conducted during its investigation into Russian election-meddling and would push the director of national intelligence to declassify others. “I think ...

$2.5M bond for Border Patrol agent in killings of 4 in Texas

HOUSTON (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol supervisor was jailed Sunday on $2.5 million bond in Texas, accused of killing at least four women and injuring a fifth who managed to escape. Juan David Ortiz, 35, was in custody in Laredo on four counts of murder along with charges of aggravated assault ...

Police: Man in wheelchair charged with killing 3 relatives

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Police say a man in a wheelchair has been charged with killing three female relatives at a home in Mississippi’s capital city. The Jackson Police Department said Sunday that 22-year-old Maurice Forte has been charged with three counts of murder in connection with the ...

Flooding fears surge as river rise

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Catastrophic flooding from Florence spread across the Carolinas on Sunday, with roads to Wilmington cut off by the epic deluge and muddy river water swamping entire neighborhoods miles inland. “The risk to life is rising with the angry waters,” Gov. Roy Cooper ...

Police: Teen arrested in flare gun shootings

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio say a 17-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with two flare gun shootings that injured two people. The Toledo Police Department announced the arrest on its Facebook page and Twitter account Friday evening but provided no additional details. Both ...

What the Times misses about poverty

It’s an affecting story. Matthew Desmond, writing in The New York Times Magazine, profiles Vanessa Solivan, a poor single mother raising three children. Vanessa works as a home health aide, yet she and her three adolescent children are often reduced to sleeping in her car, a 2004 Chrysler ...

Police: Man dies after shark attack off Cape Cod

WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) — A man was bitten by a shark Saturday in the water off a Cape Cod beach and died later at a hospital, becoming the state’s first shark attack fatality in more than 80 years. The 26-year-old man from Revere succumbed to his injuries following the attack off Newcomb ...

Niece: Family won’t take in Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapper

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Once an accomplished organ player in Salt Lake City, Wanda Barzee became a disturbing figure for members of her own family after she helped in the 2002 kidnapping of then-teenager Elizabeth Smart. Days before the 72-year-old woman is released from prison, looming fears ...

Sheriff says U.S. Border Patrol agent suspected of killing 4 women

LAREDO, Texas (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol agent suspected of killing four prostitutes was arrested early Saturday after a fifth woman managed to escape from him and notify the authorities, law enforcement officials said, describing the agent as a “serial killer.” Juan David Ortiz, an ...

West Virginia cancels Capitol dome repair contract

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia officials have canceled a nearly $11 million contract to repair significant damage to the state Capitol dome. The decision, announced Friday by the Department of Administration, was based on the contractor’s inability to comply with design requirements for ...

Library backs off refusal on Woodward book

BERKELEY SPRINGS (AP) — Bob Woodward’s book about the Trump White House will be on the shelf of a West Virginia library after all. The Morgan County Public Library in Berkeley Springs reversed a previous decision and will carry Woodward’s “Fear,” the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. ...

Adult daughter’s questionable choices make it hard to help

DEAR ABBY: My daughter has decided to leave her husband. They have been married for 20 years. She says she hasn’t been happy for several years and that it’s time to take care of herself. She won’t be able to support herself and the children, but she doesn’t seem able to grasp that ...

Some McDonald’s workers vote to strike over sex harassment

NEW YORK (AP) — Emboldened by the #MeToo movement, McDonald’s workers have voted to stage a one-day strike next week at restaurants in 10 cities in hopes of pressuring management to take stronger steps against on-the-job sexual harassment. Organizers say it will be the first multistate ...

Use instant pot for Mediterranean stew

Beef usually hogs the spotlight when it comes to stews, but there are plenty of other meats that can star in this quintessential, cold-weather comfort food. Pork, chicken and here, lamb, a big favorite of my younger son, Charlie. This rich meat also takes well to many flavor combos, and in ...