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U.S. retail sales drop 1.2 pct. in December

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales fell in December, posting the biggest drop since September 2009 and delivering more evidence that last year’s holiday sales fizzled unexpectedly. Even e-commerce suffered a big setback. The Commerce Department said Thursday that December retail sales ...

Humane Society rescues awakened bats

ONALASKA, Wis. (AP) — It’s best to let sleeping bats lie in winter. When bats prematurely wake from their hibernation and leave their haunts — as some did after polar vortex conditions gave way to 40 degree temperatures — they may die. But it’s not the cold that kills them, it’s ...

Relationship with Mr. Right goes wrong as values collide

DEAR ABBY: Nine months ago I met this incredible guy and we fell in love. We got along so well. He’s smart, good-looking, has a great career and there didn’t seem to be any problems. Six months later, he casually mentioned that we are political opposites. Now I’m not that big on ...

Dem presidential candidates introducing themselves to voters

Five Democratic senators vying for their party’s nomination to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020 fanned out across the country Saturday to campaign and meet voters. Kamala Harris of California spent her second straight day in the pivotal early-voting state of South Carolina, holding a ...

Babies receive hats with heart through program

MORGANTOWN (AP) — What better way to celebrate American Heart Month and Valentine’s Day than receiving a gift from the heart? Rather, for the heart. The Little Hats, Big Hearts program, sponsored by the American Heart Association, distributes little, red, handmade hats to babies born in ...

Fly tying teenager lets her hands do the talking

TEAYS VALLEY (AP) — Chances are, many of the 15,000 people who attended this year’s West Virginia Hunting and Fishing Show saw Courtney Walls. She was the tall, blonde teenager who sat in the first booth inside the front door, tying brightly colored trout flies on safety pins and giving ...

Meaty ragu achieved with baby back ribs

Ragu can be made from any meat or combination of meats, but the earthiness of a pure pork ragu is undeniably attractive_and great comfort food. Most recipes for traditional pork ragu use pork shoulder and a hard-to-find, bony cut like neck, shank, or feet to give the sauce great body. We were ...

Shanahan mulling border wall funds

WASHINGTON (AP) — The acting secretary of defense said Saturday he has not yet determined how much money he will redirect to President Donald Trump’s border wall project. Pat Shanahan, who has been leading the Pentagon since Jim Mattis stepped down Dec. 31, made the comment in an interview ...

Great nations don’t quit wars before victory

“Great nations do not fight endless wars,” President Trump declared in his State of the Union address. It was a line that could have been delivered by President Barack Obama, who in 2015 memorably said, “I do not support the idea of endless war.” Just a few days before Trump’s ...

Genetic concerns still haunt adulterer

DEAR ABBY: Ten years ago, I had an affair with a married man that resulted in a pregnancy and then a miscarriage. I was also married at the time. Pathology testing revealed that the child had a rare genetic disorder inherited on the paternal side. My husband’s genetic test indicated that he ...

Globe means more to Oh after reflection

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Now that she’s had a few weeks to reflect on her experience as a Golden Globes host and winner, actress Sandra Oh realizes even more what it meant to Koreans and immigrants. At a news conference on Saturday, the “Killing Eve” star said she has had several young ...

Television show ‘Extra’ suspends Calloway to investigate misconduct

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A.J. Calloway, a host on the syndicated entertainment news show “Extra,” was suspended Saturday as his parent company investigates sexual misconduct allegations. The company said it had investigated prior accusations against Calloway and found no suggestion of ...

Man charged in fatal shooting of Milwaukee police officer

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A man who was charged Sunday with killing a Milwaukee officer during a drug raid on his home told investigators that he didn’t realize it was police trying to break down his door, authorities said. Jordan P. Fricke, 26, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and ...

Parents question if shooting drills traumatize children

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Long before an ex-student opened fire on his former classmates in Parkland, Florida, many school districts conducted regular shooting drills — exercises that sometimes included simulated gunfire and blood and often happened with no warning that the attack wasn’t ...

Police used stun gun 11 times, Arizona couple’s lawsuit says

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A man and his wife are suing a Phoenix suburb and three of its police officers, alleging they used excessive force during a 2017 traffic stop. A lawyer for the couple said Glendale police body camera video shows officers using a stun gun 11 times on Johnny Wheatcroft ...

Alabama church removes pew honoring Confederate president

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama church has removed a pew honoring Confederate President Jefferson Davis, saying the memorial had no place at a time when rebel symbols have been adopted by white supremacists. The pastor of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Robert C. Wisnewski Jr., posted a ...

Teens’ barn legislation is a years-long lesson in lawmaking

COLUMBUS (AP) — Spanning more than four years, it’s likely Westerville Central High School’s longest class project ever. But to the four teens who first proposed a bill to Ohio lawmakers in 2014 that will finally become law in March, it’s much more than a school assignment. What ...

Ohio income-tax collections see 2-month slump

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio income-tax collections have missed their mark on estimates for two consecutive months. The Columbus Dispatch reports income-tax revenue was 6 percent below estimates in December and more than 7 percent below estimates in January, a total of $124 million ...

Report examines sexual abuse by Southern Baptists

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Hundreds of Southern Baptist church leaders and workers have been accused of sexual misconduct over the past 20 years, including dozens who returned to church duties, according to a joint investigation by two newspapers. The San Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle ...