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Phone calls made on run offend friend on other side

DEAR ABBY: May I say something about people who call “friends” or others they haven’t talked to recently while they’re driving to an appointment or other errand, only to abruptly end the conversation when the destination is reached? Two people have done this to me recently. One was an ...

A brightly colored veggie coleslaw stands up to ribs

When hosting a backyard barbecue, it is easy to decide to make ribs because everyone loves them. They are one of those universal foods. If you eat meat, chances are you love pork ribs. But it is a little harder to decide on the sides. Coleslaw and potato salad are the two most common barbecue ...

Tough food decisions for insecure families

CLAIRTON, Pa. (AP) — Avoid brand names. Look for sales, daily. For sandwiches, if there's cheese, just one slice — and careful with the lunch meat. Not too much milk. Make a pot of spaghetti and hope it lasts you a week. For some families, these might be optional guidelines for saving ...

Jury acquits West Virginia man accused of hate crime

CHARLESTON (AP) — A federal jury has acquitted a West Virginia man charged with attacking a woman at a bar in part because she is a lesbian. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports a jury of 10 men and two women on Friday found John P. Taylor IV not guilty of violating the Matthew Shepherd and ...

West Virginia rejects bids for I-70 construction project

CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Transportation has rejected bids for a major road construction project along I-70 in Ohio County. The Intelligencer reports West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said the state could not afford to award the contract because all of the bids were too ...

Civility focus of McCain funeral

WASHINGTON (AP) — John McCain’s daughter and two former presidents led a public rebuke of President Donald Trump’s divisive politics at the late senator’s memorial service Saturday in a call for a return to civility among the nation’s leaders. The nearly three-hour service at the ...

For McCain, a cross-country farewell from public, presidents

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two former presidents are expected to speak at Sen. John McCain’s service and he will lie in state in both the nation’s capital and Arizona as part of a cross-country funeral procession ending with his burial at the U.S. Naval Academy, according to plans taking shape ...

Police: Suicidal man causes lockdown at N.M. airport

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man described as suicidal after cutting himself with a broken mug caused an hours-long lockdown at Albuquerque’s airport before he was arrested inside the main terminal, police said Sunday. The man, whose name wasn’t released, boarded a flight around 8 a.m. ...

Probation recommended for school official in knife incident

PLAINFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors have agreed to recommend probation for a former New Jersey preschool director accused of using a knife to threaten two 4-year-olds. The Union County prosecutor’s office said Adetokunbo Akinnaso, 64, pleaded guilty last week to two counts of fourth-degree ...

A bad man can be a good president

With the continuing hysteria about Donald Trump’s presidency, a few questions come to mind. The first: Can a bad man become a good president? The second: Does one’s being a good man guarantee he’ll be a good president? Third: Does having a good president require a good man? Is there any ...

Alabama man fined for touching endangered Hawaiian monk seal

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — An Alabama man was fined $1,500 for touching a Hawaiian monk seal as well as harassing a sea turtle on Kauai, and then posting the videos on social media. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, said the Alabama resident, who was vacationing on ...

Mom can’t stop baby talk

DEAR ABBY: I’m 32 and have been dating my boyfriend, “Jerome,” for five years. We both have successful careers and lives of our own. However, when we visit his family who live in the area, I’m subjected to “baby talk” from his mother. She’s a wonderful woman who loves her family ...

Neil Simon, Broadway’s master of comedy, dies at 91

NEW YORK (AP) — Playwright Neil Simon, a master of comedy whose laugh-filled hits such as “The Odd Couple,” “Barefoot in the Park” and his “Brighton Beach” trilogy dominated Broadway for decades, has died. He was 91. Simon died early Sunday of complications from pneumonia at New ...

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ maintains wealth as it tops box office again

NEW YORK (AP) — The opening weekend for “Crazy Rich Asians” was historic. Its second weekend was even more impressive. The romantic comedy sensation slid just 6 percent from its chart-topping debut to again lead the box office with $25 million in ticket sales, according to studio ...

Students call for gun control outside Smith & Wesson HQ

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Student gun control advocates and one of the survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting on Sunday completed a 50-mile, four-day march in Massachusetts to the headquarters of gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson, where they protested gun violence and weapons ...

Sheriff: Gunman kills 2, then self at video game tournament

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A gunman opened fire Sunday at an online video game tournament as it was being livestreamed from a Florida mall, killing two people and then fatally shooting himself in a rampage that wounded several others, authorities said. Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said ...

Opioid lawsuit circus

Money-grabbing politicians looking to cover the whopping costs of the opioid crisis are filing more than a thousand lawsuits against the prescription painkiller industry. That’s like suing the fast-food industry to pay all the societal costs of obesity. It’s a shakedown. Last week, New ...

Nonsense about ‘crybaby’ conservatives and Hollywood

In the latest issue of Vanity Fair magazine, perpetually bilious writer James Wolcott has attacked the “myth of Hollywood’s conservative blacklist.” He finds it highly amusing that anyone would fear damage to their acting career for publicly favoring this president. “Hollywood ...

Robotics aid researchers in studying of sharks

BEAUFORT, N.C. (AP) — Sand tiger sharks swerve slowly, sinuously around a shipwreck among schools of hundreds of glittering silver fish, video gathered by a robot shows. They don’t appear fazed by a swimming robot pointing laser beams in their direction. Avery B. Paxton is the lead ...

Durable goods orders fell in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods fell 1.7 percent in July, the third decrease in the past four months. The Commerce Department said Friday that durable goods orders — items meant to last at least three years such as autos and appliances — totaled $246.9 ...