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Santa’s in town? You need an appointment this year at Macy’s

NEW YORK (AP) — Santa Claus may be coming to town, but you’ll need a reservation to see him. At Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street in New York, a chance to sit on Saint Nick’s lap is by appointment only this year, for the first time ever. Starting today, eager families can go online ...

Longtime country singer Mel Tillis dies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mel Tillis, the affable longtime country music star who wrote hits for Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs and many others, and overcame a stutter to sing on dozens of his own singles, has died. A spokesman for Tillis, Don Murry Grubbs, said Tillis died early Sunday at Munroe ...

Ohio justice issues another apology over Facebook post

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio Supreme Court justice and Democratic gubernatorial candidate has issued another apology on Facebook after a post Friday outlining his sexual history with women drew widespread condemnation. William O’Neill’s Sunday post says he admits he was wrong and that he was ...

Signals mixed on tax bill’s health provision

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of President Donald Trump’s leading economic advisers sent mixed signals Sunday on the fate of a health care provision in the Senate version of a $1.5 trillion measure to overhaul business and personal income taxes that is expected to be voted on after ...

ABA and Dems smear court picks

Democrats and the liberal media are slamming President Trump for packing federal courts with “unfit” judges. Nonsense. Trump’s nominees have impressive credentials. What’s the left’s real gripe? These judges will decide cases based on what the U.S. Constitution says, instead of ...

The uses of disgrace

In 1983, two congressmen, one a Democrat and the other a Republican, were censured by the House. Both had admitted to having affairs with 17-year-old pages. The Republican, Daniel Crane, represented a conservative Illinois district. His constituents sent him packing the following year, despite ...

Silence on sleazy Bob Menendez

The verdict is in. I pronounce Democrat leaders, left-wing feminists and Beltway journalists guilty of gross negligence and hypocrisy over a dirty rotten sleazeball in their midst. For the past 11 weeks, Bob Menendez has been on trial for 18 counts of bribery, fraud and corruption involving ...

WVU hospital plans for more capacity

MORGANTOWN (AP) — West Virginia University’s affiliated hospital system on Thursday announced plans to build a new 10-story tower at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital to increase capacity to provide services and treatment to children. According to WVU Hospitals, the $152 million tower in ...

Jobless rate steady in October at 5.1 percent

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged in October at 5.1 percent. WorkForce West Virginia says the number of unemployed residents increased by 100 last month to 39,900. Employment gains included 1,300 in government, 1,000 in ...

Hope Village open at First Presbyterian in Charleston

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Hope Village, the fair trade boutique and outreach ministry at First Presbyterian Church of Charleston, has several rooms this year devoted to gift items made by artisans from around the world. “This is the seventh year for Hope Village,” said Mary Kay Boyle, ...

Dad who can’t drive loses connection

DEAR ABBY: My husband had a medical event that left him unable to drive. He is very isolated despite my efforts to keep him connected. His children live an hour away, and it’s up to me to drive him to them. They rarely call him. He has a stepdaughter who lives only a few miles from us. We ...

Deduction targeted by GOP used by tax filers in most states

ATLANTA (AP) — A popular deduction targeted in the GOP’s overhaul of the tax code is used by more than a quarter of all filers in a majority of states, including many led by Republicans where some residents eventually could see their federal tax bills rise. The exact effect in every state ...

Ohio justice deletes Facebook post, tells people to ‘lighten up’

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio Supreme Court justice and Democratic gubernatorial candidate said on Facebook that people should “lighten up” after deleting a previous post outlining his sexual history with women that drew widespread criticism for trivializing sexual harassment and sexual ...

Trump delays new policy on elephant trophies

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he’s delaying a new policy allowing trophies of African elephants shot for sport to be imported until he can review “all conservation facts.” The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday it would allow such importation, arguing that ...

Boston free speech gathering draws supporters, protesters

BOSTON (AP) — A few dozen free speech advocates rallied peacefully Saturday on Boston Common but just like last summer’s event, they were outnumbered by counterprotesters. The “Rally for the Republic” event was held by conservative groups Resist Marxism and Boston Free Speech despite ...

‘Faithful’ Detroit priest beatified by Catholic church

DETROIT (AP) — A priest who wasn’t allowed to preach instead turned his ears and heart to the needy. Now, decades after his death, Solanus Casey is on a path to sainthood, celebrated as an incredibly humble man who brought people to God. Father Solanus, as he was known, was beatified ...

Flake: GOP is ‘toast’ if it backs Trump, Moore

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake was caught on an open microphone saying the GOP is “toast” if it follows Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore and President Donald Trump. Flake was talking to the mayor of the Phoenix suburb of Mesa after speaking at a town hall session for ...

Palestinians vow to suspend talks if U.S. closes mission

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Palestinians threatened on Saturday to suspend all communication with the United States if the Trump administration follows through with plans to close their diplomatic office in Washington. The potential rupture in relations threatens to undermine President Donald ...

Moore critic: Senate race a battle for nation’s soul

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A leading figure among religious liberals says the candidacy of Republican Roy Moore for U.S. Senate is a struggle for the “soul of the nation.” The remarks Saturday by the Rev. William J. Barber come a day after a letter signed by dozens of progressive pastors in ...

U.S. general says nuclear launch order can be refused

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — The top officer at U.S. Strategic Command said Saturday an order from President Donald Trump or any of his successors to launch nuclear weapons can be refused if that order is determined to be illegal. Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of Strategic Command, ...