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‘Coco’ bests ‘Justice League’ at box office

NEW YORK (AP) — Pixar’s “Coco” sang its way to the fourth best Thanksgiving weekend ever with an estimated $71.2 million over the five-day weekend, a total that easily toppled Warner Bros.’ “Justice League.” “Coco” rode strong reviews and an A-plus CinemaScore from audiences ...

‘Glee’ actress accused of domestic battery

CHESAPEAKE, W.Va. (AP) — An actress on the former hit show “Glee” has been charged with domestic battery in West Virginia. The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office tweeted Sunday that 30-year-old Naya Rivera was arrested overnight for domestic battery on her husband in Chesapeake. A ...

Son slow to repay parents

DEAR ABBY: My 25-year-old son, “Jay,” would like to come home for Christmas. I’m paying, so I made his reservation yesterday. Late last night, he told my husband he needs to go back two days early because of work. This change will cost around $150 more than the $215 I’m already paying. ...

Conyers steps aside from Judiciary post

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michigan Rep. John Conyers, under investigation over allegations he sexually harassed female staff members, said Sunday he will step aside as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee while fiercely denying he acted inappropriately during his long tenure in ...

‘Ashamed’ Franken to return to work

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken said he feels “embarrassed and ashamed” amid allegations that he groped several women, but said he looks forward to returning to work on Monday and gradually regaining voters’ trust. The Democrat spoke to a handful of Minnesota media outlets ...

Danish mom still stung by 1997 arrest for leaving baby in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — A Danish mother whose 1997 arrest for leaving her baby outside a New York eatery sparked an international debate about parenting styles says she still feels she was unjustly vilified. “(My) case that happened 20 years ago is even more relevant today,” Anette Sorensen told ...

Police say N.Y. mall evacuated after gun discharges into floor

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. (AP) — A crowded mall in New York’s Hudson Valley was evacuated Sunday after a gun discharged into the floor, causing minor injuries to two bystanders, police said. The gun went off shortly after 3 p.m. at the Galleria at Crystal Run in Middletown, about 70 miles north of ...

Court fight could be brewing over top position in consumer agency

A court fight may be brewing over President Donald Trump’s move to make a close aide interim leader of a consumer protection agency assailed by Republicans and championed by Democrats, displacing the official elevated by the departing director, an Obama-era appointee. Both the Trump ...

Trump chooses agenda over GOP repulsion of Moore

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Sunday that electing a Democrat as Alabama’s next senator “would be a disaster,” making clear the success of his legislative agenda outweighs widespread GOP repulsion at the prospect of seating Republican Roy Moore, who is dogged ...

Quid est veritas?

“Quid est veritas?” Pontius Pilate asked Jesus of Nazareth. What is truth? It is in short supply in the 21st century. Western civilization is not really in decline, as many fret. It is reverting to its Greco-Roman pre-Christian norms. In the Roman Empire, the vast majority of the ...

Turkey, stuffing and a side of subsidies

It’s that time of year again, when millions of Americans gather for Thanksgiving meals of turkey and plentiful sides. I hope you enjoy yourself, because as a taxpayer, a consumer or even a producer of some of that food, you’re paying a stiff price for the privilege of celebrating this ...

Rush of pot grows splits rural California before legal sales

COPPEROPOLIS, Calif. (AP) — The four young men had just started their marijuana harvest in rural Northern California when a dozen sheriff’s deputies swooped in with guns drawn, arrested them and spent the day chopping down 150 bushy plants with machetes. “I could do this every day if I ...

When good money advice is bad for you

Discussing economic class is tricky in America, but the working and middle classes face vastly different financial challenges than upper-income families, and the gaps are growing wider. Good money advice for high earners could be lousy for low earners, and vice versa. For example, certified ...

Should I quit my job without another?

Q: I’m miserable at my job. Should I quit even though I don’t have another one lined up? A: We both know that ideally, you’d effortlessly pirouette to your next job to avoid exhausting your savings, running up credit card debt or languishing in job-search purgatory. But that’s not ...

Amazon comes to stores, toys face turmoil

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon goes into the holiday season with a newly magnified brick-and-mortar presence, giving it more opportunities to sell its Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets and other gadgets. The online retailer now has more than a dozen Amazon Books stores, which also sell toys, ...

Will store card survive ‘retail apocalypse’?

Stroll your local mall and you may spot some empty storefronts where mannequins once stood draped in the latest fashions — possible casualties of what some have dubbed the “retail apocalypse.” Not everyone agrees it’s all doom and gloom for brick-and-mortar stores, but challenges ...

Are holiday credit promotions right?

Budgets and holidays don’t always go hand in hand. Putting gifts on a credit card can be tempting, but interest charges might sour your spirit and you might be drawn to credit card promotions with enticing offers such as “no interest if paid in full in 12 months” or “0 percent intro APR ...

Yes, you can save for college, retirement

Millennials know student loan debt. Borrowers under 30 are carrying more than $376 billion in student loans and those ages 30 to 39 hold more than $408 billion, according to 2015 data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York Consumer Credit Panel/Equifax. For the parents in that group, it’s ...

Apricot Coffee Cake a special treat

If you’re expecting overnight guests during the holiday season, you might want to stock up on the ingredients for this recipe. Doing so will allow you to throw together a knockout coffee cake for breakfast, a special treat that features a cream biscuit dough packed with intensely flavored ...

Husband won’t lend ear to wife with loss

DEAR ABBY: I have hearing loss. My insurance isn’t very good, and the monthly payments for hearing aids are the equivalent of a car payment, so I try my best and do without. People who know about my hearing loss will talk louder for me or let me know when they need my attention. Even ...