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Meal program bridges divisions with food

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — On the menu, the flavor profiles seemed incongruous: Chinese dumplings, Italian-style roast pork and a Mexican chicken dish featuring an edible weed. But when dinner was served, the guests seated and plates bearing foods of three different cultures shared, it all made ...

Huge, homely mastiff named Martha wins world’s ugliest dog

PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — Martha is big, ugly, lazy and gassy. And a world champion. In a competition annually dominated by the old, the tiny, and the hairless, the 3-year-old, 125-pound Neapolitan Mastiff used her lollygagging youth to win the 29th annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest. She ...

Four more kids reported injured at Indiana water park

PORTER, Ind. (AP) — A county official says he has received reports of four more children being injured at a northwestern Indiana water park that’s been ordered closed indefinitely. Porter County Health Department Administrator Keith Letta says the total number of children hurt at the Seven ...

Koch reps slam GOP health plan

COLORADO SPRING, Colo. (AP) — Chief lieutenants in the Koch brothers’ political network lashed out at the Senate Republican health care bill on Saturday as not conservative enough, becoming a powerful outside critic as GOP leaders try to rally support for their plan among rank-and-file ...

Bodies found after landslide buries scores in China

BEIJING (AP) — Crews searching through the rubble left by a landslide that buried a mountain village under tons of soil and rocks in southwestern China on Saturday found 15 bodies, but more than 110 more people remained missing. About 3,000 rescuers were using detection devices and dogs to ...

A long history of leftist hatred

James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, who aspired to end his life as a mass murderer of Republican Congressmen, was a Donald Trump hater and a Bernie Sanders backer. Like many before him, Hodgkinson was a malevolent man of the hating and hard left. His planned atrocity failed ...

‘Cars 3’ speeds to the top of the box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Wonder Woman” fell to second place in its third weekend in theaters, but it’s still doing the heavy lifting for the otherwise lackluster summer box office. While many worn-out franchises and franchise hopefuls continue to struggle to find a significant North ...

Native Americans walk out of musical depicting stereotypes

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming is warning audiences about offensive material in a traveling musical after Native American high school students walked out of a performance of “The Fantasticks.” The walkout happened Thursday during intermission, The Laramie Boomerang ...

Columbus woman wins 2017 Miss Ohio contest

MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A 22-year-old Columbus woman has been named Miss Ohio and will represent the state at the Miss America contest later this year. The Mansfield News Journal reports Sarah Clapper was crowned Miss Ohio on Saturday night in Mansfield. It’s the fifth time she has competed ...

Fetishist badgers wife into smoking

DEAR ABBY: I am a 28-year-old female. I recently married the most amazing man in the whole world, “Jeremy.” We connect, communicate, understand and love everything about each other. My only issue is, Jeremy has an obsession/fetish with women smoking cigarettes. He fantasizes about me ...

Mom who forgives daughter’s killer is fighting for his release

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The mother of a pregnant woman slain by her boyfriend, a former Ohio police officer, has forgiven the man and persuaded prison officials to allow the couple’s surviving child to visit him behind bars. Patty Porter, 70, also is working for the early release of Bobby ...

Attorney says president not under investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — A member of the president’s outside legal team said Sunday that Donald Trump is not under federal investigation, days after Trump appeared to confirm he was with a tweet about being the target of a “witch hunt.” Appearing on a series of morning news programs, attorney ...

U.S. downs Syrian jet

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military on Sunday shot down a Syrian Air Force fighter jet that bombed local forces aligned with the Americans in the fight against Islamic State militants, an action that appeared to mark a new escalation of the conflict. The U.S. had not shot down a Syrian ...

Trump’s scam on U.S. infrastructure

At a roundtable discussion with state transportation officials last Friday, Donald Trump said America’s aging roads, bridges, railways and water systems were being “scoffed at and laughed” at. He vowed that they “will once again be the envy of the world.” This seems to be a core ...

Four keys to successful debt consolidation

When your personal finances teeter on the brink, your first instinct might be to do something drastic. Freeze your credit cards in a block of ice. Vow to never eat out again. Forgo your Netflix subscription. These tactics may help, but financial experts say paying off debt requires a more ...

What are my financial must-do’s as a newlywed?

An occupational hazard of dispensing personal finance advice is that money matters are never far from my mind. At wedding ceremonies I wonder whether the couple has shared their credit reports yet or if they plan to use a joint checking account. That’s because I know getting married is not ...

When your emergency fund runs out

You’ve cut spending to the bone, sold excess stuff and hustled every side gig imaginable. But your emergency fund, if it ever existed, is on fumes. What you do next may determine how fast — or even whether — you recover from the setback of losing your job. Denial and desperation prompt ...

Meat and potatoes can be made healthier

Generations of Americans have grown up heralding meat and potatoes as the classic dinner of choice. Who doesn’t love the taste of that time-honored combination, filling our bellies with the comfort of a juicy, fatty steak and fluffy, carby spuds? Just thinking about it is enough to make us ...

Greek tabbouleh salad can be main or side

This is a Mediterranean twist on a classic Middle Eastern bulgur wheat salad, with very approachable flavors. It can be served as a side dish or a main course, and even as part of a creative appetizer or meze spread. It’s also a great portable dish, perfect for bringing to a potluck or ...

Debate when teens are ready to stay at home

DEAR ABBY: I’ve never written to you before, but I’m having a disagreement with my husband. We are taking our daughter out of state to drop her off at college in August. Our twin 15-year-old boys will be starting high school at the same time. My husband thinks we can leave them home alone ...