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Should you add a loan to shopping cart?

“Will that be cash, credit card or personal loan?” The next time you shop online, you may be offered a new way to pay —î a personal loan with fixed monthly payments. Instead of using cash or plastic at checkout, you would provide some personal information and get a loan in minutes. Got ...

How tax plan would alter mortgage interest deduction

WASHINGTON (AP) —î Each year, taxpayers subsidize America’s homeowners by roughly $70 billion, with the benefits flowing disproportionately to coastal areas with high incomes and pricey homes, from New York and Washington to Los Angeles and San Francisco. The subsidy for homeowners comes ...

Businesses fix workspace issues

NEW YORK (AP) —î Triangle Pest Control’s original workspace was a 2,000-square-foot garage housing 25 people —î the technicians who did the bug control work, as well as all the sales and support staffers. It was hard for employees to handle phone calls when everyone sat so close ...

$3M to support drug addiction families

CHARLESTON (AP) — Federal health authorities have awarded $3 million over five years for a joint project of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Prestera Center, Marshall University and the Children’s Home Society to help 200 children and families affected by drug ...

Beware pets with candy

NEW YORK (AP) —î It’s a trick-or-treating tradition: Dump the night’s candy haul onto the living room floor to pick out the gems, or do some horse trading with siblings or friends. The excitement — and sugar rush — may leave humans unaware that all that candy might just be lethal ...

Halloween destinations to visit

NEW YORK (AP) —î In case the real world’s not scary enough, there are plenty of Halloween attractions out there designed to completely freak you out. One in New York called This Is Real promises to “literally kidnap you and stash you in a Brooklyn warehouse.” Fortunately, you can also ...

Cheese stars in this meatless burger with yum factor

As much as I love a juicy beef burger, I’ve become a little obsessed with creating veggie burgers that step in and satisfy without any meat. Usual standby ingredients include nuts, seeds, lentils, mushrooms, tofu and of course, the ubiquitous black bean. Often, I’m aiming for texture and ...

Weary mom wants an end to griping

DEAR ABBY: I have a super-sensitive adult child who calls me regularly to criticize another sibling. Mothers do not like to hear their children being criticized by anyone — including their siblings. It’s hurtful, no matter who does it. I’m an old lady, and I don’t need this stress. I ...

A memo to Tillerson on the ‘moron’

To: Rex Tillerson From: Robert Reich Subject: The Moron I can understand why you feel Washington is a place of “petty nonsense,” as you said last week when you called a news conference to rebut charges that you called Donald Trump a moron last summer at a meeting of national security ...

Justice Antonin Scalia’s legacy

I knew the late Justice Antonin Scalia a little, and like millions of others, I was an avid fan of his jurisprudence, the great bulk of which he produced after I was no longer a law student, so much the worse for me. What do I have to do with it? Nothing, except that reading opinions as a law ...

Trump leaves heavy lifting on Iran to GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans demanded a major say on the Iran nuclear agreement two years ago and never got it from Democrat Barack Obama. Now that President Donald Trump has directed Congress to make the international pact more stringent, the GOP is finding that having that voice won’t be ...

Brown sues to block sale of JFK Jr.’s college application

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University filed a federal lawsuit to try to block the sale of the college application of John F. Kennedy Jr., which the school says was stolen. The lawsuit filed Friday in California asks the court to bar the website MomentsInTime.com from auctioning off the ...

High winds threaten progress against California blazes

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Rising winds fanned the California wildfires again Saturday, forcing hundreds more people to flee from their homes in the state’s fabled wine country and threatening to undo the efforts of crews who have spent days trying to corral the flames behind firebreaks. Just a ...

Coffey Park is Ground Zero for California fire devastation

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — The warnings about impending doom came suddenly and in different ways. Frantic pounding on doors. Blaring fire alarms. Commotion outside windows. Awakened from a deep slumber in the dead of night, bleary-eyed residents of the Coffey Park neighborhood peeked outside ...

Latest disasters stir Katrina veterans’ hopes, hard memories

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Don’t give up. Do get counseling. Don’t look back. Survivors coped with problems for years after Hurricane Katrina decimated coastal Mississippi and Louisiana and flooded New Orleans. Now they have hard memories and hopeful experiences to share as southeast Texas, ...

Pro-Trump states most affected by health move

President Donald Trump’s decision to end a provision of the Affordable Care Act that was benefiting roughly 6 million Americans helps fulfill a campaign promise, but it also risks harming some of the very people who helped him win the presidency. Nearly 70 percent of those benefiting from ...

Family mourns teen killed at school

NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of mourners attended a dawn funeral service Saturday to grieve a 15-year-old student stabbed to death in a Bronx classroom, the first schoolyard killing in New York in over 20 years. Authorities say Matthew McCree was fatally stabbed last month at the Urban Assembly ...

Officials: 45 ill from dining at Honolulu restaurant

HONOLULU (AP) — Up to 45 people have become sick after dining at a Honolulu restaurant where six cases of norovirus were confirmed, Hawaii Department of Health officials said. Herringbone Waikiki voluntarily closed on Thursday after health department officials said people who dined at the ...

Man recounts knife attack, finding bodies of wife, in-laws

IRONTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who survived a knife attack after his wife, son and in-laws were fatally shot in southern Ohio said he rushed home from work after hearing screams and a gunshot during a phone call with his mother-in-law. Todd Holston, 29, described his experiences Saturday ...

Family dog emerges alive from wildfire aftermath

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Jack Weaver and his brother-in-law Patrick Widen walked around police barricades, through a creek and up treacherous hilly roads to save Weaver’s mother from the grim task of recovering the body of the family’s beloved dog Izzy. Katherine Weaver was convinced ...