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Bloomberg’s disastrous debate performance caps a rough week

WASHINGTON — It took only minutes for the pummeling of former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg to commence at Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate. “I’d like to talk about who we’re running against, a billionaire who calls women ‘fat broads’ and ‘horse-faced lesbians,’” ...

The Democrats’ only hope

The pre-Nevada Democratic debate was a gift to Donald Trump. Instead of training their fire on the incumbent, or on the vulnerable front-runner, Bernie Sanders, the candidates tore Mike Bloomberg to shreds while saving plenty of darts for one another. That nice young man Pete Buttigieg became ...

India, U.S. struggling to bridge trade dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) — American dairy farmers, distillers and drugmakers have been eager to break into India, the world’s seventh-biggest economy but a tough-to-penetrate colossus of 1.3 billion people. Looks like they’ll have to wait. Talks between the Trump administration and New Delhi, ...

Couple who vanished during California getaway found alive

INVERNESS, Calif. (AP) — An academic couple who vanished during a getaway in the woods of Northern California was found Saturday by search-and-rescue workers who spent almost a week looking for them and gave up hopes of finding them alive. The Marin County Sheriff’s office tweeted that ...

Can AI flag outbreaks faster than humans?

BOSTON (AP) — Did an artificial-intelligence system beat human doctors in warning the world of a severe coronavirus outbreak in China? In a narrow sense, yes. But what the humans lacked in sheer speed, they more than made up in finesse. Early warnings of disease outbreaks can help people ...

Victoria’s Secret sold as women demand comfort

NEW YORK (AP) — Victoria’s Secret, which once defined sexy with its leggy supermodels in their lacy bras and oversized angel wings, has a new owner. Now, the big question is whether the once sought after but now struggling brand can be reinvented for a new generation of women demanding ...

Daughter-in-law reaches out to icy family’s new fiancee

DEAR ABBY: I am very lucky to have wonderful in-laws. I have been married to their son for five years and together for 10. We have one child. My in-laws are divorced but friendly, and my husband has one brother. My question revolves around my brother-in-law’s new fiancee, “Tami.” They ...

Opioid settlement still elusive as some lawyers criticize it

State attorneys general are finding a national settlement over the toll of opioids to be elusive, as some lawyers for state and local governments are renewing public criticism of the proposed deal with a group of companies led by the nation’s largest drug distributors. A group of top state ...

Police: Three killed in crash involving semi, passenger vehicle in Ohio

MORAINE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a head-on crash involving a tractor-trailer on an Ohio interstate claimed the lives of three people. Moraine police said the crash between the semi and a passenger vehicle happened in the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 just before 10 p.m. ...

School history lesson compares Trump to Nazis, communists

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Maryland are criticizing a history lesson at a public high school near Baltimore that compared President Donald Trump with Nazis and communists. A slide used in an Advanced Placement history class at Loch Raven High School in Towson shows a picture ...

Sanders takes Dem lead with Nevada win

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Bernie Sanders scored a resounding victory in Nevada’s presidential caucuses on Saturday, cementing his status as the Democrats’ national front-runner amid escalating tensions over whether he’s too liberal to defeat President Donald Trump. While Sanders scored a ...

Judge halts plan to move virus patients to California city

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — A court temporarily blocked the U.S. government from sending up to 50 people infected with a new virus from China to a Southern California city for quarantine after local officials argued that the plan lacked details about how the community would be protected from ...

Cases rise in S. Korea, China, as Iran, Italy battle outbreak

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and China both reported a rise in new virus cases on Sunday, as the South Korean prime minister warned that the fast-spreading outbreak linked to a local church and a hospital in the country’s southeast had entered a “more grave stage.” The death ...

Tigers ousted by Bulldogs in sectional semi

LOGAN — Earlier this season, Marietta defeated Athens on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Adrian Avendano at Sutton Gymnasium. The Tigers were unable to recapture that magic Tuesday night, falling to the Bulldogs 62-36 in a Division II sectional semifinal at Jim Myers Gymnasium. Marietta, ...

USS Arizona crew member, Pearl Harbor survivor dies

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — One of the remaining USS Arizona crew members who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor has died. Donald Stratton passed away at his Colorado Springs home in his sleep Saturday with his family in attendance. The 97-year-old veteran had been in poor health since ...

20 departments help extinguish fire at wood pallet supplier

SOUTH CHARLESTON, Ohio (AP) — A large blaze at an Ohio business that supplies wood pallets was put out by firefighters with help from 20 different departments, a fire official said Sunday. The pallets burn quick and hot, so the blaze Saturday night “had a head start” on crews responding ...

Retired teachers get patent for car-detailing invention

NITRO, W.Va. (AP) — E.J. Smith is a stickler for detailing. The retired Nitro High School science teacher’s two ATVs are spotless, as are his car, vintage pickup and Jeep CJ5 — the hoods of which are clean enough to dine upon, in the unlikely event Smith would consider such an ...

A more or less perfect union

“A More or Less Perfect Union” is a three-part series, produced by Free to Choose Network, that will air on various PBS stations across the nation starting in February. The documentary is a personal exploration of the U.S. Constitution by Justice Douglas Ginsburg, who served on the U.S. ...

Flu-related hospitalizations continuing to rise in Ohio

COLUMBUS (AP) — Flu-related hospitalizations in Ohio continue to rise week over week with the total number of hospitalizations this flu season more than double the reported number for the same period last flu season, state health officials said Friday. There were nearly 1,000 ...

Roadside memorial grows in homeowner’s front yard

DEAR ABBY: I need some help. A terrible car accident happened in front of my house a few months ago that resulted in the death of a husband and father. The family comes out every Sunday to place flowers at the accident site, which is my front yard. At first, I had no problem with them ...