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An opening for a party of reality

Here they come, the newly resurgent Democrats, ready to take on “the man” (Rep. Rashida Tlaib); protect America’s middle class from “attack” by big corporations and billionaires (Sen. Elizabeth Warren); provide “Medicare-for-all” (Sen. Kamala Harris); offer universal pre-K (Julian ...

Democrats’ America: The heart of darkness

If it was the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that black and white would come together in friendship and peace to do justice, his acolytes in today’s Democratic Party appear to have missed that part of his message. Here is Hakeem Jeffries, fourth-ranked Democrat in Nancy Pelosi’s ...

Falling home sales not helping

WASHINGTON (AP) — When home sales weaken, prices typically do, too, and buyers benefit. Not quite this time. Home purchases in many areas of the country have dipped, and price gains have slowed. Yet a rising number of middle-class Americans are finding that home ownership is ...

U.S. average mortgage rates steady

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates held steady this week for the second straight week, sticking at their lowest levels in nine months after six weeks of decline. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on the benchmark 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was unchanged ...

Stick-in-the-mud husband is a weekend party pooper

DEAR ABBY: I have been married for seven years. The last time my husband and I have been out of the house together was last summer. No movies, dinners, festivals, etc. I finally gave up suggesting things to do. My husband says I’m the one who feels the need to go out once a week or take an ...

Woodpecker damage? Try scare tactics, redirection

Woodpeckers, flickers and sapsuckers may be fun for birders to watch but they can be troublesome — pecking holes in dwellings, shredding feeders, enlarging cavities in trees, and driving you to distraction by drumming on wooden or metal surfaces. “Woodpeckers can damage homes, especially ...

When the written word becomes art, one letter at a time

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — For this group of committed doodlers, it’s pens before pixels. The Unofficial Hand Lettering Society of Silver Spring gathers monthly in this Maryland suburb, setting aside keyboards to put ink to paper and shape the written word into a work of art. That can mean ...

In Trump ally Stone’s case, Mueller finds crime in cover-up

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone may be accused of lying and tampering with witnesses, but it’s equally notable what he’s not charged with: colluding with the Kremlin in a grand conspiracy to help Trump win the presidency in 2016. The case is the latest in a series ...

Koch network gathers donors after Trump snub

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of wealthy donors gathered by the conservative billionaire industrialist Charles Koch are meeting this weekend for the first time since his powerful political network said it won’t support President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign. It remains ...

King applauded at first Iowa event since House rebuke

PRIMGHAR, Iowa (AP) — Constituents applauded Republican Rep. Steve King on Saturday at the Iowa congressman’s first public event since being rebuked by his House colleagues over racist comments he had made to a newspaper earlier this month. King told the roughly 75 people who showed up for ...

Economy likely to pick up, though pain could linger

BALTIMORE (AP) — The U.S. economy will likely resume its steady growth now that the government has reopened, though economists say some scars — for the nation and for federal workers — will take time to heal. Most analysts estimate that the 35-day partial shutdown shaved a few tenths of ...

Some Trump supporters cheer federal shutdowns

FORT HANCOCK, Texas (AP) — Donald Trump didn’t carry many parts of Texas’ heavily Democratic areas along the border with Mexico, but he won remote Hudspeth County thanks to people like Terry Rose. And the 71-year-old mechanic saw the longest shutdown in U.S. history as a campaign promise ...

Tennis instructor facing sex charges accused in card scheme

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey youth tennis instructor already facing sex-related charges including kidnapping and sexual assault is now facing charges in what prosecutors allege was a credit card identity theft scheme that led to the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Monmouth ...

Conservatives: Trump caved, but he’ll get wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — No retreat, no surrender is how President Donald Trump frames his decision to temporarily reopen the government while still pursuing a border wall deal. Some of his conservative backers have a different take: “pathetic” and “wimp.” Other Trump supporters seem ...

Police: 5 people shot overnight at Indianapolis bar

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis police are investigating an overnight shooting at a bar that left five people hospitalized, including three in critical condition. Deputy Chief Valerie Cunningham tells WXIN-TV that officers responding to a reported disturbance about 2 a.m. Saturday at the ...

Woman not guilty by reason of insanity for killing children

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio judge has agreed a woman was insane when she killed her two children and has ordered her institutionalized at a mental health facility. Thirty-one-year-old Claudena Helton was charged with aggravated murder for fatally shooting 8-year-old daughter Khmorra and ...

Authorities: Man fatally shot after 146-mile pursuit

EHRENBERG, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say officers fatally shot a wanted man during a traffic stop near the Arizona-California border following a 146-mile (235-kilometer) pursuit from California. The Arizona Department of Public Safety said 26-year-old Christian Albarran was shot Thursday ...

Man clings to moving SUV in episode caught on video

BOSTON (AP) — State police say they were called to the Massachusetts Turnpike because a man was clinging to the hood of a moving SUV in an apparent road rage episode, some of which was caught on video. Massachusetts State Police responded to Interstate 90 westbound in Weston on Friday, where ...

Officials: Woman killed, dismembered boyfriend in RV

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a Florida woman killed his boyfriend, dismembered his body in a camper trailer and drove it two hours away, covering up the crime for months. Sumter County Sheriff’s Office says deputies arrested 47-year-old Penny Rebecca Pospisil on Friday on charges ...

Lawyer: 12 immigrant workers at Trump golf course fired

NEW YORK (AP) — A dozen immigrant workers at one of President Donald Trump’s golf clubs in New York who are in the U.S. illegally were fired this month even though managers had known about their legal status for years, a lawyer for the workers said Saturday. As the president railed during ...