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Memo to coworkers: Busy, not anti-social

Dear Annie: I am doing graduate work online for professional development in my field. The courses require a lot of reading. My manager approves of my course of study, but our organization's policies do not allow eating lunch at the desk, because of the possibility of getting food in the ...

‘The Dark Knight’ returning to IMAX screens

LOS ANGELES —"The Dark Knight" is returning to the big screen — actually, four of the biggest ones — in celebration of its 10th anniversary. Warner Bros. announced Wednesday that the middle film in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy will be shown on IMAX screens in Los Angeles, New York ...

Helsinki: The self-immolation of Donald Trump

WASHINGTON -- In what was perhaps the most astonishing public performance by an American president in history, Donald Trump personally bolstered the case for the demise of his presidency Monday in his surrender to Vladimir Putin over the Russian meddling in our 2016 presidential ...

Trump’s deference to Putin is about character

Last week, I wrote that the best way to think about a Trump Doctrine is as nothing more than Trumpism on the international stage. By Trumpism, I do not mean a coherent ideological program, but a psychological phenomenon, or simply the manifestation of his character. Monday, we literally saw ...

Death toll from Missouri duck boat accident at 17

By The Associated Press BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Divers found four more bodies Friday in a Missouri lake where a duck boat packed with tourists capsized and sank in high winds, bringing the death toll to 17 in the country-and-western town of Branson, authorities said. Investigators blamed ...

We’ll sing while you breathe

Signs of our growing anxiety, as a country and as citizens, are everywhere, it seems. Physicians describe surging numbers of patients seeking help for anxiety and stress. Casual get-togethers, those brief respites from the world's mayhem, are now often sessions on how to cope, how to protest, ...

Taking a look at second-look sentencing

Do you believe in second chances? To be more specific, do you believe in second chances for convicted felons, even those sentenced to life in prison or life without the possibility of parole? Your answer probably depends on details of the original crime committed, right? You might say yes to ...

Farmers fret and wait as US-China trade war escalates

By The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — Many anxious American farmers are delaying purchases and investment while hoping for a truce in a U.S.-China trade war that has left their crops at a competitive disadvantage overseas. The longer the Trump administration's tariffs remain in place, the ...

US deporting crime victims while they wait for special visa

By The Associated Press For victims of crime on U.S. soil who are living here illegally, a special visa program encourages them to help solve their cases and catch criminals, and often provides their only clear path to citizenship. But as Republican President Donald Trump's administration ...

Some species to be endangered by new Trump policy

By The Associated Press DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday proposed ending automatic protections for threatened animal and plant species and limiting habitat safeguards that are meant to shield recovering species from harm. Administration officials said the new rules would ...

Political spending more secretive with IRS change

By The Associated Press Political spending in the U.S. is about to become even more secretive after the IRS this week dropped a requirement that many nonprofits have to provide lists of their major donors. The federal government will stop collecting donor information from certain types of ...

Trump is ramping up his propaganda machine

As the political season heats up, Donald Trump is ramping up his lies through three amplifiers: his rallies, Fox News and his Twitter account. The three function as a big propaganda machine. According to the Fact Checker's database, the average daily rate of Trump's false or misleading ...

Jordan, Kavanaugh and journalism by innuendo

First it was Republican Congressman Jim Jordan. Now it's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. These men are considered guilty by association for being in proximity of wrongdoing that took place almost 30 years ago. Allegedly, Jordan took no action as a young assistant wrestling coach ...

Ohio carries out execution of killer

By Andrew Welsh-Huggins The Associated Press LUCASVILLE, Ohio — A weeping inmate apologized for choking and fatally stabbing a man he met in a bar in 1985 moments before he was put to death Wednesday in the first Ohio execution in nearly a year. The execution of Robert Van Hook by ...

Trump says Russia not targeting U.S., contradicting intel

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — In an instantly controversial new comment on Russia, President Donald Trump on Wednesday appeared to deny the longtime U.S. foe was still targeting American elections, a claim sharply at odds with recent public warnings from his top intelligence ...

Trump-Kim statement overpromised on the return of war remains

By Robert Burns AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON — More than a month after North Korea pledged to immediately return some American war dead, the promise is unfulfilled. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who traveled to Pyongyang this month to press the North Koreans further, said ...

U.S. arrests, accuses woman of acting as Russian agent

By Chad Day The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A 29-year-old gun-rights activist served as a covert Russian agent while living in Washington, gathering intelligence on American officials and political organizations and working to establish back-channel lines of communications for the ...

Trump unfazed by GOP criticism, says Putin meeting was great

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Unbowed by the broad condemnation of his extraordinary embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump declared Tuesday that his summit in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin went "even better" than his meeting with NATO allies last ...

Saving NATO from Trump

WASHINGTON — When it comes to President Trump, it's hard to pick his worst decision from the plethora he has provided. His most recent — to brazenly insult our NATO allies — surely ranks among the top three in my book, the others being his romancing of Russia without commensurate ...

China files WTO challenge to US $200B tariff plan

By Joe McDonald AP Business Writer BEIJING — China announced it filed a World Trade Organization challenge Monday to President Donald Trump's latest tariff threat, stepping up its diplomatic efforts to counter U.S. pressure in a spiraling technology dispute. The Trump administration has ...