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‘Disowned’ relative wonders about party reply

From Creator’s Syndicate Dear Annie: I am a widow with many children and stepchildren, who all are adults. Most of us get along and spend time with one another on a monthly basis. There is one stepson, "Joe," who has decided to "disown" the family, feeling that he isn't kept in the loop ...

Carter national security adviser Brzezinski dies

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Zbigniew Brzezinski, who helped topple economic barriers between the Soviet Union, China and the West as President Jimmy Carter's national security adviser, died Friday. He was 89. His death was announced on social media Friday night by his daughter, ...

Iconic Warthog plane lives on

By Robert Burns AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON— The Warthog is sitting pretty. Once on the brink of forced retirement, the A-10 attack plane with the ungainly shape and odd nickname has been given new life, spared by Air Force leaders who have reversed the Obama administration's ...

Al Franken is ‘sick,’ all right

Sen. Al Franken has a new book out humbly titled "Al Franken: Giant of the Senate." On that same level of attempted humor, his biography states he received "his doctorate in right-wing megalomania studies from Trump University." Stay classy, Sen. Franken. Sycophantic press profiles of Franken ...

Why Trump is right about terrorists being ‘losers’

"Loser" is strange word. Literally and most plainly, it is simply someone who doesn't win some specific contest or challenge: the loser of a race, boxing match, business deal, etc. Economists routinely talk about how this or that policy -- on trade, taxes, whatever -- creates "winners and ...

When beating up the press gets physical

By the time this column appears, the voters of Montana will have decided the fate of GOP candidate Greg Gianforte in his quest to become a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, but Gianforte's alleged physical assault on a reporter the night before the election should concern all of us, ...

Why Middle East peace starts in Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON -- The quixotic American pursuit of Middle East peace is a perennial. It invariably fails, yet every administration feels compelled to give it a try. The Trump administration is no different. It will fail as well. To be sure, no great harm has, as yet, come from President ...

Older Americans want Medicare-covered long-term care: AP poll

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON— A growing number of Americans age 40 and older think Medicare should cover the costs of long-term care for older adults, according to a poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. That option is unlikely to gain much ...

FBI looks at Kushner-Russia meetings

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The FBI is investigating meetings that President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, had in December with Russian officials, The Washington Post and NBC News reported Thursday. Meanwhile, the chairman of the House oversight committee asked the ...

Court says Ala. execution a ‘go’

By The Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled late Thursday that Alabama can proceed with the execution of Tommy Arthur, an inmate once nicknamed the "Houdini" of death row after having seven prior execution dates postponed. Arthur, 75, was convicted in the 1982 ...

Trump scolds fellow NATO leaders: Spend more

By The Associated Press BRUSSELS — Surrounded by stone-faced allies, President Donald Trump rebuked fellow NATO members Thursday for failing to meet the military alliance's financial benchmarks, asserting that leaves it weaker and shortchanges "the people and taxpayers of the United ...

$6B in improper student aid payments found

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Members of Congress criticized the Education Department on Thursday over $6 billion in improper payments made as part of federal student aid programs. Kathleen Tighe, inspector general at the Education Department, told a House hearing that the ...

UK bomber said to have told mother ‘Forgive me’

By The Associated Press MANCHESTER, England — Britons faced stepped-up security, authorities pushed forward with raids they said were uncovering key evidence and a trans-Atlantic rift opened Thursday in the aftermath of a deadly concert bombing. The investigation of the Manchester Arena ...

Cheer, cheer for the protesters of Notre Dame

Before we get into the debate here over whether it's appropriate for graduating college students to protest their commencement speakers, I want to share my own observation about a growing trend in parental manners at these events. In recent years, I've delivered a dozen or so commencement ...

Focus on victims rewards terrorists

Familiar rituals followed the terrorist bombing at the arena in Manchester, England. Flowers piled up near the site of carnage. Reporters plumbed every line of the attacker's profile, speculating on what may have inspired his vile act. Rallies called for solidarity and a rejection of ...

Review: Even The Rock’s biceps can’t lift ‘Baywatch’

By Jocelyn Noveck AP National Writer Of this, dear moviegoer, rest assured: Dwayne Johnson's biceps still ripple and glisten in the sunlight. So do his triceps, pecs, abs, delts, quads, lats and the other 600 or so muscles of the human body. And that charismatic, multi-million dollar ...

Review: Pitt goes all out in flawed satire ‘War Machine’

By Lindsey Bahr AP Film Writer Here's a general rule of thumb: If you're going to rely heavily on voiceover to tell your movie's story, and exclusively so in the first 15 minutes with an assault of colorful character introductions, you'd do well to make sure that the narrator is a ...

Review: Fifth ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ flick fights bloat

By Mark Kennedy AP Entertainment Writer The opening scene of the new "Pirates of the Caribbean" is a fitting metaphor for where we stand in this long franchise: A creaky old galleon is unceremoniously yanked up from the ocean depths and the only things aboard are cranky old ghosts. A ...

Texas has 4 of top 5 fastest growing large cities

By Juan Lozano The Associated Press HOUSTON — Everything is bigger in Texas, including population booms. Figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau show that four of the five fastest-growing large cities in the U.S. during the 12 months leading up to last July 1 were in Texas, ...

Sears revenue continues to decline

By The Associated Press NEW YORK — Sears' extended decline in sales persisted during the first quarter and the storied retailer vowed to make additional spending cuts to offset its slowing business. The company's operating loss widened to $222 million, or $2.15 per share, on weak sales. ...