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Reader asks, is he really a friend?

Dear Annie: I have a dear friend who lives nearby, but for some reason, he will not contact me. We grew up together, and a year ago, I helped him, his wife and his dogs out after Hurricane Irma knocked out electricity at their home. He has never really thanked me, and he never calls me. And I ...

Swimsuit-less Miss America competition begins amid turmoil

By Wayne Parry The Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The post-swimsuit era for the Miss America pageant began Wednesday night. It did so amid a revolt by state pageant officials unhappy with the way the decision to drop swimsuits was made, and who are demanding that top ...

Daytime Dial

Most folks in the soap world were waiting for a #metoo bomb to drop. It did today. "The Young and the Restless" head writer/head producer Mal Young is about to be sued for abusive treatment of his staff. Folks in the know have said he was never easy to begin with, but when he was named head ...

Fire roaring through Northern California triples in size

By The Associated Press REDDING, Calif. (AP) — An explosive wildfire that closed down dozens of miles of a major California freeway nearly tripled in size overnight, just weeks after a nearby blaze that left neighborhoods in ruins and killed eight people, officials said Thursday. The fire ...

Amway founder and Magic owner Richard DeVos dies at age 92

By The Associated Press ADA, Mich. (AP) — Billionaire Richard DeVos, co-founder of direct-selling giant Amway, owner of the Orlando Magic and father-in-law of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, died Thursday. He was 92. Family spokesman Nick Wasmiller says DeVos died at his Ada, Michigan, ...

Gordon, never a hurricane, killed child in mobile home

By Jay Reeves The Associated Press DAUPHIN ISLAND, Alabama (AP) — Tropical Storm Gordon never became a hurricane but it was deadly all the same, killing a child by blowing a tree onto a mobile home as it made landfall. The storm later weakened into a depression on Wednesday but ...

Trump, others dispute book’s description of unhinged leader

By Zeke Miller and Catherine Lucey The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump insisted Wednesday that he's "the exact opposite" of Bob Woodward's portrayal of him in a new book that has set off a firestorm in the White House with its descriptions of current and ...

Britain charges 2 Russians over poisoning

By Jill Lawless The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British officials announced Wednesday that they have charged two alleged Russian military intelligence agents with the nerve agent poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury — though they ...

Tropical storm hits Gulf Coast

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Tropical Storm Gordon lashed South Florida with heavy rains and high winds on Monday, forcing holiday beachgoers to drier ground. Weather forecasters said the storm could strengthen to near-hurricane force by the time it hits the central U.S. Gulf Coast. Gordon ...

Trump keeps up pressure

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump escalated his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday, suggesting the Department of Justice put Republicans in midterm jeopardy with recent indictments of two GOP congressmen. In his latest broadside against the Justice Department’s ...

Congress looks to unfinished business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Keep the government running and confirm Brett Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court justice. Those are the big-ticket items that Republican leaders in Congress hope to accomplish as lawmakers look to wrap up their work and head home to campaign for the November ...

Trump sees mixing trade, foreign policy as good politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump pulled the plug on an upcoming trip to North Korea by his secretary of state, he pointed a finger of blame at China and the global superpower’s trade practices. In his recent trade breakthrough with Mexico, Trump praised the country’s ...

GOP insider criticized for role in documents

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bill Burck is a Republican insider being pushed into the limelight by two of the biggest political dramas in Washington: Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. He’s a lawyer for current and former Trump White House ...

Watching far-right

CHEMNITZ, Germany (AP) — German authorities said Monday they’re stepping up surveillance of the far-right Alternative for Germany amid growing concern the third-largest party in parliament is closing ranks with extremist groups. Activists for AfD, the nationalist party’s German acronym, ...

Venezuela president buys gold to boost savings amid inflation

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolas Maduro said he is investing part of his personal savings in a gold-backed certificate as part of a much-questioned plan to crush hyperinflation and reactivate Venezuela’s moribund economy. Maduro and First Lady Cilia Flores were the first in ...

Cincinnati councilman: Company is responsible

CINCINNATI (AP) — A few days after an electric scooter rider injured a pedestrian and fled the scene, a Cincinnati city councilman is pushing to make the scooter company responsible for such crashes. California-based Bird Rides Inc. launched its scooter program in Cincinnati in July. ...

NCAA goes back to court to defend amateurism rules

The NCAA will be back in court Tuesday in California, defending its amateurism rules against plaintiffs who say capping compensation at the value of a scholarship violates federal antitrust law. The claim against the NCAA and the 11 conferences that have participated at the highest level of ...

15 W.Va. counties considered economically distressed by ARC

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Appalachian Regional Commission says more than one-fourth of West Virginia’s counties are economically distressed. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the commission has added Fayette, Summers and Wetzel counties to the distressed category, moving them from ...

U.S. service member killed, another hurt in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. service member has been killed and another wounded in an apparent insider attack in eastern Afghanistan, according to a statement Monday from the NATO-led Resolute Support mission. Resolute Support and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Commanding General Scott Miller says ...

Ohio teen who brought gun to school gets 30 days

LORAIN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio teen who brought a gun to school earlier this year for what he said was self-protection has been sentenced to 30 days in jail. Eighteen-year-old Codsh’e Berger of Lorain pleaded guilty in July to carrying concealed weapons and illegal conveyance or possession ...