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Trump urged to re-open government

By The Associated Press What’s up with the partial government shutdown on Day 24. What’s new Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who is close to President Donald Trump, says he’s been pushing the president to reopen the government for a few weeks to continue negotiating with Democrats over ...

Shutdown sets record no. days

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the partial government shutdown slipped into the record books Saturday, members of Congress had left town, no negotiations were scheduled and President Donald Trump tweeted into the void. He did not tip his hand on whether he will move ahead with an emergency ...

Winter weather blasts mid-Atlantic

A winter storm that contributed to at least five deaths in the Midwest pummeled the mid-Atlantic region for a second day Sunday, bringing with it an icy mix that knocked out power, cancelled flights and contributed to hundreds of car accidents. Virginia State Police said the driver of a ...

Can the president build the wall alone?

When Donald Trump was looking for a catchy phrase during his 2016 presidential campaign to address the issue of immigrants entering the United States unlawfully — a line that would resonate with his supporters — he came up with the phrase “build the wall.” The reference, of course, is ...

A president’s first obligation

President Trump, in his promise to “make America great again,” appears to have forgotten his primary task: to keep the federal government running. His blatant decision to shut down a major part of it in his determination to get his way on building that wall on our southern border, denying ...

Dealing with identity theft

I’m betraying no secrets by observing that the government shutdown provides a window of opportunity for identity and electronic theft. Trust me, the crooks already know this. And, unfortunately, so do I. Short story: I decided to start collecting Social Security (even though I couldn’t ...

A meal fit for a Titan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — It started because Charity Morgan freaked out. She went to Whole Foods and bought every fruit and vegetable she could find, unloading them on the granite counter top in her kitchen. They covered the entire surface, a rainbow of produce. And she stared at them, frozen in ...

Somali women encouraged to get cancer screenings

MINNEAPOLIS — When Wali Dirie’s mother was in her 50s, her doctor advised her to start going in for regular mammograms. So she went. But when it came time to undress for the exam, she stopped. “She asked me my thoughts and my decisions, and I encouraged her, if she doesn’t want to ...

Pregnant women in Michigan are using yoga to help them relax

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A group of pregnant women gather each week to get Zen together and practice yoga with their soon-to-be-born babies. Yen Yoga & Fitness in downtown Traverse City offers a multi-week prenatal yoga program for pregnant women who seek to build strength, reduce stress ...

Author shares secrets to making the ‘Best Bread Ever’

YANKTON, S.D. — In her quest for the perfect homemade loaf of bread, a local woman has published a book sharing her personal method for getting perfect results from your bread machine. “Secrets to Baking the Best Bread Ever,” by freelance writer Loretta Sorensen, came out in December ...

Lettuce wraps are the perfect low-carb vehicle for chicken

Lettuce wraps are the perfect low-carb vehicle for delicious fillings. We wanted a light but flavor-packed filling and knew an Asian-inspired flavor profile was the way to go. Chicken lettuce wraps are most often made with ground or chopped chicken thighs. To lighten up our wraps, we turned ...

Ask a Designer: Small touches create a great master bathroom

It’s easy to design a gorgeous master bathroom if you have a huge budget. But with the right choices, says interior designer Gabriel Anderson, you can have an exceptional master bath without overspending. “Having huge expanses of marble is amazing and wonderful, but you don’t have to ...

Espalier pruning has artistic and practical benefits

Espalier design is an ancient pruning practice that fashions fruit trees, vines or flowering shrubs into artistic, two-dimensional forms. This lateral shaping makes it easier to harvest and mow, maximizes sunlight, and helps trees fit into tight areas. “It’s a great way to utilize growing ...

Follow these pro-tips when making your own cleaning product at home

To reduce waste and avoid unnecessary plastic bottles and chemicals — and to save money — many people are opting to make cleaning products from scratch at home. You can find an abundance of recipes for household cleaning products online, along with reusable glass spray bottles designed to ...

A close call for mascot

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Texas football program’s mascot, a large white and brown longhorn steer named Bevo, caused a stir at the Sugar Bowl on Tuesday when it knocked down its barricade and briefly charged in the direction of Georgia’s mascot, a bulldog name Uga. Uga X, an English ...

Border Patrol Museum opens a world on the agency

EL PASO, Texas — For many Mexican-Americans living near the U.S.-Mexico border, the U.S. Border Patrol was viewed as a federal government agency to be feared. Its agents might raid the factory where you worked, question your citizenship status at checkpoints, and detain you if an agent ...

Governor pitches state money for Theodore Roosevelt library

BISMARCK, N.D. — Construction of a Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library in Medora would elevate North Dakota’s reputation around the globe, Gov. Doug Burgum said Wednesday in pitching to state lawmakers the idea of using $50 million in state money for the project. Burgum has proposed ...

DEC Watchable Wildlife: bald eagle

Did you know? ∫ In 1976 there was only one pair of bald eagles nesting in New York. Conservation efforts have increased that number to 389 territories in 2015. ∫ Bald eagles mate for life —which can be over 30 years. ∫ Nests are reused and added to each year, growing to over six ...

Lake Placid welcomes International Children’s Games

LAKE PLACID — Monday night saw the start of the 2019 International Children’s Games in Lake Placid, the first time the games were ever held there. For the next three days, more than 400 student-athletes from 33 different cities in 14 different countries competed in a variety of winter ...

A moose walks into a hospital

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A moose wandered into a hospital building in Alaska’s largest city and chowed down on some plants in the lobby as workers watched the massive animal in awe. When a patient mentioned that security staffers were monitoring a moose that got inside the Anchorage ...