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Kyler, Tua and other ‘Generation Z’ QBs are taking over

Trent Dilfer has been head coach for the national high school quarterback competition known as Elite 11 since 2011, and even in that short period of time the quality of players coming through the program has drastically improved. “We’ve always had our handful of clearly the best,” said ...

Kyler, Tua and other ‘Generation Z’ QBs are taking over

Trent Dilfer has been head coach for the national high school quarterback competition known as Elite 11 since 2011, and even in that short period of time the quality of players coming through the program has drastically improved. “We’ve always had our handful of clearly the best,” said ...

Tales from the PGA Tour

Thousands of fans surrounded the first tee at Carnoustie on the final day of the British Open. No mistaking what they came to see, even if most of them could hardly see Tiger Woods at all. One young girl proved resourceful. From 30 yards beyond the rows of fans, she stood atop a large trash ...

American fertility rate headed to all-time low

In 1957, 4.3 million babies were born in the United States. In 2017, 60 years later, the number was 3.8 million. That’s an 11-percent decline, in a nation whose population has nearly doubled over those six decades. And though there are a few days left in 2018, the number for this year is sure ...

Trump: ‘I can’t tell you when’ gov’t will reopen

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that parts of the federal government will stay closed until Democrats agree to put up more walls along the U.S.-Mexico border to deter criminal elements. He said he’s open to calling the wall something else as long as he ends up with an ...

US says 2nd Guatemalan child dies in immigration custody

HOUSTON — An 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died in government custody in New Mexico early Tuesday, U.S. immigration authorities said, marking the second death of an immigrant child in detention this month. The death came during an ongoing dispute over border security and with a partial ...

Reports: Attacker on Chinese bus kills 8 people

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say eight people were killed after a hijacker with a knife drove a bus into pedestrians in a southeastern Chinese city. The official Xinhua News Agency reported that 22 others were injured, one seriously, in the Tuesday afternoon attack in Longyan in ...

Trump: ‘I do’ have confidence Treasury Secretary Mnuchin

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he has confidence in Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, calling him a “very talented guy” and a “very smart person.” Trump reiterated his view that the Federal Reserve is raising interest rates too fast, but called the independent ...

Charity buys and erases medical debt

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Philip Sasser had a familiar, sinking feeling when he saw the yellow envelope in his mailbox. He figured it was another past-due medical bill, but it turned out to be quite the opposite. “I opened it up and it said these bills had been paid off,” said Sasser, of ...

Try to calm your subconscious in social situations

Dear Annie: I have social anxiety, and I find that it’s really impacting my life. I’m comfortable in small groups with people I know. However, I have a difficult time meeting new people. If my wife wants to set up an outing with a new couple, I become very uncomfortable. I find it even more ...

Concerning side effect

Dear Dr. Roach: In all the warnings you see for prescription drugs on TV and in print, it seems like a disproportionally high number of them have some tie-in to tuberculosis. They say to get tested for it and don’t take the medicine if you’ve had it or if you know someone who had it. ...

Parolee reflects on first year out of prison

CINCINNATI — Before her parole and release from prison last Christmas Day, Tyra Patterson had to make a five-year plan. Her goals were to live independently, get a job, travel, see her family and begin speaking in public about criminal justice reform. “I completed that ... in less than ...

North Korea ordered to pay parents, estate of student $500M

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ordered North Korea to pay more than $500 million in a wrongful death suit filed by the parents of Otto Warmbier, an American college student who died shortly after being released from that country. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell harshly condemned North ...

Trump offers holiday greetings to US troops

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump Tuesday wished U.S. troops stationed around the country and the globe a merry Christmas. “I know it’s a great sacrifice for you to be away from your families, but I want you to know that every American family is eternally grateful to you, and ...

Chicano author, illustrator collaborate on animal adventure

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The 81-year-old author is often called a dean of Chicano literature. The illustrator is a younger muralist steeped in the visual traditions of Mexican-American pop culture and low-rider cars. Together, novelist Rudolfo Anaya and painter Moises Salcedo — who goes ...

Pope’s Christmas wish: World fraternity

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis offered a Christmas wish for fraternity among people of different nations, cultures, faiths, races or ideas, describing the world’s differences as a richness, not a danger, and championing the rights of religious minorities. His plea Tuesday for stronger ...

Queen riffs on wisdom, family’s busy year

SANDRINGHAM, England (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II wove personal reflections into the latest edition of her annual Christmas message, saying she hoped her long life brought a measure of wisdom and noting her grandchildren’s contributions to Britain’s royal family. The 92-year-old queen, the ...

Indonesia asks people to avoid coast near volcano

SUMUR, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities asked people near an island volcano to avoid the coast while eruptions and weather and sea conditions were being monitored for tsunami risks. A tsunami that followed an eruption of Anak Krakatoa hit communities along the Sunda Strait on ...

Tomlin trying to keep Steelers focused despite odds

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin isn’t going to complain about the officiating. Or lament the turnovers and missed opportunities over the last month that have the Pittsburgh Steelers on the outside of the playoffs looking in heading into Week 17. The longtime head coach doesn’t see the ...

Lakers lose LeBron to injury, but dismantle Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers lost LeBron James in the third quarter to a strained left groin then went out and beat the two-time defending champions without him Tuesday night, getting King James’ 17 points, 13 rebounds and five assists before the injury in a surprising ...