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Britain, EU reach draft Brexit deal

LONDON (AP) — After months of stalled talks, false starts and setbacks, negotiators from Britain and the European Union struck a proposed divorce deal Tuesday to provide for the U.K.’s smooth exit from the bloc. But the agreement faces major political hurdles starting Wednesday, when ...

Tough game gets tougher for Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — During a harsh season in which the Maryland football team has been forced to deal with an array of setbacks — none worse than the death of player Jordan McNair — the Terrapins have repeatedly showed their resiliency. With No. 9 Ohio State next on the schedule, ...

Fired by Browns, Jackson returns to Bengals to help with broken defense

CINCINNATI (AP) — Hue Jackson needed only a few weeks to land another job in the place where he’s always welcomed. The Bengals hired Jackson on Tuesday as a special assistant to head coach Marvin Lewis as he tries to resurrect Cincinnati’s historically bad defense. Jackson was fired by ...

US analysts locate secret North Korean missile sites

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. analysts said Monday they have located 13 secret North Korean missile development sites, underscoring the challenge the Trump administration faces in trying to reach its promised broad arms control agreement with Pyongyang. The administration has said it is hopeful ...

Tech giants slide, pulling US stock market lower

A broad sell-off in technology companies pulled U.S. stocks sharply lower Monday, knocking more than 600 points off the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The wave of selling snared big names, including Apple, Amazon and Goldman Sachs. Banks, consumer-focused companies, and media and ...

Israel, Hamas trade heavy fire

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian militants bombarded Israel with dozens of rockets and mortar shells Monday, while Israeli warplanes struck targets throughout the Gaza Strip in what appeared to be the most intense exchange of fire since a 2014 war. Palestinian officials said at ...

Northern California fire death toll at 42

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The dead were found in burned-out cars, in the smoldering ruins of their homes, or next to their vehicles, apparently overcome by smoke and flames before they could jump in behind the wheel and escape. In some cases, there were only charred fragments of bone, so small ...

Democrats ride high on slow roll of wins

NEW YORK (AP) — No, it wasn’t a blue wave. But a week after the voting, Democrats are riding higher than they thought on election night. As vote counting presses on in several states, the Democrats have steadily chalked up victories across the country, firming up their grip on the U.S. ...

Congress returns to new dynamic, GOP shutdown threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress returns to a changed political landscape Tuesday as newly-elected lawmakers arrive in Washington, the parties elect new leadership and incumbents square off for one final legislative sprint before House Democrats take power. Voters swept away eight years of House ...

Stan Lee, creator of a galaxy of Marvel superheroes, dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stan Lee, the creative dynamo who revolutionized the comic book and helped make billions for Hollywood by introducing human frailties in Marvel superheroes such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk, died Monday. He was 95. Lee was declared dead at ...

Actor Rain, who supplied HAL’s voice, dies at 90

NEW YORK (AP) — Canadian actor Douglas Rain, who played some of Shakespeare’s most intriguing characters onstage but perhaps is best known for supplying the creepily calm voice of the computer HAL in Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” has died at 90. The Stratford Festival ...

District investigates boys’ Nazi salute

BARABOO, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin school district is investigating a photo of a group of high school boys giving what appears to be a Nazi salute, drawing a strong rebuke on social media. Baraboo Superintendent Lori Mueller said she became aware of the photo Monday after it was posted on ...

Episcopal bishop says he is banning gay unions

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An Episcopal bishop in upstate New York says the church has been “hijacked by the ‘Gay Rights Agenda’” in a directive barring same-sex marriages in his diocese. The pastoral directive from the Rev. William Love, who is based in Albany, New York, highlights ...

Briefly, Nov. 13

Man broke into home, got in bed naked AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man is accused of breaking into an Augusta home, rummaging around and then jumping naked into bed with two residents. News outlets report 29-year-old Christopher Lindner has been arrested on charges including criminal ...

Finding positives in midterm election outcome

WASHINGTON — It wasn’t a blue trickle, but nor was it a tsunami. Rather, the midterm elections brought a gentle, purplish wave of mostly center-leaning Democrats whose profiles suggest a welcome infusion of professionalism and balance to a disorderly House. Unlike the tea party revolution ...

Record voter turnout — we can do even better

Phew. The midterm elections are over! You voted, right? Yes? Great. For those who did not join the record-breaking throngs who either cast an early ballot or turned out on Election Day, you missed out. Voting is one of America’s greatest civil rights, and it gloriously brings us all ...

Poor choices can ruin business partnerships

NEW YORK — Nearly a year after Courtney Jackson launched her clothing business, she took on a partner to help manage the company’s growth. A month into the partnership, something was wrong. Jackson’s partner was supposed to handle half the company’s workload, but that didn’t happen. ...

Thinking of getting a partner? Some tips for business owners

NEW YORK — When small business owners want to take on partners, the selection process needs to be carried out thoughtfully and deliberately. The wrong choice can doom not only the partnership, but the company. Some things to consider before entering into a partnership: • When picking a ...

New exercise guidelines: Move more, sit less, start younger

CHICAGO — Move more, sit less and get kids active as young as age 3, say new federal guidelines that stress that any amount and any type of exercise helps health. The advice is the first update since the government’s physical activity guidelines came out a decade ago. Since then, the list ...

Too much iron treated by regular blood donations

Dear Dr. Roach: I’m a 70-year-old woman. Last October, during my annual physical, blood tests showed that my iron levels were extremely high. My doctor did additional blood tests for hemochromatosis and concluded I didn’t have it. She suggested I donate blood every three months to keep the ...