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George W. Bush, Laura Bush honored for work with veterans

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush were awarded the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal for their work with U.S. military veterans since leaving the White House. Former Vice President Joe Biden presented the award to the couple at ...

Winds again fan southern California wildfire

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Strong Santa Ana winds returned to Southern California Sunday, fanning a huge wildfire that has scorched a string of communities west of Los Angeles. Huge plumes of smoke were rising again in the fire area, which stretches miles from the northwest corner of Los ...

Warming hurting shellfish, aiding predators

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Valuable species of shellfish have become harder to find on the East Coast because of degraded habitat caused by a warming environment, according to a pair of scientists that sought to find out whether environmental factors or overfishing was the source of the ...

Nation briefly, Nov. 12

Bruno Mars to provide Thanksgiving meals NEW YORK (AP) — Bruno Mars will mark the end of his massive “24K Magic World Tour” by providing meals to 24,000 Hawaii residents in need for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Hawaiian-born singer announced Sunday he has donated money for the food ...

CHAMPIONS

FAIRBORN — The volleyball struck by Zoe Meyer hit the Nutter Center floor. But its impact wasn’t felt right away. There it all was. The 15th point of the fifth set. A 15-10 victory. A five-set win over New Bremen, the defending state champions, in the Division IV final. And the first ...

Sleeping in a tent: a lifelong love affair

I don’t remember the first time I slept in a tent. It feels that doing so was always part of me. I remember when I was very young, curling up beside my siblings on family camping trips, falling asleep to the sound of our crackling campfire mingling with our dad’s voice telling us stories. ...

Newly empowered Dems take aim at Trump business conflicts

WASHINGTON — Beyond trying to get their hands on the Holy Grail of President Donald Trump’s business dealings — his tax returns —î House Democrats are prepared to use their new majority and subpoena power to go after financial records that could back up their claims that he’s using ...

A Democratic House could probe Trump business ties abroad

PARIS — President Donald Trump’s Russian business ties, Jared Kushner’s relationship with the Saudi crown prince, Ivanka Trump’s Chinese trademarks — all could come under new scrutiny by the Democrats when they take over the House of Representatives. While Trump retains broad power ...

With split Congress, prospect for economic deals looks dim

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump floated the idea Wednesday of partnering with the newly Democratic-led House on two ideas that could prove popular with voters: Increasing spending on America’s infrastructure and limiting drug prices. Yet the poisonous atmosphere in Washington, ...

Trump visit to US cemetery in France canceled due to rain

PARIS (AP) — President Donald Trump canceled a planned visit Saturday to a cemetery for Americans killed in World War I, the White House citing bad weather that grounded his helicopter. Trump had been scheduled to lay a wreath and observe a moment of silence at the Aisne-Marne American ...

Big studies give mixed news on fish oil, vitamin D

CHICAGO (AP) — Taking fish oil or vitamin D? Studies give long-awaited answers on who does and does not benefit from these popular nutrients. Fish oil taken by healthy people, at a dose found in many supplements, showed no clear ability to lower heart or cancer risks. Same for vitamin ...

Offer to hire cleaning service

Dear Annie: My son and his wife hardly ever really clean their house. The bathroom on the main level gets cleaned once in a while — when friends are coming over — but the ones upstairs are disgusting. When I have stayed there, I’ve cleaned the bathroom I use because I can’t stand it. ...

Recounts ordered in Florida Senate, governor races

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida secretary of state ordered recounts in the U.S. Senate and governor races on Saturday, an unprecedented review of two major contests in the state that took five weeks to decide the 2000 presidential election. Secretary Ken Detzner issued the order after ...

Migrant caravan departs Mexico City, heads north

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Thousands of Central American migrants were back on the move toward the U.S. border Saturday, after dedicated Mexico City metro trains whisked them to the outskirts of the capital and drivers began offering rides north. At the Line 2 terminus, migrants began making their ...

Civilian death toll in Yemen grows

CAIRO (AP) — Airstrikes by Saudi Arabia and its allies in Yemen are on a pace to kill more civilians than last year, according to a database tracking violence in the country, despite the United States’ repeated claims that the coalition is taking precautions to prevent such bloodshed. The ...

Latest ‘Fantastic Beasts’ is a mixed bag of wonders

Like the bottomless trunk totted by “magizoolologist” Newt Scamander, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is a mixed bag of wonders. Newt (Eddie Redmayne) can reach into his suitcase and, like Mary Poppins before him, pull out just about anything. And it sometimes feels as ...

2 dead, homes destroyed in wildfires

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Two people were found dead as a pair of wildfires stretched from inland canyons to the Pacific in Southern California Saturday, leaving people sifting through the remains of both mansions and modest homes for anything they had left. The two bodies were found severely ...

Death toll in wildfire rises to 23

PARADISE, Calif. — The air thick with smoke from a ferocious wildfire that was still burning homes Saturday, residents who stayed behind to try to save their property or who managed to get back to their neighborhoods in this Northern California town found cars incinerated and homes reduced to ...

Manufactured logs good choice for fireplace

Dear Jim: I always buy firewood to use in my open fireplace. I burn it just for ambiance, not really for heat. I thought about using fireplace logs instead. Are they as efficient and as good for the environment? - Jason K. Dear Jason: If you are using a standard open-front fireplace, it is ...

What to do when a fund in your portfolio closes

The past decade has seen an explosion in new exchange-traded funds. Investors have flocked to ETFs because they trade like individual stocks, but offer the diversification benefits of mutual funds — all at a low cost. But not all funds attract investors, and ETFs are dying off at a ...