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Activist who was 1st black female mayor in Mississippi dies

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An outspoken civil rights activist who was born to sharecroppers in the segregated American South and rose to become the first African American woman to win a mayor’s race in Mississippi has died. Unita Blackwell was 86. She died Monday at Ocean Springs Hospital, ...

Persian Gulf tensions, unclear threats raise risks

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Murky claims of sabotage to oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. A drone attack on a pipeline in Saudi Arabia. A U.S. aircraft carrier strike group steaming toward an unspecified threat. The events roiling the Persian Gulf in recent days have ...

There are many options for prostate treatment

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 79-year-old male who has been on tamsulosin for years, but it is not helping much. A recent CT scan showed my prostate at 6.2 cm transverse measurement. My urologist suggests taking Avodart to shrink it. However, I have read that this drug, along with other similar drugs, ...

TV tug of war

Dear Annie, My husband and I have very different television interests. I tend to prefer prestige shows that require significant time and attention commitment. He tends to enjoy brainless sitcoms. He says he doesn’t have the attention span to sit and watch many of the large-scale prestige ...

What helps prevent dementia? Try exercise, not vitamins

If you want to save your brain, focus on keeping the rest of your body well with exercise and healthy habits rather than popping vitamin pills, new guidelines for preventing dementia advise. About 50 million people currently have dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type. ...

New liver transplant rules begin amid fight over fairness

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wilnelia Cruz-Ulloa spent the last months of her life in a New York City hospital, waiting for a donated liver that never came. Doctors had urged the 38-year-old to move to another state that has more organs to go around. But she couldn’t afford to. Where you live makes ...

Companies bracing for China’s retaliation in tariffs dispute

BEIJING (AP) — Businesses were bracing Monday for Beijing’s retaliation against President Donald Trump’s escalation of a tariff battle that threatens to disrupt a Chinese economic recovery. Regulators threatened “necessary countermeasures” in response to Trump’s increase in ...

Pompeo tells Russia: No more election interference

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — On his first trip to Russia as U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that he warned his Russian counterpart against any “unacceptable” Russian meddling in U.S. elections. At a news conference following three hours of meetings, Pompeo said he told Russian ...

Saudi Arabia says its oil pipeline was hit by drones

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An oil pipeline that runs across Saudi Arabia was hit Tuesday by drones, the Saudi energy minister said, as regional tensions flared just days after what the kingdom called an attack on two of its oil tankers in the Persian Gulf. While U.S. President ...

Escalating trade war causing anxiety in America’s heartland

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — When President Donald Trump began talking about tariffs in 2017, Upper Midwest soybean farmer Jamie Beyer suspected that her crop could become a weapon. Two years later, she and her family are watching the commodity markets on an hourly basis as an escalating trade war ...

Steph or Seth? Coin flip to decide who mom, dad represent

Dell Curry was standing near the loading dock at the Pepsi Center in Denver when Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum approached, gave him a big hug and asked, “Which shirt are you wearing?” for the Western Conference final. “Got to flip a coin,” Curry responded. Literally. With sons ...

IndyCar and NASCAR roar into showcase month of May

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The most prolific month in motorsports arrived with two strong races with IndyCar and NASCAR both opening May with momentum-grabbing entertaining events that should carry the series through their Memorial Day showcases. Simon Pagenaud, his future with Team Penske shaky ...

Michigan’s Beilein accepts offer to become Cavaliers coach

CLEVELAND (AP) — John Beilein has spent a coaching lifetime taking ordinary programs and turning them into consistent winning ones. All in college. He’s getting his NBA shot. The Cavaliers ended a month-long search Monday by hiring Beilein, a 66-year-old offensive mastermind who made ...

Doctor wants to rule out fatty liver

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 77-year-old woman. I am 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weigh 107 pounds. I take no medication. When I went to the doctor last week, he found that my alkaline phosphatase was 176, my ALT 10 and my AST 11. He told me I had fatty liver and to get a scan, but I had no way to get ...

Put your fashionable foot forward

Dear Annie: I’ve been working as professional for more than 10 years, and I’m arriving at the point in my career where I’m now responsible for spending more time meeting with clients. I’m excited for my continued growth and success, and I’m always seeking ways to grow. I have a ...

Tiger top Twins, earn split in four game series

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Daniel Norris rediscovered his rhythm, Nicholas Castellanos maintained his and the Detroit Tigers left Minnesota with a series split. Norris turned in his longest outing since 2017 and, backed by Castellanos’ three hits, led the Tigers to a 5-3 victory over the Twins on ...

Why tariff war threatens Beijing’s ambitions

BEIJING — China’s intensified tariff war with the Trump administration is threatening Beijing’s ambition to transform itself into the dominant player in global technology. The United States is a vital customer and source of technology for Chinese makers of electronics, medical equipment ...

Many Americans want to hear Mueller speak

WASHINGTON — See Bob investigate. Read Bob’s report. Wait, Bob, what? For nearly two years, the nation watched and waited as special counsel Robert Mueller investigated President Donald Trump and his campaign for potential collusion with Russia and obstruction of justice. The release of ...

Rodriguez solid, Perez homers in Tribe win

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Cleveland manager Terry Francona acknowledges the Indians are still uncertain what they have in Jefry Rodrguez after acquiring the 24-year-old pitcher from Washington in November. They like what they’ve seen so far from the 6-foot-6 right-hander. Roberto Perez hit a ...

Rodriguez solid, Perez homers in Tribe win

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Cleveland manager Terry Francona acknowledges the Indians are still uncertain what they have in Jefry Rodrguez after acquiring the 24-year-old pitcher from Washington in November. They like what they’ve seen so far from the 6-foot-6 right-hander. Roberto Perez hit ...