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US immigration policy nasty and ineffectual

President Donald Trump’s sound and fury on immigration has delivered close to nothing. Trump never lets up, thundering against “illegal aliens” as a criminal class while pushing his enforcers to treat the impoverished ones without mercy. But actually, illegal immigration is again ...

Trial of former CIA officer reveals spying tactics

PARIS — Chinese spying has been making news almost everywhere these days. A trial began in Virginia last week for a former Central Intelligence Agency officer accused of spying for China. Here in France, two retired foreign intelligence service officers have been held since December, ...

Immigration agents arrest 114 in sting at Sandusky, Castalia

SANDUSKY — U.S. immigration agents made more than 100 arrests Tuesday at a gardening and landscaping company, aided by about 200 law enforcement workers in one of the largest employer stings in recent years. The 114 arrests occurred at two locations of Corso’s Flower & Garden Center, ...

Trustees report warns Medicare finances worsening

WASHINGTON — Medicare will run out of money sooner than expected, and Social Security’s financial problems can’t be ignored either, the government said Tuesday in a sobering checkup on programs vital to the middle class. The report from program trustees says Medicare will become ...

Pharmaceutical arrangement doesn’t work for Procrit patient

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a patient with myelofibrosis, and have been under treatment for over three years. At one time I was receiving blood transfusions every three weeks and taking Jakafi (very expensive) to stabilize my hemoglobin and platelet levels, and Exjade to get rid of excess iron caused ...

It’s time to talk to son about money owed

Dear Annie: A few years ago, one of my sons needed money during some difficult times. I explained I would help but I needed the funds to be returned. His spouse was seeking other avenues to gather it. It now been been more than three years since the loan was given. In that time, they have ...

More want to save in single mutual fund

NEW YORK (AP) — More and more retirement savers have their entire 401(k) account in just a single mutual fund, and investment advisers are fine with it. Last year, for the first time, more than half of Vanguard’s 4.6 million retirement account participants were invested in a single ...

Designer Kate Spade found dead

NEW YORK (AP) — Kate Spade, a fashion designer known for her sleek handbags, was found dead in her Park Avenue apartment Tuesday in an apparent suicide, police said. She was 55. News of her death shocked the fashion world and led to an outpouring of tributes from her legions of fans. A ...

Memories of Robert Kennedy, 50 years later

WASHINGTON — Television’s remembrances of Robert Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his death have brought back images of the huge crowds he drew, both in life and in leaving it. They mobbed and cheered him as he motored through big-city streets and then stood in stark silence along the ...

Boulder-size asteroid disintegrates harmlessly over Africa

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A boulder-size asteroid disintegrated harmlessly over Africa, just hours after its weekend discovery. It’s only the third time scientists have spotted an incoming asteroid on a direct collision course with Earth. The previous times were in 2008 and 2014. The ...

Ohio awards sites for selling medical marijuana

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio has licensed 56 locations that can sell medical marijuana once it becomes legal this fall. The Ohio Board of Pharmacy Monday awarded those provisional dispensary licenses that give the stores six months to meet state operation requirements. A total of 376 applications ...

Feds: Skimping can’t save seniors from cost of meds

WASHINGTON — Medicare recipients filled fewer prescriptions for pricey brand-name drugs — but spent more on such meds anyway, says a government report released Monday. It blames rising manufacturer prices for squeezing older people and taxpayers. The Health and Human Services inspector ...

Study finds many breast cancer patients can skip chemo

CHICAGO — Most women with the most common form of early-stage breast cancer can safely skip chemotherapy without hurting their chances of beating the disease, doctors are reporting from a landmark study that used genetic testing to gauge each patient’s risk. The study is the largest ever ...

Could Trump pardon himself? Not if he’s impeached

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump once joked he could “stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody” and not lose voter support. The quip was intended as hyperbole to make a point on the loyalty of his base. Now, Trump says, he has the power to keep himself out of jail ...

Facebook under scrutiny over data sharing after NYT report

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is pushing back against a media report saying that it provided extensive information about its users and their friends to third parties like phone makers. The New York Times reported Sunday that Facebook struck data-sharing deals with at least 60 device makers, ...

Microsoft embraces collaboration in $7.5B deal for GitHub

Microsoft is paying $7.5 billion for the popular coder hangout GitHub as the maker of Windows further embraces the types of open-source projects it used to shun. CEO Satya Nadella said the all-stock deal pairs Microsoft with the “world’s leading software development platform,” a ...

Trump urged to raise human rights, other issues with Kim

WASHINGTON (AP) — Barreling toward a historic summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump has his sights set on a nuclear deal, leaving allies and advocates worried he may give short shrift to human rights abuses and regional security concerns. With a week to go before ...

Guatemala volcano death toll could rise

EL RODEO, Guatemala (AP) — The charred landscape left behind by Guatemala’s erupting Volcano of Fire still was too hot in many places Monday to pull out bodies so thickly coated with ash that they looked like statues as the death toll rose to 62 and was expected to go higher. Rescuers in ...

US renews call for OAS to suspend Venezuela

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration renewed its call Monday for the Organization of American States to suspend Venezuela and for other members to step up pressure on the country’s government to restore constitutional order. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the Western Hemisphere ...

China: Smaller trade surplus, OK. But tech concessions? No.

BEIJING (AP) — Narrow our trade surplus with the United States? No problem, say Chinese negotiators. But change technology tactics that are China’s path to prosperity and its rightful place as a global leader? Absolutely not. China highlighted the sensitivity of the issue with its threat ...