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Spain’s new leader is sworn in, faces Catalan conundrum

BARCELONA, Spain — New Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez had been barely sworn in Saturday before one of the country’s most critical issues facing his fragile government was pressed upon him: ending the Catalan secession crisis. Less than two hours after Sanchez had taken his oath to ...

Pushed by voters, GOP moderates rebel on immigration

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Cipriano Garza says Rep. Carlos Curbelo is “a decent man, a family man.” He lauds the South Florida Republican for defiantly pushing his party to protect young “Dreamer” immigrants from deportation. Founder of a nonprofit that helps farm workers, Garza happily ...

Turtle dogs trained to locate reclusive reptiles

TOLEDO — Before you can study turtles, you have to first find them, and in an environment of hardwood forests, densely covered ground and damp bottomlands such as those at Oak Openings and some of the other Metroparks, that can make for a very lengthy session of hide and seek for ...

Opinions differ on judge turned candidate

COLUMBUS — Then-Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill’s decision last year to remain on the court well after announcing his bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination prompted a storm of controversy. Response to the court’s proposed fix was less enthusiastic. Only six people ...

Nurses, overworked and burnt-out, seek relief

CLEVELAND (AP) — Some Ohio nurses say stress and staff shortages are burning them out and patient care is suffering. The Plain Dealer reports the concerns are echoed by nurses across the state who say they love what they do but are overburdened by low staffing levels, greater numbers of ...

Skyping the doctor? Poll shows it’s not just for young people

WASHINGTON — Every morning, 92-year-old Sidney Kramer wraps a blood pressure cuff around his arm and steps on a scale, and readings of his heart health beam to a team of nurses — and to his daughter’s smartphone — miles from his Maryland home. Red flags? A nurse immediately calls, a ...

Nothing to say to make people mind their business

Dear Annie: My husband and I have made the decision to refrain from having children. People are very nosy, always asking when we will have kids, as we have been married for six years and I am 32. When I tell them we have chosen not to have children, which I consider a decent response, I get ...

State attorney general races gain attention

DENVER (AP) — The top priority for Democrats pushing back against President Donald Trump is gaining control of at least one branch of Congress this year, but they’re also focused on a pivotal seat lower on the ballot — state attorney general. The top state law enforcement position comes ...

GOP ex-con fights for House return

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Grimm doesn’t want to talk about his time in prison. He just wants your vote. The former Republican congressman from New York City’s Staten Island is fighting his party, his president and the stigma of a felony conviction in a no-holds-barred primary June ...

AfD chief: Nazi era a ‘speck of bird poop’ in German history

BERLIN (AP) — The co-leader of the far-right nationalist Alternative for Germany party Saturday dismissed the Nazi era as a “speck of bird poop” in German history, drawing swift condemnation from mainstream politicians and outrage on social media. Alexander Gauland said Germans must ...

Syria FM: Iran has no forces, bases in country

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s foreign minister said Saturday Iranian military advisers are embedded with Syrian troops but Tehran has no combat forces or fixed bases in the country. Walid al-Moallem’s comments came amid rising tension in the region as Israel has repeatedly warned ...

US commerce secretary in Beijing for talks on trade surplus

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross arrived in Beijing on Saturday for talks on China’s promise to buy more American goods after Washington revived tensions by renewing its threat of tariff hikes on Chinese high-tech exports. The talks focus on adding details to China’s ...

What are tariffs and how they would work

WASHINGTON (AP) — As a tool of national trade policy, tariffs had long been fading into history, a relic of 19th and early 20th centuries that most experts regarded as mutually harmful to all nations involved. But President Donald Trump has dusted them off in recent months and restored ...

Heroic drama teacher to get Tony Award

NEW YORK — The special Tony Award that honors educators this year will go to a drama teacher who picks her high school’s shows, builds the sets, hems the costumes — and nurtured many of the young people demanding change following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Melody ...

Kevin Bacon and his bro to sizzle your summer with new album

NEW YORK (AP) — You easily could have called Friday “National Actors Releasing Albums Day”: Kevin Bacon, Scarlett Johansson and Ezra Miller are among the famous faces dropping new music. But releasing music for those well-known for their roles in movies hasn’t always been accepted or ...

Tips for DIY A/C, heat pump cleaning

Dear Jim: I have my central air conditioner and furnace serviced every several years to keep them running efficiently. Is there anything I can do to the air conditioner myself on the off years to improve its efficiency? — Ronnie G. Dear Ronnie: There are several things you can do yourself ...

Save money by thinking like a college student

Remember that one time you spent four years living with roommates, studying around the clock and eating microwaved ramen? While pinching pennies as a 20- or 30-something, maybe it hit you: You could save a lot by returning to that frugal student lifestyle. When you look at old bank statements ...

What’s in a pronoun? Gender-bending, time-traveling words: A history

NEW YORK — On college campuses and in workplaces, across social media and in deference to non-binary people, gender-neutral pronouns are more than just a new wave of political correctness. They’re the focus of debate that stretches back hundreds of years. Early word coiners usually were ...

Danger of authoritarianism may come from the center, not the right

“Across Europe and North America, centrists are the least supportive of democracy, the least committed to its institutions and the most supportive of authoritarianism.” So wrote political researcher David Adler in The New York Times after analyzing responses to two multi-country surveys on ...

Silly old bear: Exhibition explores world of Winnie-the-Pooh

ATLANTA — A new exhibition in Atlanta celebrates Winnie-the-Pooh, wandering through his magical world and giving visitors a peek behind the scenes at the people, relationships and inspirations behind the “silly old bear” and his friends. “Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic” is to ...