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Game not over in ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’

In a battle between the internet and John C. Reilly, who among us wouldn’t root for the latter? Leave us IMDb.com and a few podcasts, John, but by all means, go smashy-smashy with the rest. Having liberated arcade game characters from their rigidly ordained roles in 2012’s “Wreck-it ...

‘Ralph’ sequel packs a punch with strong female characters

LOS ANGELES — “Ralph Breaks the Internet” may star an arcade bad guy with powerful hammer-like fists, but the animated sequel also is packing a punch with strong female characters. Sarah Silverman, who returns as the voice of Vanellope von Schweetz, credits Disney for including more ...

Ex-MSU president charged with lying to police about Nassar

LANSING, Mich. — Ex-Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon was charged Tuesday with lying to police during an investigation of the handling of serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar — the third current or former campus official other than Nassar to face criminal charges in the ...

Trump provides responses to Mueller questions

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has provided the special counsel with written answers to questions about his knowledge of Russian interference in the 2016 election, his lawyers said Tuesday, avoiding at least for now a potentially risky sit-down with prosecutors. It’s the first time he ...

Report: Trump wanted to prosecute Comey, Hillary Clinton

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump told his counsel’s office last spring that he wanted to prosecute political adversaries Hillary Clinton and former FBI Director James Comey, an idea that prompted White House lawyers to prepare a memo warning of consequences ranging up to possible ...

Residents give thanks after shooting

PITTSBURGH — David Feldstein knew seven of the 11 people killed in the synagogue. For Augie Siriano, they all were friends. Rabbi Jeffrey Myers was leading Shabbat services when the gunshots rang out. Barely three weeks after the Tree of Life massacre — believed to be the deadliest attack ...

Roberts, Trump spar

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Chief Justice John Roberts clashed Wednesday in an extraordinary public dispute over the independence of America’s judiciary, with Roberts bluntly rebuking the president for denouncing a judge who rejected his migrant asylum policy as an “Obama ...

American killed in India

NEW DELHI — The first time American John Allen Chau made it to the remote North Sentinel Island in the Indian Ocean, he came bearing gifts that included a football and fish. He interacted with some of the tribesmen — who survive by hunting, fishing and collecting wild plants and are known ...

Suspects in slayings of family to be in court

WAVERLY (AP) — Four people charged in the slayings of eight people in rural Ohio in 2016 are set for court hearings on aggravated murder charges and other counts. Authorities say the four Wagner family members charged in the shooting deaths of eight Rhoden family members will be arraigned ...

A Thanksgiving message

Dear Readers: In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I would like to thank all of you — my readers. I particularly want to single out those of you who have reached out by offering your questions and opinions. Without you, the column would not be possible. To celebrate this special day, I’d like to ...

Reader is in gray area of treatment for osteoporosis

Dear Dr. Roach: I took Fosamax for years but stopped five years ago. My bone density score is now -2.5. Should I restart Fosamax? If it creates more mass of brittle bone, then it does not seem advisable. — K.B. Answer: Fosamax (alendronate) works by preventing absorption of bone by ...

Lettuce warning looms over holiday

NEW YORK (AP) — Avoid all romaine lettuce, but don’t worry about your turkey. With food poisoning outbreaks making headlines before Thanksgiving, the messages about what’s safe to eat can be hard to keep straight. Here’s what you should know before you sit down for dinner. WHAT ...

Rain in California could hurt search effort

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Light rain falling Wednesday in some areas of Northern California could aid crews fighting a deadly wildfire while raising the risk of flash floods and complicating efforts to recover the remains of those killed. Heavier rain was expected later in the day in the ...

Plymouth prepares for 400th birthday bash

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — The seaside town where the Pilgrims came ashore in 1620 is gearing up for a 400th birthday bash, and everyone’s invited — especially the native people whose ancestors wound up losing their land and their lives. Plymouth, Massachusetts, whose European settlers have ...

Doctors clash with NRA over gun deaths

The photos from doctors came quickly and in succession: blood-stained operating rooms, blood-covered scrubs and shoes, bullets piercing body parts and organs. The pictures on Twitter were an emotional response to a smackdown by the powerful gun industry lobby, which took issue with the ...

Remember the ideas that lead to our prosperity

Here are a few facts about America. The unemployment rate among those with a high school education is 3.9 percent. The poorest quintile of Americans have seen their post-tax incomes increase 80 percent since 1979, according to Congressional Budget Office data, and post-tax and transfer ...

Amid complaints, some reasons to give thanks

“It’s the worst of times.” The words are Charles Dickens’, from the opening paragraph of a novel set in the 1790s, but the sentiment is familiar today. Americans are divided as never before, we are frequently told, angrily at odds with one another, polarized politically, economically, ...

54-51: The Big 12 has come to the NFL

The Big 12 conference has come to the NFL. Without a doubt, the Monday-night scoring extravaganza between the Rams and Chiefs was entertaining. It had more spectacular plays and head-spinning twists than a game of Madden or a matchup of teams from college football’s defense-challenged ...

Rangers’ Beltre retires after 21 seasons, 3,166 hits

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre had a sometimes-imposing stare and plenty of quirky habits. He also had a genuine love for the game, and a lot of fun in a Hall of Fame-caliber career. After 21 big league seasons in which Beltre hit 477 home runs and became the first player from the ...

For 3rd week, ’Bama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan top CFP

Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan were at the top of the College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday night, marking the first time in the five-year history of the postseason system that the same teams held the first four spots for three straight weeks. Unlike last week, there was a ...