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Missing piece in Trump’s wall is GOP support

WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress never really wanted to build the wall. It wasn’t a priority like tax cuts, which are a raison d’etre of Republican domestic policy. And it wasn’t their own campaign pledge to voters, like the vow to repeal and replace Obamacare that became hard to ...

Blood sugar checks may be reduced after control achieved

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 53-year-old female, and I weigh 190 pounds. A year and a half ago, I had gastric sleeve surgery. I have lost 24 pounds. I have been diabetic since about 2013. At my last blood analysis, in August 2018, my A1C was 6.5, which I understand is still high. In January 2018, my ...

Wife troubled by husband’s drinking, driving

Dear Annie: I have been married for 25 years. My husband grew up in a foreign country and has been drinking alcohol his whole life. He drinks beer the way I drink water. He is in the restaurant business and must be able to recommend wine to his customers, so giving up alcohol is not an ...

Spy exposed in NYC was 1 of many

LONDON — When mysterious operatives lured two cybersecurity researchers to meetings at luxury hotels over the past two months, it was an apparent bid to discredit their research about an Israeli company that makes smartphone hacking technology used by some governments to spy on their ...

Rap artists and women take center stage at Grammy Awards

LOS ANGELES — Rap artists and women have felt shunned by the Grammy Awards in recent years. But this year, they took center stage. Childish Gambino’s disturbing look at race relations, “This is America,” won record and song of the year on Sunday’s telecast. It was the first time a ...

List of top winners at the Grammy Awards

By The Associated Press A list of top winners at the 61th annual Grammy Awards. Album of the year: “Golden Hour” by Kacey Musgraves Record of the year: “This Is America” by Childish Gambino Song of the year: “This Is America” by Childish Gambino and Ludwig Goransson Best ...

U.S. to use American spacecraft — not NASA’s

“This year, American astronauts will go back to space in American rockets.” This one sentence from the 2019 State of the Union address may have escaped your notice. It ended a paragraph in which the president paid tribute to astronaut Buzz Aldrin of the Apollo 11 mission to mark the the ...

Is Kim Jong Un really ready to make a deal?

TOKYO — President Donald Trump used his biggest stage of the year to announce a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump said in his State of the Union address that he intends to meet Kim Feb. 27-28 in Vietnam, saying although much work remains to be done toward peace on ...

Hobbies only part of a relationship

Dear Annie: I’ve been seeing this woman for about a month. She is beautiful and smart and thinks I’m funny, which is a plus. It’s been getting more serious. But recently, when we were trying to decide which movie to see, some new info came to light. It turns out she hates superhero movies ...

Cut processed foods, keep fruits, veggies

Dear Dr. Roach: Would you be so kind as to send me a copy of your recommended low-carbohydrate diet? I have been trying to follow what I think it should be, but would like an expert diet on which to base my food selection. — K.H. Answer: There is no specific diet I feel comfortable ...

Check your compass: The magnetic north pole is on the move

WASHINGTON — North isn’t quite where it used to be. Earth’s north magnetic pole has been drifting so fast in the last few decades that scientists say that past estimates are no longer accurate enough for precise navigation. Monday, they released an update of where magnetic north really ...

Whiskey the whippet revs up for Westminster

NEW YORK (AP) — Sleek and aerodynamic, Whiskey the whippet is dashing through the dog show world. He’s among the fastest breed of pooches on the planet, and his rise has been rapid: Coming off big wins televised on Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Day, he’ll now try for dogdom’s ...

Black Virginia voters feel betrayed, left in no-win scenario

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Eva Siakam’s choice to campaign for Ralph Northam in 2017 was a simple one: He was a Democrat and endorsed by Barack Obama, America’s first black president. But sitting in a stylist’s chair at Supreme Hair Styling Boutique in Richmond on Friday, she shook her head ...

Gun-seizure laws are grow in popularity since Parkland shooting

(AP) — In the year since the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school, more and more states have passed laws making it easier to take guns away from people who may be suicidal or bent on violence against others, and courts are issuing an unprecedented number of seizure orders across the ...

Woman acquitted of blasphemy still can’t leave Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan has been transferred from a secret location near the capital to another in Karachi, but is still unable to leave the country to join her daughters in Canada, a friend said ...

Prince Philip, 97, gives up driver’s license after crash

LONDON (AP) — Prince Philip has decided to stop driving at the age of 97, less than a month after he was involved in a collision that left two women injured, Buckingham Palace said Saturday. Prosecutors said they would consider the decision as they decide whether to charge the husband of ...

French yellow vest anti-govt protests turn violent in Paris

PARIS (AP) — A French yellow vest protester’s hand was ripped apart Saturday during violent clashes in Paris as demonstrators tried to storm the French National Assembly in a 13th consecutive week of unrest. Police said the injured protester lost four fingers as police swooped in to stop ...

US-backed fighters launch final push to defeat IS in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian forces said Saturday they have launched a final push to defeat the Islamic State group in the last tiny pocket the extremists hold in eastern Syria. Syrian Democratic Forces spokesman Mustafa Bali tweeted that the offensive began Saturday ...

UK scraps Brexit ferry deal with firm that has no ships

LONDON (AP) — The British government has canceled a contract to ship goods to the country after it leaves the European Union with a company that turned out to have no boats and no experience running a ferry service. Authorities had been criticized for the 13.8 million pound ($18 million) ...

Illegal construction blamed in Istanbul building collapse

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish officials blamed illegal construction practices for the collapse of an apartment building in Istanbul as they joined hundreds of mourners Saturday at a funeral for nine members of one family killed in the disaster. As the overall death toll rose to 18, Turkish ...