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Dear Annie: How can we back out of friendship?

Dear Annie: My husband and I have become friends with another couple from church. They are very nice, but the wife is extremely controlling. My husband and I don’t feel as if they even know us, because the wife always interrupts and talks at me and in my face. We have tried to back off of the ...

Horoscopes By Holiday

Envy and the Pisces Moon Generally, people become envious about the things that they themselves are deeply craving. So if you see someone in action and what is supposed to make you smile bothers you instead, note the particulars and take it as a sign. It’s useful information, maybe even a ...

Dear Annie: Be an organ donor

Dear Annie: Last year, I wrote to you about my beautiful 35-year-old daughter and the kidney transplant she’d just received through the United Network for Organ Sharing. I am “A Very Grateful Mom.” My daughter continues to do well and is leading a healthy life. We would like to thank ...

Horoscopes By Holiday

Wanting Square Sometimes you can choose what to want. More often your wants choose you. Today’s want may announce itself like a foreigner asking to join you for lunch. It will then sit at your table regardless of how you answer. Mercury square Mars suggests that the first step in ...

International

China's economic growth slows amid trade battle BEIJING (AP) — China's economic growth slowed further in the latest quarter, adding to challenges for communist leaders who are fighting a mounting tariff battle with Washington. The government reported Friday the world's second-largest ...

National

93 women accuse former USC doctor of sex abuse LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nearly 100 women who contend that they were sexually harassed or abused by a former University of Southern California gynecologist are suing the school, contending it ignored decades of complaints. "I am part of an ...

Minnesota

Altercation outside St. Paul bar ends with fatal shooting ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police say an altercation outside a St. Paul bar ended in a fatal shooting. Officers were called to Born's Bar about 11 p.m. Wednesday where they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was ...

People in the News

Bette Midler among 'Murphy Brown' guests LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bette Midler and Brooke Shields are among the guest stars dropping in on CBS' "Murphy Brown" revival. Midler was on the original sitcom as Caprice, one of many difficult, short-tenured secretaries to Candice Bergen's ...

Federal prosecutors open clergy abuse probe in Pennsylvania

By MARYCLAIRE DALE and ERIC TUCKER Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal prosecutors have opened an investigation of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania, using subpoenas to demand secret files and testimony from high-ranking leaders in what victims' ...

Ex-FBI agent gets 4 years in prison for leaking documents

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A former FBI agent in Minnesota who admitted leaking classified internal documents to a reporter was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison. Terry James Albury, 39, pleaded guilty in April to one count each of unauthorized ...

Todd Bol, founder of Little Free Library book sharing, dies

HUDSON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin man who founded the Little Free Library, a nonprofit that began with a dollhouse-like box of free books in his front yard and ballooned into an international book-sharing and literacy project, has died. Todd Bol died Thursday in a Minnesota hospice of ...

Booker stirs South Carolina Democrats in pre-midterm debut

By BILL BARROW Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Cory Booker had hundreds of Democratic activists nodding, applauding and eventually roaring — complete with a sermon-style call-and-response — as he entertained the Orangeburg County party barbecue to put the exclamation point on ...

Iconic Dodge City moves its only polling place outside town

By ROXANA HEGEMAN Associated Press WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Access to the ballot box in November will be more difficult for some people in Dodge City, where Hispanics now make up 60 percent of its population and have remade an iconic Wild West town that once was the destination of cowboys and ...

Job growth is found to be no cure for a community’s poverty

By JOSH BOAK AP Economics Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — A healthy dose of job growth has long been seen as a likely cure for poverty. But new research suggests that poor Americans are frequently left behind even when their cities or communities benefit from hiring booms. When such cities as ...

Trump concedes Khashoggi likely dead

Threatens consequences By MATTHEW LEE and DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump acknowledged Thursday it "certainly looks" as though missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, and he threatened "very severe" consequences if the Saudis are ...

Pressure turns to Mexico as migrant caravan heads for border

By SONIA PEREZ D., PETER ORSI and MARK STEVENSON Associated Press GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — As some 3,000 Hondurans made their way through Guatemala, attention turned to Mexico, after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened Thursday to close the U.S.-Mexico border if authorities there fail to ...

Stocks sink on weak industrial earnings; tech skid resumes

By MARLEY JAY AP Markets Writer NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks slumped again Thursday as investors continued to sell shares of technology and internet companies, industrials, and companies that rely on consumer spending. Several industrial companies tumbled after releasing weak quarterly ...

23andMeToo

WASHINGTON — Now that the DNA is out of the bag, Sen. Elizabeth Warren can put her Native American heritage down for a nap — maybe. After two and a half years of being mocked by Donald Trump as “Pocahontas,” referring to the Massachusetts Democrat’s claim that she’s part American ...

U.S. support of Saudi Arabia backfires

PARIS — Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian journalist working for the Washington Post, is believed to have been murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week, and now the spotlight is shining brightly on U.S.-Saudi relations. Saudi Arabia long ago hijacked American foreign policy ...

Dear Annie: Should you fill parents in?

Dear Annie: I wrote to you several months ago. I’m “Trapped by Parents.” I have a disability that has caused me to have great difficulty in both obtaining and retaining jobs. The resulting lack of income has forced me to live with my parents. My parents are obsessed with the idea that ...