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Iran seizes UK tanker in Gulf

LONDON (AP) — Iran seized a British-flagged oil tanker Friday and briefly detained a second vessel in the Strait of Hormuz, intensifying tensions in the strategic waterway that has become a flashpoint between Tehran and the West. The seizing of the British tanker marked perhaps the most ...

Florida assault over pizza slice

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a woman in Florida who they say tried to attack another woman with a knife when she was denied a slice of pizza. The St. Augustine Record reports 22-year-old De'Erica Cooks is accused of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without ...

Apollo 11 astronauts reunite on 50th anniversary of moonshot

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins reunited Friday on the eve of the 50th anniversary of humanity's first moon landing. They gathered in the Oval Office with President Donald Trump, who got a rundown on his administration's plans to get ...

Counties: Drug companies shipped suspicious opioid orders

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Companies that make and distribute opioids didn't abide by a requirement that they refuse to ship orders of the powerful prescription painkillers when they deemed them suspicious, helping fuel a national addiction and overdose crisis, two Ohio counties said in a legal ...

People in the News

Universal to release 2 new films in its 'Halloween' saga LOS ANGELES (AP) — Universal says it will release two new "Halloween" films, including one with the ominous title "Halloween Ends." The studio said Friday that the first of the films, "Halloween Kills," will be released in 2020 and ...

Trump pulls reversal, disavows his criticism of chanting crowd

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday reversed his previous criticisms of a North Carolina campaign crowd that chanted "send her back" about a Somali-born congresswoman. Trump defended the rally-goers as "patriots" while again questioning the loyalty of four Democratic ...

Labor nominee Scalia has long record of opposing regulations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eugene Scalia has a decades-long record of challenging Labor Department and other federal regulations, as well as a famous last name. The combination proved irresistible to President Donald Trump. Trump selected Scalia Thursday to be his new labor secretary. If formally ...

International

UK lawmakers warn of lost residency rights in no-deal Brexit BRUSSELS (AP) — British lawmakers met the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator on Friday, seeking an iron-clad guarantee that the 1.3 million U.K. citizens in the bloc won't have their rights removed and their lives disrupted ...

National

Mother convicted of deaths of 2 girls found on Colorado farm DENVER (AP) — A jury in southwest Colorado has convicted a mother of two girls who died after they were banished to a car without food or water by members of a doomsday religious group because the girls were thought to have been ...

Minnesota

DNR: Noticeable increase in loon deaths ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota conservation officials say there's a small, but noticeable increase in loon deaths and the likely cause is West Nile virus. The Department of Natural Resources says the virus was confirmed as the cause of death in two ...

US to send asylum seekers back to dangerous territory

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government on Friday expanded its requirement that asylum seekers wait outside the country to a part of the Texas Rio Grande Valley across from one of Mexico's most dangerous cities. The Department of Homeland Security said that it would implement its Migrant ...

Slim chance of ever finding Chinese scholar’s body

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in Illinois have suggested that the remains of a slain 26-year-old scholar from China may never be found despite a vow from prosecutors after her killer was sentenced to life in prison this week that the search will continue. Brendt Christensen, a former ...

Lotteries

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History

Local History 50 years ago: St. Willibrord’s Catholic Church in Gibbon officially completed its new facility. 10 years ago: MVAC (Minnesota Valley Action Council) Thrift & More opened its doors for business at 1607 S. Broadway. 5 years ago: Jordan Cholik, 23, of Lakefield, had the ...

Local Outlook

Showers and thunderstorms likely today before 10 a.m., then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 10 a.m. and 4 pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4 p.m.. Cloudy, with a high near 78. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts ...

Dear Annie: Texting a lost loved one

Dear Annie. I have been dating my boyfriend for two years now. He had lost his fiancee three years before we began dating. The problem I am having is he still has his deceased fiancee's phone number saved in his phone. He sometimes texts her, but, of course, it goes nowhere. I did ask him about ...

Horoscopes By Holiday

We may be living in the age of information, but its power has been acknowledged since the dawn of civilization. In the worlds of the 15th-century philosopher Baltasar Gracian, "A knowledge of the evil is in itself a means of defense, and a shot foreseen always misses its mark." Or, in the ...

Dear Annie: No longer accepting negative talk

Dear Annie: I am writing because I'm seeking your help about my relationship with my 30-year-old granddaughter, "Nadia." Our relationship is more of a mother-daughter type relationship, because my husband and I were involved in raising her. Our son had custody of his children because the mother ...

Horoscopes By Holiday

Mercury's slip into Cancer will have people talking about their feelings before they even realize they are feeling them. Also, tongues will express surprising and unprocessed thoughts, as though certain filters have been removed. It's a bad moment for secrets. They spill, trading their top ...

US stock indexes shake off early loss

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks reversed course from an early slump and closed higher Thursday to break a two-day losing streak after technology and bank stocks rallied. Corporate earnings are in full swing and investors have been cautiously assessing results and company statements. The ...