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Dear Annie: Is it ta-May-toe or ta-Mah-toe?

Dear Annie: I used to date a lady from Australia who was taught to hold her fork in the European/continental style. When she came to visit me in Milwaukee, she noticed my American style. She seemed put-off but didn't say anything. We had a pending dinner date with mutual friends, and she ...

Horoscopes By Holiday

Mercury in Scorpio was a time to respect privacy, follow decorum, be discreet and keep secrets out of loyalty. In the weeks to come, such things will no longer be the focus. Mercury enters Sagittarius, bringing about a new wave of communication and a freer feeling around meeting and mingling. ...

International

Japan empress turns 56, still recovering her mental health TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Empress Masako, still recovering from stress-induced mental health issues, said Monday she was happy to have completed her duties as part of Emperor Naruhito's enthronement rituals and pledged to keep up the ...

National

Alabama doesn't appeal injunction blocking abortion ban MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's near-total abortion ban will remain blocked by a federal judge as a lawsuit over the ban plays out in court. Alabama did not appeal the court injunction that blocked the state’s near-total ...

Minnesota

60-year-old St. Paul man dies in crash in northern Minnesota BENA, Minn. (AP) — A 60-year-old St. Paul man was killed when his pickup rolled in northern Minnesota. Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch said the crash was reported early Saturday on a county road a mile south of Bena. Deputies ...

People in the News

'Benson,' 'Star Trek' actor René Auberjonois dies at 79 LOS ANGELES (AP) — René Auberjonois, a prolific actor best known for his roles on the television shows "Benson" and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and his part in the 1970 film "M.A.S.H." playing Father Mulcahy, has died. He was 79. ...

AP Interview: Warren says voters are ready for female ticket

By MEG KINNARD Associated Press CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Elizabeth Warren said Sunday she believes Americans are ready for a presidential ticket with two women at the top, rejecting concerns from some Democrats that a woman can't beat President Donald Trump. "Sure, why not?" the ...

North Dakota county may become US’s 1st to bar new refugees

JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Reuben Panchol was forced to leave war-torn Sudan decades ago as a child, embarking on an odyssey that eventually brought him to the American Midwest and left him eternally grateful to the country that took him in. "I am an ...

Banana, duct tape add up to $150,000 at Art Basel Miami

MIAMI (AP) — 3D-printed cocktails, a traffic jam sculpture made of hundreds of tons of sand and more celebrity sightings than a Kardashian Christmas party were all part of over-the-top festivities during the week of Art Basel Miami, but it was a banana that stole the show. The most ...

America’s influence, once so dominant, waning under Trump

By TIM SULLIVAN Associated Press It's whispered in NATO meeting rooms and celebrated in China's halls of power. It's lamented in the capital cities of key U.S. allies and welcomed in the Kremlin. Three years into Donald Trump's presidency, America's global influence is waning. In ...

Sesame Street puppeteer Caroll Spinney dies at age 85

By ANDREW DALTON AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Caroll Spinney, who gave Big Bird his warmth and Oscar the Grouch his growl for nearly 50 years on "Sesame Street," died Sunday at the age of 85 at his home in Connecticut, according to the Sesame Workshop. The Sesame Workshop ...

Saudi gunman tweeted against US before naval base shooting

By BRENDAN FARRINGTON and MIKE BALSAMO Associated Press PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — The Saudi gunman who killed three people at the Pensacola naval base had apparently gone on Twitter shortly before the shooting to blast U.S. support of Israel and accuse America of being anti-Muslim, a U.S. ...

Watchdog expected to find Russia probe valid, despite flaws

By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department's internal watchdog will release a highly anticipated report Monday that is expected to reject President Donald Trump's claims that the Russia investigation was illegitimate and tainted by political bias from FBI ...

Ronstadt, `Sesame Street’ receive Kennedy Center Honors

By ASHRAF KHALIL Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Actress Sally Field, singer Linda Ronstadt and the disco-funk band Earth Wind and Fire shared the spotlight Sunday night as part of the latest group of recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime achievement in the arts. Also ...

Defense delivers as Vikings sail past Lions 20-7

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's long-dominant defense had been slipping for the past several weeks, a proud and seasoned group that needed to get its edge back. The Vikings gave hardly any ground against the sputtering Detroit Lions. Danielle ...

Aho has 5 points, 3 goals to lift Hurricanes over Wild 6-2

By KEN TYSIAC Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Sebastian Aho's knack for finding open space and Teuvo Teravainen's ability to locate him made Saturday a big night for the Carolina Hurricanes. Aho recorded a career-high five points and tied his personal best with three goals, and the ...

KC survives errors, takes AFC West with 23-13 win over Pats

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes got some help from the Chiefs defense to hold off the New England Patriots and wrap up the division title. Kansas City clinched the AFC West when Bashaud Breeland knocked away Tom Brady's fourth-down pass attempt to Julian Edelman in the end zone ...

N. Korea conducts ‘important test’ at once-dismantled site

By HYUNG-JIN KIM Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Sunday that it carried out a "very important test" at its long-range rocket launch site that it reportedly rebuilt after having partially dismantled it at the start of denuclearization talks with the United ...

Dear Annie: Pouring cold water on romance

Dear Annie: A few years ago, I moved into a duplex owned by an old college friend of mine, "Robby," and his wife. During this time, I became very close friends with Robby's wife. Earlier this year I moved out. Around this same time, Robby's wife told him that she was thinking of divorce. The ...

Horoscopes By Holiday

Under this warrior moon, the rules of battle are relevant, and not to be confused with the rules of war. The one who wins the battle isn't always the one who wins the war. And the hero isn't always the person who won the fight. Victory is irrelevant in the hero's story arc because heroes aren't ...