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Horoscopes By Holiday

Brain scientists suggest that the hypothalamus cannot distinguish the difference between our happiness and our sadness, causing us to cry in both circumstances. The Venus changeover represents a fog lowering over the emotional realm. When it comes to determining the nature of emotions, many ...

WHO sees tobacco drop among men, but vaping effects unclear

NEW YORK (AP) — Worldwide, the number of men using traditional tobacco products has finally started to decline, health officials said Thursday. Four out of five tobacco users globally are men, so declines among males "mark a turning point in the fight against tobacco," Dr. Tedros Adhanom ...

Boris Johnson to unveil UK policy plans

LONDON (AP) — British voters have given Prime Minister Boris Johnson a commanding majority. But they have little idea what he plans to do with it, apart from taking the U.K. out of the European Union. Johnson won last week's election with a pledge to "get Brexit done" by leaving the EU on ...

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History

Local History 50 years ago: W. O. Forsberg, George Korenchen and Richard Novak were elected to be directors of the Stockholders of the State Bank of New Ulm. 10 years ago: Family Video opened its brand new store at the corner of North Broadway and 7th N. St. in New Ulm. 5 years ago: The ...

Local Outlook

Mostly sunny today, with a high near 27. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 20. East southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Friday...Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 30. South wind around 5 mph becoming west in ...

Dear Annie: Expecting too much from couple

Dear Annie: Recently, I attended a family wedding. For the gift, I knitted an afghan out of very expensive yarn, spending weeks of my time. About two weeks before the wedding, we received a card that stated, "Please bring gift cards or cash." I found this rude, but since I had already ...

Horoscopes By Holiday

The last four weeks have been rife with power plays, shows of authority and political shifts. Now the timer ticks down to the last day of Venus in Capricorn, and here comes the buzzer. Make your move or let it go. Tomorrow Venus in Aquarius begins a cooling cycle when we can get a grip on ...

141-year-old fruitcake is family heirloom

TECUMSEH, Mich. (AP) — Some families pass down jewelry, watches or even recipes. But a Michigan family has its own heirloom: a 141-year-old fruitcake. "It's a great thing," said Julie Ruttinger, the great-great-granddaughter of Fidelia Ford, who baked the cake in 1878. "It was tradition. ...

People in the News

Post Malone to headline Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve NEW YORK (AP) — You can ring in the New Year with Post Malone: The rap-pop star will perform at "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020" in New York City on Dec. 31. Dick Clark Productions announced Tuesday ...

Pope removes shroud of secrecy from clergy sex abuse cases

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis abolished the use of the Vatican's highest level of secrecy in clergy sexual abuse cases Tuesday, responding to mounting criticism that the rule of "pontifical secrecy" has been used to protect pedophiles, silence victims and prevent police from investigating ...

Puerto Rico to approve cockfighting, defy federal ban

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico will defy the U.S. government and approve a law to keep cockfighting alive in a bid to protect a 400-year-old tradition practiced across the island despite a federal ban that goes into effect this week, officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday ...

International

12 inmates dead in shootout at Panama prison PANAMA CITY (AP) — Twelve inmates were killed and about a dozen more were wounded in a gunfight Tuesday inside a prison in the capital, Panamanian authorities said. The shooting occurred in a cell block that holds inmates who belong to a ...

National

Gov, mayor say official who called Jews 'brutes' should quit JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy joined Jersey City's mayor Tuesday in calling for a school board member to quit over comments she made about the shooting at a kosher market, referring to Jews as "brutes" and ...

Minnesota

Woman forced to remove hijab in jail settles for $120K MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota Muslim woman has received $120,000 to settle her lawsuit alleging she was forced to strip in jail and remove her hijab for a booking photo over a traffic offense, the woman and her attorneys said ...

House passes $1.4 trillion government spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House voted Tuesday to pass a $1.4 trillion government spending package, handing President Donald Trump a victory on his U.S.-Mexico border fence while giving Democrats spending increases across a swath of domestic programs. The hard-fought ...

State DHS official OKed payments to group while sitting on its board

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A top official at the Minnesota Department of Human Services approved thousands of dollars in payments to a nonprofit while serving on its board of directors, a newspaper reported Tuesday. The Star Tribune reported that it obtained documents showing that former ...

Ex-fugitive gets life in prison for killing look-alike

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Minnesota woman who led authorities on a cross-country manhunt pleaded guilty Tuesday in a Florida courtroom to fatally shooting a woman who prosecutors said was targeted because the two looked alike. Lois Riess, 57, singled out Pamela Hutchinson because they ...

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