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For decades, Colombia’s rural poverty rate was so high that it provided the main fuel for Latin America’s longest-running civil war. The nation’s exploding drug trade pumped billions of dollars into the insurgency and blocked efforts to bring relief to the poor. Today, help is arriving from the...
 Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot and Isla Fisher are seen at Twentieth Century Fox's "Keeping Up with the Joneses" red carpet event on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in Los Angeles.  Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Twentieth Century Fox/AP Images
New neighbors are typically a common target for snooping from nosy neighborhood residents and will always seem different. Usually suspicions about them will turn out to be nothing. But what if there really was something strange about them? We see just that in the late 2016 release ‘Keeping Up with...
DEAR ABBY: I am a stay-at-home mom with three children. Recently, another mom asked me to care for her 3-year-old daughter while she went to work. She offered to pay me, but I declined, given her circumstances, because I consider her a friend, even though I have known her for only a short time....
The folks at National Geographic just did a solid favor for all sportsmen and lovers of the outdoors by building an easy-to-use web interface that allows anyone to quickly find any 7.5-minute topo in the continental U.S.A. for downloading and printing. Each topo has been pre-processed to print on...
DEAR PET TALK: We adopted Oliver, the most amazing, affectionate cat, about a year ago. A few weeks ago we adopted Casper (both from MSPCA). Casper is very shy, but is now scampering around the house though he still won’t let us pet him. In the past couple of days, Oliver has started climbing on...
If British Prime Minister Theresa May has her way, today “Londoners will get up and go about their day as normal.” On Wednesday, a vehicle ran down pedestrians on the Westminster Bridge before crashing into a railing outside Parliament. The attacker then attempted to make his way into the Houses...
DEAR ABBY: My sister “Maddy” is in 12th grade and will graduate soon. Over the last two years, we have grown really close — from eating Chinese together every other day, to going shopping together. We have the closest relationship in the family, and I consider her to be my best friend. Although I...
 Teachers constructed this geodome, shown with dreamcatchers, to display students' 0projects
It’s first period at Athol-Royalston Middle School, and the sixth-grade students in this class are researching “cryptocreatures” — animals that may or may not exist. Like “Champy,” the legendary monster of Lake Champlain; the giant boa; the “ghost deer;” the “friendly monster of Cyprus;” or the...
Editor’s Note: Questions should be directed to the PC Doctor, care of the Athol Public Library at info@athollibrary.org or by mail at Athol Public Library, 568 Main St., Athol, Mass. 01331, or dropped off at the library. ****** Dear PC Doctor: I used to use Outlook for email. Now I use Gmail...
At a turbulent moment in the online media business, the fate of Yahoo and buzzed-about CEO Marissa Mayer offers cautionary tales for policymakers and the public. Mayer, who has been the boss since 2012, is to step down when Yahoo closes its sale to Verizon, it was announced last week. Like the...

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