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DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I just moved in together. We have been a couple for seven years. Until now, we have lived with our parents. I knew moving in would be a struggle for him because he’s very close to his four siblings. Now that we’ve moved in, he calls and video chats with them every day...
President Donald Trump has a penchant for speaking to international audiences as if he’s addressing a campaign rally. He has boasted in phone calls to world leaders about the size of his adoring crowds and how big his Electoral College victory margin was. No surprise, then, that his speech...
The U.S. Mint has recently begun issuing bullion and collector versions of a one ounce palladium coin. This metal is similar to being a cheaper form of platinum. Platinum has rarely been used as a coinage metal, even though the U.S. Mint has struck coins in that metal for many years. It has...
DEAR ABBY: I am at that age when most of my friends and colleagues are having children. I suffered a miscarriage (my first pregnancy) a few months ago, and I have been feeling depressed and helpless about the situation. We are seeing a fertility specialist, so I am positive about our chances....
‘As Brave as You’ By Jason Reynolds ——— “How come glaucoma isn’t called eyecoma? Technically, Grandpop’s eyes are ‘sleep, right? Eye. . . coma makes more sense,” is entry number 456 in Genie’s notebook of questions — questions that he hopes to Google someday to find the answers. Throughout...
For the September bear hunting season, licensed bear hunters reported a harvest of 148 bears; 59 reported as female, 86 as male, three unknown. This is down from the 190 taken during the September season in 2016. The first segment of bear season began on Sept. 5 and ran through Sept. 23. The...
Australian shepherds are active dogs who need daily exercise and interaction with their humans. Public domain photo
DEAR PET TALK: Why is it that sometimes my dog will bark at dogs barking on TV, but other times she won’t. If there’s a police show, or a farm show where dogs are working, she will bark at the TV. However, if we are watching a show which features animal tricks she won’t bark — even if the dog on...
They’re called “Dreamers,” children whose immigrant parents brought them to this country illegally years ago, and who have since become fully integrated into American society. These young men and women speak English. They succeed in school. Many are gainfully employed, hoping to start careers in...
DEAR ABBY: I am a bridesmaid for my brother’s upcoming wedding. However, his fiancee is throwing out some crazy mandates for the big day. 1. All family members must wear contact lenses. Glasses will not be allowed because they look ugly in pictures. (Both her mom and my parents wear glasses.)...
They call themselves Aldean’s Army, fiercely devoted fans who buy country singer Jason Aldean’s albums by the millions. Sunday night, many of them flocked to hear him perform at a fall festival on the Las Vegas Strip. That’s where a sniper, firing from a 32nd-floor hotel room, rained a fusillade...

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