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Sister made insult on social media

Dear Annie: Recently, I copied an article and reposted it on Facebook. The article dealt with a woman who has handicapped license plates. She does not appear to be physically handicapped, although she is. Another woman had approached her in a parking lot and harassed her for using the ...

George H.W. Bush hospitalized for shortness of breath

HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush was taken to the hospital over the weekend for shortness of breath and the 92-year-old is responding well to treatments, his spokesman said today. The 41st president was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Saturday, spokesman Jim ...

Back-to-back shootings shake Mexico’s tourism jewels

CANCUN, Mexico — Two consecutive days of shooting attacks that left a total of nine dead have put two of the jewels of Mexico’s Caribbean coast on edge and spurred a warning to tourists by the U.S. government. As investigators worked Tuesday at the scene of a shooting the previous day ...

Gambia’s Parliament extends leader’s stay in power

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia’s Parliament has voted to extend President Yahya Jammeh’s term in office for three months, even as his mandate was set to end Thursday, state television said today. The extension takes effect immediately. The announcement came a day after Jammeh declared a ...

Earthquakes hit Italy

ROME (AP) — Three earthquakes hit central Italy in the space of an hour today, with tremors felt in the capital. There were no immediate reports of casualties. The first quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 hit the region north of Amatrice at about 10:25 a.m. (0925 GMT), according ...

Were opportunities for clues from MH370 debris missed?

SYDNEY — Three nations shelled out around $160 million and years’ worth of work on the underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The result: No plane. The only tangible — and arguably most important — clues into what happened to the aircraft have come courtesy of ...

DeVos pledges not to undo public education, pushes choice

WASHINGTON — In a sometimes contentious confirmation hearing, education secretary pick Betsy DeVos pledged that she would not seek to dismantle public schools amid questions by Democrats about her qualifications, political donations and long-time work advocating for charter schools and school ...

Trump meets with Supreme Court candidate

WASHINGTON— President-elect Donald Trump has met with one of the judges on his short list for potential Supreme Court nominees, less than two weeks before he is expected to announce his choice for the nation’s highest court. Judge William Pryor, an Alabama-based judge on the 11th U.S. ...

Severe weather hits lower Michigan

DAVISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Freezing rain and icy roadways forced officials to close schools in parts of Michigan and are blamed in a crash that killed a woman in the Flint area. The weather slowed travel on Tuesday morning. Several schools dismissed students early Monday afternoon or ...

Orlando gunman’s wife in court

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The widow of the Orlando nightclub gunman knew about the attack ahead of time and then hindered the criminal investigation when she lied to FBI agents after the shooting, prosecutors said during a brief court appearance a day after her arrest in California. Visibly ...

Obama hands down several high profile clemencies, pardons

The Obama administration on Tuesday shortened the prison sentences of 209 people and granted pardons to another 64. The majority of commutations focused on nonviolent drug offenders: CHELSEA MANNING Manning is more than six years into a 35-year sentence for leaking classified government and ...

FOREVER A MYSTERY? MH370 search ends after nearly 3 years

SYDNEY — The nearly three-year search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ended today, possibly forever — not because investigators have run out of leads, but because the countries involved in the expensive and vast deep-sea hunt have shown no appetite for opening another phase. Late last ...

Snyder to give 7th State of the State address to Legislature

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder will deliver his seventh State of the State address to a joint session of the Michigan Legislature. The Republican’s speech tonight comes a year after he devoted much of his address to discussing Flint’s water emergency at a time he faced heavy criticism ...

Trump tries to calm tensions after John Lewis squabble

NEW YORK — Donald Trump spoke of national unity to a son of Martin Luther King Jr., seeking to ease friction over the president-elect’s squabble with Rep. John Lewis, a protege of the slain civil rights leader. “He said that he is going to represent all Americans. He said that over and ...

NMU student dies in dorm room

MARQUETTE — A 20-year-old Northern Michigan University student who is a member of the NMU Wildcats football team died suddenly in his dormitory room this morning, university officials confirmed. Anthony Herbert, a sophomore in the construction management program from downstate Lapeer, ...

Istanbul gunman captured after over 2 weeks on run

ISTANBUL — Turkish police captured the gunman who carried out the deadly New Year’s nightclub attack in Istanbul, with officials saying today that he’s an Uzbekistan national who trained in Afghanistan and confessed to the massacre. The man was being questioned by police, Prime Minister ...

GM to announce $1B factory investment, new jobs

DETROIT — General Motors will announce a $1 billion investment in its factories that will create or keep around 1,000 jobs, a person briefed on the matter said Monday. The Detroit automaker will make the announcement this morning. The investment is part of the normal process of equipping ...

Report: Abortions in US dropping

NEW YORK (AP) — Even as the election outcome intensifies America’s abortion debate, a comprehensive new survey finds the annual number of abortions in the U.S has dropped to well under 1 million, the lowest level since 1974. The report, which counted 926,200 abortions in 2014, was ...

Friend’s behavior changes noted

Dear Annie: I have a friend named “Paula.” At least I think she’s my friend. We met in nursing school in the 1980s and have hung out ever since. But for almost a year, she’s been acting odd. We like to go out for Chinese food at least once a month. She often calls at the last minute ...

UK premier to signal EU clean break

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May is preparing to make a speech that will signal that Britain will make a clean break from the European Union and not seek to remain “half-in, half-out.” In her most detailed speech on the U.K.’s exit strategy, May will promise to forge “a new ...