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Dear Annie: After a difficult life, I was fortunate to meet and marry the perfect man. He is everything I dreamed of and more. We are blessed with a daughter, who is now doing well at a prestigious university. Our now-empty nest has been nice and intimate. I was a stay-at-home mom during our ...

Jewish centers cope with bomb threats; graves vandalized

Jewish centers and schools across the nation coped with another wave of bomb threats Monday as officials in Philadelphia made plans to repair and restore hundreds of vandalized headstones at a Jewish cemetery. Jewish Community Centers and day schools in at least a dozen states received ...

Japan’s Emperor Akihito on first-ever visit to Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam — Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko arrived in Vietnam today for a visit to promote goodwill and soothe some of the wounds of World War II by meeting with the abandoned wives of former Japanese soldiers. The 83-year-old Akihito, the first-ever Japanese emperor to ...

Airplane builders aim for the wild blue yonder in Caro

AP Member Exchange CARO, Mich.— If you love to fly and dream of owning your own airplane, three men who share your passion now build airplanes for sale in a hangar at Tuscola Area Airport near Caro. Andy Enos, a licensed corporate pilot, Rick Hayes, a retiree from DuPont Paint and ...

South Korean prosecutors to indict Samsung’s de facto chief

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean special prosecutors said they would indict Samsung’s de facto chief today on bribery, embezzlement and other charges linked to a political scandal that has toppled President Park Geun-hye. The planned indictment of Samsung Electronics vice chairman Lee ...

Pattern of lying makes it hard to know the truth

Dear Annie: I met and married a wonderful man 23 years ago. I found out his family has a history of lying and manipulation. One of his sisters goes beyond that. She decided days before our wedding to reveal that she was abused when she was a teenager. Over the years, she has been caught in ...

Judge to hear pipeline arguments

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge will hear arguments today about whether to stop the final bit of construction on the disputed Dakota Access pipeline, perhaps just days before it could start moving oil. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington will consider a request by the ...

Trump takes on entrenched practice of Washington leaks

NEW YORK — When White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer wanted to crack down on leaks last week, he collected his aides’ cell phones to check for communication with reporters. The crackdown quickly leaked. Spicer’s losing round in Washington’s perpetual game of information ...

Syrian forces near Palmyra

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say pro-government forces have reached the outskirts of Palmyra in their push to drive Islamic State militants from the ancient town. It’s the Syrian government forces second such offensive this year. The activist-run Palmyra Coordination Committee says ...

Mount Etna erupts

ROME (AP) — Mount Etna has erupted in a fiery show of lava in eastern Sicily. The volcano’s latest eruptions, which can last days and even weeks, began on Monday evening. The giant orange fountains of lava, spewing toward the sky, could be seen in the city of Catania and the resort town ...

Services held for British woman

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Mourners in South Africa plan to hold a funeral for a British woman who was allegedly tortured before being killed by attackers at her farm. The funeral for 64-year-old Sue Howarth is to be held this afternoon in Dullstroom, in Mpumalanga province in northeastern South ...

Part of Rio Carnival float collapses, injuring at least 12

RIO DE JANEIRO — The top of a float collapsed during Rio de Janeiro’s world famous Carnival parade early today, injuring at least 12 people, officials said. The incident involved the second float of the popular samba school Unidos da Tijuca, themed around the Carnival in New Orleans. ...

Oscars flap eclipses ‘Moonlight’ win, however civility reigns

LOS ANGELES — The 89th Academy Awards got off on the right foot, with a song and dance, but ended with the most stunning mistake ever to befall the esteemed awards show when the best picture Oscar was presented to the wrong movie. Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, holding an incorrect ...

Deep in addiction

Dear Annie: I have a real problem with my 52-year-old son, “Robert,” who is cross-addicted. He’s struggled with substance abuse since he was 14 years old. Years ago, he got sober for a stretch of five years, so I know he is capable of getting clean. But he’s using now. He is very ...

Float crashes, injuring 20 at Rio’s Carnival

RIO DE JANEIRO — A float crashed during Rio de Janeiro’s world famous Carnival parade Sunday evening and injured at least 20 people, including three people reported in serious condition, but organizers proceeded with the show. The incident involved the last float of the first samba school ...

Seoul says North Korea executes 5 senior security officials

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea executed five senior security officials with anti-aircraft guns because they made false reports that “enraged” leader Kim Jong Un, South Korea’s spy agency said today. The comments by the National Intelligence Service in a private briefing to ...

Egypt’s Christians flee terror in north Sinai security void

ISMAILIA, Egypt — After Islamic militants barged into his uncle’s house, shot him and his son dead, then looted the place and set it on fire, Said Sameh Adel Fawzy knew it was time to leave. The 35-year-old Christian, who owns a plumbing supply business in Egypt’s troubled northern ...

Fallen Argentine troops’ relatives wait for identification

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The body of Jose Antonio Reyes Lobos rests in the Falkland Islands along with those of more than 100 other fallen Argentine soldiers. But his 79-year-old mother says she doesn’t want to leave this world without putting a flower on a grave bearing the name of her ...

Taliban commander killed

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A senior Taliban commander was killed Sunday in Afghanistan’s Kunduz province, according to the Afghan president and the militant group. During a ceremony today honoring the country’s security and defense forces, President Ashraf Ghani said that Mullah Abdul ...

Palestinian leader urges 2 states

GENEVA (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is urging the international community to protect the two-state solution as Israel expands settlement construction. Addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva today, Abbas called on states that believe in two states “to ...