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Smartphones could detect kids’ ear infections

WASHINGTON — Researchers have created a way for a smartphone to “hear” a warning sign of ear infections — fluid buildup behind the eardrum. If it pans out, parents might one day check their tots’ ears at home simply using a phone app and “stuff you have around the house — paper, ...

Time for businesses to set up employee retirement plans?

NEW YORK — With 2019 more than one-third over, small business owners without employee retirement plans may want to consider starting one before more time passes. Businesses get tax deductions for the contributions they make to employee plans, and contributions can be as high as $56,000 per ...

Student loans, stress create bigger issues

Dear Helaine: My situation is a mixed bag. I’m currently an adjunct professor who somehow manages a decent — $75,000 — income. I’m 34. I have $80,000 in an IRA and another $20,000 in emergency savings. On the other hand, I still owe $10,000 on $75,000 in student loan debt. My profession ...

Man pleads guilty in investment scam

BALTIMORE — A bogus investment scheme that entrapped hundreds of individuals and corporate investors and might involve as much as a half-billion dollars has unraveled in guilty pleas for wire fraud and conspiracy from a Maryland man who prosecutors say amassed a fortune in luxury cars, costly ...

Prize-winning writer Herman Wouk dies

NEW YORK — Herman Wouk was a prize-winning, million-selling author never quite in fashion. He was a religious Jew among secular peers, a respecter of authority in a field of rebels. He didn’t brag like Norman Mailer and was spared the demons driving the madness of Philip Roth’s ...

Cuba bets on tourism, beaches

VARADERO, Cuba — The battle for Cuba’s economic future is being waged on its beaches. And at its all-inclusive resorts, dive sites and cobblestoned colonial plazas. As most of Cuba’s economy stagnates or declines, the country has launched a full-scale effort to turn virtually the only ...

Weak legal case may help Trump

WASHINGTON — For all of President Donald Trump’s talk of winning, his lawyers are using a legal argument that many scholars say is a pretty sure loser as his team tries to defy congressional attempts to investigate him. Yet they may end up delaying the investigations with their argument, ...

US: Iran military could misidentify airliners

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Commercial airliners flying over the Persian Gulf risk being targeted by “miscalculation or misidentification” from the Iranian military amid heightened tensions between the Islamic Republic and the U.S., American diplomats warned Saturday, even as both ...

Nation briefs

Student drowns in lake near school GREENSBORO, North Carolina — A North Carolina high school student drowned in a lake across the street from his school. Assistant Chief Dwayne Church of the Greensboro Fire Depart­ment said three students were swimming Friday afternoon in a lake near ...

World briefs

Sea-Watch challenges migrant ban MILAN, Italy — Italy has allowed migrant families rescued at sea by the humanitarian group Sea-Watch to be transferred to the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, but is refusing landfall to others. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said Saturday that ...

Iran tests ‘America First’ pledge

WASHINGTON — Presi­dent Donald Trump won the White House pledging to wind down the nation’s many foreign entanglements and put “America First.” But as his administration in recent days has sent mixed signals on the prospects of a military conflict with Iran, Trump’s campaign trail ...

Politics

Sanders to overhaul public education COLUMBIA, S.C. — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders wants to suspend taxpayer funding of new charter schools and ban those that are for-profit as part of his plan to overhaul public education that he released on Saturday. Saying charter ...

News shows

WASHINGTON — Guest lineups for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — Reps. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, and Seth Moulton, D-Mass.; former Gov. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo. NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Acting ...

Police ID teen tackled after bringing gun to Ore. school

PORTLAND, Ore. — Police released the identity Saturday of an 18-year-old student who was tackled after reportedly bringing a gun into classroom at an Oregon high school. The Portland Police Bureau said Angel Granados Dias had been booked into the Mul­tnomah County Detention Cen­ter on ...

Biden makes call for national unity

PHILADELPHIA — His party may be enraged by Donald Trump’s presidency, but Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden insisted Saturday that Democrats will not defeat the Republican president if they pick an angry nominee. Facing thousands of voters in his native Pennsylvania for the ...

More fruit aids cancer survival

For the first time, a large experiment suggests that trimming dietary fat and eating more fruits and vegetables may lower a woman’s risk of dying of breast cancer. The results are notable because they come from a rigorous test involving 49,000 women over two decades rather than other ...

Suburban EMS services struggle

BERWYN — Keith Johnson could tell story after story about the vitriol he’s faced as EMS chief of Malvern Fire Company. “I had a gentleman literally in one breath thank me for my crew saving his daughter’s life,” he said, “and in the second breath say: ‘But your bill’s ...

Picture perfect

Rachel Meintel (left) and Emily Brown pose for a selfie before Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School’s graduation ceremony on Friday at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona. The school’s Class of 2019 graduated 63 students, many of whom, like Meintel and Brown, have been ...

Trump delays auto tariffs

WASHINGTON — Bogged down in a sprawling trade dispute with U.S. rival China, President Donald Trump took steps Friday to ease tensions with America’s allies — lifting import taxes on Canadian and Mexican steel and aluminum and delaying auto tariffs that would have hurt Japan and ...

Iraqis caught in US-Iran tensions

BAGHDAD — When U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sat down with Iraqi officials in Baghdad last week as tensions mounted between America and Iran, he delivered a nuanced message: If you’re not going to stand with us, stand aside. The message, relayed to The Associated Press by two Iraqi ...