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Today’s Birthday (Dec. 11) Your interests combine perfectly with those of another this first season of your solar return, and together you’ll weave a truly beautiful result. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Ask any mountain peak; it’s lonely at the top! It’s too bad, too, because ...

Years of bailouts fail to help sister drowning in debt

Dear Abby: My only sister has been “borrowing” money from me every month for years. She has a ton of credit card debt and cannot afford to meet her monthly financial obligations. Last year my husband and I paid her property taxes for her so she wouldn’t lose her house. It was over ...

Anal fissure is painful, requires treatment plan

Dear Dr. Roach: My husband has been diagnosed with a rectal fissure. It has been a couple of months, and it isn’t any better. He has been treated only with a stool softener. What do you suggest? — A.T.S. Answer: Anal fissures are painful. Although a stool softener is one part of ...

Ridge expects to leave hospital by Christmas

AUSTIN, Texas — A spokesman says former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge expects to leave a Texas medical facility in time to be home in Maryland for Christmas. Ridge suffered a heart attack on Nov. 16 while attending a Republican Governors Association conference in Austin, Texas. ...

Medicaid feature to reduce nursing home enrollees

HARRISBURG — Years in the making, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration is rolling out a new Medicaid feature that’s designed to reduce the future number of enrollees in nursing homes and, along with it, a fast-growing expense in a state where the elderly population is ...

Man charged in wife’s death

NORTH CATASAUQUA — Authorities say a man is facing a criminal homicide charge in the death of his wife, which officials said they believe occurred two days before her body was found in their eastern Pennsylvania home. Officers responded to a call of a cardiac arrest at the North Catasauqua ...

Insurance shoppers face hard choices

Margaret Leatherwood has eight choices for health insurance next year but no good options. The cheapest individual coverage available in her market would eat up nearly a quarter of the income her husband brings home from the oilfields. The Bryson, Texas, couple makes too much to qualify for ...

Nations tangle over US decision

JERUSALEM — The French and Israeli leaders sparred verbally Sunday over the U.S. decision to recognize Jeru­salem as Israel’s capital, while new violence rippled across the region following the move by U.S. President Donald Trump. In Jerusalem, a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli security ...

Laureate: Politics could undermine science

STOCKHOLM — An American researcher who shared this year’s Nobel Prize for medicine bluntly criticized political developments at home in his address at the awards’ gala banquet Sunday night. Michael Rosbash, who was honored for his work on circadian rhythms — commonly called the body ...

Nation

Vietnam War vet gets medals — 40 years later CRANSTON, Rhode Island — A Vietnam War veteran has received medals in Rhode Island more than 40 years after his service. Paul Harvey was awarded a Silver Star, a Purple Heart and other awards during a ceremony Friday in Democratic U.S. Sen. ...

World

Hiccup for German high-speed rail on 1st day BERLIN, Germany — German rail operator Deutsche Bahn experienced an embarrassing delay on the first regular day of operations for its new high-speed rail line connecting Berlin and Munich. A train from Munich to the German capital suffered ...

State should offer retirement for citizens

A study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute found that 62 percent of employees with a retirement plan had more than $25,000 in total savings and investments and 22 percent had $100,000 or more. However, only 6 percent of those without access to such a plan had more than $25,000 saved, ...

Roy Moore poisons Alabama

In 2006, a Chicago schoolteacher was sentenced to three years in prison for molesting teenage girls. He was 34 at the time and, according to news accounts, had slipped his hands under the shirt of a 17-year-old and fondled her breasts. That’s how a moral America deals with men who molest ...

I’d vote for it. You should, too

Warts and all, if I were a voting member of Congress, I would certainly cast a yea for the tax-cut plans passed by the Senate and House that are headed for conference (to work out minor differences) in the weeks ahead. These bills are not perfect, especially on the individual side. But the ...

Book review: Book lovingly looks at RFK

How many books about the Kennedys are enough books about the Kennedys? If public response is any indication, we have yet to reach a saturation point. Television and print journalist Chris Matthews’ biography, “Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit” (Simon & Schuster), is the latest in a ...

American Life in Poetry: ‘For Elizabeth, Who Loved to Square Dance’

At a friend’s wedding, as she stood in her reception line, an older woman leaned in and whispered, “Always rinse your dishrag in cold water, so it won’t stink.” Advice! Christine Stewart-Nunez lives and teaches in South Dakota, and the following poem capturing her grandmother’s witty ...

Best sellers

Hardback fiction 1. “The Rooster Bar” by John Grisham (Doubleday) 2. “Origin” by Dan Brown (Doubleday) 3. “The People vs. Alex Cross” by James Patterson (Little, Brown) 4. “The Midnight Line” by Lee Child (Delacorte) 5. “Past Perfect” by Danielle Steel ...

Boyega sees parallels between himself, Finn

LOS ANGELES — John Boyega may have a lot in common with Finn, the character he plays in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” but a trip to a London toy store left the actor floored. Boyega said one of the most surprising experiences he had while making the film was seeing his own ...

Veteran voice actor Paulsen overcomes his health crisis

LOS ANGELES — A conversation with veteran voice actor Rob Paulsen includes happy interruptions by Pinky, Ninja Turtles and even a touch of David Tennant. Paulsen’s creativity and fluid ability to shift pitch, cadence and accents have earned him steady work since he decided to put animated ...

Rolling Stones release album of early radio recordings

The Rolling Stones have released an album of rarely heard radio recordings, but Keith Richards admits with a laugh: “I barely remember some of them.” “The Rolling Stones — On Air” was released last week. It features 32 songs that originally aired between 1963 and 1965 on BBC shows ...