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Dutch premier Ruud Lubbers

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Ruud Lubbers, who as the Netherlands’ longest serving prime minister led his country through economic turmoil to prosperity and helped shape the foundations of the European Union, died Wednesday. He was 78. The Dutch government announced that Lubbers died in ...

Russian deaths underscore Syrian war dangers

WASHINGTON — It’s a scenario many feared in the fog of Syria’s multi-front war: a confrontation in which U.S. forces, responding to a provocation, kill Russian soldiers or mercenaries on a crowded battlefield. Russian news reports Tuesday described just such a scenario, with an unknown ...

FBI probe contradicts White House

WASHINGTON — Contradict­ing the White House, the FBI said Tuesday it gave the Trump administration information on multiple occasions last year about a top aide accused of domestic abuse by his two ex-wives, and the investigation wrapped up in January. That account by FBI Director ...

Russian midterm meddling confirmed

WASHINGTON — Three of the nation’s top intelligence officials confirmed Tuesday that they have seen evidence of Russian meddling in the upcoming midterm elections — part of what they say is Moscow’s escalating cyber assault on American and European democracies. “We have seen Russian ...

Nation

Florida Dem wins House seat in GOP district SARASOTA — A Democrat has won a Florida House special election in a legislative district that Republican President Donald Trump carried in 2016. Uncertified results from the Sarasota County elections office show that Margaret Good took more ...

World

Mexico Dozens of dolphins stranded MEXICO CITY — Mexican authorities said dozens of dolphins have been found stranded on a rocky beach along the coast of Baja California Sur state. The federal environmental protection agency said 54 of the marine mammals came onshore in the area of La Paz ...

Police recommend Netanyahu charged

JERUSALEM — Israeli police on Tuesday recommended that Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on bribery and breach of trust charges in a pair of corruption cases, dealing an embarrassing blow to the embattled prime minister that is likely to fuel calls for him to step down. Netanyahu angrily ...

ICE lawyer charged with stealing IDs

SEATTLE — The chief counsel for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Seattle has been charged with stealing immigrants’ identities. Raphael A. Sanchez, who resigned from the agency effective Monday, faces one count of aggravated identity theft and another of wire fraud in a ...

Finally, a unifying theme for 2018

Democrats whom I talk to confess privately that despite President Donald Trump’s unpopularity and the fact that nearly all polls show their party with a lead over Republicans when it comes to the upcoming midterm elections, they are increasingly nervous about 2018. Fueling the Democrats’ ...

Horoscope

Today’s Birthday (Feb. 14) It won’t take long for a new sense of prosperity to drop in. Supportive people are your true wealth. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) When it comes to your love ones, you embrace (instead of run from) the chance to give to them in a way that will never come back to ...

Couple celebrates 50 years together with blessing

Dear Abby: When I was 16 and wanted to get married, my father suggested I write to Dear Abby (your mom was writing the column back then) and ask her opinion. He said he would agree with what she said. I did, and Abby wrote me back. We did get married, and I decided that on our 25th anniversary, ...

Recurring UTI or reinfection? Treatments are different

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a candidate to have an Interstim implant done in January. My problem is that I have had to do catheterization for a long time, as my bladder does not empty due to a back injury. Over time, the nerves to the bladder have been damaged and have worsened this problem. During ...

Meditation

“Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them, You shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.” — Leviticus 19:2 God’s people should be like Him.

Briefcase

Students to create materials Information Technology students from the South Hills School of Business and Technology Altoona campus have been selected to develop new digital and print materials to promote Let’s Move Blair County. The students, along with South Hills’ IT Instructor, ...

Horoscope

Today’s Birthday (Feb. 13) A shower of financial good luck starts things off. You’ll be able to feed your own goals and projects and still help a loved one out. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) It seems to you that someone always loves more, sacrifices greater and gets their way less often... ...

Wife loses lust for husband but wants to save marriage

Dear Abby: I’m not attracted to my husband. I love him and don’t want to live without him, but I do not want to be physically intimate with him. I know it is unfair to him, and I have tried everything from antidepressants to meditation to diet, but nothing works. I used to have a high ...

Exact doses not always achievable in natural product

Dear Dr. Roach: Recently in your column, you discussed the need for dosages to be exact in some situations. What about the medical marijuana issue? In our small town, there are four dispensaries. If someone truly felt he or she needed it for medical issues, would that person get the same dosage ...

Meditation

“Blessed is he that considers the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.” — Psalms 41:1 God will take care of those who take care of others.

Trump’s budget balloons deficits

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump unveiled a $4.4 trillion budget plan Monday that envisions steep cuts to America’s social safety net but mounting spending on the military, formally retreating from last year’s promises to balance the federal budget. The president’s spending outline ...

GOP in search of identity

Earlier this month, two important Republicans — one the president of the United States, the other a onetime Rhodes Scholar who was a high-profile governor —weighed in on the same day on the state of the Republican Party. In the morning came the assessment of former Gov. Bobby Jindal of ...