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Trump’s farmers still follow him

MADRID, Iowa — Iowa farmer Tim Bardole survived years of low crop prices and rising costs by cutting back on fertilizer and herbicides and fixing broken-down equipment rather than buying new. When President Donald Trump’s trade war with China made a miserable situation worse, Bardole used ...

Saudis don’t want war, will defend themselves

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia does not want war but will not hesitate to defend itself against Iran, a top Saudi diplomat said Sunday after the kingdom’s energy sector was targeted this past week amid heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf. U.S. President Donald Trump, ...

Carter winning over Democrats

ATLANTA — Jimmy Carter carved an unlikely path to the White House in 1976 and endured humbling defeat after one term. Now, six administrations later, the longest-living chief executive in American history is re-emerging from political obscurity at age 94 to win over his fellow Democrats once ...

Nation briefs

Hundreds protest abortion ban MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Hundreds of demonstrators have marched to the Alabama Capitol to protest the state’s new abortion ban. Protesters chanted “My body, my choice!” and “Vote them out!” as they rallied Sunday evening, days after Gov. Kay Ivey ...

World briefs

11 people killed in gun attack at bar RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — A gang of gunmen roared up to a bar in Belem city in Brazil’s northern Para state and opened fire, killing six women and five men Sunday afternoon, media reports said. State officials would confirm only that “a massacre” ...

Speaker stuns Morehouse grads; paying $40M debt

A billionaire technology investor stunned the entire graduating class at More­house College when he an­nounced at their commencement Sunday that he would pay off their student loans — estimated at $40 million. Robert F. Smith, this year’s commencement speaker, made the announcement ...

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 ...