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Dysphagia is feeling of difficult or unusual swallowing

Dear Dr. Roach: A recent column on dysphagia did not list myasthenia gravis as a possible cause. Seven months ago, my dysphagia became critical, and I was referred to a neurologist, who confirmed the diagnosis. With treatment, I now am able to eat soft foods. — M.J.A. Answer: I thank M.J.A. ...

Meditation

“Whoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” — Mark 8:38 Christians are not secret disciples. We are glad that we belong to ...

Parents fall short on promises to help daughter

Dear Abby: I suffer from a debilitating, rare, chronic illness. Two years ago, my parents convinced me to move across the country to live with them in a city I’ve never lived in. They promised it would be “only for a year,” they’d pay the cost of moving and finance a “year of ...

Doctor gets 17 years for fraud

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A prominent Florida eye doctor once accused of bribing Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey received a 17-year sentence Thursday for stealing $73 million from Medicare by persuading elderly patients to undergo excruciating tests and treatments they didn’t ...

Ex-Trump associates face new charges

WASHINGTON — Dramatically escalating the pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thurs­day against President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman and his business associate. The filing adds allegations of tax evasion and bank fraud and ...

Haitians, Salvadorans sue Trump

BOSTON — Haitian and Salvadoran immigrants sued President Donald Trump on Thursday, arguing that the Republican administration’s decision to end special protections shielding them from deportation was racially motivated. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Boston seeks to block the ...

World leaders urge cease-fire in Syria

BEIRUT — World leaders called Thursday for an urgent cease-fire in Syria as government forces pounded the opposition-controlled eastern suburbs of the capital in a crushing campaign that has left hundreds of people dead in recent days. The U.N. Security Council heard a briefing from U.N. ...

Trump proposal defies NRA

WASHINGTON — The nation should keep assault rifles out of the hands of anyone under 21, President Donald Trump declared Thursday, defying his loyal supporters in the National Rifle Association amid America’s public reckoning over gun violence. He also pushed hard for arming security guards ...

Nation

MISSOURI Grand jury indicts governor in affair ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis grand jury on Thursday indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge for allegedly taking a compromising photo of a woman with whom he had an affair in 2015. The Republican governor ...

World

COLOMBIA Venezuela faces eviction from consulate BOGOTA — Venezuela’s cash-strapped government faces eviction from a Miami building it once owned after its consulate failed to pay rent since August. The notice was filed Feb. 15 in a Miami-Dade county court. The landlord, a developer ...

Trucker killed by falling conduit

A section of electrical conduit fell from the roof of a Pennsylvania Turnpike tunnel, crashed through a windshield of a truck and struck the driver in the head, killing him, police said. The truck driven by Howard Sexton III, 70, of Mickleton, New Jersey, continued on for a mile after being ...

First National Bank to halt NRA credit card production

LINCOLN, Neb. — The nation’s largest privately-owned bank holding company will stop producing credit cards for the National Rifle Association in response to customer feedback, a spokesman said Thursday. The Nebraska-based First National Bank of Omaha will not renew its contract to issue ...

UPS adding to electric truck fleet

DETROIT — UPS says it will soon start using electric delivery trucks that cost the same as conventional diesel- or gas-fueled ones. The company has been developing the trucks with Ohio-based truck maker Workhorse Group Inc. for four years. Electric trucks are usually more expensive because ...

Ticker

Airbnb unveils new category of rentals Airbnb is dispatching inspectors to rate some of the properties listed on its home-rental service in an effort to reassure travelers they’re booking nice places to stay. The Plus program is aimed at winning over travelers who aren’t sure they can ...

Judges need to protect children

There is way too much killing in America. Murders, accidental shootings, executions, deadly domestic abuse, despondent people who kill themselves, and then there is filicide. That’s when parents kill their own child. We would like to think this sort of heinous crime doesn’t happen, but it ...

It’s the time of the season: The Zombies coming to State College

Founding member of The Zombies Colin Blunstone said he didn’t realize he was in the middle of the British Invasion. “I didn’t understand it was a kind of a musical movement at the time,” he said in a telephone interview from his London home recently. “We were too close. Looking ...

Opioid dangers force police to abandon drug field tests

ST. LOUIS — Police who find suspected drugs during a traffic stop or an arrest usually pause to perform a simple task: They place some of the material in a vial filled with liquid. If the liquid turns a certain color, it’s supposed to confirm the presence of cocaine, heroin or other ...

Man charged with ramming FBI gate pleads guilty

PITTSBURGH — An Ohio man accused of ramming a dump truck through the security gate of the FBI’s Pittsburgh field office has pleaded guilty to one charge in the case. Forty-nine-year-old Thomas Ross entered the plea Wednesday to willfully injuring or committing depredation against property ...

Rev. Billy Graham dies at 99

MONTREAT, N.C. — The Rev. Billy Graham, the magnetic, movie-star-handsome preacher who became a singular force in postwar American religious life, a confidant of presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday at 99. “America’s Pastor,” as he was ...

Bombing victims swamp Syrian hospitals

BEIRUT — Doctors in Syria’s rebel-controlled suburbs of Damascus said Wednesday that they were unable to keep up with the staggering number of casualties, amid a ferocious bombing campaign by government forces that has targeted hospitals, apartment blocks and other civilian sites, killing ...