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Daughter Is Last To Learn Of New Love In Dad’s Life

DEAR ABBY: My father began dating four years after my mother passed away from a terrible bout with cancer. He and I have always been close; in fact, I have always considered him to be one of my best friends. But since he started dating he has changed. I just traveled across the country for a ...

Hundreds Go Missing In California Fire’s Wake

CHICO, Calif. — With 63 people confirmed dead in the Northern California wildfire, authorities Friday tried to winnow down a slapped-together list of the missing more than 600 names long, hoping many of them got out safely in the chaos over a week ago. President Donald Trump, meanwhile, ...

Mira Sorvino Urges #MeToo To Do More Than ‘Name And Shame’

NEW YORK — Mira Sorvino believes the key to eradicating sexual misconduct lies more in preventative education than in “naming and shaming” perpetrators. The Oscar-winning actress was one of the first to come forward with allegations of abuse against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, and her ...

Invite Your Kids To Help Make This Chocolate Sheet Cake

This chocolate sheet cake requires that you use Dutch-processed cocoa powder. What exactly is that? A process called Dutching, which was invented in the 19th century by a Dutch chemist and chocolatier named Coenraad Van Houten, raises cocoa powder’s pH level, which gives the cocoa a fuller ...

Apple Crisp Gets Boost From Cranberries

Although it’s hard to imagine that apple crisp needs much improvement, we liked the tartness and texture that cranberries added to one of our favorite standard dessert recipes. The challenges were balancing the fruit flavors and making sure that the filling baked evenly while the topping ...

Roasting Gets Brussels Sprouts Caramelized On The Outside

Roasting is an easy way to produce Brussels sprouts that are caramelized on the outside and tender on the inside. To ensure that we achieved this balance, we started by roasting them covered with foil; tossing them in a little bit of water to create a steamy environment helped cook them ...

Pocket Money Apps Aim To Help Kids In Cashless World

LONDON — For kids growing up in today’s cashless society, the piggy bank is going virtual. Father of two Roland Hall turned to a British startup’s digital pocket money app because his kids were still too young to get bank cards from traditional banks. With prepaid debit cards linked ...

Wood Ash From Fireplaces, Stoves Can Sometimes Help The Soil

For gardeners who heat their homes in winter using stoves or fireplaces, good-quality wood ashes can be a soil-amendment bonus. But if applied improperly, they can be a caustic topping for foliage-heavy plants and seedlings. The primary benefits of recycling wood ash into the soil are for ...

Kid Ride-Ons Explode With Cars, Tractors, Monster Trucks

NEW YORK — Mercedes or Mustang? John Deere or Jeep? Electric ride-ons for kids are busting out all over this holiday season. Target will add nearly a quarter-million square feet of new space for toys across more than 500 stores. Some of that real estate will show off a broad selection of ...

Actress Gives A Commanding Turn In ‘Widows’

When you think of the wives and girlfriends of criminals and mobsters in cinema and television, what or who comes to mind? Kay Adams? Elvira Hancock? Skyler White? They are either victims of a man’s misdeeds or end up becoming part of the problem. They might get fancy jewelry or a big house, ...

Kurtag’s First-Ever Opera Makes Long-Awaited World Debut

MILAN (AP) — Hungarian composer Gyorgy Kurtag’s long-awaited, first-ever opera was hailed as “astonishing” and “a masterpiece” as it made its debut Thursday at the famed La Scala opera house, winning eight minutes of applause. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban was in the royal ...

Viola Davis On ‘Widows,’ MeToo, Self-Expression

TORONTO — To Viola Davis, being naked on screen or onstage means more than having your clothes off. It means ridding yourself of self-consciousness and ego. It means exposing yourself. “Oftentimes you do see dynamic acting — there are a lot of really dynamic actors — but there is a ...

Reed Announces Emergency Services Training Grant

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, announced a $265,179 grant to provide education and training to emergency police, fire, and medical services in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties. “We care about ensuring our rural communities have fair access to quality emergency healthcare,” ...

Betts, Yelich Voted MVPs

NEW YORK — Mookie Betts is ready to become an ambassador for baseball, now that he’s won a batting title, World Series and Most Valuable Player award with Boston. “I enjoy being kind of a face around the game. I’ve kind of used this pedestal or whatever you want to say to spread ...

Rookie Mayfield Raising Money For Special Olympics

CLEVELAND — Baker Mayfield is making a handoff from the heart. The Browns rookie quarterback has teamed up with Barstool Sports to raise money for Special Olympics, an organization he first made a personal connection with while playing at Oklahoma. Mayfield has helped create a line of ...

Wilson Rallies Seattle Past Green Bay

SEATTLE (AP) — After a shaky beginning, Russell Wilson got hot in the fourth quarter and kept the Seattle Seahawks in the middle of the NFC playoff race. Wilson threw for 225 yards and his 15-yard touchdown pass to Ed Dickson with 5:08 left was the difference in the Seahawks’ 27-24 ...

Baseball Owners Extend Manfred’s Pact

ATLANTA (AP) — Baseball owners have locked down their commissioner and their main broadcast partner, too. Any decisions on speeding up the game and perhaps making it more enjoyable to watch will have to wait. After wrapping up two days of meetings at a hotel next to the Atlanta Braves’ ...

UConn Upsets No. 15 Syracuse At 2K Classic

NEW YORK (AP) — Jalen Adams and Alterique Gilbert scored 16 points each to lead Connecticut to a 83-76 upset of No. 15 Syracuse in the first game of the 2K Classic Thursday night. In its first season under Dan Hurley, Connecticut improved to 3-0. The Huskies took the 95th all-time meeting ...

Judge Delays Ruling On Reporter’s Credential

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has delayed his decision on whether to order the Trump administration to return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly had been expected to announce his decision on the matter Thursday afternoon ...

Newcomer Andy Kim Wins In New Jersey

TRENTON, N.J. — Democrat Andy Kim, a political newcomer and former national security aide in the Obama administration, defeated Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur in a tight race in which the incumbent’s vote to roll back the Affordable Care Act was a hot issue. Kim upset MacArthur in the ...