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Take Second Look at Felons

Do you believe in second chances? To be more specific, do you believe in second chances for convicted felons, even those sentenced to life in prison or life without the possibility of parole? Your answer probably depends on details of the original crime committed, right? You might say yes to ...

Germans Not Paying for Defense

Angela Merkel is, her supporters like to gloat, the leader of the free world. Just don’t ask her to spend as if she is. Donald Trump has made the German chancellor one of his favorite rhetorical targets, especially over Germany’s anemic defense expenditures. This has led to worries ...

Abortion Not Going Away, Regardless of Court Rulings

If the Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade, the right to an abortion might no longer be law of the land. But the ability to obtain one would remain a fact of the land. It might be harder to end a pregnancy in some states, but there would be no returning to the pre-Roe world. That’s ...

U.S. Open To Direct Talks With Taliban

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is open to holding direct talks with the Taliban to encourage negotiations between the militant group and the Afghan government to end 17 years of war, U.S. officials said Monday. That marks a tactical shift by the Trump administration, which has ...

D.C. Metro Workers May Go on Strike

WASHINGTON (AP) — A long-simmering dispute between Washington’s Metro administration and its largest union has publicly escalated into threats of a strike just as thousands of tourists arrive in the nation’s capital for Tuesday’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Members of the ...

For Your Next Pasta Salad, Skip Pasta, Go for Farro

By AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN The first thing we noticed when replacing pasta with whole-grain farro in this nourishing update on pasta salad with pesto was the grain’s fantastic al dente texture. Tender with just the right amount of chew (thanks to boiling pasta-style), each grain stayed ...

How to Make Buttermilk Dressing That’s Both Hefty and Tangy

By AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN We wanted a buttermilk coleslaw with crisp pieces of cabbage lightly coated with a flavorful buttermilk dressing that would cling to the cabbage instead of collecting in the bottom of the bowl. We found that salting and draining the cabbage removed excess water ...

Food-Loving Family Makes No Exception For Special Diet

DEAR ABBY: I am a diagnosed narcoleptic. Medication helps with the symptoms, but not entirely. I looked into alternative options and found a fantastic diet. I recently went on it with amazing results. My dad’s side of the family is Italian, and a huge part of the culture is food. During ...

Homeless Given 72 Hours To Vacate Cincinnati Encampment

CINCINNATI (AP) — Dozens of homeless people were given 72 hours to vacate a downtown Cincinnati encampment consisting of tents, furniture and blankets under an order issued by city officials Monday. Citing health and safety issues, city officials said they will close the site located under ...

Kavanaugh Opponents Scouring Paper Trail From George W. Bush Years

WASHINGTON (AP) — The paper chase is on. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s opponents are digging through documents at President George W. Bush’s library in Texas and other repositories around the country looking for anything that could help derail his nomination. The trail of ...

WVU Will Try To Extract Rare Earth Elements From Coal

MORGANTOWN (AP) — Officials plan to hold a ribbon cutting for a pilot-scale processing plant at West Virginia University aimed at recovering rare earth elements from coal and its byproducts. A ceremony is scheduled Wednesday at the National Research Center for Coal and Energy on WVU’s ...

Lava Crashes Through Tour Boat, Hurts 23

HONOLULU (AP) — An explosion caused by lava oozing into the ocean sent molten rock crashing through the roof of a sightseeing boat off Hawaii’s Big Island, injuring 23 people Monday, officials said. A woman in her 20s was in serious condition with a broken thigh bone, the Hawaii County ...

Fox Is 9th Casualty After Jaguar Escapes at Zoo

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A little girl’s teary-eyed self-portrait, stuffed toys and a stick of taffy from a local street vendor were among the items left at the entrance to the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans on Monday — a makeshift memorial for nine animals killed by a jaguar that escaped its ...

Cardi B Grabs 10 VMA Nods

NEW YORK (AP) — The year of Cardi B continues — this time with 10 MTV Video Music Award nominations. MTV announced Monday that the white-hot rapper is the most nominated act at this year’s show, which returns to New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on Aug. 20. Five of Cardi B’s ...

Go-Go’s Are ‘Head Over Heels’ for Broadway

NEW YORK (AP) — Go-Go’s guitarist Jane Wiedlin has five simple words of advice for female rock bands — “Write. Write. Write. Write. Write,” she said. “I think the world needs a lot more women that are really taking charge of their whole career and image, instead of women being ...

House Explodes in Marshall County

CAMERON -- A house exploded this afternoon on Dry Ridge Road nearly leveling the structure and sending one man to the hospital with severe burns. Marshall County Sheriff Chief Deputy Bill Helms said the man was flown by medical helicopter to Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh following the ...

Don’t Ban Shifts in Baseball

It is a prudential axiom: If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. This reflects the awareness that things can always be made worse, and the law of unintended consequences, which is that they often are larger than and contrary to intended ones. As baseball reaches the all-star break amid ...

Court Guided by Americans’ Opinions

Just about every American election year is peppered with quotes from seemingly very serious people claiming that, for some reason, this is the most important election of our lifetime. This year, we’re also being told that the political battle to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony ...

Now, Perhaps, the Public Can Decide About Abortion

Twelve boys and their adult coach trapped in a dank, oxygen-deprived cave in Thailand riveted the world’s attention for two weeks. Why, people ask at times like this, are we so focused on these individuals when half a million Rohingya refugee children are in danger of starving on the ...

Trump’s Europe Comments Draw Ire

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s lament this week that immigration is “changing the culture” of Europe echoed rising anti-immigrant feelings on both sides of the Atlantic, where Europe and the United States are going through a demographic transformation that makes some of the ...