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Journalist Tom Wolfe Dies at 88

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Wolfe, the white-suited wizard of “New Journalism” who exuberantly chronicled American culture from the Merry Pranksters through the space race before turning his satiric wit to such novels as “The Bonfire of the Vanities” and “A Man in Full,” has died. He was ...

Newspaperman Frank McCullough Dies at 98

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Frank McCulloch, who covered the Vietnam War from the front lines and later worked as editor for newspapers across the U.S. during a half-century journalism career, died this week in Northern California. He was 98. McCulloch died Monday at a Santa Rosa nursing ...

Judges Hear Arguments In Federal Immigration Suit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal appeals court judges appeared skeptical Tuesday of the Trump administration’s claim that courts don’t have the power to review the president’s decision to end a program that shields young immigrants from deportation. Lawyers for both sides spent more than ...

Boy Scouts Cave to Pressure

The Boy Scouts of America have always been a pretty explicitly faith-based organization. Though nondenominational, references to God and Creator were woven within the Boy Scouts’ documents and behaviors. The organization grounded itself in a worldview that is archaic in modern times, ...

Bring Back Mental Asylums

What does the word “asylum” conjure up in your mind? An overpopulated mental ward with screaming patients frothing at the mouth? A snake pit, as depicted in the 1948 movie of the same name in which actress Olivia de Havilland’s character battles schizophrenia, shock treatments and a ...

Safeguards Against Unscrupulous Lenders Weakened

The most vivid takeaway from the financial meltdown of 10 years ago was that nearly everyone got hurt. Stock investors took a beating. People who had carefully set aside money for retirement saw a third of their savings vanish. Consumer spending collapsed, pushing two of the Big Three U.S. car ...

Young Adults Are Feeling The Stress Over Long-Term Care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most young adults haven’t given much thought to their own needs as they get older, but a significant number are already providing long-term care for older loved ones, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. And while those ...

Police Stop Digging for Girls’ Remains

MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police looking for the remains of up to seven girls who have been missing for decades stopped digging Tuesday in suburban Detroit, suspending a multi-day effort while they decide whether to search elsewhere in Michigan or resume the excavation in roughly the same ...

Parents Of Florida Victims Running For School Board

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Two parents who lost children in February’s massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School announced their candidacies for county school board seats Tuesday, saying they want to improve safety and increase accountability. Ryan Petty, a telecom and technology ...

Researchers Discover Dirty Jokes in Anne Frank’s Diary

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Researchers using digital technology deciphered the writing on two pages of Anne Frank’s diary that she had pasted over with brown masking paper, discovering four naughty jokes and a candid explanation of sex, contraception and prostitution. “Anyone who reads the ...

Gaza Hospitals Struggle To Cope With Casualty Toll

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Patients with gunshot wounds filled wards and hallways in Gaza’s under-equipped and overwhelmed main hospital Tuesday, with dozens still waiting in line for surgery a day after Israeli soldiers shot and killed 59 Palestinians and wounded hundreds in mass ...

Markle’s Dad Wants To Attend Wedding, But May Not

LONDON (AP) — Thomas Markle spent a career in Hollywood, but nothing prepared him for this. The father of royal bride-to-be Meghan Markle has been quoted as saying he will not attend his daughter’s wedding to Prince Harry this week after suffering a reported heart attack amid the intense ...

Sentencing Set For Bill Cosby

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby will be sentenced Sept. 24 — five months after he was convicted of sexual assault. Judge Steven O’Neill set the date on Tuesday. Cosby’s lawyers had asked to delay sentencing until December. Cosby turns 81 in July and is likely to face a sentence of up ...

Counter China’s Growing Sea Power

The escalating territorial disputes in the Pacific between China and America’s allies create an ever-more-urgent need for U.S. sea power. But even as China rapidly expands and modernizes its navy, the Trump administration has not proposed enough funds to maintain America’s maritime ...

Reduce Drug Prices by Taking on U.S. Pharmaceutical Firms

Donald Trump promised to rein in drug prices. It was his only sensible campaign promise. But the plan he announced Friday does little but add another battering ram to his ongoing economic war against America’s allies. He calls it “American patients first” and takes aim at what he ...

Senate Panel Ready to Recommend Haspel’s Confirmation

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s pick to be the next CIA director appears headed for confirmation as Gina Haspel picks up Democratic support and is expected to get a nod from the Senate intelligence committee. Five Democrats have announced that they will vote to confirm Haspel, ...

Senators Press EPA’s Pruitt On Spending

WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt goes before a Senate panel Wednesday as he faces a growing number of federal ethics investigations over his lavish spending on travel and security. The occasion, an appearance before the Senate appropriations environmental ...

Giuliani’s Confusing Media Statements May Hurt His Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s decision to join President Donald Trump’s legal team could backfire on the former New York mayor if potential clients of his international consulting business view him as too erratic and go elsewhere for representation, according to legal ...

Trump Files Annual Financial Disclosure

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has submitted his annual financial disclosure to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, and it is expected to be released publicly in the coming days. Trump’s disclosure, which includes all of 2017 and part of 2018, is being closely watched to see ...

Volcano Victims Seek Insurance Answers

HONOLULU (AP) — Patricia Deter moved from Oregon to Hawaii to be closer to her two daughters, but the Kilauea volcano burned down her home only a month after she bought it. Now Deter and others who have recently lost homes to the lava-spewing mountain are on an urgent quest for answers ...