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Snow storm brings whiteout conditions to California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Skiers eager to hit the slopes had to sit out a Presidents’ Day holiday weekend as heavy snow and rain fell for a fourth straight day Friday in California’s mountains, where the snow was so deep in some areas plows couldn’t go out and cities were running out of ...

Washington state snow plow rage: 2 plow drivers threatened

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Unusually heavy snow in the Spokane area has caused snow plow rage: Two plow drivers clearing streets this week were threatened by people infuriated when their driveways ended up blocked with mounds of snow. In one incident, a man with a holstered handgun yelled ...

Victims await action

HARRISBURG (AP) — Lawmakers have returned to the Pennsylvania Capitol but have yet to revisit legislation on child sexual abuse scandals since an October fight killed a bill that would have allowed long-ago victims to sue the Roman Catholic Church and other institutions. The Legislature’s ...

Pope calls for protection of human trafficking victims

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has exhorted governments to root out the causes of human trafficking and protect victims. Francis made the appeal while addressing faithful in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday. He encouraged people to denounce instances of exploitation and modern slavery and ...

Be mindful of boundaries when helping kids financially

Question: Our son and his wife have been married less than a year. Two months ago, his job was downsized, and they’re starting to experience some real financial struggles while he looks for work. We have the means to help them, and are happy to, but we also want to avoid them becoming (or ...

Best sellers

HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “Connections in Death” by J.D. Robb (St. Martin’s Press) 2. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Della Owens (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) 3. “Black Leopard, Red Wolf” by Marlon James (Riverhead) 4. “The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides (Celadon Books) 5. ...

Scrutiny, family woes pile pressure on pregnant Meghan

LONDON (AP) — When Meghan Markle became engaged to Prince Harry, the American TV star seemed to charm everyone she met. She and Harry toured Britain to adoring crowds, and she pledged to hit the ground running once she officially joined the royal circle. Britain’s rambunctious, ...

Michael Jackson musical to open on Broadway

CHICAGO (AP) — A stage musical about Michael Jackson will skip making its debut in Chicago and instead open on Broadway in summer 2020. Producers said Thursday that “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” will no longer have pre-Broadway performances this fall in Chicago, blaming a recent ...

9/11 victim fund running out of money; payments to be cut

NEW YORK (AP) — The compensation fund for victims of 9/11 is running out of money and will cut future payments by 50 to 70 percent, officials announced Friday. September 11th Victim Compensation Fund special master Rupa Bhattacharyya said she was “painfully aware of the inequity of the ...

Judge halts Air Force’s efforts to discharge airmen with HIV

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered the U.S. Air Force to temporarily stop discharging service members who are HIV-positive, ruling that it’s working under a policy that is “irrational” and “outdated.” U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema in Alexandria, ...