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Gov’t questions unfair student loan practices

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the nation’s largest student loan servicing companies may have driven tens of thousands of borrowers struggling with their debts into higher-cost repayment plans. That’s the finding of a Department of Education audit of practices at Navient Corp., the nation’s ...

Markets sink as technology and retail fall; Dow drops 600

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are skidding Tuesday as weak results from retailers and mounting losses for big technology companies push the market back into the red for the year. Energy companies are slumping because of a 7 percent plunge in the price of oil. Crude is on track for its biggest loss ...

Archdiocese to set aside $25M for abuse victims

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia said Tuesday it is putting aside $25 million to start paying claims to people who say its clergy sexually abused them as children. The archdiocese said it expects to need more money than it has on hand, so it will have to borrow and liquidate ...

Police buy and deliver 450 Thanksgiving dinners

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police officers often come across families or people on their beats who they wish they could do more to help in a city where one in four people lives below the national poverty line. Officers around the city got the chance Tuesday to do a little more as they ...

Game not over in ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’

In a battle between the internet and John C. Reilly, who among us wouldn’t root for the latter? Leave us IMDb.com and a few podcasts, John, but by all means, go smashy-smashy with the rest. Having liberated arcade game characters from their rigidly ordained roles in 2012’s “Wreck-it ...

Best-picture Oscars up for sale

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two Academy Awards for best picture are going up for sale in a rare auction of Oscars. Auction house Profiles in History announced Monday that an Oscar awarded to “Mutiny on the Bounty” in 1936 and another given to “Gentleman’s Agreement” in 1948 will go up for ...

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Memorial service set for ‘Hee Haw’ host BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — A public memorial service is planned in Oklahoma for singer-guitarist Roy Clark, who headlined the TV show “Hee Haw” for nearly a quarter century. A “celebration of life” service will be held Wednesday at Rhema ...

Support for sister in a toxic home

Dear Annie: My sister and I grew up in a pretty troubled home. Thankfully, I got out of the house by leaving for college, but my sister has not been so lucky. School has never been easy for her, so she is still stuck in a toxic home environment. I make sure to show her lots of support and ...

Is stem cell treatment for MS the right option?

Dear Dr. Roach: My 45-year-old daughter was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis about a year ago following alarming bladder problems and numbness. She received steroids that effectively treated the bladder problem. She subsequently had a relapse with more widespread numbness and a feeling of ...

Beware of damage when purchasing used vehicles

Dear Readers: A pre-owned car can be a great gift or smart purchase for yourself, but be careful. Cars damaged in floods can wind up for sale. Let’s discuss what to look for: * Rust is a dead giveaway that there has been water damage to the vehicle. * The presence of residual mud/water ...