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Democrats want another chunk of your hard-earned paycheck

Democrats see your paycheck as fair game for their endless social improvement projects. Every Democrat vying for the White House backs federal legislation that would guarantee workers nearly three months of paid family medical leave every year to care for newborns and the sick. Sounds ...

American Express sees 2Q profits rise 9 percent

NEW YORK (AP) — American Express posted a 9% gain in second-quarter profits on Friday, helped by more of its cardmembers carrying a credit card balance and increased spending on its namesake cards. The New York company said it earned a profit of $1.76 billion, or $2.07 a share. That’s up ...

Reined-in rate-cut expectations, Iran tensions drop US stocks

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks pulled further back from their records on Friday to cap the weakest week for the S&P 500 since May. Indexes sloshed between small gains and losses for much of the day before turning lower in the afternoon after Iran said it seized a British oil tanker, the ...

China calls on US to ‘correct’ Iran sanctions

BEIJING (AP) — China urged Washington on Friday to “correct” sanctions imposed on Chinese companies accused of helping Iran acquire materials for its nuclear program. U.S. pressure on Iran and its “long-arm jurisdiction” against companies in third countries is the “root cause” ...

Give your small car the horn it deserves

Dear Car Talk: Why is it that car manufacturers have decided that the smaller the car, the wimpier the horn should be? My pickup has a nice, deep, loud horn. But my imported crossover almost sounds apologetic. When you have to use your horn to warn someone that they’re coming over into ...

How to handle heated situation

Dear Heloise: It’s hot in most parts of the country now, and the temperature inside a car is much hotter than that — it’s deadly. What should you do if you come across a dog in a hot car when out and about? People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (www.PETA.org) has these hints: 1. ...

Is it unhealthy to still text lost loved one’s number?

Dear Annie. I have been dating my boyfriend for two years now. He had lost his fiancee three years before we began dating. The problem I am having is he still has his deceased fiancee’s phone number saved in his phone. He sometimes texts her, but, of course, it goes nowhere. I did ask him ...

Horoscope

SATURDAY ARIES (March 21-April 19). You want to offer outstanding help to those who need it most. This intention aligns your posture and becomes your attitude. It streamlines your actions so that everything you do is executed with greater impact. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Just about anyone ...

Strong earthquake hits near Athens

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A strong earthquake centered northwest of Athens shook Greece on Friday, causing frightened residents to run into the capital’s streets and damaging several buildings. Authorities said four people were hospitalized with injuries, none of them serious. The Athens ...

EPA head announces $2M program for Great Lakes clean up

CLEVELAND (AP) — The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced a $2 million grant program to clean up the shorelines and waters of the Great Lakes. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler during an appearance Friday in Cleveland says the grants will be available to state and ...