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Understanding terms used in study results

DEAR DR. ROACH: In a recent column discussing the use of aspirin, you made reference to the results of a study that were neither “statistically significant” nor “clinically meaningful.” While I am quite familiar with the concept of statistical significance and believe it is very ...

What is oat flavor extract powder and what is it for?

Dear Heloise: What is oat flavor extract powder? What do you use it for? — Marty in Indiana Marty, here’s what I found: Oat extract powder is a cereal grain grown primarily for its seeds. In powder form, it’s used in beauty products and to lower LDL cholesterol for those with coronary ...

Horoscope

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You might copy someone you admire, but it’s only a temporary thing to help you understand your own identity. Ultimately, you’d rather fail doing something that feels like you than succeed in trying to be someone else. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You’ve been ...

Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 2, the second day of 2019. There are 363 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 2, 1900, U.S. Secretary of State John Hay announced the “Open Door Policy” to facilitate trade with China. On this date: In 1788, Georgia became the ...

Fireworks, superstars ring in the new year in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tens of thousands of people rang in the new year across Las Vegas, watching fireworks launch from the top of some of the city’s iconic casino-resorts, attending superstar performances at various venues and participating in a celebratory midnight toast. Officials estimated ...

Preston and Child’s stories are multifaceted and complex

“Verses for the Dead” (Grand Central), by Preston and Child The two authors working together are masters at crafting a story that goes beyond a simple mystery or thriller. Their stories are multifaceted and complex, making the reading experience a true joy. This time while Pendergast ...

Slumping Flyers fall again

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Viktor Arvidsson scored twice, Juuse Saros made 32 saves and the Nashville Predators defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0 Tuesday. Craig Smith and Rocco Grimaldi also scored for Nashville, which has won two straight. Michal Neuvirth made 26 saves for the Flyers, ...

Leaders invited to White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday invited congressional leaders to a White House briefing on border security as the partial government shutdown dragged on over funding for a border wall, with Trump tweeting, “Let’s make a deal?” The briefing would happen Wednesday, ...

Revelry and reflection greet new year

Fireworks, concerts, spiritual services and political addresses abounded to mark the transition to 2019 as revelers around the globe bid farewell Monday to a year filled with challenges to many of the world’s most basic institutions, including in the realms of politics, trade, alliances and ...

Avoiding a cash crunch when it’s time to pay your taxes

NEW YORK (AP) — While many business owners know they’ll owe the government less money or perhaps get refunds under the new tax law, others are still unsure about what they might have to pay while they file their returns. They need to be sure they have some extra cash, or access to ...