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‘Alita’ leads Presidents Day box office weekend

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The sci-fi fantasy “Alita: Battle Angel” topped the charts and beat out a number of newcomers including the meta romantic comedy “Isn’t It Romantic” and the horror sequel “Happy Death Day 2U” in its first weekend in theaters, but it is a victory with a few ...

Smollett case developments leave some celebs baffled, some outraged

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The national outrage that simmered after actor Jussie Smollett said he was attacked by people shouting racial and anti-gay slurs was fueled in part by celebrities who spoke out loud and strong on social media. But the outrage has now been replaced by surprise, doubt and ...

Son is with the wrong woman

Dear Annie: My 25-year-old son, “Andy,” has been dating “Cassie” for a year and a half. Andy is the kind of guy whom everybody loves, from 2-year-olds to 100-year-olds. Cassie only has a couple of friends and has a terrible reputation. Nobody has anything nice to say about her. For ...

Splenda won’t increase chances of diabetes

Dear Dr. Roach: I’m a 75-year-old man in good health and not obese (my BMI is around 20-21). I like coffee, and drink four or five cups a day. But I like it with a packet of Splenda, and the same thing goes for my breakfast cereal. Am I setting myself up for diabetes? — D.G.D. Answer: ...

Horoscope

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You respond to realness and are hypersensitive today to anything not in the category, especially when it’s coming from a familiar source. Anything that seems out of character will be taken as a red flag. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). With your keen sense of direction, ...

Almanac

Today is Monday, Feb. 18, the 49th day of 2019. There are 316 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 18, 2001, auto racing star Dale Earnhardt Sr. died in a crash at the Daytona 500; he was 49. On this date: In 1930, photographic evidence of Pluto (now ...

Aurora shooting raises questions over gun permit checks

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — An initial background check five years ago failed to flag an out-of-state felony conviction that would have prevented a man from buying the gun he used to kill five co-workers and wound six other people, including five responding police officers, at a suburban Chicago ...

Anthony Weiner released from prison

AYER, Mass. (AP) — Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner has been released from federal prison after being convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old girl in 2017. The Federal Bureau of Prisons website shows the 54-year-old New York Democrat is currently in the ...

Kansas takes steps to kickstart hemp crop

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Department of Agriculture is accepting applications from farmers who want to be part of the state’s industrial hemp research program, which state lawmakers created last April. One of the farmers eager to get on board is PJ Sneed, who is building ...

Injecting, rather than spreading manure, could be key to fixing water quality

UNIVERSITY PARK—Widespread adoption by dairy farmers of injecting manure into the soil instead of spreading it on the surface could be crucial to restoring Chesapeake Bay water quality, according to researchers who compared phosphorus runoff from fields treated by both methods. However, they ...