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  • Clinton: Free press is under ‘open assault’ in Trump era

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton says press rights and free speech are “under open assault” under Donald Trump, and has likened his administration to an authoritarian regime. The former secretary of state minced no words in a lecture on freedom of speech Sunday night. She says Trump seems to reject the role of a […]
  • UK man convicted of hate crime for Nazi-salute dog video

    LONDON (AP) — A Scottish man who filmed a dog appearing to give Nazi salutes has been convicted of a hate crime and fined. Mark Meechan filmed his girlfriend’s pug responding to phrases such as “sieg heil” by raising its paw, and posted the footage on YouTube in 2016. Meechan said the stunt was meant […]
  • Turin fixes legal loophole, registers babies of gay parents

    ROME (AP) — The Italian city of Turin has moved to fill a legal loophole by registering three babies born to gay parents who conceived abroad via artificial insemination. Mayor Chiara Appendino announced the registrations Monday, tweeting that the babies “have been recognized fully in their city.” A 2002 ministerial decree did not foresee gay […]
  • Review: Words of praise for great cooking, great cooks

    “The Best Cook in the World: Tales from my Momma’s Table,” (Alfred A. Knopf), by Rick Bragg. Rick Bragg’s latest book — “The Best Cook in the World” — is unusual enough in its approach that he felt obliged to explain what is intended. “I guess you could call it a food memoir, but it […]
  • Bird strike in engine damages Blue Angels jet at air show

    VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A bird strike caused $1 million damage to the engine of a Blue Angels jet at an air show in Florida. Vero Beach Air Show spokeswoman Catherine Caddell tells that the team’s No. 5 jet made a safe but early landing after Saturday’s bird strike. The Navy then brought […]
  • Why you shouldn’t co-sign your grandkid’s student loan

    College financial aid offers have been sent out, and the traditional May 1 deadline for high school seniors to pick their schools is fast approaching. That means all across this great land of ours, grandparents are getting hit up by would-be college students desperate to use their elders’ good credit. Federal student loans don’t require […]
  • US existing home sales rose 1.1 percent in March

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of existing homes increased 1.1 percent on a monthly basis in March, which suggests that buyers are undeterred by the dwindling number of properties available on the market. The National Association of Realtors said Monday that homes sold last month at a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 5.60 million, up […]
  • Next O’Reilly book coming in September

    NEW YORK (AP) — Bill O’Reilly’s next “Killing” book will be set during World War II. “Killing the SS” is scheduled to come out September 18, Henry Holt and Co. confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday. The publisher was responding to a query from The Associated Press after the new book was listed on […]
  • Etiquette and protocol highlights for royal wedding guests

    NEW YORK (AP) — Grab those nude stockings, ladies. You’ll be at a royal wedding, after all. While the May 19 nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be a lower key affair than those of Will and Kate, guests at St. George’s Chapel will still be expected to follow church and royal protocol, […]
  • Town bids farewell to iconic, 200-year-old copper beech tree

    PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Officials in a western New York town are bidding a sad farewell to an iconic 200-year-old tree. A public ceremony is planned Monday evening to commemorate the tree that towers over Copper Beech Park in the Rochester suburb of Pittsford. It’s dying from a devastating fungus. Town Supervisor Bill Smith tells […]