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  • Celebrity birthdays for the week of Dec. 23-29

    Dec. 23: Actor Ronnie Schell (“Gomer Pyle, USMC”) is 87. Actor Frederic Forrest (“Lonesome Dove”) is 82. Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna) is 78. Drummer Ron Bushy of Iron Butterfly is 77. Actor-comedian Harry Shearer (“The Simpsons”) is 75. Actress Susan Lucci (“All My Children”) is 72. Guitarist Dave Murray of Iron Maiden […]
  • Michigan man, 90, brings Christmas to wife in nursing home

    CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) — A 90-year-old Michigan man dressed up as Santa and brought Christmas to a local nursing home so his wife of six decades could celebrate the holidays. Don West was at his wife’s bedside as a guitarist strummed along during a holiday party at Golden Days II Adult Foster Care in Charlotte. […]
  • Prosecco’s bubble shows no sign of bursting

    ASOLO, Italy (AP) — Prosecco, the fruity sparkling wine made in the northeastern hills of Italy is gaining in global popularity — and producers of Champagne, for so long the dominant bubbly wine, are taking note. Prosecco has become the best-selling sparkling wine in the world by volume, and experts say it is eroding the […]
  • Locked away, forgotten: Muslim Uighur wives of Pakistani men

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The last time Chaudhry Javed Atta saw his wife was over a year ago — the Pakistani trader in dried and fresh produce was leaving their home in northwestern China’s heavily Muslim Xinjiang region to go back to his country to renew his visa. He remembers the last thing she told him: […]
  • Today in History

    Today in History Today is Monday, Dec. 17, the 351st day of 2018. There are 14 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright of Dayton, Ohio, conducted the first successful manned powered-airplane flights near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, using their experimental craft, the Wright Flyer. […]
  • Most teen drug use is down, but officials fret vaping boom

    NEW YORK (AP) — Twice as many high school students used nicotine-tinged electronic cigarettes this year compared with last year, an unprecedented jump in a large annual survey of teen smoking, drinking and drug use. It was the largest single-year increase in the survey’s 44-year history, far surpassing a mid-1970s surge in marijuana smoking. The […]
  • Top of mind: ‘Justice’ is Merriam-Webster’s word of the year

    NEW YORK (AP) — Racial justice. Obstruction of justice. Social justice. The Justice Department. Merriam-Webster has chosen “justice” as its 2018 word of the year, driven by the churning news cycle over months and months. The word follows “toxic,” picked by Oxford Dictionaries, and “misinformation,” plucked by Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster’s editor at large, told […]
  • Philippines’ Catriona Gray named Miss Universe 2018

    BANGKOK (AP) — The Philippines’ Catriona Gray was named Miss Universe 2018 in a competition held in Bangkok on Monday, besting contestants from 93 other countries and delighting her home nation. Gray wore a sparkling red dress that she said was inspired by a volcano in the Philippines as she was handed the crown to […]
  • Tea thrown into harbor for anniversary of Boston Tea Party

    BOSTON (AP) — Tea will once again be thrown into Boston Harbor to mark the 245th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. Sunday is the anniversary of the protest during which colonists protesting taxation without representation threw British tea into Boston Harbor in what is considered a pivotal event that led to the American Revolution. […]
  • Higher percentage of California pot passing safety tests

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A higher percentage of California marijuana products are passing strict safety tests, but the sudden closing of a lab that state authorities found wasn’t correctly checking for pesticides has raised new questions about the system intended to protect the purity and potency of legal cannabis. California broadly legalized marijuana at the […]