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    Newlyweds’ pot-bellied pig gets second reprieve from borough

    LEECHBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania borough has granted a second reprieve to a newly married couple fighting for the right to keep their pet pot-bellied pig. Leechburg Council last month voted to delay a decision on Finley, the pig owned by Destiny and Cody Griffith. Council again on Tuesday night voted 7-0 to suspend […]
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    The Latest: Governors urge Congress to back health subsidies

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and health care legislation (all times local): 10 p.m. A bipartisan group of governors is urging congressional leaders to support a plan to calm health insurance markets after President Donald Trump blocked federal subsidies to insurers. The letter, signed by 10 governors, says, “Stabilizing insurance markets […]
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    White House: VA’s Shulkin not a candidate for HHS secretary

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, who is under investigation for taking a 10-day trip to Europe that mixed business with sightseeing, is not being considered for the top job at Health and Human Services, the White House said Wednesday. Shulkin has been cited in media reports as a leading contender to replace […]
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    Literary publications get mixed reviews on gender parity

    NEW YORK (AP) — The state of book criticism is getting a mixed review on gender parity. A new survey of top literary publications finds that the ratio of women to men ranges from roughly equal in The New York Times Book Review and Granta to men substantially outnumbering women in The Atlantic, the Paris […]
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    Pink diamond that was a French crown jewel to be auctioned

    GENEVA (AP) — A 19-carat pink diamond that once belonged to King Louis XIV, Napoleon Bonaparte and other French rulers is going up for auction for the first time in 130 years, Christie’s announced Wednesday. The legendary “Le Grand Mazarin” diamond has been sold at auction once before, at a famous 1887 sale of French […]
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    Karen Pence: ‘All of us could benefit from art therapy’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Karen Pence, the vice president’s wife, said Wednesday that art therapy, a little-known mental health profession that she has championed for years, is the issue she will highlight during the Trump administration. She said in a speech in Florida that her goals are to raise awareness about art therapy, help people understand […]
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    Lego unveils ‘Women of NASA’ set with astronauts, scientists

    ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Lego has unveiled a set of figures celebrating the women of NASA. The 231-piece set features Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut, and Mae Jemison, the first black woman to travel in space. Also included in the set are figures of astronomer and educator Nancy Grace Roman and computer scientist […]
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    Edmunds: When it makes sense to donate a car to charity

    It’s easy to donate a car to charity if all you want to do is get rid of it. Simply call a charity that accepts old vehicles, and it will tow your heap away. But if you want to maximize your tax benefits, it’s more complicated. Here’s a walk through some of the considerations, with […]
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    Czech doctors strike for a day to pay, bureaucracy

    PRAGUE (AP) — Thousands of doctors across the Czech Republic have closed their clinics and offices for one day to demand higher pay and protest bureaucracy. The physicians are protesting Wednesday they won’t get a pay rise from health insurers for next year, unlike their colleagues in the country’s hospitals. Some doctors in outpatient clinics […]
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    Pope deplores Somalia bombing that killed over 300

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has deplored the Somalia bombing that killed more than 300 people. At the end of his Wednesday public audience in St. Peter’s Square, Francis said “this terrorist act merits the strongest laments” especially since it struck an already suffering population. He prayed for the dead and wounded in the […]