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Markets have muted reaction to long-awaited China trade deal

(AP) —Wall Street closed out a listless day Friday with tiny gains and more record highs for the S&P 500 and Nasdaq. The S&P 500 index added a mere 0.23 points, or less than 0.1%, to reach an all-time high of 3,168.80. The Dow Jones Industrial Average inched up 3.33 points, or less ...

This Week In W.Va. History

CHARLESTON — The following events happened on these dates in West Virginia history. To read more, go to e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia at www.wvencyclopedia.org. Dec. 15, 1879: Roman Catholic Bishop John Joseph Swint was born in Pickens. He was responsible for the building of many ...

Elkins City Council

The Elkins Planning Commission has recently increased their meeting frequency with the intention of wrapping up final adjustments to the proposed zoning ordinance, and ultimately recommending the document to council for approval. In 2015, city council adopted the City of Elkins Comprehensive ...

Trump: U.S., China have reached deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has dropped its plan to impose new tariffs on $160 billion of Chinese imports beginning Sunday under a modest interim deal that de-escalates a 17-month trade war between the world’s two biggest economies. As part of the agreement announced ...

Blood on their hands

Here is a chilling case of sanctuary chickens coming home to roost. Upon being convicted of armed robbery, kidnapping, home invasion and the brutal murders of two doctors on Tuesday, African criminal Bampumim Teixeira taunted the Massachusetts prosecutor who won the case and vowed to rape his ...

Where are the ‘high crimes’ Trump is supposedly guilty of

“Quid pro quo” was the accusatory Latin phrase most often used to describe President Donald Trump’s July 25 phone call asking for a “favor” from the president of Ukraine. New Year’s prediction: The Roman poet Horace’s Latin depiction: “Parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus ...

Impeachment charges head to House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats propelled President Donald Trump’s impeachment toward a historic vote by the full U.S. House as the Judiciary Committee on Friday approved charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. It’s the latest major step in the constitutional and political ...

Some states move toward financial aid based on need rather than merit

(TNS) — State-funded merit scholarships are politically popular. But as college tuition rises, policymakers in some states are starting to rethink financial aid that disproportionately benefits white, wealthy students and often duplicates scholarships awarded by public ...

Pope says Nativity scenes should go in town squares, schools

GRECCIO, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday hailed Nativity scenes as “simple and admirable” signs of Christian faith and encouraged their placement in workplaces, schools and town squares, as he bolstered a Christmas tradition that has at times triggered bitter legal battles in the ...

GOP Rep. pitches LGBTQ rights bill with religious exemptions

As Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, one congressional Republican is offering a proposal on Friday that aims to achieve both goals. The bill that Utah GOP Rep. Chris Stewart ...

Meeting Memos

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Meeting Memos column is reserved for nonprofit, civic organizations. MONDAYS ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meets from 7-8 p.m. Mondays, at Grace Episcopal Church. ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE CLASSES will be at 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Barbour County ...

Settling for half a loaf

WASHINGTON — The decision of House Democrats led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to pursue only two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump reflects a choice of practical reality over wishful thinking. In deciding to charge him only with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, ...

Bizarre race

Some recent news stories verge on the bizarre — the House Democrats’ futile fuss over impeachment, Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s acceptance of President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Canada-Mexico trade treaty. But they’re not as bizarre, or possibly as consequential, as unanticipated developments in ...

Datebook

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Datebook is reserved for nonprofit, civic organizations. Unless otherwise noted, events listed should be considered free and open to the public. Due to numerous entries, items may appear for only one week. Entries appear in chronological order and as there is space. The ...

Devin Nunes: Mocked for being right

A few weeks ago, Rep. Devin Nunes appeared on Mark Levin’s Fox News show, “Life, Liberty & Levin.” Near the end, he talked about how he and his staff put out a memo in early 2018 “to expose the counterintelligence malfeasance that was occurring in the FBI” in the search for ...

Horoscope

Mars and Neptune focus on feelings while Venus and Pluto judge quantitative matters like cost and value. Keep in mind that the minutia of star-rankings is a uniquely human habit. You won’t see raccoons and alligators leaving a review, as they are too busy snatching up the opportunity at hand. ...

Money has changed family member for the worse

Dear Annie: My wife of more than 31 years recently passed away. She had three children from a previous marriage. We had none. She left behind a large sum of money from her savings and IRA for them. Her eldest son has a mental condition, and most of his needs are met by the state of New York and ...

Hints From Heloise

These plants are pretty ... poisonous Dear Readers: Lots of holiday celebrating can mean lots of pretty plants around. They are pretty, yes, but some are pretty POISONOUS. Here’s the lowdown: These plants are poisonous and should never be ingested: • chrysanthemum • daffodil • ...

The closing decade was an ever-shifting parade of fashion

NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga wore meat and Rihanna went naked, practically. Kate Middleton delivered royal wedding opulence and Billy Porter went viral in a tuxedo gown. There was the much-coveted Olivia Pope white coat, Lupita Nyong’o’s perfect powder blue Oscar gown and Karl Lagerfield’s ...

Hints From Heloise

Wedding ivy Dear Heloise: In my family, we have a tradition that has been handed down for generations and will be part of my upcoming wedding. We carry IVY in our bouquet that has been planted and clipped from the previous bride in the family. After the wedding, the ivy is saved and planted ...