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Trump tries to discredit Mueller

WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Mueller, the somber-faced and demanding FBI director who led the bureau through the Sept. 11 attacks, and James Comey, his more approachable and outwardly affable successor, may be poles apart stylistically but both command a wealth of respect in the law enforcement ...

Dems face steep challenge to unseat Pelosi

WASHINGTON (AP) — A dozen or so House Democrats want Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to go after a dispiriting loss in a Georgia House election. They just don’t know how to make it happen. “We can’t keep losing races and keep the same leadership in place. You have a baseball team that ...

CIA director held secret talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA’s director held a secret negotiation with Syria’s intelligence chief earlier this year as part of an effort to free an American journalist taken hostage in the Arab country five years ago, The New York Times reported Friday. The phone conversation between CIA ...

Reunions

VANSCOY: The annual Vanscoy reunion will be today at Mill Race Park in Parsons. Lunch will begin at 12:30 p.m. Those attending are asked to bring a covered dish. POINT MOUNTAIN CHURCH HOMECOMING: Point Mountain Church will host its annual Homecoming Sunday. Sunday school will begin at 10 a.m. ...

Review finds limited impact

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A 303-mile pipeline that would carry fracked natural gas across West Virginia and Virginia would have “significant” impacts on forests but other adverse effects would be limited, federal regulators said Friday. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s final ...

Sears Holdings closes another 20 stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears is closing another 20 stores as the ailing retailer tries to turn around its business. Real estate investment trust Seritage, which owns the 20 real estate properties, confirmed the closings— 18 Sears stores and two Kmart stores — in a government filing ...

Raiders sign Carr to record $125M deal

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Derek Carr and general manager Reggie McKenzie never doubted the two sides could reach a long-term contract agreement to keep the quarterback with the Raiders before Carr’s self-imposed training camp deadline. Carr was open about how much he wanted to spend his ...

No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz expected to turn 76ers into winners

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Markelle Fultz already has his first turnover as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers. It came in an Instagram post sponsored by a watch company. “Excited to head to (City) and join the (team name). @Tissot.us is helping me get started with my (team name) watch,” Fultz ...

Urena, Marlins defeat Cubs, 2-0

MIAMI (AP) — The Marlins aren’t hitting, and they’re still winning. Giancarlo Stanton hit a 458-foot drive for his 19th home run, Jose Urena scattered five hits over six innings and Miami topped the Chicago Cubs 2-0 on Friday night. The Marlins managed only three hits in the win, ...

Urias to have shoulder surgery

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers tried to do everything they could to protect the young, slight frame of prized prospect Julio Urias. They limited the left-hander’s innings, had him stop midseason once for a cosmetic surgery, delayed his start to his 2017 season. Yet there is ...

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 ...

Meeting Memos

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Meeting Memos column is reserved for nonprofit, civic organizations. SATURDAYS ELKINS FARMERS MARKET: Elkins Farmers Market will be open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon behind the Railroad Depot. Items for sale will include a variety of vegetables of the season, eggs, ...

Special-effects spectacular ‘Okja’ a gamble for Netflix

NEW YORK (AP) — The giant genetically modified pig of Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja” is 8-feet tall, 13-feet long and would, if real, weigh six tons. It looks most like a hippo, but it has big floppy dog ears and moves a little like an elephant. It’s a hybrid creature for a hybrid movie. ...

Bellator set for MMA spectacular at MSG tonight

(AP) — Wanderlei Silva skipped a pair of Bellator press conferences set to promote his fight at Madison Square Garden. By the time he showed up for the third, he had to be separated on the stage from Chael Sonnen. Silva and Sonnen have talked trash for years and once rumbled in street ...

Horoscope

Before humans could have a text fight there was a lot more sniffing, posturing and physical contact that went into communication. Venus and Pluto align to remind us of the animal nature we’re rooted in. We are vulnerable creatures with complex mental defenses. To make a strong connection, ...

Watching TV in the bedroom upsets spouse

Dear Annie: If I go to bed and watch TV, my husband insists I turn the TV off when he gets there. But he often puts on the TV if he goes to bed first, and when that happens, he immediately falls asleep. I change the channel to my preference and leave the room for one or two hours. If I come ...

Hints From Heloise

Dear Heloise: How do you kill DUST MITES? I just moved into my first house, and I don’t want any dust mites in my house. — Juliana L., Blacksburg, Va. Juliana, dust mites love our homes because they live on dead flakes of skin and dander shed by people and pets. They can live about three ...

Minton majolica hard to miss

It is impossible to miss Minton majolica in a room. It usually is shaped like animals, birds, flowers or just fantasies. A tasseled, pillow-shaped garden seat held by a crouching monkey holding a coconut is not something you would usually see at an auction. It was colorfully glazed majolica ...

Vatican eyes new legal doctrine

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has long railed against corruption and the mafia, but now the Vatican is considering developing a whole doctrine around excommunicating corrupt and mafia-tinged Catholics. The Vatican this week hosted its first conference on corruption and organized crime, ...

‘Human Project’ study will ask 10,000 to share life’s data

NEW YORK (AP) — Wanted: 10,000 New Yorkers interested in advancing science by sharing a trove of personal information, from cellphone locations and credit-card swipes to blood samples and life-changing events. For 20 years. Researchers are gearing up to start recruiting participants from ...