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Beloved gift shop turtle celebrates 50th birthday

BRISTOL, N.H. (AP) — A turtle given to a bedridden little boy in New Hampshire back in 1968 celebrated her 50th birthday with party hats, a sheet cake with the right number of candles and many well-wishers. Diane the Turtle was given to Jim Tonner when he was 12 and being treated for hip ...

Boy tries to overturn Colorado town’s ban on snowball fights

SEVERANCE, Colo. (AP) — A 9-year-old boy is trying to overturn a nearly century-old ban on snowball fights in his small northern Colorado town, and he already knows who his first target will be if he’s successful — his little brother. “I think it’s an outdated law,” said Dane ...

So just when is the next apocalypse?

Each time an end-of-the-world prophecy is delivered — whether by a self-deluded preacher, a group of politicians or scientists — we are told that we must believe. Never mind how many of their prophecies have been wrong in the past, this time they mean it. The latest prophecy of doom and ...

Clinton, Kerry discover their inner Trump

If President Donald Trump were paid a dime every time critics call his anti-illegal immigration policy "racist," he'd double his net worth. Never mind that at one time, President Bill Clinton, former Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid, former Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and Sen. Dianne ...

Examining immigration

A group of migrants near Tijuana, Mexico, rushed through border fencing and attempted to enter the United States near San Diego. Tear gas was fired by Border Patrol agents, and most of the migrants turned back. A few dozen were arrested. Pictures and online videos showed children clinging to ...

Flu shots don’t boost dementia risk

DEAR DR. ROACH: I've read mixed reviews as to whether the flu shot can contribute to Alzheimer's disease. I'm anxious to see your input. -- J.W. ANSWER: There is no reliable evidence, nor any good biological plausibility, that influenza vaccination increases the risk of either Alzheimer's ...

Gambler can’t stop checking phone

Dear Annie: I have not seen this problem discussed in your column and would really like your advice on this situation, as it's damaged a 50-year friendship. My buddy Roger has become addicted to gambling. He bets on every sport and is consumed with following his bets on his cellphone. He is ...

Parents cancel holiday dinners over kids’ fights

DEAR ABBY: The holiday season is here, with the traditional family dinner get-togethers. Our problem is, our two children (ages 27 and 29) don't like each other and rarely have contact during the year. This creates such stressful holiday meals that my wife and I would prefer to simply not have ...

Holiday meaning lost?

Dear Readers: Today's SOUND OFF is from a reader who believes we've lost the meaning of the holidays. -- Heloise "Dear Heloise: This is the month of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, three important holidays for most of us. Sadly, we've gotten caught up in the lights, the stores crammed with ...

Horoscope

MONDAY, DECEMBER 3 Moon Change Questions Should you tell the other person how you really feel? This needs to be carefully weighed in an equation dividing the intensity of the sentiment by its likely duration, and you need to factor in the potential for disruption and inconvenience and the ...

Americans to begin saying their goodbyes to George H.W. Bush

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans will begin saying goodbye to former President George H.W. Bush on Monday when his body arrives in Washington for public viewing in the Capitol Rotunda — a rare honor that will be bestowed on a man who earned the respect and admiration of many with his leadership, ...

Tempted by movie, Ill. boy puts tongue on frozen pole

SANDWICH, Ill. (AP) — An 11-year-old northern Illinois boy couldn’t resist testing the theory that when you place your tongue on a frozen metal pole, it’ll stick. Spencer Cline found out the hard way that it does. And it hurts. A lot. He told The (Aurora) Beacon-News his inspiration ...

Texans put a stop to Browns’ momentum

HOUSTON — After the Houston Texans extended their franchise record with a ninth straight win on Sunday, J.J. Watt was asked to reflect on how far the team has come in the past year. “I was on the couch a year ago so this is a lot better,” said Watt, who missed the last 11 games of ...

Rose Bowl not a bad consolation prize

PASADENA, Calif. — Ohio State’s consolation prize for missing out on the College Football Playoff is a classic matchup in the Granddaddy of Them All. The Big Ten champion Buckeyes (12-1) will face Pac-12 champ Washington (10-3) in the 105th edition of the Rose Bowl game. For the first ...

Sooners claim final playoff spot

Faced with a tricky choice, the College Football Playoff selection committee played it safe and fell back on some simple criteria: One loss is better than two. Winning a conference championship is better than not. Go with the team that avoided getting blown out. Oklahoma is in the playoff ...

Mayfield hits a bump in the road

HOUSTON — Entering Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans, rookie Baker Mayfield had been playing well and protecting the ball and the Cleveland Browns were on a roll, having won consecutive games for the first time since 2014. The Browns (4-7-1) came back to earth on Sunday, with ...

Rivers rallies Chargers past Steelers

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Michael Badgley kicked a 29-yard field goal on the final play to lift the Los Angeles Chargers to a 33-30 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night. Badgley initially missed a 39-yard kick but Pittsburgh was called for offsides. Badgley’s ensuing 34-yard ...

ANTIQUES

Krampus is a legendary German figure who visits children on December 6 to find bad children, catch them with his very long tongue, beat them with sticks and take them away to the underworld. Good children get gifts at Christmas from St. Nicholas. This evil man was part of holiday lore for ...

Dating in #MeToo era

Dear Annie: I’m a 26-year-old man who’s very nice, thoughtful and kind. I’ve dated only a few times, and I know I’m still young, but in the era of the #MeToo movement, it scares me to date someone, because things I say or do could be used against me. How do I feel comfortable in the ...

HORO SCOPE

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2018 Attention Boxed by Solar Square to Mars A square of the sun and Mars will point out that though a number of people may show up at the same place at the same time, each person is not present to the same degree. Never has this been truer than in the digital age, ...