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It is written: Pining for the days of George W. Bush

WASHINGTON — Nostalgia is what Thomas Mallon is counting on to help draw readers to his new novel, "Landfall," which takes them on a long stroll down memory lane, back to the golden days of ... President George W. Bush's second term. Really. So, if Mallon's wonderfully entertaining romp ...

HOROSCOPE

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY BY HOLIDAY MATHIS SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2019 Mercury and Neptune Line Up Some Inspo In 1962, the artist John Cocteau filmed a speech for the inhabitants of 2000, in hopes they were not all robots. He complained that the same house was being built everywhere, a ...

What breed won’t make me sneeze?

Dear Heloise: My kids are asking for a dog, but they both have ALLERGIES. What would be a good breed for them? — Karen S., Fort Wayne, Ind. Karen, allergy-prone kids need a hypoallergenic (less likely to cause an allergic reaction) breed. What causes the allergies? Dander and shedding, ...

Going stag to prom makes girl outlier

DEAR ABBY: I’m a high school junior, and my school’s prom is coming up. I don’t have a date. I completely understand that I don’t need a date for prom to have fun. However, within my group of friends, we are organizing who will sit at our 18-person table, and I’m the only dateless ...

The loss of a child binds the mothers left behind

Dear Readers: I received a great deal of helpful feedback for “Heartbroken on Valentine’s Day.” Thank you to everyone who wrote in. Dear Annie: I also had a son who died on Valentine’s Day. His name was Robert, and he was 11 1/2 years old when he passed away 28 years ago. He will ...

Watchdog: FEMA wrongly released data of victims

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency wrongly released to a contractor the personal information of 2.3 million survivors of devastating 2017 hurricanes and wildfires, potentially exposing the victims to identity fraud and theft, a government watchdog reported Friday. The ...

Museum is glad to finally hear: Yes, it’s really a Van Gogh

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A painting at a Connecticut museum that has long been thought to be by Vincent Van Gogh has been authenticated as such by Dutch researchers. The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford announced Friday that the oil painting “Vase with Poppies” has been verified by ...

GM announces jobs, electric vehicle after Trump criticism

ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Less than a week after a series of critical tweets from the president over an Ohio plant closure, General Motors is announcing plans to add 400 jobs and build a new electric vehicle at a factory north of Detroit. The company says it will spend $300 million at ...

Man gets 8 years in prison for crash death after heroin use

CLEVELAND (AP) — A car driver who admitted he used heroin before he struck and killed a woman riding an electric scooter in downtown Cleveland has been sentenced to eight years in prison. Twenty-year-old Scott McHugh Jr., of Amherst, had pleaded guilty to charges including aggravated ...

Trump to nominate conservative Stephen Moore for Fed board

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that he will nominate Stephen Moore, a conservative economic analyst and frequent critic of the Federal Reserve, to fill a vacancy on the Fed’s seven-member board. Moore, a well-known and often polarizing figure in Washington political ...

Papa John’s scores Shaq to help revive its image

NEW YORK (AP) — Papa John’s is getting “Shaq-ified.” The pizza chain said Friday that basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal will be its new pitchman, appearing in TV commercials and promoting Papa John’s in other ways. The company hopes O’Neal can repair its image and revive ...

Mueller concludes Russia-Trump probe; no new indictments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday turned over his long-awaited final report on the contentious Russia investigation, ending a probe that has cast a dark shadow over Donald Trump’s presidency with no new charges but launching a fresh wave of political battles over ...

Trump’s Golan statement draws strong regional condemnation

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — From Syria to Turkey and beyond, President Donald Trump’s abrupt declaration that Washington will recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights drew strong condemnation on Friday. The Syrian government called it “irresponsible” and a ...

New Jersey sues California company over ‘ghost guns’

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s attorney general announced a lawsuit Friday against a California company that sells mail-order firearms parts that can be turned into working weapons, the first such action the state has taken since it banned so-called “ghost guns” last year. The ...

Virginia avoids second straight huge upset

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — No. 1 seed Virginia this time avoided the biggest upset in NCAA Tournament history. The Cavaliers rallied from 14 points down Friday to beat No. 16 seed Gardner-Webb 71-56 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Virginia was the top overall seed last year but lost ...

Liberty upsets Mississippi St 80-76 for 1st NCAA tourney win

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Down by 10 points with less than seven minutes to play against a more accomplished opponent, Liberty didn’t give in a bit. Instead, the Flames just kept getting the ball to Caleb Homesley. Homesley scored 22 of his 30 points in the second half, and Lovell Cabbil ...

St. Vincent-St. Mary advances to title game

From Staff Reports COLUMBUS – The Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary boys basketball team is going for three state titles in a row. The seventh-ranked Irish defeated Powell Olentangy Liberty, 58-49, in Friday’s Division I state semifinal in front of 12,080 at the Schottenstein Center. Akron ...

Lindor, Kipnis to miss opening day for Indians

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and double-play partner Jason Kipnis have been ruled out for opening day by the Cleveland Indians. The team said Friday night that neither player will be ready for Thursday’s opener at Minnesota. Lindor will start the year on the ...

Cavs lose early lead, fall to Clippers

CLEVELAND — The Los Angeles Clippers’ latest victory in a torrid March came the hard way. While happy to leave town on a high note, coach Doc Rivers knew his team caught a break Friday night in a 110-108 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers that was in doubt until Jordan Clarkson’s 3-point ...