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A sweet fable in Seth Rogen’s ‘An American Pickle’

By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer The funniest part of " An American Pickle " isn't even really in the movie. It's a little scene in the middle of the credits in which Seth Rogen's Herschel Greenbaum, a 1920s laborer who wakes up 100 years after falling into a vat of pickle juice, watches ...

Deep Purple evokes best years on mighty ‘Whoosh!’

By PABLO GORONDI Associated Press "Whoosh!" makes it three-for-three for the pairing of Deep Purple and producer Bob Ezrin, an album that at its numerous heights evokes the band's most successful era of the early '70s. With a stable lineup for nearly 20 years, the hard rock pioneers' new ...

Ren, Stimpy to make TV comeback

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The brazen humor of "The Ren & Stimpy Show" will be revisited in a new Comedy Central version of the animated series. The original program that was a hit for Nickelodeon will be reimagined in partnership with Nickelodeon Animation Studio, Comedy Central said ...

Pa. governor says no to youth sports this year

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s governor said Thursday youth sports should not resume until January, a recommendation sure to disappoint students, parents and coaches preparing for fall seasons. Gov. Tom Wolf made the comment at a news conference on a separate subject, following up ...

COVID-19 lies keep going viral

Beware of three widely circulating COVID-19-related lies and the partisan motives behind them. These lies are dangerous to your children and how you cope with this virus. Lie No. 1: “The United States’ response stands out as among the worst of any country.” House Majority Whip James ...

The importance of fossil fuels

Was the power on in your house this morning? If so, thank fossil fuels! A few parts of America do get energy from other sources. Washington state has fast-flowing rivers that allow Washingtonians to get most of their electricity from hydroelectric power. Iowa now gets about 40% of its ...

HOROSCOPE

BY HOLIDAY MATHIS FRIDAY, AUGUST 7 Venus Meets Mother Nature Clouds, plants, animals... sooner or later, all abide by the rules of nature, and so will you. Humans may take control temporarily here and there, but will always heed in the end. Venus crashes like a wave into the realm of ...

Kitty conundrum

Dear Heloise: I have a problem with cats getting in my insulation under my trailer and tearing it up. They make a lot of noise. Animal Control won't help trap them. What can I do? — Jerry B., Hammond, La. Jerry, your best bet to keep animals from nesting under your trailer is to put up ...

Guilt remains 40 years after injustice

DEAR ABBY: About 40 years ago, I did someone an injustice, and I have felt guilty ever since. I worked for a consulting firm in Washington, D.C., that fired an accounting clerk who was in my small office. I didn't know why she was fired, and I never heard a cross word exchanged between her and ...

Waiting approach to prostate cancer

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 58 years old and have early stage prostate cancer. My PSA is 6.5. How do you know when "wait and see" is the right approach? If I do need treatment, what are your thoughts about high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU)? Why don't some insurances cover the procedure? — ...

Reconnecting without expectations

Dear Annie: I'm 73 years old and having feelings like a 17-year-old. "Richard" and I were an item in high school. It ended when my mother would no longer let me see him. I didn't know why at the time. Many years later, I figured out why; but it's complicated and has no bearing on what's going ...

Trump hits Canada, reimposes 10% tariffs on aluminum

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that the United States is reinstating a 10% import tax on Canadian aluminum, raising tensions with an American ally just weeks after his trade pact with Canada and Mexico took effect. Canada quickly vowed to respond in kind. Trump ...

NY attorney general seeks to dissolve NRA

NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s attorney general sued the National Rifle Association on Thursday, seeking to put the powerful gun advocacy organization out of business over claims that top executives illegally diverted tens of millions of dollars for lavish personal trips, no-show contracts for ...

France promises help, Beirut residents vent fury at leaders after deadly blast

BEIRUT (AP) — Residents of Beirut vented their fury at Lebanon’s leaders Thursday during a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron, blaming them for the deadly explosion that ravaged the capital. Shouting “Revolution!” they crowded around the visiting leader who promised to press the ...

Report: Many suspects in mass attacks experienced stressors

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many of the suspects in mass attacks in the U.S. last year had experienced stressful situations, like losing their job, or had struggled with substance abuse or mental health issues, according to a Secret Service report released Thursday. The cases highlight the ...

OHSAA shortens football season

COLUMBUS ­- The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Friday that if high school football games are approved by the Governor, the regular season slate will be shortened to six games and all teams will enter the playoffs beginning Oct. 9. The state championship games will be played no ...

J-Ram powers Tribe

CLEVELAND (AP) — Jose Ramirez homered from both sides of the plate and drove in four runs, and the Cleveland Indians routed the Cincinnati Reds 13-0 on Thursday night. Ramirez hit a solo drive batting from the left side against Luis Castillo in the first inning. He connected again during ...

Div. II, III gives up on seasons

The announcements came within 40 minutes of each other Wednesday morning, one bleak, the other providing a glimmer of hope for a college football season that is looking iffy at best right now. First, Connecticut canceled what was supposed to be its first season as a major college football ...

Clev blanks Reds

CLEVELAND (AP) — Mike Clevinger didn’t have his best stuff but did enough to pitch into the sixth inning and lead Cleveland to a 2-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night as the Indians wait for manager Terry Francona’s return. Clevinger (1-1) worked around five walks, ...

Remembering how they lived

Capping a week of deserved tributes, the funeral for Rep. John Lewis in Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church brought me back a quarter-century to another funeral for another revered member of Congress, former House Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill. On a cold January day at St. ...