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Israel steps up offensive, kills senior Hamas figures GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel on Wednesday pressed ahead with a fierce military offensive in the Gaza Strip, killing as many as 10 senior Hamas military figures and toppling a pair of high-rise towers housing Hamas facilities in a ...

Official: Repairs to I-40 bridge could take months

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Repairs to the Interstate 40 bridge linking Arkansas and Tennessee could take months after a crack was found in the span, forcing thousands of trucks and cars to detour and shutting down shipping on a section of the Mississippi River, a transportation official said ...

Revamped EPA website shows increased climate change risks

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a gap of more than four years, the Environmental Protection Agency is relaunching a website highlighting evidence of climate change in the United States, including rising temperatures, increased ocean acidity, sea level rise, river flooding, droughts, heat waves and ...

Who could possibly oppose universal pre-K?

Subsidized day care and universal pre-K are goals that sound so wholesome only a ghoul could oppose them. Especially in an era when Democrats and Republicans have achieved consensus that money grows on trees, who could possibly object to spending a few hundred billion or so, as Biden has ...

Facebook’s speech policies are absurd

It is said that medieval scholastic philosophers debated how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. If so, they didn’t have anything on the amorphous and tendentious deliberations of Facebook regarding who is allowed to post on its social network, most pertinently the former president ...

Central insanity agency

The Central Intelligence Agency is always looking to recruit new agents and advertising is one way it has done so in the past. The difference this time is in a newly created series of recruitment videos that reflect the spirit of the age in which we live, rather than appealing to abilities and ...

HOROSCOPE

BY HOLIDAY MATHIS WEDNESDAY, MAY 12 Can’t do everything? It means you’re normal. Still expect yourself to everything? Also, normal. Now, if you drop the expectation, then that’s when you start to become extraordinary. Mercury and Saturn connect in a most auspicious trine. Thinking ...

Peanut butter tip

Dear Heloise: I buy the natural peanut butter, the kind where you have to stir the oil into the solid peanut butter. I usually store the peanut butter jar upside down so the oil collects at the bottom of the jar. In this way, I can stir the oil into the peanut butter without splashing it all ...

Avid cook savors joy on guest’s faces

DEAR ABBY: I have come to realize that the best thing a person can do for anyone is to cook something for them. I enjoy the expression on their faces when they take the first bite, and the positive compliments I receive. I have a cookbook collection that, at present, numbers more than 3,200 ...

Putting an end to husband’s abuse

Dear Annie: I have been with my husband for more than 25 years, and I have allowed things to get out of hand. Over the years, he has done a lot for my daughter and her kids, and he has brought me used cars that I did not ask for but appreciate. When we go on vacation, I pay my share. Whenever ...

Year’s data backs up vaccine safety

DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m a teacher scheduled to get the Pfizer vaccine on Friday. My mom keeps sending me stuff about why I shouldn’t get it — fear of what it will do to the immune system in the future. Everything I’ve read confirms it’s safe, but she is freaking me out a little. Could you ...

ACROSS OUR STATE & NATION

Migrant children held in mass shelters with little oversight The Biden administration is holding tens of thousands of asylum-seeking children in an opaque network of some 200 facilities that The Associated Press has learned spans two dozen states and includes five shelters with more ...

AROUND THE HORN

Bieber extends own MLB strikeout record CLEVELAND (AP) — On a night when Shane Bieber’s pitch count climbed much faster than his strikeout total, he still came out on top. That’s why he’s an ace, an All-Star and the reigning Cy Young winner. “He competes like crazy,” Cleveland ...

Preakness allows Medina Spirit to enter

BALTIMORE — Medina Spirit is set to run in the Preakness on Saturday to go for the second leg of the Triple Crown, as long as the Kentucky Derby winner passes a series of additional drug tests. Maryland racing officials reached an agreement with trainer Bob Baffert on Tuesday to allow ...

Stokes’ first career hits help Pirates finally solve Reds

PITTSBURGH — Troy Stokes Jr. drove in runs with each of his first two major league hits, JT Brubaker pitched six strong innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates finally beat the Cincinnati Reds, 7-2 on Tuesday night. Two days after making his debut, Stokes hit an RBI single in the fourth inning. ...

Due process is opposite of social justice

It has been two weeks since the conviction of ex-police officer Derek Chauvin for the second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter of George Floyd. The world has moved on. Politicians breathed a sigh of relief when they heard the verdict; the media quickly moved on to its next ...

What GOP means by using ‘woke’

The Republican Party has decided to make “woke” its public enemy No. 1, weaponizing the word against its political opponents. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called out “woke companies” for turning against GOP voting reforms in Georgia and elsewhere. Sen. Josh Hawley, ...

ACROSS OUR STATE & NATION

Ohio GOP censures 10 who voted to impeach Trump LEWIS CENTER, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Republican Party censured U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez and nine other GOP representatives Friday for voting in February to impeach former President Donald Trump, in a nearly unanimous vote of the ...

HOROSCOPE

BY HOLIDAY MATHIS TUESDAY, MAY 11 Deals were made. At the time, it seemed fair enough. Or maybe you knew it wasn’t, but it was the best you could do given your negotiating position. This is the moment for a do-over. New moon, new chance to set the financial situation just right. Or maybe ...

Hand signal for help

Dear Readers: This is a tough topic. Today we are more aware than ever before of human trafficking and domestic violence. But did you know that there’s a special hand signal out there. Someone in distress may need to communicate to you that they need help. Here is the hand signal: Hand ...