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Facebook’s influencers nod shows murky side of campaign ads

By BARBARA ORTUTAY and AMANDA SEITZ The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook's green light for political campaigns to pay prominent social media users to spread their messages is highlighting the difficulties around setting rules for the fast-changing world of online political ...

U.S. attorney helping review Flynn case is ex-FBI agent

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The U.S. attorney assisting in the Justice Department's review of the criminal case of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is an ex-FBI agent with a long background in battling white-collar crime. A person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press that ...

China reports major drop in new virus cases

BEIJING (AP) - China reported Saturday a figure of 2,641 new virus cases, a major drop from the higher numbers in recent days since a broader diagnostic method was implemented. The number of new deaths rose slightly to 143, bringing the total fatalities in mainland China to 1,523. The ...

ACROSS OUR STATE & NATION

US and Taliban agree to truce, way forward in Afghanistan MUNICH (AP) - The United States and the Taliban have agreed to a temporary truce that, if successful, would open the way for a deal that would bring American troops home from Afghanistan and end 18 years of war. The peace deal ...

HOROSCOPE

BY HOLIDAY MATHIS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 Day of Hearts This day of hearts lifts the impediments to love and in their place puts two lunar trines, cosmic smoke-and-mirror enhancements to pull off love's delicious illusions. The first involves the communication planet in empathetic Pisces, the ...

Use those coupons!

Dear Heloise: Tell the lady whose husband doesn't like using COUPONS (he feels it makes them look poor or cheap) to use self-checkout. No one will know they use coupons. However, I agree that using coupons is nothing but smart. Some manufacturers may put out coupons instead of lowering prices ...

Blind date begins 55-year love story

DEAR ABBY: I met my lady on a blind date many years ago. When I knocked on the door, it opened and this beautiful girl was standing there. Thinking I could never be so lucky, I asked, “Is your sister home?” No. She was my date.We dated for a few months, fell in love and got married. We have ...

A warning about blood clots, cancer

Dear Annie: Last year, I lost my dad. He had stage IV cancer, but that's not what killed him. In fact, after his first few months of chemotherapy, a scan showed that the cancer was mostly gone. Then, a few weeks later, he died suddenly in his sleep. We declined to do an autopsy, but from ...

Best time to take blood pressure meds?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I read on the internet that you should take your blood pressure medicine at night. I just recently started taking medicine for my blood pressure and my instructions were to take it first thing in the morning. So, when is the best time to take it? — B.H. ANSWER: A study ...

Trump slams ex-adviser who defended witness

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday lashed out against former White House chief of staff John Kelly for being disloyal after he came to the defense of a former national security aide who offered key testimony in the impeachment inquiry. The president’s comments came after ...

By 2060, a quarter of U.S. residents will be over 65

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — By 2060, almost a quarter of all U.S. residents will be over age 65, and life expectancy will reach an all-time high of 85 years, according to new reports from the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday. The growth in life expectancy in the U.S. over the next four decades ...

Barr swipes at Trump: Tweets make it ‘impossible’ to do job

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr publicly swiped at President Donald Trump on Thursday, declaring the president’s tweets about Justice Department prosecutors and open cases “make it impossible for me to do my job.” Barr made the comment during an interview with ABC News ...

NATION/WORLD

Trump says he might keep others from listening in on calls WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he might end the long-running practice of letting other administration officials listen in on presidential calls with foreign leaders. That’s after Trump’s impeachment ...

Ryan Day acts quickly on two rape suspects

COLUMBUS (AP) — Two Ohio State University football players were kicked off the team Wednesday after being charged with rape and kidnapping. Defensive backs Amir I. Riep and Jahson Wint, both 21, were booked into jail earlier in the dafter they were charged with sexually assaulting a woman ...

Ohio State turns back Rutgers thanks to Wessons

COLUMBUS (AP) — Rutgers and Ohio State are prime examples of how difficult it is on win on the road in the Big Ten this year. Rutgers, 1-4 on the road in conference games coming into the Wednesday night contest against Ohio State, climbed back from a 20-point deficit early in the second ...

Cavaliers snap 12-game home losing streak

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers finally had some fun on their home court Wednesday night. Tristan Thompson scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Larry Nance Jr. had a career-high 23 points, and the Cavaliers broke a 12-game home losing streak, defeating the Atlanta Hawks ...

A missed opportunity

For 68 years the National Prayer Breakfast has been a political oasis, a chance for Republicans, Democrats, national and world leaders to assemble and pray for each other and the nation. Not this year. One could tell where things were headed when President Trump arrived later than most ...

Dems lousy at picking candidates

After 2016, the Democratic establishment would have been justified in getting out of the business of presidential politics. It swung so strongly behind Hillary Clinton that it discouraged any serious contenders from getting in the race. Her competition was a motley collection of people who ...

Inequality of effort mars Valentine’s Day

My friend in Omaha, Nebraska, assures me that a disturbing phenomenon once focused on the coasts has invaded the heartland. He speaks of young couples where the woman is nicely dressed and her male date or mate is in slob mode. The women are neat and stylish, often wearing some (or a lot of) ...

HOROSCOPE

BY HOLIDAY MATHIS THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Scorpio Moon Opposes Uranus The good news and the bad news are the same under this Scorpio moon opposition: Fear doesn't go away. It will always be there to protect you or lie to you, stop you from failing and also succeeding. In other words, fear ...