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Polls: Trump takes lead over Clinton as GOP convention generates bounce ...

PHILADELPHIA -- The Republican convention has generated a modest increase so far in Donald Trump's poll standing, moving the New York businessman back into a lead over Hillary Clinton.

Through Sunday, the University of Southern California ...Read More


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Verizon buys Yahoo for $4.8 billion, and it's giving Yahoo's brand ...

SAN FRANCISCO -- Yahoo Inc.'s days as a publicly traded company will soon be over, but under Verizon, its brand will get another chance.

The Sunnyvale, Calif., internet company, once a key guide to the World Wide Web, announced Monday that ...Read More

Health & Spirit

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Vatican emissary squashed Archbishop Nienstedt investigation, memo says

MINNEAPOLIS -- Ramsey County dropped criminal charges against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for failing to protect three boys from an abusive priest Wednesday and released documents that disclosed a social connection between that ...Read More

Senior Living

Social Security Q&A: Social Security survivors benefits

Q: When a person who has worked and paid Social Security taxes dies, are benefits payable on that person's record?

A: Social Security survivors benefits can be paid to:

-- A widow or widower -- unreduced benefits at full retirement age, or ...Read More


My Pet World: Kathy Ireland extending her passion for fashion to pets

Kathy Ireland's Worldwide brand is 28th most powerful brand in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine, topping $2 billion in licensed products in 2013. When it comes to home decor, the one-time super model is a superstar and more ...Read More

Home & Leisure

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In Monterey, Calif., a battle for historic Laguna Seca raceway

A bitter fight to take control of one of the world's most iconic racetracks will come to a head next week when three competing teams of auto sports enthusiasts make their cases to a ruling panel.

At stake is the management of the Laguna Seca ...Read More


The Mortgage Professor: Should home sellers pay the settlement costs of ...

Q: In an effort to sell my house, I agreed to pay up to $8,000 of the buyer's closing costs. Is there anything I can do to keep the amount as far below $8,000 as possible?"

A: At this point, no. If you agreed to pay "up to" $8,000 of the buyer's ...Read More


On Gardening: Variegated tapioca, an award winning landscape thriller

The variegated tapioca continues to be one of the hottest plants in the garden. First and foremost it is an incredibly showy plant, but the real impetus may have been that it was chosen as a Texas Superstar Award Winner and placed extremely high ...Read More


Doctors get creative to distract tech-savvy kids before surgery

Surgery can make anyone anxious, but it is especially hard for young children. Kids going into surgery may be separated from their parents for the first time in a frightening new environment, and they may not understand what's happening.

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Dog owners, engineers work on technology to make pets safe in cars

DETROIT -- A global auto supplier and a small nonprofit organization have joined forces to make cars safer for man's -- and in this case, a woman's -- best friend.

A dozen engineers and workers at Johnson Controls in Plymouth, Mich., studied dogs...Read More


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A thought for the day

A thought for the day: Phil Jackson, who coached teams to 11 NBA titles, said, Approach the game with no preset agendas and you'll probably come away surprised at your overall efforts.

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Science & Technology

Web Buzz: Dream about where to rest your head

Do all hotel booking sites look the same after a while? Get ready to be amazed.

Name: Little.Voyage

What it does: This website opens the door to immersive travel through distinctive properties around the world. Hotels are grouped according to ...Read More


At least 24 dead in West Virginia flooding

WASHINGTON -- At least 24 people have died in floods stemming from heavy rainfall in West Virginia, emergency officials said Saturday.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency and said it could be the worst flooding the state has seen ...Read More