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North Korea sentences US citizen to 10 years of hard labor

SEOUL, South Korea -- A North Korean court has sentenced a U.S. national to 10 years of hard labor for spying and subversion, China's official Xinhua news agency reported Friday.

The communist regime in Pyongyang showed the 62-year-old South ...Read More

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Auto review: 2016 BMW X1 feels more like a crossover, less like a ...

"Is that the new BMW X5?" asked my neighbor. When I tell him it is actually the X1, two sizes smaller, he looks perplexed. "It has grown up!" Exactly. It has grown up -- casting a wider shadow from a body that's noticeably more sophisticated. It's...Read More

Entertainment

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Movie review: 'Mother's Day' is a monotonous and predictable group ...

LOS ANGELES -- Much of the pre-release chatter around "Mother's Day," the latest holiday-themed group therapy session from director Garry Marshall ("Valentine's Day," "New Year's Eve"), has focused on the subject of Julia Roberts' hair -- ...Read More

Health & Spirit

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Health

Democrats increasingly want expansion of health law, poll finds

When Democrats fault the Affordable Care Act, it's increasingly because it does not go far enough, a poll released Thursday shows.

The results come as Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has repeatedly derided the law for including ...Read More

Religion

Senior Living

Social Security Q&A: Do I need a Social Security card for summer job?

Q: Do I need a Social Security card? I want to get a summer job and my dad can't find my card.

A: If you know your number, you probably don't need to get another card. If you find out that you do need a replacement card, the best place to go to ...Read More

Women

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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Automotive

Auto review: 2016 BMW X1 feels more like a crossover, less like a ...

"Is that the new BMW X5?" asked my neighbor. When I tell him it is actually the X1, two sizes smaller, he looks perplexed. "It has grown up!" Exactly. It has grown up -- casting a wider shadow from a body that's noticeably more sophisticated. It's...Read More

Consumer

The Mortgage Professor: Becoming a homeowner when you don't qualify for ...

Lease-to-own contracts and land contracts are different legal ways to transfer occupancy of a property from an existing owner who does not want to occupy it to someone else who does but cannot immediately qualify for the financing required to ...Read More

Gardening

On Gardening: Whether in the wild or your sunroom no plant thrills like ...

Hunting orchids reminds me a lot of hunting arrowheads. You have to find a couple and your eyes get trained to the goal or objective. I have treasured these moments as I climbed through rain forest or cloud forest on the Dutch island of Saba and ...Read More

Parents

Transgender kids have better mental health when free to be themselves, ...

Transgender children whose parents allow them to live out their chosen gender identity tend to do as well psychologically as other children, new research shows.

The results of the small study -- it involved fewer than 200 kids -- runs counter to ...Read More

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Knowledge

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History

A thought for the day

A thought for the day: When free discussion is denied, hardening of the arteries of democracy has set in, free institutions are but a lifeless form and the death of the republic is at hand. -- William Randolph Hearst

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Science & Technology

Gut check: Population diversity in humans is tallied

Taking a census of the microbes that live in the human gut is not glamorous work, but it's important, given our new understanding of the gut microbiome's role in human health. And a full picture of humanity's microbial gut population has been a ...Read More

Weather

Storm caused the worst flooding Houston has seen in 15 years

HOUSTON -- A storm that hit Houston this week caused the city's worst flooding in 15 years and left five people dead, officials said.

More than a thousand residents of apartment complexes in the northern Greenspoint area had to flee rising ...Read More

Politics

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Psst! Don't tell a soul I live in Greenwich and I went for Trump

BOSTON -- To Donald Trump supporters in Greenwich, Conn., it's a hush-hush world, except for the brave few like Jim Campbell.

When he extolled the virtues of a Trump presidency at a political dinner a couple months ago, Campbell, a successful ...Read More