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West African leaders give Gambia's Jammeh last chance to step down

DAKAR, Senegal -- West African leaders Friday said they will travel once again to Gambia in a last-minute effort to convince election loser Yahya Jammeh to cede power.

The presidents of Liberia and Guinea were expected to arrive in the capital ...Read More

Business

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Feds suit says TCF tricked customers on overdraft fees

WASHINGTON -- The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, or CFPB, sued TCF Bank Thursday, claiming that the bank tricked customers into paying a $35 service fee to cover each overdraft on their accounts.

The suit accuses TCF, headquartered outside ...Read More

Entertainment

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Movie review: Vin Diesel returns in 'xXx: The Return of Xander Cage'

Film scholar Tom Gunning coined the phrase "cinema of attractions" to describe the earliest, exhibitionist impulses of filmmaking, bits of spectacle that called attention to their own visibility and technological craft. Pure spectacle has since ...Read More

Health & Spirit

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Health

Advocacy group pushes for changes in US food assistance program

As policymakers and health officials sound the alarm on the nation's obesity epidemic, a team of researchers want to improve health outcomes among the most vulnerable Americans by overhauling the federal food assistance program.

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Religion

Senior Living

Social Security's gift to children is security

This is the season of caring. No matter your religion or belief, December is also considered a time to focus on the children we love. Whether we're wrapping Santa's gifts, buying Hanukkah treats, decorating the house in celebration of Kwanzaa, or ...Read More

Home & Leisure

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Automotive

GM, after pressure from Trump, pledges $1B US investment

DETROIT -- A week after President-elect Donald Trump criticized its production of cars in Mexico, General Motors on Tuesday pledged to invest $1 billion at several plants in the U.S.

The automaker also said it plans to bring thousands of ...Read More

Consumer

Could the 30-year mortgage survive without the government?

WASHINGTON -- Republicans are raising the prospect of making the biggest change to home loans since the New Deal.

Two of President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet picks, along with Republican lawmakers, have been speaking publicly about curbing ...Read More

Gardening

On Gardening: Primulas' vibrant colors beat winter's doldrums

Forget about fake news it's fake flowers that have my attention. Actually, they are not fake; they are the brilliantly colorful primula. Recently, the astonishing color and beauty had passersby gawking in amazement.

It took about 72 hours of ...Read More

Parents

Annette Bening explores motherhood and mood swings in her latest gem, '...

'Sometimes I have an almost involuntary, intuitive reaction about a character -- a light goes off in my head," said Annette Bening, confessing that she didn't have that response when she first read Mike Mills' script for "20th Century Women."

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Knowledge

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History

A thought for the day

A thought for the day: Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. -- Margaret Mead

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Science & Technology

Earth sets heat record in 2016 — for the third year in a row

It's official: 2016 was the hottest year on record in 122 years of record-keeping, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The 1.78-degree jump over the mid-20th-century average marks the...Read More

Weather

Storms make significant dent in California drought, new federal records ...

LOS ANGELES -- A week of powerful storms in Northern California has significantly eased the state's water shortage, with a large swath of the state emerging from drought conditions, officials said Thursday.

The numbers underscore what officials ...Read More

Politics

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Senate Democrats plan to put the brakes on Trump's Cabinet process

WASHINGTON -- On his first day in office, Donald Trump will get a taste of what it's like to work with Congress.

He probably won't like it.

Senate Democrats plan to slow the confirmation of all but a handful of Trump's Cabinet nominees, their ...Read More