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HUD's Ben Carson denies trying to mislead public in furniture furor

WASHINGTON -- Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said he wasn't trying to mislead the public when an agency spokesman initially denied that he and his family were...Read More

Health & Spirit

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The other opioid crisis: Hospital shortages lead to patient pain, ...

Even as opioids flood American communities and fuel widespread addiction, hospitals are facing a dangerous shortage of the powerful painkillers needed by patients in acute pain, according to doctors, pharmacists and a coalition of health groups.

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Spiritual Life: Unseen hands hold child in near tragedy

Driving down Asotin grade on Washington State's Hwy 129, you will find a series of serpentine switchbacks, dropping steeply into the town of Asotin.

I'm remembering the time when my wife and I, with our young son, were driving home on that road ...Read More

Senior Living

Unemployment: For the older professional who had everything

What retirement? Americans will have to work longer, we've been warned. Fewer companies guarantee pensions.

With more old people to maintain, Congress is weighing plans to limit Social Security and Medicare, raising qualifying ages, and curbing ...Read More

Home & Leisure

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Auto review: Buick's seven-passenger Enclave crossover redesigned for ...

Buick's large three-row crossover, the Enclave, got a complete makeover for 2018, bringing it into its second generation.

It's actually about 10 percent roomier inside than before, and still offers comfortable seating for up to seven passengers -...Read More


The Journey: Midlife transformation begins with bold decision

Midlife can be a minefield. Gray divorce, death of a partner, sudden illness, age discrimination or brutal corporate downsizing, to name a few potential triggers.

For Veronica Buckley, it was a job transfer to Chicago for her husband that ...Read More


On Gardening: Sarah Eve, stunning pink Virginia sweetspire

Sarah Eve is mesmerizing; it's the first pink selection of Virginia sweetspire. It was introduced by Woodlanders, Inc. in Aiken South Carolina but discovered by Nancy Bissett of The Natives Inc. in central Florida and named for her daughter. ...Read More


How old are your kids? The answer could determine your tax bill

NEW YORK -- Earlier this year Jay Charles's twice-a-month paycheck jumped by $65, a result of the new U.S. law that cuts taxes almost $1.5 trillion over the next decade. Then he did the math.

It turns out Charles, a 48-year-old software developer...Read More


Cat has first dibs on the buffet

Dear Amy: My husband and I are friends with a couple-- "Rose and Jack," who enjoy entertaining in their home.

Here is the problem: Jack and Rose have a beloved cat that has the run of the house, including tables and countertops, as well as the ...Read More