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Google’s phones and other gadgets have had a bumpy ride

SAN FRANCISCO — Google, which prides itself on developing simple, intuitive software that seems to know what you want almost before you do, is finding itself in a very different world when it comes to its own phones and other gadgets. Its new Pixel 2 phones, released in October, got high marks for their camera …

Accused in Alberta murder trial testifies he lied when he said he did it

RED DEER, Alta. — An Alberta man accused of killing three people has told court he was lying when he told police that he was the one who killed them. Joshua Frank said the story he provided to under-cover investigators, and to police after his arrest, was given to him by the second man accused …

Is it an emergency? Insurer makes patients question ER visit

INDIANAPOLIS— Alison Wrenne was making waffles for her two young children one morning when abdominal pain forced her to the floor. A neighbour who is a physician assistant urged her to go to the emergency room. Wrong decision, according to her health insurer. Wrenne was diagnosed with a ruptured ovarian cyst, but Anthem said that …

With single weekly flight, remote St. Helena extends welcome

JAMESTOWN, Saint Helena— The Gates of Chaos, Lot’s Wife, Old Woman’s Valley, Man and Horse Cliffs. These are the names of places on St. Helena, an otherworldly Atlantic Ocean island far from anywhere whose British-ruled population of just over 4,000 is reaching out to the world. Charles Darwin, astronomer Edmond Halley and Napoleon Bonaparte are …

Trump reaches out to Democrats in bid for ‘great’ health law

WASHINGTON— Trying to revive health care talks, President Donald Trump said Saturday that he had spoken to the Senate’s Democratic leader to gauge whether the minority party was interested in helping pass “great” health legislation. The answer back: Democrats are willing to hear his ideas, but scrapping the Obama health law is a nonstarter. Trump’s latest overture …

Saudis welcome Trump with gold medal, receive arms package

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia –President Donald Trump basked in Saudi Arabia’s lavish royal welcome Saturday as he left behind, at least temporarily, the snowballing controversies dogging him in Washington. Trump rewarded his hosts with a $110 billion arms package aimed at bolstering Saudi security and a slew of business agreements. “That was a tremendous day, tremendous investments in the United …

Book spills origin tidbits, recipes from land of Shake Shack

NEW YORK—Harken back to when Shake Shack was not a burger-flipping force in more than 130 locations around the globe. Then, in 2001, it was a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park, where it opened as part of an art installation. It operated for three summers, losing money each year. So says its creator, …

White House effort to revive health bill gets mixed reaction

WASHINGTON — A White House offensive to resurrect the moribund House Republican health care bill got an uneven reception Tuesday from GOP moderates and conservatives, leaving prospects shaky for the party to salvage one of its leading priorities. Vice-President Mike Pence and other top administration officials were offering to let states request federal exemptions from …

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