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VA study shows parasite from Vietnam may be killing vets

HERALD, W.Va.— A half a century after serving in Vietnam, hundreds of veterans have a new reason to believe they may be dying from a silent bullet test results show some men may have been infected by a slow-killing parasite while fighting in the jungles of Southeast Asia. The Department of Veterans Affairs this spring …

Some uncommon trees and shrubs have lots to offer in fall

Say “fall colour” and many minds turn to sugar maple. Aspen, hickory, and tupelo are among other well-known trees that fuel autumn’s figurative flames. Ask about attractive bark, and many gardeners will think of white birch. But a number of lesser-known trees and shrubs can also contribute to the outdoor show, and — unlike sugar …

FBI investigating US Rep. Brady over payment to challenger

PHILADELPHIA — The FBI has reason to believe U.S. Rep. Bob Brady unlawfully concealed a $90,000 payment made by his campaign to get an opponent to quit a 2012 primary race, according to court documents that confirm the Philadelphia Democrat is under investigation in a widening campaign finance probe. In unsealed court documents made public …

Animal activists disrupt Utah governor’s turkey pardon

SALT LAKE CITY — Two animal-rights activists disrupted the Utah governor’s Thanksgiving pardoning of aTuesday, rushing the podium and shouting as the CEO of a turkey plant spoke to a crowd of mostly children. The two men rushed past Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and the 40-pound turkey named “Grateful” sitting placidly on a table nearby, …

Iowa Senate Republicans to release document on harassment

DES MOINES, Iowa — Top Iowa Senate Republicans announced Tuesday they will release a document related to an internal investigation into alleged sexual harassment in their caucus, following pressure from within the party to make the findings public. Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix said in a press release he will provide, by the end of …

U of Michigan says safety paramount in possible Spencer talk

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — University of Michigan has opened discussions with a white supremacist Richard Spencer on his request to speak on campus but says there’s no certainty it’ll occur, President Mark Schlissel revealed Tuesday. In comments posted online, Schlissel said Spencer’s appearance won’t go forward “if we cannot assure a reasonably safe setting for …

Trump all but endorses GOP’s Moore despite sex accusations

WASHINGTON — Silent for more than a week, President Donald Trump all but endorsed embattled Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore on Tuesday, discounting the sexual assault allegations against him and insisting repeatedly that voters must not support Moore’s “liberal” rival. The president said he would announce next week whether he will campaign for Moore, …

COOKING ON DEADLINE: Lemon Curd

So, what is lemon curd, and what do you do with it? Lemon curd is essentially a preserve or condiment made with lemon juice, eggs, sugar and butter. The first three ingredients get blended and softly warmed so that the eggs thicken the mixture. Whisking in cold butter finishes it off and smoothes it out. …

Craftivism: Melding of crafting, activism is having a moment

Colleen Haraden-Gorski uses her embroidery skills these days to embellish quilts made by students at school and community-centre workshops on themes of social justice and working together to make a difference. Recently, she embroidered images of barbed wire and the serial numbers of concentration-camp victims on a square about the Holocaust. Another time, she worked …

‘France is a Feast’: Photo exhibit celebrates Julia Child

YOUNTVILLE, Calif.—Mention Julia Child and the image that comes to mind is a tall woman with a spoon in one hand, saying in a high voice, “Bon appetit!” That was Child in her heyday as a 1960s TV show host teaching Americans the art of French cooking. But a new photo exhibit at California’s Napa …