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Task force urges more research into child autism screening

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government task force says more research is needed to determine if toddlers should be screened for autism even if check-ups or parents haven’t spotted developmental problems — despite guidelines from other health groups that urge such screening. Doctors are supposed to routinely check if youngsters are meeting appropriate milestones or show […]

Trump jolts first GOP debate

Rivals scramble for attention CLEVELAND (AP) — A combative Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman-turned-presidential candidate, jolted the first Republican debate of the 2016 campaign by warning he might run as an independent if denied the GOP nomination. His startling declaration left his onstage rivals scrambling to compete for attention the rest of the night. Asked […]

In split with Obama, Sen. Chuck Schumer opposes Iran deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat expected to be the party’s next leader in the Senate, said he will oppose the Iran nuclear deal in spite of President Barack Obama’s intense lobbying in favor of the accord. The deal, struck last month with Tehran and Western powers, would curb Iran’s nuclear […]

Some evacuees from California wildfire return to find ruins

CLEARLAKE OAKS (AP) — About 800 of the thousands of people who had to evacuate from a huge and fierce Northern California wildfire have been allowed to return, but for some the relief quickly turned to grief when they found only remnants of the places they fled a few days earlier. Layna Rivas said she […]

Cubs hold off Giants

CHICAGO — Rookie bopper Kyle Schwarber homered in his second consecutive game and Chicago beat San Francisco, 5-4, to move a half-game ahead of the Giants in the race for the second NL wild card. The Cubs, playing meaningful baseball in August for the first time in years, won for the seventh time in eight […]

Lifestyle changes may guard against memory loss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest Alzheimer’s research has a clear theme: Change your lifestyle to protect your brain. It will take several years for scientists to prove whether some experimental drugs could at least delay Alzheimer’s disease, and an aging population is at risk now. Whatever happens on the drug front, there are generally healthy […]

Making time for the dinner table

By Katie Smith DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — For Katheryn “Kay” Lyman, the only unusual thing about turning 100 will be sharing the day with her children, she said. Lyman will celebrate her 100th birthday Dec. 10, and aside from reaching that milestone, the day will be special because it’s one of the two times a year […]

Class of 1945 still reuniting 70 years later

By Adam Poulisse SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) — The Sycamore Cafe bustled with its usual breakfast business — but one table in the DeKalb Avenue restaurant resembled a Sycamore High School lunch table — circa the 1940s. At the head of the table was heavyweight football quarterback and senior class president Rolland “Squeak” Wylde, sitting next to […]

Saudi mosque bombing targets police, at least 15 dead

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A suicide bomber struck a mosque in southwestern Saudi Arabia used by Interior Ministry’s special forces on Thursday, killing at least 15 people, ministry officials said in what was one of the deadliest attacks in the kingdom in recent weeks. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast in the […]

State pays off $14 billion from 2004 bonds

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California closed an ugly chapter in its financial history on Wednesday by making its final payment on $14.2 billion in costly borrowing that plugged a budget deficit 11 years ago but eventually cost taxpayers about $5 billion in interest and fees. State Treasurer John Chiang and Director of Finance Michael Cohen announced […]

Giants beat Braves to capture another series

ATLANTA — Madison Bumgarner loves how the San Francisco Giants have returned to their winning ways with a tough part of the schedule coming up. San Francisco is about to begin a month-long stretch that includes eight series against contending teams. Bumgarner likes his team’s chances. “It’s getting about that time where we start hitting […]

Orioles slam A’s in extra innings

OAKLAND — Arnold Leon was hoping to get a ground ball when he tried to throw a fastball down and away to Baltimore slugger Chris Davis. Like so many other things with Oakland manager Bob Melvin’s ballclub this season, the plan didn’t work out. One of the hottest hitters in the majors over the past […]

Crews report some progress against huge California wildfire

MIDDLETOWN (AP) — Firefighters are reporting some progress against a Northern California wildfire that has charred more than 100 square miles of terrain, destroying buildings, threatening many others and sending thousands of residents fleeing. As firefighters and equipment from outside the state poured in to battle the blaze burning about 100 miles north of San […]

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