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ALBANY, N.Y.  – Legislation adding New York to the roster of states legalizing recreational use of marijuana won’t be enacted into law this year.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – A kindhearted message on the tailgate of his pickup truck has made Cody Barlow, self-described straight county boy from Oklahoma, an unexpected poster boy for LGBTQ advocates.

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – It wasn’t quite a classic children’s story, but first responders from the local fire department nonetheless achieved beloved status recently for rescuing a high and dry brood of ducks in this northern New York community.

The Trump administration intends to slap a 5 percent tariff on every medium-sized car, avocado and other Mexican import beginning June 10, affecting nearly $1 billion worth of goods that crosses the border into the U.S. each day on average.

It is tempting for normal people to ignore our president when he starts ranting about treason and corruption at the FBI. I understand the temptation. I'm the object of many of his rants, and even I try to ignore him.

MoneyTips

Congratulations! You have saved for your child's education using a state 529 plan and built up a decent nest egg to send him or her off to school or college with minimal financial worries. Once a choice of school is made, you can apply the 529 funds toward the educational costs — but beware of these mistakes that parents make when first withdrawing from 529 plans.

Assuming the Process is Automatic – People are so used to the automated aspects of financial services that they expect 529 accounts to work in the same way. In the case of a 529 plan, you must request that the funds be withdrawn and direct them accordingly. Check with your 529 plan to verify the options. Typically, you can direct the funds to the school, beneficiary (student), or to the owner (parents). In all cases, you must initiate the withdrawal.

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DELPHI, Ind.  – A second day of desperate searching for a small boy playing in a park and carried away by a rain-swollen creek in this small northwest Indiana town turned up no sign of the youth, authorities said Friday.

You haven’t showered in a few days, and you haven’t brushed your teeth yet this morning. But, your baby is one month old today!

The checkout line at the supermarket is a surprising mix of dark secrets and brain candy. Every time I need milk and eggs, I feel like Odysseus caught between Scylla and Charybdis: to the right of me, the dreaded chocolate bars, a whirlpool of cocoa and sugar that sucks me down, and to the left of me the six-headed monster of the tabloid newspapers.

When 12 students and one teacher were killed at Columbine High School 20 years ago, it not only became what at the time was the worst high school shooting in U.S. history. It also marked when American society was first handed a script for a new form of violence in schools.

BOSTON – Popular legislation to ban tackle football in Massachusetts for kids through seventh grade has stirred vigorous opposition from youth league players, coaches and parents.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Compelling coverage of a natural gas disaster that affected thousands of people in Massachusetts, the waste of tax dollars by antiquated townships in Indiana, and the dismissal of an admired college coach for misconduct in a small Iowa town highlighted distinguished journalism in the annual Best of CNHI contest for work in 2018.

Many Americans are outraged by the college admissions scandal revealed by the FBI Tuesday. The scandal involves celebrities and wealthy investors who allegedly bought their children’s way onto college sports teams and cheated to improve their children’s SAT and ACT scores.

The sex sting that authorities say snared Robert Kraft on surveillance video had its origin last summer on a tip to check out the Orchids of Asia day spa in Jupiter, Florida, for possible illicit sexual activity, a police probable cause affidavit reports.

BEVERLY, Mass.  — Enormous amounts of addictive narcotics are stolen from U.S. hospitals every year and no federal agency is tracking the problem with a national data base, a special report by the Salem News in Massachusetts has disclosed.

ALBANY, N.Y.  -- New York Democrats stood firmly in support of the state's new, broader abortion law Wednesday in the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s scathing criticism that it is an assault on the right to life.

ALBANY, N.Y.  -- New York Democrats stood firmly in support of the state's new, broader abortion law Wednesday despite President Donald Trump’s scathing criticism of it as an immoral assault on the right to life.

ISLAMBERG, N. Y. – Gov. Andrew Cuomo has increased state police patrols at this Muslim enclave in upstate New York that authorities say four young men from the Rochester area had targeted for an armed attack.

GREECE, N.Y. – An offhand remark by one student to another about a cell phone photo of an individual resembling the next school shooter led police in this Rochester suburb to uncover a plot to attack a Muslim enclave in a wooded area 200 miles away.

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Obituaries

Memorial Service For Judith LaFond Owens A Memorial Service for Judith LaFond Owens, who died on April 3, 2019, will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Rockport, beginning at 11 a.m. Family and friends of Judy are invited to attend.