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It was happy hour at the "Frog Shack," a tiny building at the Los Angeles Zoo offering all the amenities that Southern California's rarest - and perhaps fussiest - amphibians might need to survive. Aeration and water filtration systems hummed softly in rows of temperature-controlled tanks, where tadpoles of the southern mountain yellow-legged frog binged on a mix of algae flakes and vitamins. ...

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CHICAGO - Most people who have a license to own a gun will never know what it is like to shoot and kill another human being. That's exactly how it should be. But increasingly, since Illinois became the last state to pass a concealed carry law in 2013, people are killing other people with legal guns. And no one, it seems, is all that interested in determining whether the shootings are ...

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Dear Mr. Dad: My wife is due to give birth in about two months and we're worried about our dog, a 120-pound Bernese mountain dog who's less of a pet and more a part of the family. We keep hearing that it's dangerous to have a giant dog around a newborn and that we should start looking for a new home for him. Is it? And is there some way to prepare our dog and keep our baby safe? A: ...

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Because the husband is more a kid at heart than I am, he says we need to find souvenirs for the grandkids while on a trip we are taking. I can be a kid at heart, too, but I also can be a mathematician-and even cheap, tacky souvenirs x 11 grands, quickly adds up. The better half states that adults may be divided on the value of tacky souvenirs, but children are not. He says that children are of ...

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LOS ANGELES - I run Mexican restaurants in San Diego, the taco capital of the United States. We see our restaurants as community gathering places and believe we have a responsibility to make a positive contribution to the world. In recent years, that has included trying to reduce our environmental footprint. A large part of our business is takeout orders, and that is only increasing as ...

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The filmmaker brought the meth pipe to his lips, eyeing the smoky glass bulb with apprehension. "Now hit it," he was instructed. "Hit it hard." Ben Berman had never tried the illegal drug before. He describes himself as "Jewish and very neurotic," the kind of guy who gets a phone call from a relative and often worries it's an indication that someone has died. But his movie was falling apart. ...

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The creepy, long-haired menace of Charles Manson and his murderous hippie cult is back, thanks in large part to the blockbuster feature "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood" and the return of Netflix's heralded crime drama, "Mindhunter." Manson, who ordered his "family" of followers to massacre seven people over two nights in August 1969, is a formidable but largely unexplored presence in both ...

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LOS ANGELES - Abolishing tuition at public universities has become a hot topic on the campaign trail, with many Democratic presidential candidates endorsing the idea. But if access to college is the issue, two other barriers could be addressed far more quickly and cheaply: convincing high-achieving high school seniors to apply for available grant money and persuading those who have been ...

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The state Attorney General's office is right to challenge a Trump administration proposal that would make it harder for legal immigrants who have relied on public assistance to obtain permanent residence. The proposal, characterized by AG Bob Ferguson as "un-American, anti-immigrant and unlawful," relies on a long-held requirement applicants prove they will not be a "public charge" - primarily ...

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After the mass shooting in Dayton, chanters crying "Do Something!" interrupted a speech by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. On Friday, after a bloody week in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf did something -- he signed an executive order to address gun violence in the Commonwealth. Gov. Wolf appointed former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey to the new position of Senior Advisor ...

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The news won't satisfy everyone, but it's official: Jeffrey Epstein died by his own hand. That's the assessment of the city medical examiner's report, released Friday. Based on a full autopsy, the predator hanged himself in his jail cell. Yes, there may have been awful, cruel incompetence at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, with poorly trained authorities taking hours to check on him (and ...

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Q: A Christian (but very liberal) adoption agency recently turned down our application because they disapprove of our parenting approach, which is your parenting approach. We told them we subscribe to your philosophy and do things like sending the kids to bed early due to whining and tantrums. They said that was isolating and not good for any child, let alone adopted children. They felt it was ...

Health costs for people with employee-sponsored health plans rose 18% over the past five years, outpacing inflation and wage increases, according to a new report by Kaiser Family Foundation. The findings reinforce a decade-long trend of rising employee health costs that is partly driven by rising deductibles. Over the past 10 years, average health spending by families with large employer ...

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Workers at a Royal Dutch Shell petrochemical plant outside Pittsburgh were coerced into attending a political event featuring President Trump on Aug. 13 on pain of losing overtime pay for the week. It used to be illegal for employers to dragoon their workers into participating in their political activities. But that ended in 2010, with the Supreme Court's decision in a case known as Citizens ...

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In the best essay ever written - baseball or otherwise - John Updike once tagged Fenway Park "a lyric little bandbox of a ballpark." By comparison, Dodger Stadium is baseball's Carnegie Hall. Half-buried in a hillside, like a cask of cowboy loot, it rests in the middle of a tangle of freeways, remarkably simple in design, with groovy space-age angles and a VIP view of the mountains. Without ...

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BALTIMORE - A few years ago, I was teaching a traditional "developmental" writing class of 20 students at Community College of Baltimore County; the goal for such classes is to help underprepared students catch up to their peers through research-supported education. Two students in my class were suffering from PTSD, one had epileptic seizures several times during the semester, one had a ...

ATLANTA - In an extended conversation last month, Atlanta Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos spoke of the two years he spent with the Dodgers as an assistant GM. "Like going to grad school," he said. Then he offered this: "I really learned to appreciate and value depth. I'm really excited about how deep we're becoming as an organization. I didn't appreciate it as much in my time in ...

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We're seemingly headed toward an epic finish in the National League Central race between the Cubs, Cardinals and Brewers, just as many predicted before the season. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said in the spring it would be a "cluster" until the end, and thus far that terminology is appropriate. The Cubs and Cardinals will meet in a season-ending series Sept. 27-29 at Busch Stadium, while the ...

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PHILADELPHIA - On the stand Monday in the federal courthouse, Jeanmarie Perrone told a hushed crowd, minute by minute, what happens to the body during an opioid overdose. From the patients she sees in her job as an emergency physician at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, two or three a week, who have a 10% chance of dying in the next two years. To the people she revives on the ...

Following is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change: AUGUST 20: The Hustle 20: A Dog's Journey 20: Brightburn 20: The Sun Is Also a Star 20: The Biggest Little Farm 20: The Tomorrow Man 20: American Gods 20: Arrow: The Complete Seventh Season 20: Blue Bloods: The Ninth Season 20: Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season Six 20: I Trapped the Devil 20: Iron Sky: The ...

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Q: My husband and his ex share their child every other week. They have always had boundary issues, but this last incident takes the cake. Right before my husband dropped off their son his mother called to say she needed to talk. We all get in the car and drive the 20 minutes to her home. My husband walks his son to the door and leaves me in the car while he talks to his ex - for a half hour. ...

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MIAMI - Through his meals, Venezuelan John Pardo touched hearts and served as inspiration for thousands of people in the second season of "MasterChef Latino." And he did everything "in his own way." Pardo took advantage of his participation in the program broadcast by the Hispanic network Telemundo to show the world the main ingredient of his triumph in life: "Yes you can when you want." "I ...

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AUSTIN, Texas - Austin Police have identified 27-year-old Aamna Najam as the woman who was the passenger on former University of Texas football star Cedric Benson's motorcycle when the two were killed Saturday in a crash in West Austin. Benson and Najam were both pronounced dead at the scene, police said Monday in their first public comments about the incident. Najam, according to her Linkedin ...

The push to legalize recreational marijuana in Florida is alive and well. A petition to put legal weed on the ballot in 2020 has triggered a Supreme Court review, a recent Quinnipiac University poll shows 65% of Florida voters support fully legalizing the drug and bill proposals are pitching legalization as a potential boon for Florida's tourism economy, a step toward criminal justice reform ...

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A lawsuit filed Monday alleges that immigration detention authorities have failed to ensure that tens of thousands of immigrants are held in safe and humane conditions as required by federal law and the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of 55,000 detainees and future detainees in 160 ICE detention centers across the country. Many of the larger detention centers are under ...

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(TNS) U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted a mocking image of a Trump-branded hotel superimposed over territory labeled as Greenland on Monday. The tweet comes as both Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Greenland Premier Kim Kielsen stated that the semi-autonomous Danish territory is not for sale after Trump expressed interest in purchasing the Arctic island. WASHINGTON - "I promise ...

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WASHINGTON - Planned Parenthood said Monday it will withdraw from the federal Title X program that helps low-income people access contraception rather than comply with what it calls a new Trump administration "gag rule" that prohibits it from providing abortion referrals to those patients. The announcement comes amid a protracted legal battle with the White House over changes to the nearly ...

ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Rams fans could get a 25% refund on years of tickets and merchandise through a settlement of a class action lawsuit that claimed the team misled fans about their intention to stay in St. Louis. The proposed settlement would cover purchases from April 21, 2010, to Jan. 4, 2016, and could be worth up to $25 million, legal filings say. Up to $7 million will go to plaintiffs' ...

America's longest war may be coming to an end. Although major obstacles remain, the Trump administration's negotiations with the Taliban, led by U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, have made progress toward an agreement that would include a U.S. military withdrawal. In July, President Trump said "it's ridiculous" that we're still in Afghanistan after almost two decades of stalemate. His 2020 ...

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WASHINGTON - The White House dismissed the idea that the administration is looking to cut payroll taxes as a way to bolster consumer spending, as economic indicators increasingly point to a potential downturn. More tax cuts for individuals are being discussed, but payroll taxes aren't under consideration at present, a White House official said Monday. The Washington Post reported that ...

It was happy hour at the "Frog Shack," a tiny building at the Los Angeles Zoo offering all the amenities that Southern California's rarest - and perhaps fussiest - amphibians might need to survive. Aeration and water filtration systems hummed softly in rows of temperature-controlled tanks, where tadpoles of the southern mountain yellow-legged frog binged on a mix of algae flakes and vitamins. ...

CHICAGO - Most people who have a license to own a gun will never know what it is like to shoot and kill another human being. That's exactly how it should be. But increasingly, since Illinois became the last state to pass a concealed carry law in 2013, people are killing other people with legal guns. And no one, it seems, is all that interested in determining whether the shootings are ...

Dear Mr. Dad: My wife is due to give birth in about two months and we're worried about our dog, a 120-pound Bernese mountain dog who's less of a pet and more a part of the family. We keep hearing that it's dangerous to have a giant dog around a newborn and that we should start looking for a new home for him. Is it? And is there some way to prepare our dog and keep our baby safe? A: ...

Because the husband is more a kid at heart than I am, he says we need to find souvenirs for the grandkids while on a trip we are taking. I can be a kid at heart, too, but I also can be a mathematician-and even cheap, tacky souvenirs x 11 grands, quickly adds up. The better half states that adults may be divided on the value of tacky souvenirs, but children are not. He says that children are of ...