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Francis' trip to Mexico may feel more intimate than his predecessors

As archbishop of Buenos Aires, the future Pope Francis was a thorn in the side of the Argentine leadership, especially the husband-and-wife presidency of Nestor and Christina Kirchner.

"A major part of their platform was that they were in favor ...Read More


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Commercial flights between the US and Cuba could resume as early as this...

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration will allow U.S. air carriers to start regular scheduled commercial flights to and from Cuba as early as this fall for the first time in more than 50 years, U.S. officials said Friday.

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Analysis: How the Grammys learned to be relevant

LOS ANGELES -- It feels odd to congratulate an awards ceremony that is already an exercise in self-congratulation. It's a bit like saying, "Thank you for cashing the check I sent you!"

But the 58th Grammy Awards deserve applause, no matter which ...Read More

Health & Spirit

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Two more Zika cases confirmed in Florida

MIAMI--Two additional Zika infections were confirmed in Florida on Friday, raising the statewide total to 20 reported cases, including seven in Miami-Dade and three in Broward counties, the Department of Health said.

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Mariachis and 'Cielito Lindo' greet Pope Francis in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY--Pope Francis arrived Friday night on his first trip as pontiff to the overwhelmingly Roman Catholic country of Mexico, following a historic meeting in Cuba with the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church and looking ahead to a pointed ...Read More

Senior Living

Social Security Q&A: When will Medicare coverage begin if I retire at ...

Q: If I retire and start getting Social Security retirement benefits at age 62, will my Medicare coverage begin then too?

A: No. Medicare benefits based on retirement do not begin until a person is age 65. If you retire at age 62, you may be able...Read More


My Pet World: Kathy Ireland extending her passion for fashion to pets

Kathy Ireland's Worldwide brand is 28th most powerful brand in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine, topping $2 billion in licensed products in 2013. When it comes to home decor, the one-time super model is a superstar and more ...Read More

Home & Leisure

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Auto review: 2016 Nissan Maxima straddles sedan side of sport, ...

The redesigned Nissan Maxima is like a new shoe. It looks sharp but feels better, and the more you wear it, the better it feels.

The Maxima is footwear that is both athletic and sophisticated, functional and stylish. You can schlep the kids in it...Read More


The Mortgage Professor: Questions about mortgage repayment as an ...

Questions from readers about why and how to pay off a mortgage early out-number those I receive on any other topic, including loan origination. Borrowers typically spend only a few weeks, at most a few months, acquiring a mortgage, but they ...Read More


On Gardening: Blooming bamboo creates spectacular bird-feeding frenzy

The national association says it is only a grass, but not many plants are looked at with heart pounding fear and trepidation, as bamboo. But it is that grass element that caught us all by surprise last spring.

You see bamboo does bloom. It is ...Read More