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Financial counseling widely available

It's easy to define "savvy." The adjective basically means you are good at dealing with practical matters. "Senior" or "senior citizen," however, is a bit vague - and the definition has changed … more

U.S. Navy now allows women to wear ponytails, lock hairstyles

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Navy says it will now allow servicewomen to sport ponytails and other hairstyles, reversing a policy that long forbade females from letting their hair down. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said it makes … more

Sumter Little Theatre announces 2018-19 season

A thought-provoking drama by one of America's most beloved playwrights opens Sumter Little Theatre's 2018-19 season on Aug. 23. In rehearsal now for almost three weeks, "Fences," by the late August Wilson, explores the effects of racism on family … more

Out of the shadows: Babies of Rohingya rape survivors arrive

UKHIYA, Bangladesh - Tucked away in the shadows of her family's bamboo shelter, the girl hid from the world. She was 13, and she was petrified. Two months earlier, soldiers had broken into her home back in Myanmar and raped her, an attack that … more

'Not my child'

CHICAGO - Ayrial Miller is clearly annoyed. Her mother is sitting with her on the couch in their Chicago apartment, scrolling through the teen's contacts on social media. "Who's this?" asks Jennea Bivens, aka Mom. It's a friend of a friend, … more

Do go chasing waterfalls: You can see 250 of them in western North Carolina

BREVARD, N.C. - Some are big. Some are small. Some are wide. Some are narrow. Some crash down. Some are a slow trickle. And some, you can slide right down. There are at least 250 waterfalls in Transylvania County, North Carolina, about halfway … more

What makes something truly addictive?

CHICAGO - Now that the world's leading public health group says too much Minecraft can be an addiction, could overindulging in chocolate, exercise, even sex, be next? The short answer is probably not. The new "gaming disorder" classification … more

Dig it: Archaeologists scour Woodstock '69 concert field

BETHEL, N.Y. - Archaeologists scouring the grassy hillside famously trampled during the 1969 Woodstock music festival carefully sifted through the dirt from a time of peace, love, protest and good vibes. Perhaps they would find an old peace … more

Twins buried together in France after WWII deaths at Normandy

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France - For decades, he was known only as Unknown X-9352 at a World War II American cemetery in Belgium where he was interred. Today, he has recovered his identity - and was reunited with his twin brother in Normandy, where … more

New survey: Wedding registries morph to include cash requests

NEW YORK - Wedding registries remain popular, and the nature of gifting has morphed into a broader range of options, including cash registries, that are being embraced by friends and family, a new survey shows. The average wedding registry was … more

Club Digest: Sunday, June 24, 2018

Sumter Art Association Sumter Art Association met on May 15 in the parish hall of the Church of the Holy Comforter. Patti Sosnowski called the meeting to order. She welcomed 35 members and gave a special welcome to new members Lynn Eldridge, … more

How far away was that lightning?

You probably do it. It might be ingrained from when you were a kid, and now it's almost automatic. You see the flash of lightning - and you immediately start counting the seconds till it thunders. But does counting really get you a good estimate … more

Got indigestion? This subset of cows could solve your milk problem

MORAVIA, N.Y. - Milk got your stomach feeling sour? Dairy companies looking for ways to appeal to people who avoid milk because of indigestion are promoting what they describe as a natural, easier-drinking alternative. It's called A2 milk, which … more

On the road again: More people are embracing old-fashioned vacations

Suddenly, old-fashioned road trips are trendy again. Surveys show they're on the rise. Websites, newspapers, magazines and even books are featuring road trips like they're the next big thing - even though they're actually a longstanding American … more

How does your garden grow? With drones, phones to make things easier, more efficient

New technology is easing the way we garden, store equipment, monitor watering and re-shape landscapes. And some of those tasks can be done remotely, using phones or tablets. The innovations extend well beyond downloading a few apps. New to the … more

Club Digest: June 10, 2018

NU MASTER CHAPTER OF BETA SIGMA PHI Members met on April 19 at the home of Liz Wild. A business meeting was held after lunch. Libby Singletary thanked everyone for supporting United Ministries. She asked members to participate in "Baby Bottle … more

From snipers to mothers

NATICK, Mass. - The terrors of World War II impacted most of the world's women, both on the home and battlefronts. A new exhibition at the International Museum of World War II in Natick, Massachusetts, highlights just that - the important and … more

Is retiring to ocean breezes and cheap rent really for you?

The world is full of tropical paradises and other exotic places where a couple can live comfortably on $2,000 a month or less. Plus, good health care abroad can cost a fraction of what it does in the … more

'Jurassic Park' dinosaur expert's next big thing: 3-D holograms

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Forget the gray, green and brown dinosaurs in the "Jurassic Park" movies. Paleontologist Jack Horner wants to transport people back in time to see a feathered Tyrannosaurus rex colored bright red and a blue triceratops with red … more

What to know before saying 'yes' to online wedding dress

Carol Hickins' wedding dress arrived at her office "in a plastic bag inside a brown cardboard box," she says. The packaging was a "letdown," she says, but the dress was not. She loved the gown she … more
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