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In this Aug. 13, 2013 photo provided by Serena Markstrom Nugent, Michele Markstrom, left, the mother of the bride, Serena Markstrom, holds wings representing one of her parents before the ceremony in Eugene, Ore. (Cassy Berry/Serena Markstrom Nugent via AP)

Celebrate Your Way With a Nod to Family Traditions

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Your wedding day? It’s “your” day. It’s all about you. Your wedding day? Your mother has been planning it since the day you were born. It can be challenging to celebrate your unique romance while somehow pleasing — or at least not alienating — your relatives. Do you plan the traditional ceremony and reception that your family might recommend (what’s …

Social Security Q&A: What Is Substantial Gainful Activity?

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Question: What is substantial gainful activity? Answer: Social Security uses the term “substantial gainful activity,” or “SGA,” to describe a level of work activity and earnings. Work is “substantial” if it involves doing significant physical or mental activities or a combination of both. If you earn more than a certain amount and are doing productive work, Social Security generally considers that you are …

Man Buns Are Here to Stay

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Akron, Ohio — When Justin Bieber was photographed wearing a man bun to a fundraising gala last month, the Twittersphere lit up. Some Bieber watchers welcomed the new ’ do. Some scorned it. Cinnabon saw it as an opportunity. “Hey @JustinBieber — can we get our MiniBon back?” the sweet roll maker tweeted. …

Insurers Hold Down Enrollees

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Menlo Park, Calif. — Stung by losses under the federal health law, major insurers are seeking to sharply limit how policies are sold to individuals in ways that consumer advocates say seem to discriminate against the sickest and could hold down future enrollment. Anthem, Aetna and Cigna, all …

6 Family Members Dead at Chicago Home

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Chicago — Chicago police said late Friday they believe six family members found dead in their southwest side home were killed in a “targeted incident,” though they’re still trying to determine a possible motive. It’s possible someone in the family “was involved in something that could have targeted …

Severe Quake Hits Taiwan

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Taipei, Taiwan — Firefighters and military personnel raced throughout the night Saturday looking for survivors trapped in collapsed buildings after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck southern Taiwan. At least 14 people were reported killed in the earthquake, which hit hardest in the city of Tainan, authorities said. The …

States Act To Keep Guns From Abusers

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Iowa City, Iowa — More than a dozen states have strengthened laws over the past two years to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers, a rare area of consensus in the nation’s highly polarized debate …

Joe Alaskey, 63, Voiced ‘Bugs’ and ‘Daffy,’ Dies

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Joe Alaskey lived through his characters. “Even at 3 years old,” he once said, “I was always looking for a pair of sunglasses or people’s cigar butts to grab to do characters, and that led into me working on impressions, and that led into theater.” As himself, Alaskey …

Rubio Under Fire as Republicans Debate

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Manchester — Marco Rubio, a first-term senator on the rise in the presidential race, faced a barrage of attacks in Saturday night’s Republican debate, with rivals vigorously challenging his readiness to be president and the depth of his …

Slower Job Growth Still Has Positives

Saturday, February 6, 2016

At first glance, Friday’s government report on U.S. hiring was a downer — 151,000 added jobs, well below the pace of the previous few months. Yet once you take a fuller view, a brighter picture of the job …

Syria Regime Launches Big Offensive

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Beirut — Pro-government forces backed by Russian airstrikes consolidated their grip Friday on strategic terrain in northwestern Syria, escalating an offensive that has pushed thousands of civilians toward Turkey and raised the prospect of a siege on the long-divided city of Aleppo. The Syrian Army, backed by allied …

Quieter, Smaller Guantanamo Bay as debate rages on prison’s fate

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — Empty cells outnumber occupied ones. There are fewer prisoners than the assorted medical personnel to care for them. The number of hunger strikers is down to a handful. After 14 years, the detention center …

Best Defense May Not Be on Field on Sunday

Saturday, February 6, 2016

In the heart of Silicon Valley, the epicenter of resistance to U.S. spying on phone calls and Internet traffic, law enforcement has set up unprecedented digital surveillance to keep fans and revelers safe from terrorists and other mayhem …