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A regal cat doll stands in a display case at the entrance of the cat doll display at the Feline Historical Museum on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 in Alliance, Ohio.  (Mike Cardew/Akron Beacon Journal/TNS)

Calling All Cat Lovers: A Museum Exists for You

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Alliance, Ohio — There’s no middle ground when it comes to cats. You love them or despise them. Depending on where you stand, the Feline Historical Museum is either nirvana or a nightmare. It’s cats and more cats. And even more cats. Cats in frames. Cats on film. Glass cats. Porcelain cats. Cats, cats, cats. Curiously, there are no real cats, unless you happen to show up on a day when a breeder friend of museum manager Karen Lawrence brings some Maine Coons to show. “Well, you know, I travel too much,” said Lawrence, who traverses the globe as a cat show judge. Who says …

Study: Proposals Are Still a Guy Thing

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Gender-based role expectations have changed a lot over the past 50 years. But one thing remains the same: Millennial women, just like their pre-feminist forerunners, still expect the man to be the one who proposes. “It’s a script that’s emotional and cultural, and that’s really hard and slow to change,” according to Amanda …

No Sad Songs for Elton John

Sunday, February 14, 2016

In addition to his myriad accomplishments as an artist, Elton John has long maintained a reputation as a tastemaker. He’s been an early champion of emerging pop acts from Swing Out Sister and Eminem in the ’80s and ’90s through current stars Ed Sheeran and the Weeknd, thanks to a voracious appetite for …

Congress Votes to Ban Local Internet Taxes

Friday, February 12, 2016

Washington — Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service. On a vote …

Last Occupiers of Oregon Wildlife Refuge Surrender to FBI

Friday, February 12, 2016

Burns, Ore. — Surrounded by FBI agents in armored vehicles, the last four occupiers of a national nature preserve surrendered Thursday, and a leader in their movement who organized a 2014 standoff with authorities was criminally charged in …

Utilities Shrug At Court Ruling

Friday, February 12, 2016

In a town famous for news leaks, the Supreme Court managed to deliver a genuine surprise when it moved this week to freeze the Obama administration’s signature regulation on climate change, raising doubts about U.S. promises to cut pollution blamed for Earth’s warming. But although Tuesday’s ruling startled …

NYC Officer Convicted Of Manslaughter

Friday, February 12, 2016

New York — A rookie police officer who shot an unarmed man dead in a darkened public housing stairwell was convicted Thursday of manslaughter in a case closely watched by advocates for police accountability. The courtroom audience gasped …

Questions Grow as Bank Profit Warnings Pile Up

Friday, February 12, 2016

Paris — Questions grow over the financial health of banks, particularly in Europe and the U.S., as they face a toxic mix of low economic growth, bad loans and squeezed earnings. France’s Societe Generale became Thursday the latest …

2 female bombers kill 58 in northeast Nigerian refugee camp

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Prosecutor: Ex-LA Sheriff Pleads Guilty in Corruption Case Los Angeles — Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to federal authorities investigating corruption in the department, a probe that tarnished his long career and …

Russia Proposes March 1 Cease-Fire

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Munich — Russia has proposed a March 1 cease-fire in Syria, U.S. officials said Wednesday, but Washington believes Moscow is giving itself and the Syrian government three weeks to try to crush moderate rebel groups. The United States has countered with demands for the fighting to stop immediately, …

S. Korea to Shutter Industrial Park in N. Korea

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Seoul, South Korea — South Korea said Wednesday that it will shut down a joint industrial park with North Korea in response to its recent rocket launch, accusing the North of using hard currency from the park to develop its nuclear and missile programs. The decision to end …

Justice Dept. Sues Ferguson Over Reforms

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Department of Justice filed a 56-page civil lawsuit Wednesday against the City of Ferguson, Missouri, alleging that, 18 months after the police shooting of Michael Brown, the city’s police and court system continue to violate black residents’ civil rights. The suit — a contentious next-step in what …

Senate Passes Bill to Hit North Korea With Sanctions

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Washington (ap) — Seeking to derail North Korea’s drive for nuclear weapons, Republican and Democratic senators set aside their partisan differences Wednesday to unanimously pass legislation aimed at starving Pyongyang of the money it needs to build an atomic arsenal. The Senate approved the sanctions bill, 96-0, after …