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  • USING MOTHER TONGUE MAKES FAMILY CONVERSATION DIFFICULT

    DEAR ABBY: My son married an educated professional woman from another country. When their twins were born, my daughter-in-law immersed them in her native language so it would become their mother tongue. Although I understand and respect the benefits of being bilingual, this caused a lot of communication gaps and frustration between us and the grandkids during their early years. They attend a bilingual elementary school now, and their English is superb and communication between us is great. ...

  • US jets strike jihadists around Iraqi dam
    US jets strike jihadists around Iraqi dam

    The United States carried out another round of air strikes Monday against militants from the so-called Islamic States battling Iraqi and Kurdish forces near a major dam in northern Iraq. The Mosul Dam, just north of the city of the same name, has become a focus of fighting between jihadists and Kurdish forces since the United States launched an air campaign last month. US Central Command said US jets had continued their bombardment of IS positions on Sunday and Monday. Since US aircraft went into action they have carried out 123 separate strikes, more than half of them in defense of the dam, and have helped Kurdish and Iraqi troops reverse some recent IS gains.

  • Republicans tone down Benghazi talk as elections near
    Republicans tone down Benghazi talk as elections near

    When the House voted in May to authorize the select committee, which could cost taxpayers up to $3.3 million to operate, the media attention such a panel was sure to draw was a huge part of the attraction for the Republicans who pushed for it. They wanted a channel to attack President Obama and the Democrats in the lead-up to the midterm elections — so much so that House Democrats weren’t even sure they wanted to appoint representatives to the panel out of fear it would legitimize the GOP’s charged rhetoric on the issue. But the politics of Benghazi have shifted. Domestically, the GOP appears poised to win back the Senate for the first time in nearly a decade, and internationally, the foreign policy picture has become much more complicated, with unrest in the Middle East growing dramatically since the last election.

  • Chris Brown pleads guilty to assault in Washington
    Chris Brown pleads guilty to assault in Washington

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Chris Brown pleaded guilty on Tuesday to punching a man in the face outside a Washington hotel, an assault that occurred while the singer was on probation for attacking his then-girlfriend Rihanna.

  • Civil disobedience expected in fast-food pay fight
    Civil disobedience expected in fast-food pay fight

    NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast-food restaurants are expected to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience that could lead to arrests Thursday as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize the industry's workers.

  • Prepare for a swoon, but not because it’s September
    Prepare for a swoon, but not because it’s September

    Will history repeat itself this September? Big institutional investors such as Blackstone and Wells Capital Management have expressed concern that the summer rally could grind to a halt.

  • Parents of ill UK boy fight extradition from Spain
    Parents of ill UK boy fight extradition from Spain

    LONDON (AP) — The parents of a child suffering from a severe brain tumor signaled Monday they would defy efforts to force them to return to Britain, days after their family fled to seek a novel kind of radiation treatment for the 5-year-old boy.

  • Bullish U.S. manufacturing, construction data bolster growth outlook
    Bullish U.S. manufacturing, construction data bolster growth outlook

    The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) said on Tuesday its index of national factory activity rose to 59.0 last month, the highest reading since March 2011, from 57.1 in July. Separately, the Commerce Department said construction spending increased 1.8 percent to an annual rate of $981.31 billion, the highest level since December 2008. July's percentage rise in construction spending was the largest since May 2012 and reflected gains across all categories, with the exception of federal government. Economists had forecast construction spending increasing 1.0 percent after a previously reported 1.8 percent drop in June.

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