Monday, July 28, 2014

My 33-year-old daughter blames me for all her problems

Dear Annie: When my daughter was 14, she falsely accused me of physical abuse. She is now 33 and brings up these false charges whenever she is having difficult issues in her own life. She blames me for all of her problems. Even worse, my sister enables and promotes her negative view of me. I want […]

Horoscopes for July 28, 2014

Venus and Pluto still in opposition have us looking at the big picture. What exactly are the stakes? There has to be something important to win or lose, or there is no reason to play the game. That’s not to say the prize is tangible – some of the best aren’t. Maybe it’s a matter […]

Bridge July 28

THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder TELL YOUR PARTNER WHICH SUIT TO LEAD Raymond Teller, presumably talking about Penn Jillette, said, “We did not start as friends, but as people who respected and admired each other. Crucial, absolutely crucial for a partnership.” That is an excellent starting point for a bridge partnership. In particular, you […]

Promises of easier nuclear construction fall short

WAYNESBORO, Ga. — The U.S. nuclear industry has started building its first new plants in decades using prefabricated Lego-like blocks meant to save time and money and revive the once promising energy source. So far, it’s not working. Quality and cost problems have cropped up again, raising questions about whether nuclear power will ever be able […]

Plane hits truck as it lands on Nevada highway

RENO, Nev. — A small airplane with engine trouble struck a pickup truck during an emergency landing on a Nevada highway Saturday morning, authorities said. At least two people were aboard the plane and two people were in the truck when the collision occurred about 9 a.m. on a rural, two-lane section of Nevada Route […]

Sam Raimi announces planned ‘The Last of Us’ film

SAN DIEGO — “The Last of Us” video game is becoming a film. Filmmaker Sam Raimi and the game’s author, Neil Druckmann, announced the planned adaptation Friday at Comic-Con. The 2013 action-adventure horror game follows a young woman, Ellie, as she navigates a post-apocalyptic United States plagued by sickness and zombie-like cannibals. Raimi will produce […]

Nolan, McConaughey surprise with ‘Interstellar’

SAN DIEGO — Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey came to Comic-Con unannounced and surprised attendees with a first look at “Interstellar,” but neither offered many details about the highly anticipated space adventure. “I can tell you a lot, but I’m not going to,” McConaughey said at Thursday’s Paramount Pictures panel. The Oscar winner plays a […]

Comic-Con gets first look at ‘Mockingjay’ trailer

SAN DIEGO — The trailer for the next film in the popular “Hunger Games” series is making its premiere at Comic-Con. Fans gathered Friday at the Capitol Gallery in downtown San Diego, where holographic versions of victors Peeta Meelark and Johanna Reyes offered visitors a silent welcome before the minute-long teaser trailer was shown. The […]

Bazinga! ‘Big Bang Theory’ writers hit Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO — Past “Big Bang” Comic-Con panels have paid off for fans that score tickets. One viewer was awarded a trip to space. And there was a surprise appearance by Johnny Galecki, who hid in the audience in costume until he asked a question. For the second year in a row, the writers and […]

Scientists make love, war weapons in ‘Manhattan’

LOS ANGELES — Writer-producer Sam Shaw was grappling with how to craft a TV drama about the war on terror and the price it exacts from those who keep its secrets. He found the answer by looking back to the early 1940s, when U.S. scientists and others working in isolation created the first atomic bombs […]

House, Senate chairs offer competing bills on VA

WASHINGTON — With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees offered competing proposals Thursday to fix a veterans’ health care program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up the delays. Both proposals would scale back separate House- and Senate-passed bills after lawmakers in both […]

Doctor fired back at gunman in hospital attack

DARBY, Pa. — A doctor who was grazed by gunfire from a patient in his office at a suburban hospital on Thursday helped stop him by apparently returning fire with his own weapon and severely injuring him, but not before a caseworker was killed, authorities said. The patient opened fire after entering the office with […]

Social Security’s $300M IT project doesn’t work

WASHINGTON — After spending nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, the Social Security Administration still can’t get it to work. And officials can’t say when it will. Six years ago, Social Security embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability […]

More US girls now getting cervical cancer vaccine

NEW YORK — More teen girls are getting a controversial cervical cancer vaccine but the increase isn’t much of a bump, the government reported Thursday. Last year’s rise follows a couple of years when the girls’ HPV vaccination rate was flat and health officials worried that it wouldn’t budge. For girls ages 13 to 17, […]

Storm slams Virginia campground; 2 dead

CAPE CHARLES, Va. — The sky turned black and cellphones pinged with emergency messages. Moments later, a fierce storm tore through a sprawling, carnival-like campground Thursday, snapping dozens of trees and flipping over RVs. Two people were killed and more than two dozen were hurt, with injuries ranging from cuts to broken bones, officials said. […]

Watch out for Bobby Jindal

Bobby Jindal once gave a speech inspiring TV entertainer-commentator Jon Stewart to respond with satiric torture, which is to say, the speech wasn’t just a little awful, but laughably awful. The other day, I saw Jindal give a speech inspiring a massive audience to a standing ovation, which is to say, it is untrue he’s […]

Are illegal immigrants the ones ruining America?

I’ve been troubled by the 55,000-plus Central American children who came into this country illegally. I’m troubled that they came and were disturbed by the angry crowds with their often-misspelled signs screaming at them. It’s not that I think we should have wide-open borders. No, the thing that really troubles me was crystallized in the […]

Rick Perry’s contradiction

SAN DIEGO — It will take more than a new pair of glasses to allow Texas Gov. Rick Perry to see his own hypocrisy as he ponders what should be America’s role in the world. Think of it as a high-stakes game of Texas hold ‘em. If we limit our definition of the world to […]

‘X-Men’ VR experience coming to Comic-Con

LOS ANGELES — Comic-Con attendees will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to enter the mind of Professor X. 20th Century Fox has created an “X-Men”-themed virtual reality stunt especially for the pop-culture convention, which kicks off Thursday in San Diego. The interactive digital experience utilizes the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, which is not yet available […]

‘Downton Abbey’ back on Jan. 4 for season 5

BEVERLY HILLS — “Downton Abbey” will be back for its fifth season on Jan. 4, but the return date for another hit PBS series, “Sherlock,” is up in the air, PBS chief executive Paula Kerger said Tuesday. “We will have to wait to know when it’s finished and available,” Kerger said of the mystery starring […]

Man, woman, comic and dance contest primed for box office

FAIRFIELD — Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is foregoing the fairy wings from 2010’s “The Tooth Fairy” for some steel in “Hercules,” which opens Friday nationwide. The PG-13 action flick takes place after Hercules has completed his 12 labors and is working as a mercenary. He’s then approached by a benevolent ruler and his daughter to […]

Question of the week: Should cities oppose Valero’s crude-by-rail plan?

Valero is planning to ship crude oil by rail through Solano County to its refinery in Benicia, bringing the possibility – although remote – of an accident. Should local officials resist the plan? Participate in this week’s poll: Last week’s results Should the state enforce mandatory water restrictions with fines? Yes: 43 percent No: 57 percent […]

Horoscopes for July 21, 2014

Uranus, the planet of chaos, revolution, excitement and change, has decided to give us a reprieve. Typically, when planets go retrograde, it activates the worst in them. But Uranus is such a bad boy to begin with that the change of direction tends to activate his more docile side – if such a side exists. […]