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  • Peoria fair offers tips for emergency situations

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will host a free Emergency Preparedness Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Peoria Stake Center, 83rd Avenue and Sweetwater.The event is part of September’s designation as National Preparedness Month.The event will feature the Peoria Police and Fire departments along with the American Red Cross, Arizona Division of Emergency Management, Maricopa County Department of Emergency Management and Peoria Citizen Corp Council. United Blood Services will be on site to accept blood donations.There will be demonstrations and displays on many topics, including emergency kits, cooking without utilities, water storage and purification, food storage, desert survival, auto/road emergencies, gardening and necessary legal documents.The Peoria Police Department will provide free VIN etching on automobile windows during the fair.Peoria police vehicles and a fire engine will be on site.

  • Blown transformer causes power outage at Sun City Fry's

    A power outage affected a few homes and surrounding businesses in Sun City Sunday.The Fry's grocery store on 105th and Grand avenues was also affected by the outage.According to General Manager Theresa Miledin, a transformer that blew out nearby on Sunday left them without power for a few hours.Miledin said that Fry's does have a backup generator, so frozen produce and foods were not affected

  • Glendale police host awareness meeting on drug abuse trends

    The Glendale Police Department will have an educational meeting on growing drug abuse trends in the community from 6 to 8 tonight at the Glendale Nazarene Church, on the northwest corner of 59th Avenue and Cactus Road, at 5902 W. Cactus Road, Glendale.Speakers will offer an honest and frank discussion on the abuse of heroin and other opiates from the perspective of police officers, former addicts, parents struggling with a child's addiction and experts from behavioral and treatment programs. Several resource providers will be present at the event.Speakers will also include Glendale Police Chief Debora Black and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.For information, contact the Glendale Police Department 623-930-3074.

  • Missing man found alive at Lake Pleasant marina

    A man who was reported missing at Lake Pleasant Sunday has been found alive, according to MSCO. Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office officials said a 911 call was received at 11 p.m. on Sunday from a person who did not see his friend Brad Johnson for ten minutes. The caller told MCSO they were on a boat and had been drinking. MCSO believed Johnson, 31, rolled off the back of a boat and went under the water. The boat was reportedly moored in the Humbug Cove area of the lake with 18 other boats during a rave-type party, MCSO says The MCSO dive team searched the water on Sunday night and continued the search Monday. Johnson was found by deputies safe near the marina around 2 p.m. Monday. Johnson told sheriff's detectives that there was an altercation on the boat and that he jumped out to get on another boat. Instead, he swam to shore and attempted to make his way back to the marina overnight, but was "intoxicated and disoriented," MCSO says. Johnson also told officers that he saw the MCSO helicopter looking for him overnight. A jet skier was able to pick Johnson up and bring him to the marina. MCSO says detectives are looking into the circumstances of the case.

  • Glendale man accused of molesting relative

    GLENDALE, Ariz. - A Glendale man with a prior history of sexual conduct with a minor was booked into jail on charges stemming from a 2011 incident involving a young family member.According to police, the suspect was 47 years old and the victim was 9 at the time of the alleged incident.In June of this year the victim told someone what had happened to her in April of 2011.During the forensic interview, the girl said she was at the suspect’s house in Glendale when he called her into a room he referred to as the “man cave.”There he had the girl sit on his lap in front of a computer and started to show the girl photographs of naked women “doing stuff” on his computer. The victim was also shown a pornography video, according to police.The victim told police that the suspect asked where she was comfortable having him touch her and he placed a hand on her chest, then moved his hand down closer to her breasts.

  • Body found on South Golf Course

    A body was found on South Golf course in Sun City, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.They believe the man died of natural causes and he was believed to have been taking his morning walk.Groundskeepers for the golf course found the body around 5:00 a.m. on August 28th.

  • Expert explains difference between Alzheimer’s, dementia

    Editor’s note: This is the latest in a series of advice columns from Benevilla’s caregiver coach, Regina Thibideau.Dear Caregiver Coach:  I don’t know the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. If my loved one has been diagnosed as having some issues with dementia, is that Alzheimer’s? — Uncertain in SurpriseDear Uncertain: If your doctor has told you and your loved one that he/she has some dementia that does not mean it is Alzheimer’s.There are over 70 different diseases that can cause some dementia, which can then affect memory, social skills, language, problem solving, judgment, attention, concentration and more.If you are concerned, perhaps you can talk with your primary care physician and ask for your loved one to be referred to a neurologist who is a specialist in this area.That specialist should be able to more clearly define what is happening with your loved one’s cognition.

  • Arizona abortion case headed to US Supreme Court

    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's top attorney has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in the case against the state's strict abortion-medication regulations. Attorney General Tom Horne filed a request asking the court to review the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to put on hold the regulations while a case against them by Planned Parenthood plays out in federal court in Tucson. But that case is also now on hold at the state's request. The rules ban women from taking the most common abortion-inducing drug — RU-486 — after the seventh week of pregnancy. Women had been allowed to take the abortion pill through nine weeks of pregnancy. The rules also require that the drug be administered only at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approved dosage and that both doses be taken at a clinic. The dosage on the label, which was approved over a decade ago, is no longer routinely followed because doctors have found much lower dosages are just as effective when combined with a second drug, and women now usually take the second dose at home, avoiding what is often a long trip to a clinic. Planned Parenthood Arizona has said that about 800 women would have had to get surgical abortions in 2012 if the rules were in effect then. The rules were approved by the Arizona State Legislature in 2012. Supporters say they protect women's health by mandating a federally approved protocol. Horne has said Planned Parenthood did not have enough evidence to show the restrictions were detrimental, and that the organization cannot argue that they would place an undue burden on women's right to abortion. But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in its ruling granting a temporary injunction that women would likely suffer irreparable harm if the rules were allowed to take effect. In a July 21 court filing asking the appellate court to hold off on the trial in Tucson, attorneys for Arizona argued that it's likely the nation's top court will overturn the appellate court's stay on the rules and that it makes more sense to go there first. Horne argues in the Supreme Court petition that the lower court incorrectly interpreted the law when it found the rules would create an "undue burden" on women seeking abortions. He says that the rules wouldn't stop women from having medication-induced abortions and that surgical ones are more common in Arizona anyway.

  • Opponent concedes House GOP race to Tobin

    PHOENIX -- House Speaker Andy Tobin will carry the Republican banner in the race to oust Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick from Congress.Eagar rancher Gary Kiehne conceded Tuesday afternoon, acknowledging there is no way for him to make up the more than 300-vote lead that Tobin now has in the race. Kiehne said he will back Tobin.The move comes the same day the National Republican Congressional Committee launched the first salvo of the $1.7 million it has budgeted to try to retake the seat that has changed hands several times in the last decade.Commercials which started airing in the Phoenix TV market show a woman -- from the neck down -- dragging a suitcase. The theme is that Kirkpatrick has been carrying Obama's "baggage'' and needs to be replaced. NRCC spokesman Daniel Scarpinato put this ad buy at about $400,000, saying the commercial will run for about a week before being replaced by something else. He said the Phoenix market covers about 85 percent of CD 1's voting population, though the horseshoe-shaped district extends from Arizona's northern and eastern borders into the suburbs north of Tucson.Kiehne campaign aide Chris Baker said his client's efforts to get nominated were hampered by the fact this was a three-way GOP primary, with state Rep. Adam Kwasman of Oro Valley also in the hunt."Adam was free to run,'' Baker said. "But I think having Adam in the race made the course to victory more complicated for us.''

  • Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State extremists released a video Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant group continue, "our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people." The footage — depicting what the U.S. called a sickening act of brutality — was posted two weeks after the release of video showing the killing of James Foley and just days after Sotloff's mother pleaded for his life. Barak Barfi, a spokesman for the family, said that the Sotloffs had seen the video but that authorities have not established its authenticity. "The family knows of this horrific tragedy and is grieving privately. There will be no public comment from the family during this difficult time," Barfi said. Sotloff, a 31-year-old Miami-area native who freelanced for Time and Foreign Policy magazines, vanished in Syria in August 2013 and was not seen again until he appeared in a video released last month that showed Foley's beheading. Dressed in an orange jumpsuit against an arid Syrian landscape, Sotloff was threatened in that video with death unless the U.S. stopped airstrikes on the Islamic State. In the video distributed Tuesday and titled "A Second Message to America," Sotloff appears in a similar jumpsuit before he is apparently beheaded by a fighter with the Islamic State, the extremist group that has conquered wide swaths of territory across Syria and Iraq and declared itself a caliphate. In the video, the organization threatens to kill another hostage, this one identified as a British citizen, David Cawthorne Haines. It was not immediately clear who Haines was. Britain and France called the killing "barbaric." British Prime Minister David Cameron said in a statement that he would chair an emergency response meeting with his Cabinet early Wednesday to review the latest developments. In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said U.S. intelligence analysts will work as quickly as possible to determine if the video is authentic. "If the video is genuine, we are sickened by this brutal act, taking the life of another innocent American citizen," Psaki said. "Our hearts go out to the Sotloff family." Psaki said it is believed that "a few" Americans are still being held by the Islamic State. Psaki would not give any specifics, but one is a 26-year-old woman kidnapped while doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, according to a family representative who asked that the hostage not be identified out of fear for her safety. The fighter who apparently beheads Sotloff in the video calls it retribution for Obama's continued airstrikes against the group. "I'm back, Obama, and I'm back because of your arrogant foreign policy toward the Islamic State ... despite our serious warnings," the fighter says. "So just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people." The killer specifically mentions the recent U.S. airstrikes around the Mosul dam and the beleaguered Iraqi town of Amirli, making it unlikely that Sotloff was killed at the same time as Foley, as some analysts had speculated. Over the weekend, Iraqi government forces with help from U.S. airstrikes broke the Islamic State's two-month siege of Amirli, a town where some 15,000 Shiite Turkmens had been stranded. The SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S. terrorism watchdog, first reported the video's existence. In a sign of disorganization — or perhaps dissension — in the extremist group's ranks, a faction of the Islamic State apparently posted the video early, before it was supposed to be released. In a later Twitter message, those responsible apologized and asked fellow jihadis not to "reproach" them. The Islamic State has terrorized rivals and civilians alike with widely publicized brutality as it seeks to expand a proto-state it has carved out on both sides of the border. In its rise to prominence over the past year, it has frequently published graphic photos and gruesome videos of bombings, beheadings and mass killings. Last week, Sotloff's mother, Shirley Sotloff, pleaded with his captors for mercy, saying in a video that her son was "an innocent journalist" and "an honorable man" who "has always tried to help the weak." Sotloff grew up in the Miami area, graduated from Kimball Union Academy, a prep school in New Hampshire, and then attended the University of Central Florida, which said he majored in journalism from 2002 to 2004 but apparently left without graduating. Just how Sotloff made his way from Florida to Middle East hotspots is not clear. He published articles from Syria, Egypt and Libya in a variety of publications. Several focus on the plight of ordinary people in war-torn places. In a statement, Foreign Policy magazine said it was saddened by news of his death and called him a "brave and talented journalist" whose reporting "showed a deep concern for the civilians caught in the middle of a brutal war." Time Editor Nancy Gibbs said Sotloff "gave his life so readers would have access to information from some of the most dangerous places in the world." House Foreign Affairs Chairman Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., said the new video demonstrates the Islamic State's "barbarity across the region — beheading and crucifying those who don't share their ideology." He said the U.S. and allies need to step up military action against the group, including through airstrikes. At Sotloff's parents' home in Pinecrest, Fla., two police vehicles blocked the driveway Tuesday, and officers advised journalists to stay away. Friends of the family could be seen coming and going. "Everyone's been concerned. Everyone is grieving," neighbor Pepe Cazas said. "It's terrible. I've been praying for him."

  • Tobin holds thin lead in Arizona U.S. House race

    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin was holding on to the razor-thin lead he has held over rancher Gary Kiehne for the Republican nomination in the 1st Congressional District on Tuesday as counties finished counting a few thousand remaining ballots. Tobin has held a lead of less than 500 votes in the seven days since voters went to the poll, and on Tuesday he led Kiehne by 324 votes. Fewer than 3,000 votes remained to be counted as of Tuesday morning, and the last are expected to be completed by midday Wednesday. The counties where Kiehne was doing well — Apache, Gila, Navajo, Greenlee and Graham — had completed their counts, so the rancher from the eastern Arizona community of Springerville appears to have little chance of taking a lead. Coconino County, where Tobin is beating Kiehne by more than 10 percentage points, is the only county with large numbers of ballots yet to be counted. Coconino County Recorder Patty Hansen said its remaining ballots are expected to be tallied by midday Wednesday. About 2,000 ballots remain there. "We're sure that once all the votes are counted that we'll be declared the winner," said Bill Cortese, Tobin's campaign manager. Kiehne's campaign consultant didn't immediately return calls seeking comment Tuesday. The winner faces Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick in the November general election. She already is being targeted by national Republicans who have committed $2 million to advertise in the swing district running from Flagstaff to the northern Tucson suburbs. Kirkpatrick plans to spend big to defend her seat, and she has reserved $1.75 million in television time through the election.

  • 911 calls show efforts to save firearms instructor

    PHOENIX (AP) — People at a northern Arizona gun range where a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot an instructor with an Uzi desperately tried to keep him alive as they urged 911 dispatchers to send a medical helicopter. Recordings of emergency calls from the Aug. 25 death in White Hills were released Tuesday. The callers said Charles Vacca was unconscious and convulsing. A dispatcher urged callers to apply pressure to Vacca's wound while a man could be heard saying, "Breathe, come on, Charlie." Vacca was flown to a Las Vegas hospital where he died hours later. He was standing next to the girl from New Jersey when she squeezed the trigger and the recoil wrenched the Uzi upward toward his head. Prosecutors aren't filing charges in the case.

  • Sounds of the Southwest Singers schedule concerts

    Sounds of the Southwest Singers has scheduled the following concerts:CA Southwestern College, Tickets $10 per person. Presenting Mark Hayes' Requiem and Gonzales Misa Azteca Joint Choir Concert:Where: Chula Vista, CAWhen: 4 p.m. Sept. 7Sounds of Broadway – Free Concert – Donations accepted. Proceeds Benefit both Spirit of Hope and Sounds of the Southwest Singers:Where: Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church

  • Extraordinary, exotic complement traditions of 2014 Arizona State Fair

    Get ready to have your dreams delivered at this year’s Arizona State Fair which runs Wednesdays through Sundays from Oct. 10 to Nov. 2.In addition to 18 days of rides, attractions and food, the 2014 fair offers a look into favorite superheroes in the new Hall of Heroes, while Racing Lemurs and Reptile Adventures add an exotic touch.Other new attractions include Dinomania presented by Sears Vacations and Slack-Wire Sam. All the fun and familiar attractions are returning, including The Great American Duck Race and Tyzen the Hypnotist. Plenty of respite options with free entertainment are available, including The Hangout presented by Hensley Beverage Company’s Arizona Craft Beer Division, Caribbean Village, the Backyard, and Kiddie Corner.Musical stars from various genres and generations will shine in the Arizona State Fair Concert Series. This year’s lineup has something for everyone, including Justin Moore, Sublime with Rome, Darius Rucker, Wiz Khalifa, John Fogerty, Barenaked Ladies and Josh Turner. Additional acts include Queens of the Stone Age, Old School Jam and Dave Pratt’s 1980 Something featuring Berlin, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer and John Waite.  General admission concert seating is free with fair admission. Fairgoers can purchase reserved tickets at www.azstatefair.com/tickets starting 10 a.m. Sept. 13.A variety of interactive activities, demonstrations and sampling opportunities will also be on site, including Native Spirit Dancers, the Great American Petting Zoo, Kerr’s Farm Tours presented by Arizona Milk Producers, Coco’s Pie Eating Contest, Sonic Frozen T-Shirt Contest and the second annual Comic Art Convention. The Fry’s Culinary Stage has a variety of local chef demonstrators, as well as contests sponsored by Fry’s, AZ Pork Council, and the Blue Ribbon Group.

  • Celebrity chef charged with intoxicated driving

    SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Celebrity chef Todd English, who has opened restaurants around the country and written multiple cookbooks, was arrested Sunday on a charge of driving while intoxicated, authorities said. Police in Southampton said English was arrested Sunday morning on a county road on Long Island. He made a court appearance later in the day, and authorities said he posted $1,500 bail. The circumstances of the arrest were unavailable. English's lawyer, Edward Burke Jr., said they "adamantly deny the allegations" and "look forward to addressing this matter in a court of law." The chef, whose full name is William Todd English, is the creative force behind a number of restaurants around the country, including Olives, Figs and Fish Club. He also has been a regular on television programs including "Iron Chef USA." English has written several cookbooks and has been honored by the James Beard Foundation for excellence and achievement in cuisine. In September 2009, his former fiancee was charged with assault, and authorities accused her of hitting him with a metal wrist watch, leaving him needing multiple stitches. The couple had been scheduled to get married, but English called the wedding off. A judge in January 2010 closed the case without prison or probation based on her going through anger management and performing community service.

  • $2.4B Revel casino closing

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Little more than two years after opening with high hopes of turning around Atlantic City's struggling casino market, Revel will close its doors Tuesday morning. The 6 a.m. casino shutdown follows the closure of its hotel on Monday. By mid-September, four of Atlantic City's 12 casinos will have gone out of business, but none will be a costlier failure than Revel. It started construction just before the Great Recession hit, and had to take on so much debt it never could turn a profit. The Showboat closed on Sunday, Trump Plaza is closing Sept. 16, and the Atlantic Club closed in January. The consolidation is a reaction to the saturated northeastern U.S. casino market, which continues to add new gambling halls to markets without enough demand to support them all.

  • Dollar General raises Family Dollar bid to $9.1B

    GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dollar General upped its bid for the rival Family Dollar chain and addressed an earlier roadblock, saying that it will more than double the number of stores it would shed to tamp down the antitrust concerns of its takeover target. Family Dollar operates stores in Sun City and Peoria, among its nationwide locations. The newest bid is worth $9.1 billion, or $80 per share, up from $78.50 per share in the previous offer. Family Dollar, based in Matthews, North Carolina, rejected the earlier bid in favor of a lesser offer of $8.5 billion from Dollar Tree Inc., saying that regulators were less likely to stand in the way. On Tuesday Dollar General, the country's largest dollar-store chain, said it would divest as many as 1,500 stores, well above the 700 that it had originally agreed to, in order to sidestep any anti-monopoly actions that regulators might pursue. The Goodlettsville, Tennessee company has also said it will pay a $500 million reverse break-up fee to Family Dollar Stores Inc. if the deal hits antitrust roadblocks. Dollar General Chairman and CEO Rick Dreiling said that a second antitrust review supported its prior bid, but that its offer was revised "to demonstrate the seriousness of our commitment." The businesses of Family Dollar and Dollar General are more similar than Dollar Tree's. The first two sell items at a variety of prices while at Dollar Tree, all items are a buck. Family Dollar has been looking for a lifeline after running into some financial stress, shuttering stores and cutting prices. In June one big shareholder, Carl Icahn, urged the company to put itself up for sale. Family Dollar acted one month later, accepting an offer from Chesapeake, Virginia-based Dollar Tree Inc. of $59.60 in cash and the equivalent of $14.90 in shares of Dollar Tree for each share held. The companies valued the transaction at $74.50 per share at the time. Including debt and other costs, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree estimated the deal to be worth approximately $9.2 billion. Shares of Family Dollar added 67 cents to $80.50 in premarket trading, while Dollar General's stock gained $1.08 to $65.07.

  • Timeshare has outlived its usefulness

    Dear Bruce: How do I get out of a timeshare in Myrtle Beach? It’s not paid for, but we no longer want it. It’s too difficult to get the weeks we want. — V.R.Dear V.R.: No matter where you live, getting out from under a timeshare is extremely difficult. You say it’s not paid for, therefore, you still have payments to make, and the timeshare company is going to do everything it can to hold you to that.If you send the company a letter saying you are turning the balance of the mortgage over to it, it may accept that, and that would be the end of it. But the company could write back and say that’s not satisfactory. Then you may have to try legal action, but even that is weak. You’ll find that the contract is very difficult to break. You can try giving it to charity.Unfortunately, timeshares are, by and large, lousy propositions for the buyer.Dear Bruce: My husband and I are both over 65. He suggested that since we are exempt from paying taxes under $65,000, we should request that instead of the state taking taxes out of our pension checks, we should put the money into a savings account. He also suggested that we might want to file taxes separately because one might have more liability than the other. What is your opinion? — W.Y.Dear W.Y.: I don’t understand why you are necessarily exempt from paying taxes under $65,000, but I will accept that for the moment. Take whatever amount that is and invest it however you choose, but a savings account is not the place. It would be better in a small stock account, invested in one or two select companies.

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  • OPINION: Awake in the face of evil

    How many times have we heard the phrase “Never again”? How often have we trotted out that old chestnut: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”? And yet: Do we do nothing? Do we say precious little in the face of evil?“I don’t want to have on my conscience that I was complicit in something as horrendous as this simply by being quiet,” is how Washington, D.C., Cardinal Donald Wuerl felt about the persecution being wielded against Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria.As we applaud Miley Cyrus for not twerking on MTV’s Video Music Awards and Beyonce for her ode to feminism, and argue over whether the Emmys are sexist or not, a moment of silent reflection is in order, to recollect our consciences, choices and priorities.The execution of American journalist James Foley at the hands of the terrorist group ISIL obligates us to take notice. In a letter that a fellow prisoner memorized for Foley’s family, Foley said: “I know you are thinking of me and praying for me. And I am so thankful. I feel you all, especially when I pray. I pray for you to stay strong and to believe. I really feel I can touch you even in this darkness when I pray.”In an interview, Foley once recounted his life in a Libyan jail during an earlier imprisonment. A few days in, he heard a knock on the wall of his cell. It was the muffled voice of an American contractor, also detained there. They read the Bible and prayed together. “In a very calm voice, he’d read me Scripture once or twice a day,” Foley told me in 2011. “Then I’d pray to stay strong. I’d pray to soften the hearts of our captors. I’d pray to God to lift the burdens we couldn’t handle. And I’d pray that our moms would know we were OK.”Foley was not alone in his faith in the power of prayer and our obligations to truth. Recently, Pope Francis met with Paul Bhatti, the brother of Shahbaz Bhatti, the slain minister for minorities in Pakistan. Before he was killed, Bhatti talked about the threats he received for his work against blasphemy laws: “I want to share that I believe in Jesus Christ, who has given his own life for us. I know what is the meaning of cross, and I am following of the cross, and I am ready to die for a cause.”

  • Back-to-school tax credits

    Are you, your spouse or a dependent heading off to college? If so, some of the costs you pay for higher education can save you money at tax time.   • American Opportunity Tax Credit. This credit can be up to $2,500 annually for an eligible student. The credit applies to the first four years of higher education. Forty percent of the AOTC is refundable. That means that you may be able to get up to $1,000 of the credit as a refund, even if you don’t owe any taxes.           • Lifetime Learning Credit. With this credit, you may be able to claim a tax credit of up to $2,000 on your federal tax return. There is no limit on the number of years you can claim this credit for an eligible student. It is not a refundable credit though.• One credit per student. You can only claim one type of education credit per student on your federal tax return each year. If more than one student qualifies for a credit in the same year, you can claim a different credit for each student. For example, you can claim the AOTC for one student and claim the LLC for the other student.• Qualified expenses. You may only include qualified expenses to figure your credit. This may include amounts you pay for tuition, fees and other related expenses for an eligible student. Go to www.irs.gov for more about the additional rules that apply to each credit.• Eligible educational institutions. Eligible schools are those that offer education beyond high school. This includes most colleges and universities. Vocational or postsecondary schools may also qualify. For a list of schools that are eligible institutions, go to www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation.

  • OPINION: Let’s wait until 2016, please

    I’m assuming that Hillary Clinton is running in 2016 because of how ostentatiously she’s not made up her mind. By sitting tight, she basically freezes potential Democratic rivals in place, passively using her lead in opinion polls to prevent others from raising money.Otherwise, can’t we please, please wait until 2016 to obsess about it around the clock? There will be three World Series, two NBA championships and a couple of NCAA football seasons between now and then. Politically speaking, we’ll be in a different world.But no, we’re not going to get even an August recess if the Washington infotainment industry gets its way. Witness the recent stir over Clinton’s ill-advised interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, a colloquy quickly cartoonized into a rebuke of President Obama that never actually happened.For now, the only important thing is to recognize how these media quasi-events take shape. Guided by Goldberg, headline writers focused on a throwaway line characterized by the inimitable Maureen Dowd as “a cheap shot at President Obama ... calling him a wimp just as he was preparing to order airstrikes against ISIS.”Clinton said this: “Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle.”Actually, President Obama’s version of the slogan was earthier. However, turning Hillary’s paraphrase into an insult required ignoring almost everything she said about his administration’s foreign policy.

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