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Gifted with good deals

Dear Annie: With the upcoming gift season, I have a question regarding dollar limits set by clubs. Say an amount is set at $10. Does that mean the gift value or the dollar amount spent? Recently, I had a coupon that allowed me to purchase $24 candles for $9.50. My friend said I should not give them at a $10-limit party because I would make other gifts look cheap. What should I do? – Anxious in Florida

10 tips for travel as a political act

The great value of travel is the opportunity it offers you to pry open your hometown blinders and broaden your perspective. And when we implement that world view as citizens of our great nation, we make travel a political act. Here are my top 10 tips for doing just that:

At the Vet’s: Treat with love

Veterinary medicine is expensive, and the doctors must be able to lay out options for clients, give them choices and prices. Dr. Greg Benoit is a small business owner, and he’s got to keep things running and make sure everyone understands that even if something can be done medically, it’s always the owner’s call whether to go ahead. Shaming will not work and is in no one’s best interest.

Homeowners – famous and not – await word of wildfire’s toll

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 10, 2018, 5:54 p.m.

Rich or not, famous or not, there was little reprieve Saturday from the California wildfires sweeping through towns as different as the star-filled oceanside enclave of Malibu and the modest communities nearby and in the state’s north.

Six novels that get to the truth of World War I

Although few Americans made literature out of the First World War, European writers – men who served, women who waited and people who opposed the war – produced novels, memoirs and poetry that are still almost unbearable to read for their painful evocation of the battlefield and the emotional costs of war.

Spice Girls add 2 more shows as ticket demand skyrockets

It seems British fans can’t get enough of the soon-to-be reunited Spice Girls. The “girl power” band that peaked in the 1990s has added two more shows to their planned reunion tour next summer after fans complained they couldn’t buy tickets.