Updated at 8:55 AM

Once again in Afghanistan, the Taliban has captured headlines through a spectacular and startling military attack. On Sept. 28, the extremist Islamic movement overran the major city of Kunduz. Afghan government forces were quick to counterattack. Reliable sources report the Afghan military retook the city center Oct. 5, but fighting continues. The inadvertent U.S. attack on a hospital adds further complication.

Updated at 8:14 AM

Nate Beeler cartoon on Vladimir Putin and President Obama.

Posted at 7:40 AM

In April, 1874, the little 8-year-old Mennonite girl, Anna Barkman, sat in a wheat bin picking up grains of wheat, one at a time, and putting the best ones in a one gallon bucket. Her father, Peter, had told her to pick out two gallons of wheat.

Posted at 6:40 AM

I’d like to have a bit of a chat to you about cheese. Not cheese as you likely know it, cheese as I definitely know it. Back in the late '70s I was on a business trip to Paris and there we all were, facing a magnificent buffet for a...

Posted at 5:57 AM

Mike Sanders didn’t want the point to be overlooked last week as officials announced that the Union Pacific Railroad is selling 17.7 miles of unused track for a potential commuter rail service. “For a railroad to agree to give...

Posted at 5:14 AM

Crystal Williams didn’t notice symptoms but did stick to her regular checkups, and that made a huge difference in the options open to her when breast cancer came. “I started getting mammograms every year, because of my family...

Posted at 4:33 AM

Kansas City Royals teen idol Eric Hosmer – who also happens to be a Gold Glove Award winning first baseman – was just kidding when he said all kids should be allowed to miss school during October. “Kids should stay in...

Posted at 1:01 AM

I recently had a closet intervention.

Posted at 1:01 AM

Here are five ways you can have fun this weekend.

Posted at 1:01 AM

Reader question: Is it legal for a real estate agent to work with the seller and the buyer and if it is, then get both commissions? Jonie P.

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