US and Russia face deep differences ahead of Ukraine talks

WILMINGTON, Del. — After tough talk between Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin over the Russian troop buildup on the Ukraine border, both sides insist they are hopeful that a pathway to easing tensions could open during diplomatic talks set for January.

Betty White, TV’s Golden Girl, dies at 99

LOS ANGELES — Betty White, whose saucy, up-for-anything charm made her a television mainstay for more than 60 years, whether as a man-crazy TV hostess on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” or the loopy housemate on “The Golden Girls,” has died. She was 99. White’s death was confirmed Friday by Jeff Witjas, her longtime agent and friend. She would have turned 100 on Jan. 17.

Maxwell’s victims get measure of justice, but will verdict help everyday sexual-abuse victims?

Here’s the second most important message that the jury in the Ghislaine Maxwell trial delivered in finding her guilty of trafficking minor girls to be sexually exploited. It comes courtesy of a statement by state Sen. Lauren Book, of Broward County: “The brave women who testified in the trials against Maxwell and [Jeffrey] Epstein not only held their own abusers accountable, but also paved the way for other survivors to come forward with the knowledge that they, too, can be heard and believed.

Tropical Gardening: A New Year’s Resolution

Observing the extreme polarization of folks who have different political, cultural or religious points of view over the last decade, we should recognize it is nothing new. We have had divisions throughout history and it makes us wonder if we will ever change for the better. The answer is yes if we are willing to focus on the real sources of our misery.

‘So many memories’: Over 500 homes feared destroyed by fire

SUPERIOR, Colo. — One couple returned home Friday to find the mailbox about the only thing left standing. Charred cars and a burned trampoline lay outside smoldering houses. On some blocks, homes reduced to smoking ruins stood next to ones practically unscathed by the flames.