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If your birthday is today: Try something new, but don't go overboard or let impulse or excessive behavior take the reins. Being around water, listening to music and letting go of whatever is no longer working for you are good…

Drs. Oz and Roizen: Give TVs a timeout from your kids' bedroom

In the 2008 movie “Step Brothers,” John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell play lazy grown men (Brennan and Dale) who live with their parents and refuse to get jobs. Dale’s father, Robert, finally yells: “All right, that’s it! You two…

Forum to feature work of William Faulkner

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Pip Gordon, assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, will explore the continued relevancy of Faulkner’s writing at a faculty forum, “Geography as Metaphor in the Novels of William Faulkner,” from 5 to 6:30 p.m.…

Kids, screens and parental guilt: Time to loosen up?

NEW YORK — Parents of small children have long been told about the perils of “screen time.” And with more screens, and new technologies such as Amazon’s Alexa speaker, the message is getting louder.

A 'great father-son trip of a lifetime'

Jeff Daniels might be known for his roles in film and television — “Dumb and Dumber” and “The Newsroom” being two standouts — but on stage with a live audience is where he’s finding a lot of his creative vigor…

Literary festival to celebrate new modes of storytelling

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Humanities will host a literary festival, Let’s Get Graphic: The New Visual Storytelling, from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, in the Nohr Gallery.

Trial in killing of Iowa teenager to focus on gender motive

BURLINGTON — Retired nurse Jenna Sansone said it was a normal night in the quiet eastern Iowa neighborhood where she lives on a hill above the Mississippi River. Then she heard the “bang-bang-bang” of gunshots and called 911.

Iowa withdraws proposal to opt out of Affordable Care Act

DES MOINES — Iowa officials withdrew a proposal Monday that sought to pull out of the Affordable Care Act and redirect federal money toward lowering premiums for younger participants under a separate program.