Horoscope - April 26, 2017

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). If you’re in a disagreement with a friend, it’s all you’ll be able to think about until the issue is resolved. So resolve it quickly. Plain and simple, all is healed by hugs; there’s no better relief than a heart-to-heart embrace.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You’ve been watching out for a chance to show someone how much he or she means to you. You’ll now have the perfect opportunity to give from the heart and be received as such.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Experiments aren’t just for scientists. You already know what will happen when you try things the way you have in the past. Now you want to know what will happen when you try things totally differently – or better yet, when you don’t try them at all!

CANCER (June 22-July 22). This isn’t a fairy tale. There won’t be a hero or someone who needs saving. The roles are complex and nuanced. And the ending is wide open. You get to decide.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Aiming for a new level of accomplishment, you’ll discover that this pursuit isn’t for amateurs. It’s actually more of a lifestyle than a game at these higher levels.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You’ll respectfully go forward with a pretty ambitious aim. When someone pushes back, consider that this may be a test, a tease or the reaction of threatened competition. Analyze carefully before you proceed.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The news can be like the sound of an oncoming storm: frightening, even though you’re warm indoors and there’s very little chance of the weather affecting you anytime soon. You’re going to be fine. You are protected.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Reason may be powerless in the poetry of love, but it works wonders to sort out the details of a shared lifestyle. The thing currently impeding free-flowing love is a logistical matter.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Your social life can’t be sorted out with a quiz, questionnaire, profile or series of hypothetical imaginings. At most, you can “match’‘ with someone online, but you won’t know if there’s real chemistry until you’re face to face.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You’re charming, well-liked and imperfect. Don’t let early obstacles and false starts dissuade you. You’re just getting warmed up! Sometimes it just takes a few tries before your ideas and methods are accepted.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). When you don’t have as much experience as the others, you have to work harder, be more original and have superior powers of diplomacy. There’s a way to defer to the big shots and still be powerful in your own right.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Some togetherness brings an excited buzz. Other togetherness is more like a dreadful drone. You’ll be in tune with the music of relationships and, even better, able to change the station when you need to.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (April 26). You’ll connect with someone who has a similar inner drive to accomplish a joint goal in May. You’ve been generous, so when it’s your turn to be on the receiving end in June, relax and accept. Celebrations (especially formal ones) will bring lucky opportunities. Your family grows, and financial success follows the spurt. Libra and Gemini adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 34, 3, 31 and 16.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Channing Tatum will reprise his role of Jenko in the newly announced “23 Jump Street.‘’ Tatum was born when the sun was in sensual Taurus, the sign of money, appetite and sheer determination. Tatum’s natal moon, Jupiter and Saturn are all in the disciplined sign of Virgo, declaring a tendency to set impossibly high standards – and then achieve them.

Today in History - April 26, 2017

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Today is Wednesday, April 26, the 116th day of 2017. There are 249 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On April 26, 1777, according to a widely accepted account from the American Revolutionary War, 16-year-old Sybil Ludington, the eldest child of Col. Henry Ludington, a militia commander in Dutchess County, New York, rode her horse into the night to alert her father’s men of the approach of British regular troops who were sacking Danbury, Connecticut. (Ludington, sometimes referred to as “the female Paul Revere,“ was said to have covered 40 miles, more than twice the distance of the Boston silversmith’s ride.)

On this date:

In 1607, English colonists went ashore at present-day Cape Henry, Virginia, on an expedition to establish the first permanent English settlement in the Western Hemisphere.

In 1865, John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, was surrounded by federal troops near Port Royal, Virginia, and killed.

In 1913, Mary Phagan, a 13-year-old worker at a Georgia pencil factory, was strangled; Leo Frank, the factory superintendent, was convicted of her murder and sentenced to death. (Frank’s death sentence was commuted, but he was lynched by an anti-Semitic mob in 1915.)

In 1923, Britain’s Prince Albert, Duke of York (the future King George VI), married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon at Westminster Abbey.

In 1937, German and Italian warplanes raided the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War; estimates of the number of people killed vary from the hundreds to the thousands.

In 1945, Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, the head of France’s Vichy government during World War II, was arrested.

In 1952, the destroyer-minesweeper USS Hobson sank in the central Atlantic after colliding with the aircraft carrier USS Wasp with the loss of 176 crew members.

In 1964, the African nations of Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form Tanzania.

In 1972, the first Lockheed L-1011 TriStar went into commercial service with Eastern Airlines.

In 1986, an explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine (then part of the Soviet Union) caused radioactive fallout to begin spewing into the atmosphere. (Dozens of people were killed in the immediate aftermath of the disaster while the long-term death toll from radiation poisoning is believed to number in the thousands.)

In 1994, voting began in South Africa’s first all-race elections, resulting in victory for the African National Congress and the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as president. China Airlines Flight 140, a Taiwanese Airbus A-300, crashed while landing in Nagoya, Japan, killing 264 people (there were seven survivors).

In 2000, Vermont Gov. Howard Dean signed the nation’s first bill allowing same-sex couples to form civil unions.

Ten years ago: The Senate joined the House, 51-46, in clearing legislation calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq to begin by Oct. 1, 2007, with a goal of a complete pullout six months later (President George W. Bush later vetoed the measure). Eight Democratic presidential hopefuls gathered in Orangeburg, South Carolina, for their first debate of the 2008 campaign, during which they heaped criticism on President Bush’s Iraq policy. Former White House aide and movie industry lobbyist Jack Valenti died in Washington, D.C. at age 85.

Five years ago: Former Liberian President Charles Taylor became the first head of state since World War II to be convicted by an international war crimes court as he was found guilty of arming Sierra Leone rebels in exchange for “blood diamonds” mined by slave laborers and smuggled across the border. (Taylor was sentenced to 50 years in prison.) Pakistan’s Supreme Court convicted Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani of contempt but spared him a prison term for refusing to reopen a corruption case against his boss, President Asif Ali Zardari.

One year ago: Republican Donald Trump roared to victory in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island while Democrat Hillary Clinton prevailed in four of those states, ceding Rhode Island to Bernie Sanders. Kelly Ripa returned to her daytime talk show after time off to “gather (her) thoughts” in response to learning her co-host Michael Strahan was leaving.

Today’s Birthdays: Architect I.M. Pei is 100. Movie composer Francis Lai is 85. Actress-comedian Carol Burnett is 84. Rhythm-and-blues singer Maurice Williams is 79. Songwriter-musician Duane Eddy is 79. Singer Bobby Rydell is 75. Rock musician Gary Wright is 74. Actress Nancy Lenehan is 64. Actor Giancarlo Esposito is 59. Rock musician Roger Taylor (Duran Duran) is 57. Actress Joan Chen is 56. Rock musician Chris Mars is 56. Actor-singer Michael Damian is 55. Actor Jet Li is 54. Rock musician Jimmy Stafford (Train) is 53. Actor-comedian Kevin James is 52. Record company executive Jeff Huskins is 51. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey is 51. Actress Marianne Jean-Baptiste is 50. Country musician Joe Caverlee (Yankee Grey) is 49. Rapper T-Boz (TLC) is 47. First lady Melania Trump is 47. Actress Shondrella Avery is 46. Country musician Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts) is 46. Country musician Michael Jeffers (Pinmonkey) is 45. Rock musician Jose Pasillas (Incubus) is 41. Actor Jason Earles is 40. Actor Leonard Earl Howze is 40. Actor Tom Welling is 40. Actor Pablo Schreiber is 39. Actor Nyambi Nyambi is 38. Actress Jordana Brewster is 37. Actress Stana Katic is 37. Actress Marnette Patterson is 37. Actor Channing Tatum is 37. Actress Emily Wickersham is 33. Actor Aaron Weeks is 31.

Thought for Today: “Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate.“ — Dr. Thomas F. Jones, Jr., American college official (1916-1981).

Horoscope - April 25, 2017

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). A lot of the work that relationships require will have to do with being tolerant and understanding that the other person’s brain works differently from yours. Be patient with those differences.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Earning won’t be a problem for you, but your spending style could be. Expensive tastes are the reason. Delay your gratification until you can truly afford it and you’ll suddenly feel rich.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). There are fundamental differences between you and a partner, but none of it needs to hinder the relationship’s progress – quite the opposite, in fact. You’re your teamwork will be made stronger for your varied strengths.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Does a seashell know sacred geometry; a flower, perfect symmetry? Beauty will fall perfectly into place because nature is elegant that way. All you have to do is let things unfold naturally.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Success will come as you observe your world and use what you find. Don’t worry; you can be original and still utilize what’s common. (It’s too costly and time-consuming to invent everything you need!)

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Long stretches of peace and quiet are a rarity now, but if you can make this happen even for an hour you’ll be healthier and more productive for the effort.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Your winning mindset is unstoppable, though some will try to stop you. The games you choose are hard enough on their own without teammates dragging you down. Seek supportive company wherever possible.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). The mental chatter will distract you from your goals if you let it. First of all, a lot of it is static you don’t need and shouldn’t put much stock in. If you can’t separate the noise from the message, disregard both. Hard work is the answer.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). When things seem to get a little too ordinary, you feel genuinely out of place. True, you were meant for the extraordinary, and in today’s case it’s up to you to create the transformation.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You are nature. When you interact in the untamed realms, you get back to your animal self. Interacting in nature will restore, energize and change you for the better.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You’re lucky to know what will make you happy and pursue it: Many do not have this kind of happiness compass. Just be aware that the magnetism of happiness’‘ will move for you like the magnetic poles do.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Don’t be too worried about the disapproval of others. A little conflict will spice up the scene. On a related note, adrenaline is good for romance, maybe even essential.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (April 25). The criterion you use to choose your work will greatly impact your happiness, since work will get the best of your energy over the next 10 weeks. It’s the ones you serve and care for who define your summer months. Children wrap around your heart in June. There’s a performance test in September. Cancer and Leo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 8, 15, 3, 38 and 41.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Oscar-winner Renee Zellweger surprised her high school friends and teachers by showing up at a reunion party recently. The irresistible Taurus actress and fashionista was born when the sun and Mercury were in determined Taurus and the moon was in Leo, the sign of the entertainer. Zellweger will star in the drama “Same Kind of Different as Me’‘ with Jon Voight and Greg Kinnear.

Today in History - April 25, 2017

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Today is Tuesday, April 25, the 115th day of 2017. There are 250 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On April 25, 1507, a world map produced by German cartographer Martin Waldseemueller contained the first recorded use of the term “America,“ in honor of Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci (vehs-POO’-chee).

On this date:

In 404 B.C., the Peloponnesian War ended as Athens surrendered to Sparta.

In 1792, French highwayman Nicolas Jacques Pelletier became the first person to be executed by the guillotine.

In 1862, during the Civil War, a Union fleet commanded by Flag Officer David G. Farragut captured the city of New Orleans.

In 1915, during World War I, Allied soldiers invaded the Gallipoli Peninsula in an unsuccessful attempt to take the Ottoman Empire out of the war.

In 1917, legendary jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald was born in Newport News, Virginia.

In 1945, during World War II, U.S. and Soviet forces linked up on the Elbe River, a meeting that dramatized the collapse of Nazi Germany’s defenses. Delegates from some 50 countries gathered in San Francisco to organize the United Nations.

In 1959, the St. Lawrence Seaway opened to shipping.

In 1964, vandals sawed off the head of the “Little Mermaid” statue in Copenhagen, Denmark.

In 1974, the “Carnation Revolution” took place in Portugal as a bloodless military coup toppled the Estado Novo regime.

In 1983, 10-year-old Samantha Smith of Manchester, Maine, received a reply from Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov to a letter she’d written expressing her concerns about nuclear war; Andropov gave assurances that the Soviet Union did not want war, and invited Samantha to visit his country, a trip she made in July.

In 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was deployed in orbit from the space shuttle Discovery. (It was later discovered that the telescope’s primary mirror was flawed, requiring the installation of corrective components to achieve optimal focus.)

In 2002, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes of the Grammy-winning trio TLC died in an SUV crash in Honduras; she was 30.

Ten years ago: Brushing off a presidential veto threat, the House passed, 218-208, a $124.2 billion supplemental spending bill ordering U.S. troops to begin coming home from Iraq in the fall of 2007. The Dow Jones industrial average topped 13,000 for the first time, ending the day at 13,089.89. Rosie O’Donnell announced she was leaving the ABC talk show “The View” (she returned to the program in 2014, but left again the following year). Singer-songwriter Bobby “Boris” Pickett of “Monster Mash” fame died in Los Angeles at age 69.

Five years ago: The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Arizona’s tough immigration law. (A divided court later threw out major parts of the law.)

One year ago: The city of Cleveland reached a $6 million settlement in a lawsuit over the death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy shot by a white police officer while playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation center. A panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled 2-to-1 that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had to serve a four-game “Deflategate” suspension imposed by the NFL, overturning a lower judge and siding with the league in a battle with the players union. (Brady ended up serving the suspension.)

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Al Pacino is 77. Ballroom dance judge Len Goodman (TV: “Dancing with the Stars”) is 73. Rock musician Stu Cook (Creedence Clearwater Revival) is 72. Singer Bjorn Ulvaeus (ABBA) is 72. Actress Talia Shire is 72. Actor Jeffrey DeMunn is 70. Rock musician Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) is 67. Country singer-songwriter Rob Crosby is 63. Actor Hank Azaria is 53. Rock singer Andy Bell (Erasure) is 53. Rock musician Eric Avery is 52. Country musician Rory Feek (Joey + Rory) is 52. TV personality Jane Clayson is 50. Actress Renee Zellweger is 48. Actress Gina Torres is 48. Actor Jason Lee is 47. Actor Jason Wiles is 47. Actress Emily Bergl is 42. Actor Jonathan Angel is 40. Actress Marguerite Moreau is 40. Singer Jacob Underwood is 37. Actress Melonie Diaz is 33. Actress Sara Paxton is 29. Actress Allisyn Ashley Arm is 21.

Thought for Today: “There are two great rules of life, the one general and the other particular. The first is that everyone can, in the end, get what he wants if he only tries. This is the general rule. The particular rule is that every individual is more or less an exception to the general rule.“ — Samuel Butler, English author (1835-1902).

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