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Croquet event recalls old era

MEADVILLE — A recent afternoon and the buzz of conversation in the garden, the rustle of tweed, the gentle thwack of mallet striking ball: croquet season in Meadville. And for those who couldn’t sense the intensity of competitive lawn sports in the air, a leisurely stroll past the ...

Bishop says church today ‘not the church’ in report

PITTSBURGH — The bishop of Pittsburgh’s Roman Catholic diocese pushed back against a call for his resignation and said the diocese has “followed every single step” needed for responsible action after allegations of child sexual abuse. Bishop David Zubik spoke Sunday to George ...

US: Conserving oil no longer imperative

WASHINGTON — Conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative for the U.S., the Trump administration declares in a major new policy statement that threatens to undermine decades of government campaigns for gas-thrifty cars and other conservation programs. The position was outlined in a ...

Fueling fires

The Associated Press As temperatures rise in the U.S. West, so do the flames. The years with the most acres burned by wildfires have some of the hottest temperatures, an Associated Press analysis of fire and weather data found. As human-caused climate change has warmed the world over the ...

Trump: Counsel is not a ‘RAT’

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump insisted Sunday that his White House counsel isn’t a “RAT” like the Watergate-era White House attorney who turned on Richard Nixon, and he blasted the ongoing Russia investigation as “McCarthyism.” Trump, in a series of angry tweets, ...

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Texas Doctor gets probation in patient assault HOUSTON — Former Houston Dr. Shafeeq Sheikh, convicted of sexually assaulting a patient while she was tethered to machines and receiving treatment for asthma, won’t serve any prison time and will instead serve 10 years’ probation. The ...

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Indonesia Earthquake kills 2, cuts power SEMBALUN — A strong earthquake cut power across the Indonesian island of Lombok, toppled buildings and killed at least two people as the tourist hotspot was trying to recover from a quake earlier this month that killed hundreds of people. The ...

Korean families to meet

SEOUL, South Korea — Lee Soo-nam was 8 the last time he saw his older brother. Sixty-eight years ago this month the boy watched, bewildered, as his 18-year-old brother left their home in Seoul to escape invading North Korean soldiers who were conscripting young men just weeks after invading ...

Greece’s 8-year bailout era ends

ATHENS, Greece — There will be no dancing in the moonlit streets of Athens. For all the official pronouncements that Greece’s eight-year crisis will be over as its third and last bailout program ends next Monday, few Greeks see cause for celebration. Undeniably, the economy is once ...

Reward offered for man accused of threatening Trump

PHILADELPHIA — Federal authorities have announced a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a Pennsylvania man accused of having threatened President Donald Trump and other officials. Shawn Christy, 27, of McAdoo, is also wanted in Pennsyl­vania on arrest warrants for ...

Nation’s DAs still silent on abuse

HARRISBURG — Attor­neys general around the U.S. were largely silent last week about any plans to conduct an investigation like Penn­sylvania’s that uncovered widespread child sexual abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses, although New York’s top prosecutor is an exception, saying she is ...

Experts: Sex scandals fester at unhealthy organizations

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Of all the horrific details contained in the Pennsyl­vania grand jury report on child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, one sentence stands out: “The main thing was not to help children, but to avoid ‘scandal.’” When sex-abuse cases dominate headlines, a ...

Job market makes hiring hard for small businesses

WASHINGTON — Even with the U.S. economy booming and the job market strong, hiring has slowed among one category of employers: Small businesses. Yet it isn’t because these companies are hurting. Far from it. Small businesses today are generally optimistic, and most say they’re enjoying ...

Where to find last-minute scholarships

Only a few weeks — or maybe even days — remain until college campuses re­open, but there may still be time to get a scholarship and reduce the amount of student loans you have to borrow. Here are four resources to find a scholarship to help pay for college before classes ...

‘Great peacemaker’ Annan dies at 80

The Associated Press ACCRA, Ghana — Kofi Annan, a charismatic global diplomat and the first black African to become United Nations secretary-general who led the world body through one of its most turbulent periods, died early Saturday at age 80. Tributes flowed in from around the world ...

Senator: Russia probe ‘difficult’

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — For much of the last two years, Senate In­tel­ligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr has been the Russia investigator who is seen but rarely heard on Cap­itol Hill. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, the North Carolina Re­publican ...

Saudi Arabia prepares for annual hajj

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia is preparing to host the annual hajj pilgrimage beginning today, as over 2 million Muslim faithful are ready to take part in the ultraconservative kingdom. The pilgrimage represents one of the five pillars of Islam and is required of all able-bodied ...

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Oklahoma Fans hurt at Backstreet Boys concert THACKERSVILLE — At least 14 people have been injured and transported to hospitals after trusses holding up the entrance to a resort where the Backstreet Boys were set to begin a concert in Oklahoma collapsed. WinStar World Casino and ...

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United Kingdom Parliament crash suspect charged LONDON — A driver whose car collided with several people before crashing outside Britain’s Parliament has been charged with attempted murder, police in London said Saturday. The Metropolitan Police force said 29-year-old Salih Khater ...

Dueling protests in seattle

A man who was protesting with Patriot Prayer and other groups supporting gun rights is treated for an injury during a rally and counter-protest on Saturday near city hall in Seattle. Right-wing demonstrators gathered Saturday for a “Liberty or Death” rally that drew counter-protesters from ...