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PSU pledge who died after hazing spurs new law

HARRISBURG — A new anti-hazing law prompted by the death of a Penn State student after a night of drinking in a fraternity house early last year was signed Friday by Pennsylvania’s governor. Gov. Tom Wolf called it “long overdue” as he put his signature on legislation to enact ...

Pa. to try cameras in work zones

HARRISBURG — Pennsyl­vania will place cameras in highway construction work zones as part of a pilot program to discourage speeding and improve safety. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday signed the law that calls for cameras to record driver’s licenses of anyone going more than 11 miles ...

Prisons to screen books for drugs

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Corrections Department announced Friday it will screen books donated to state prison inmates for drugs as part of its response to a sharp rise in the number of employees seeking medical care for suspected exposure to synthetic marijuana. The agency told The ...

One killed in bus crash

SUNBURY — Authorities say one person has died and nearly 40 others have been injured after a tour bus and a pickup truck collided on a central Pennsylvania highway. News outlets report the crash occurred Friday afternoon on State Route 147 in Northumberland County. Evangelical Community ...

Feds open Pa. clergy sex abuse probe

The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Federal prosecutors have opened an investigation of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania, using subpoenas to demand secret files and testimony from high-ranking leaders in what victims’ advocates say is the first such probe ever ...

Clergy abuse bill stalls

HARRISBURG (AP) — The collapse of legislation left uncertainty Thursday whether Pennsylvania lawmakers will ever approve recommendations in a landmark grand jury report that contained hundreds of allegations of child sexual abuse by priests in Roman Catholic dioceses across the state. The ...

Pope considers visit to NKorea

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis indicated a willingness to visit North Korea during a private audience Thursday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, according to Vatican and South Korean officials. Moon “conveyed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s desire for a papal visit to North ...

‘Wanting to rally a generation’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Christian artist Tauren Wells won four awards, including new artist and contemporary Christian artist of the year, at the 49th annual Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards. Wells, who was the former lead singer for Christian rock group Royal Tailor, performed ...

Women press for right to vote

VATICAN CITY — Pressure is building on the Vatican to give women the right to vote during its big meetings of bishops, with petitions, protests and persuasion all giving religious sisters hope that they will have their votes heard along with their voices. The issue of women’s ...

Water pollution in Iraq threatens Mandaean religious rites

BAGHDAD — Every Sunday in Iraq, along a strip of embankment on the Tigris River reserved for followers of the obscure and ancient Mandaean faith, worshippers bathe themselves in the waters to purify their souls. But unlike in ancient times, the storied river that runs through Baghdad is ...

Democrats say Trump tried to stop FBI move

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Administration emails show that President Donald Trump intervened personally to keep FBI headquarters in downtown Washington rather than relocate it to the suburbs as had long been planned, congressional Democrats said Thursday. The letter from Democratic lawmakers on ...

Stocks sink; tech skid resumes

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks slumped again Thursday as investors continued to sell shares of technology and internet companies, industrials, and companies that rely on consumer spending. Several industrial companies tumbled after releasing weak quarterly reports, and European stocks also ...

Trump issues threat

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Thursday it “certainly looks” as though Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, and he threatened “very severe” consequences if the Saudis are found to have murdered him. As the U.S. toughened its response to Khashoggi’s disappearance, ...

Taliban attack kills top Afghan officials

KABUL, Afghanistan — A high-level meeting to lay out security plans for Afghanistan’s upcoming parliamentary elections had just concluded when an elite Afghan guard turned his gun Thursday on the departing delegation in an attack that killed the powerful Kandahar police chief but missed the ...

Nation briefs

Kansas Two acquitted in waterslide death KANSAS CITY — Two Kansas water park workers were acquitted Thursday of impeding an investigation into the death of a 10-year-old boy who was decapitated while riding what was billed as the world’s tallest waterslide in 2016. David Hughes and ...

World briefs

Russia Military jet crashes, two pilots missing MOSCOW — The Russian military said one of its training jets crashed and two pilots are missing. The Defense Ministry said the L-39 aircraft went down Thursday during a regular training over the Sea of Azov. It said the pilots bailed out ...

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Land secured in Shanghai for Tesla factory outside US Electric auto brand Tesla Inc. said it has secured land in Shanghai for its first factory outside the United States, pushing ahead despite mounting U.S.-Chinese trade tensions. The California-based company announced plans for the factory ...

Dems shift line of attack, warn of threat to Medicare

WASHINGTON — With the GOP tax plan contributing to rising federal deficits, Democrats are warning that Republicans will seek cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security to balance budgets if they keep control of Congress in the November election. It’s a familiar message for Democrats, ...

US criticizes EU for moving too slowly in trade talks

BRUSSELS — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on Wednesday criticized the European Union for moving too slowly in trade talks and warned that President Donald Trump’s patience with the Europeans might soon run out. Amid rising trans-Atlantic tensions and fears of an all-out trade war, ...

FLOTUS visits opioid babies

PHILADELPHIA — First lady Melania Trump toured a hospital’s neonatal care unit Wednesday to learn about the treatment given to newborns experiencing opioid withdrawal, after she was initially delayed by mechanical problems on her plane. Her flight was forced to return to a Washington-area ...