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Gov. Wolf aims to boost utility bills

Who doesn’t love price cuts? Paying less always feels like a win — whether it’s saving thousands on a home or pennies on a cup of coffee. Come July 1, residents and businesses across the state are set to experience this price-cut victory when they see their water, electric and natural ...

Expose ‘crony capitalism’

“Are you on the take?” When I tried to get Edgewater, New Jersey, politicians to answer that question, the mayor wouldn’t discuss it, ultimately telling me, “You may sit down.” The town of Edgewater is right across the Hudson River from Manhattan. Anyone fortunate enough to ...

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain

Many people thought Anthony Bourdain had the most enviable career in existence. He didn’t deny it. “I have the best job in the world,” the globe-trotting food-taster and culinary storyteller once told the New Yorker. “If I’m unhappy, it’s a failure of ...

Overdose reversal drug to be recalled

A drug used to reverse opioid overdoses may not be available for a while locally, due to a nationwide, voluntary recall issued by its manufacturer, Hospira Inc. The recall is for the syringe injection system of naloxone hydrochloride. It does not affect the Narcan brand, which is made by a ...

State

HULMEVILLE Funeral home owner stole nearly $300,000 from clients A Pennsylvania funeral home owner has admitted stealing nearly $300,000 from dozens of clients who prepaid for their funerals. David Faust pleaded guilty Wednesday to numerous charges, including theft, forgery and ...

New charges filed against Manafort

WASHINGTON — Special counsel Robert Mueller has brought new obstruction charges against President Donald Trump’s campaign chairman and a longtime associate who prosecutors have said has ties to Russian intelligence. The indictment was unsealed Friday against Paul Manafort and Konstantin ...

Gov’t blamed for massacre

DALLAS (AP) — A family that lost several relatives during a mass shooting at a Texas church says the federal government was negligent by failing to report the gunman’s criminal information to a national database, according to a lawsuit filed this week. The suit, filed in federal court in ...

Senate bill leaves food stamps alone

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Agriculture Committee on Friday released a bipartisan farm bill that makes mostly modest adjustments to existing programs and, unlike the House version of the bill, doesn’t pick a fight over food stamps. The Senate bill, dubbed the “Agriculture Improve­ment ...

Trump barrels into G-7 summit

LA MALBAIE, Quebec — Bruising for a fight, President Donald Trump barreled into the Group of Seven summit Friday, confronting longtime U.S. allies over a burgeoning trade dispute and insisting Russia should be brought back into the fold. Trump joined the leaders of major industrialized ...

A matter of trust

DENVER — A U.S. official harshly criticized a Colorado health officer who questioned the safety of a former nuclear weapons plant and said he did not trust the federal government’s assurances that the site was thoroughly cleaned up before being converted into a wildlife refuge. The ...

Nation

District of Columbia Soldier killed in Somalia attack WASHINGTON — One U.S. special operations soldier was killed and four U.S. service members wounded in an “enemy attack” Friday in Somalia, the U.S. military said — casualties that are likely to put renewed scrutiny on ...

World

Venezuela Europe pledges $40M in aid CARACAS — The European Union will spend more than $40 million to help Venezuelans suffering through a deepening humanitarian crisis even as the country’s leaders have steadfastly denied it needs any foreign assistance. Most of the money will ...

Silk Mill project gets OK from city

The city Planning Commission on Tuesday approved a land development application for the old silk mill property near the former Bon Secours hospital. In doing so, the commission approved 12 waivers, reflecting the lack of flexibility in a project involving an old building, according to Adam ...

River access points to open

HUNTINGDON — Two new community-owned Juniata River access points are to be opened this weekend on both ends of Pennsylvania’s deepest gorge in Huntingdon County. According to a recent announcement from the Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau, the launches will bookend a gorge known as ...

Meditation

“And he said to them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consists not in the abundance of the things which he possesses.” — Luke 12:15 God is what matters, not things.

Stop gov’t supported abortion

New proposed changes in regulations from the Department of Health and Human Services will close the door on using funds from its Title X family planning program for abortion. HHS’s Office of Population Affairs, which administers this program, is a poster child for ill-conceived government ...

‘When you are close to god’

PHILADELPHIA — Each tile, light fixture, sink, and doorknob had been selected to give those who stepped down into the water a sense of spiritual renewal and a peacefulness evoking God. The only thing missing was rain. The new Mayim Chaim Congregation Beth Solomon Community Mikvah, a ...

Religious beach days planned

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City Council member says he will sponsor gender-segregated beach days for his Jewish and Muslim constituents this summer — a plan opposed by the New York Civil Liberties Union. Councilman Chaim Deutsch announced the first-ever “Southern Brooklyn Beach Day,” ...

China steps up ‘training’ of Tibetan clergy, officials

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities are ramping up political indoctrination among Tibetan Buddhist clergy and officials in charge of religious affairs as part of a campaign to strengthen the ruling Communist Party’s grip on religion. A Tibet government website reported this week that 35 ...

Court upholds law over invitations

PHOENIX — An Arizona appeals court on Thursday upheld a Phoenix anti-discrimination law that makes it illegal for businesses to refuse service to same-sex couples because of religion. The ruling comes days after the U.S. Supreme Court sided with a Colorado baker who refused to make a ...