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Jeff Stuby of Bellwood leads a line of motorists Friday looking to get some of the salt and dirt off their vehicles at the Sheetz car wash location in Bellwood. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

Judge imposes gag order in Stone case

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A federal judge issued a broad gag order forbidding Roger Stone to discuss his criminal case with anyone and gave him a stinging reprimand Thursday over the longtime Trump confidant’s posting of a photo of the judge with what appeared to be crosshairs of ...

A dye-ing business

KANO, Nigeria — A little indigo, a handful of ash and time. The dye pits in Nigeria’s ancient northern city of Kano are said to be the last ones of their kind after five centuries of existence. Many pits at Kofar Mata appear to be abandoned as the sons who inherit the tradition decide to ...

Coast Guard officer jailed as prosecutors build terror case

The Associated Press GREENBELT, Md. — A Coast Guard officer suspected of drawing up a hit list of top Democrats and network TV journalists spent hours on his work computer researching the words and deeds of infamous bombers and mass shooters while also stockpiling weapons, federal ...

Actor charged in fake attack

The Associated Press CHICAGO — “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett gave detailed instructions to two brothers who helped him stage a racist, anti-gay at­tack on himself, in­cluding giving them specific slurs to yell, telling them to shout “MAGA country” and pointing out a surveillance ...

Searing testimony heard at Vatican sex abuse summit

VATICAN CITY — The day began with an African woman telling an extraordinary gathering of Catholic leaders that her priestly rapist forced her to have three abortions over a dozen years after he started violating her at age 15. It ended with a Colombian cardinal warning them they could all ...

Peter Tork, Monkees’ lovable bass-guitar player, dead at 77

LOS ANGELES — Peter Tork, a talented singer-songwriter and instrumentalist whose musical skills were often overshadowed by his role as the goofy, lovable bass guitarist in the made-for-television rock band The Monkees, has died at age 77. Tork’s son, Ivan Iannoli, told The Associated ...

Border wall could jeopardize Pa.

HARRISBURG — Federal money for submarine manufacturing in Philadelphia, aircraft construction in Pittsburgh and other military construction projects in Pennsylvania could be at risk of being diverted by the Trump administration to help finance a U.S.-Mexico border wall, U.S. Sen. Bob ...

Study finds spike in child abuse-related deaths

HARRISBURG — A state study released Thursday found the number of Pennsylvania children killed or nearly killed after abuse had occurred spiked recently, increases likely driven by a new definition of abuse and an uptick in its reporting in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky and Roman Catholic ...

Ford begins investigation into mileage, emissions

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. has launched an investigation into whether it overstated gas mileage and understated emissions from a wide range of vehicles. The company says that in September, a group of employees reported possible problems with a mathematical model used to calculate pollution ...

US home sales fall in January

WASHINGTON — U.S. home sales fell 1.2 percent in January to their worst pace in more than three years, as persistent affordability prob­lems have put a harsh chill in the real estate market. The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that sales of existing homes declined 1.2 ...

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Kraft Heinz reports fourth quarter losses Kraft Heinz Co. on Thursday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $12.61 billion, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the Pittsburgh-based company said it had a loss of $10.34. Earnings, adjusted for asset ...

Pa. church leader charged with theft

SOUTH PARK — Authorities say a western Pennsylvania church administrator stole $1.2 million that he and his wife used to pay for vacations, sports tickets and other personal expenses. The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office said 50-year-old David Reiter of South Park is charged ...

State

Pittsburgh Remains were woman last seen in ’60s Police have identified remains found buried in a Pittsburgh backyard as a woman who lived at the home in the 1960s. Authorities said Thursday a DNA match from a living family member shows the remains found last year belong to Mary ...

Pa. urged to replace voting machines

HARRISBURG — Failing to replace its roughly 25,000 voting machines by next year’s elections could leave Pennsylvania as the only state without voter-verifiable paper systems, and certainly the only swing state in that position, a top elections official told lawmakers Wednesday. Kathy ...

Civilians leave Islamic State-held enclave

BAGHOUZ, Syria — Young girls and boys stared out of the back of trucks, their faces dirty, their eyes filled with terror, exhaustion and uncertainty, as hundreds of men, women and children were evacuated from the Islamic State group’s last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday. The ...

Court: Ban on high fines applies to states

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that the Constitution’s ban on excessive fines applies to the states, an outcome that could help efforts to rein in police seizure of property from criminal suspects. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the court’s opinion in ...

US-Russia vie to aid Venezuela

MOSCOW (AP) — Call it the aid wars. The Trump administration is accusing President Nicolas Maduro of starving Venezuelans by blocking tons of American-supplied humanitarian aid stored next door in Colombia. In Russia, the Kremlin sees the Venezuelan opposition’s plan to force the aid ...

Nation briefs

ALABAMA Deluge causes flash flooding in South HUNTSVILLE — Parts of the Deep South are experiencing flash flooding and other problems from heavy rains. Floodwaters covered roads on Wednesday in parts of eastern Mississippi and northern Alabama. In northwest Georgia, a mudslide was ...

World briefs

HAITI Jailed men could be sent to US PORT-AU-PRINCE — An official with Haiti’s communications ministry said eight men detained with automatic weapons and other arms could be transferred soon to the United States. Yves Paul Leandre made the statement on Wednesday, but provided no ...