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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 ...

Nation briefs

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 ...

World briefs

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 ...

Taiwan beefs up missiles to counter China threat

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan is responding to China’s arms buildup by developing missiles and interceptors of its own that could reduce Beijing’s military advantage over the self-ruled island, defense ex­perts say. Since President Tsai Ing-wen took office in 2016, Taiwan has deployed ...

Schools weigh duty to migrant shelters

The Associated Press When San Benito, Texas, school leaders learned of an influx of children to a migrant shelter in their small town near the U.S.-Mexico border, they felt obliged to help. The superintendent reached out and agreed to send 19 bilingual teachers, mobile classrooms and ...

Manafort facing another trial

The Associated Press ALEXANDRIA, Va. — As jurors weigh Paul Manafort’s fate in a sprawling financial fraud case, the former Trump campaign chairman still has another trial looming in the nation’s capital — and prosecutors there have a whole new set of charges and a huge volume of ...

News shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — National security adviser John Bolton; Bishop David Zubik of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. NBC’s “Meet the Press” — John Brennan, a former director of the CIA; Rudy ...

School sign spurs criticism

The Associated Press HOUSTON — A sign at a Houston elementary and middle school that sparked criticism on social media has been removed. The Houston Independent School District says the sign that read, “The more you act like a lady, the more he’ll act like a gentleman,” was removed ...

Leader demands safe roads after Italy bridge collapse

The Associated Press GENOA, Italy — Italy’s president demanded guarantees Saturday that all the nation’s roads are safe following the Genoa highway bridge collapse, after he hugged and comforted mourners at a state funeral in the grieving port city. President Sergio Mat­tarella spoke ...

Parents, 3 kids on the road in RV

LANCASTER — Brian and Diane Peachey had always dreamed about seeing as much of the country as possible. But with just a few weeks of vacation a year, they never could relax or see everything on their list. They liked camping with their three children. Maybe they could buy an RV and take a ...

Block party set for Sunday

Fairview United Metho­dist Church will host a block party from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at 2214 Fifth St. The free event will include food, games, crafts, Altoona police and a fire truck.

Jill Janus, singer of the metal band Huntress, dies at 43

PORTLAND, Ore. — Jill Janus, lead singer of the heavy metal band Huntress, has died at age 43, her family and band said Thursday. Janus had long struggled with mental Illness, and killed herself outside Port­land, Ore., on Tuesday, her relatives and bandmates said in a statement. Janus ...

Coast Guard saves 2 men

PHILADELPHIA — The Coast Guard has rescued two men who were found clinging to an overturned watercraft near the Ben Franklin Bridge. The Coast Guard said that it launched a 26-foot response boat after it received a call about the men in the water about 11:30 a.m. Friday. They were taken ...