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New York to consider banning plastic straws

NEW YORK — Plastic straws and stirrers could soon be banned in bars, restaurants and coffee shops in New York City. Democratic City Council-man Rafael Espinal introduced a bill on Wednesday, saying restaurants should replace plastic with paper or metal straws. Exceptions would be made for ...

Budget push draws near; state Capitol keeps calm

HARRISBURG — As the most intense part of this year’s budget season is about to get underway, it’s been remarkably quiet in the state Capitol, and policymakers said they’re hopeful that that bodes well for an improvement in what’s been a strained process for several years. Republican ...

Astronaut, moonwalker Alan Bean dies at 86

Former Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean, the fourth man to walk on the moon, has died. He was 86. Bean was the lunar module pilot for the second moon landing mission in November 1969. He spent 31 hours on the moon during two moonwalks, deploying surface experiments with commander Charles ...

Speechwriter’s fingerprints on country

Goodwin contributed for several presidents BOSTON — Glasses were clinked, canapes were offered, the Kennedy mixture of mirth and myths was in the air. But this year being the 50th anniversary of the death of Robert F. Kennedy, the conversation last Sunday night in the library ...

Shedding more light on Senate Bill 1006

Senate Bill 1006 has been in the news lately and is misunderstood by some people as a result of a series of articles in the Altoona Mirror. I write today to explain what this bill actually means. After hearing from many residents following Bedford and Blair Counties’ recent ...

Korean leaders hold surprise summit

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met for the second time in a month on Saturday, holding a surprise summit at a border truce village to discuss Kim’s potential meeting with President Donald Trump, Moon’s office said. Kim and ...

Gulf prepares for emergency

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Florida and Mississippi launched emergency preparations Saturday ahead of the arrival of Subtropical Storm Alberto, a slow-moving system expected to cause wet misery across the eastern U.S. Gulf Coast over the holiday weekend. Cuba was being pounded by rain along ...

Fear of fire forces closures

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Dry pine needles and dead wood snapped under fire prevention officer Matt Engbring’s boots as he hiked a half-mile into the woods in search of a makeshift campsite that had served as one man’s home until this week when the area was closed because of the escalating ...

Nation

New York Glass panel falls, kills worker at site NEW YORK — Police said a large glass panel fell on two workers during construction of one of New York City’s tallest skyscrapers, killing one and sending the other to a hospital. It happened about 10:30 a.m. Saturday at a construction ...

World

Yemen Officials: Airstrike kills at least four SANAA — Yemeni security officials said a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in the capital has killed at least four civilians and wounded over 10 others. The officials said Saturday’s airstrike hit a site near a gas station belonging to an oil ...

Powerful cyclone hits Oman, Yemen

SALALAH, Oman — A cyclone more powerful than any previously recorded in southern Oman slammed into the Gulf country and neighboring Yemen on Saturday, deluging a major city with nearly three years’ worth of rainfall in single day. The storm killed at least five people while more than 30 ...

Abortion rights win in Ireland

DUBLIN — In the end, it wasn’t even close. Irish voters — young and old, male and female, farming types and city-bred folk — endorsed expunging an abortion ban from their largely Catholic country’s constitution by a 2-to-1 margin, referendum results compiled Saturday showed. The ...

American freed from Venezuela

WASHINGTON — Joshua Holt, who traveled to Venezuela from Utah in 2016 to marry a Spanish-speaking Mormon woman but soon found himself jailed and later branded the CIA’s top spy in Latin America, was set free by the anti-American Maduro government Saturday in what his family called “this ...

News shows

WASHINGTON — Guest lineups for today’s TV news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.; former CIA Director Michael Hayden. NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Rubio; Rep. Mark ...

Horoscopes

Today’s Birthday (May 26) The bonds of love strengthen. Stay versatile. There will be times to step up and be that stable person who takes care of the situation and other times when you should let people care for you, because that grows the bond too. Gemini (May 21-June 21). What’s the ...

Teen caught in gang seeks way to straighten out

Dear Abby: I am 19, and I have been smoking and drinking — a lot — ever since I was 14. I also sneak out and go to parties and hang out with a gang I’m in. We get into a lot of fights. I know I have hurt quite a few people, and I want to set myself straight. I’m worried because I’m ...

Magnesium a fine treatment for chronic constipation

Dear Dr. Roach: My teen likes vegetables and eats right. He also drinks a lot of water, works out and doesn’t like soda. He and my sister have chronic constipation. They both now take a magnesium supplement and feel great. Is that OK? — T.M.S. Answer: Mag­ne­sium is a common and safe ...

New pot rules are keeping public in dark

In yet another reminder that it helps to read the fine print, new temporary medical marijuana regulations made public last week underline the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s stubborn insistence on restricting public access to information about the identities of those who scored permit ...

Putin: Russia held hostage by Trump

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday bemoaned troubled relations with the United States, saying Russia wants to improve them but is effectively held hostage by the disputes surrounding President Donald Trump. Putin’s comments in a meeting with top editors of ...

Weinstein faces rape charge

NEW YORK — It was the moment the #MeToo movement had been waiting for: Harvey Weinstein in handcuffs. His face pulled in a strained smile and his hands locked behind his back, the once-powerful Hollywood figure emerged from a police station Friday facing rape and criminal sex act charges, a ...