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Biden makes call for national unity

PHILADELPHIA — His party may be enraged by Donald Trump’s presidency, but Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden insisted Saturday that Democrats will not defeat the Republican president if they pick an angry nominee. Facing thousands of voters in his native Pennsylvania for the ...

More fruit aids cancer survival

For the first time, a large experiment suggests that trimming dietary fat and eating more fruits and vegetables may lower a woman’s risk of dying of breast cancer. The results are notable because they come from a rigorous test involving 49,000 women over two decades rather than other ...

Suburban EMS services struggle

BERWYN — Keith Johnson could tell story after story about the vitriol he’s faced as EMS chief of Malvern Fire Company. “I had a gentleman literally in one breath thank me for my crew saving his daughter’s life,” he said, “and in the second breath say: ‘But your bill’s ...

Picture perfect

Rachel Meintel (left) and Emily Brown pose for a selfie before Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School’s graduation ceremony on Friday at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona. The school’s Class of 2019 graduated 63 students, many of whom, like Meintel and Brown, have been ...

Trump delays auto tariffs

WASHINGTON — Bogged down in a sprawling trade dispute with U.S. rival China, President Donald Trump took steps Friday to ease tensions with America’s allies — lifting import taxes on Canadian and Mexican steel and aluminum and delaying auto tariffs that would have hurt Japan and ...

Iraqis caught in US-Iran tensions

BAGHDAD — When U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sat down with Iraqi officials in Baghdad last week as tensions mounted between America and Iran, he delivered a nuanced message: If you’re not going to stand with us, stand aside. The message, relayed to The Associated Press by two Iraqi ...

Algerians protest government

ALGIERS, Algeria — Pro­testers flooded the streets of Algeria for the 13th straight Friday, climbing atop police vans that were blocking the main demonstration site in the capital in a bold show of defiance. Security forces earlier fired tear gas into the crowd in Algiers to keep them out ...

Nation briefs

Pastor gets life in prison on sex charges TOLEDO, Ohio — A minister in Ohio who pleaded guilty to child sex trafficking has been sentenced to life in prison. Federal authorities said Cordell Jenkins was among three Toledo-area pastors who paid teenage girls for sex over the past few ...

Word briefs

Putin hails new types of laser weapons MOSCOW, Russia — President Vladimir Putin said that new types of laser weapons developed in Russia will significantly enhance the nation’s military capability. Speaking during Friday, Putin mentioned the Peresvet, the military’s first laser ...

On this date

Today is Friday, May 17, the 137th day of 2019. There are 228 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 17, 2004, Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex marriages. On this date: n In 1536, Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer declared the marriage ...

Ticker

US economic sanctions on Huawei could backfire The Trump administration’s newly announced plan to restrict exports to Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei for national security reasons doesn’t just up the ante in the China trade war. It could also hurt U.S. suppliers and accelerate ...

Boeing finishes software update for grounded jet

Boeing said it has finished with its updates to the flight-control software im­pli­cat­ed in two deadly crashes involving its 737 Max, moving a step closer to getting the plane back in the sky. Aviation regulators still have more questions about how pilots interact with the plane’s ...

Ten charged in malware case

WASHINGTON — Ten people, including five Russian fugitives, have been charged in connection with malicious software attacks that infected tens of thousands of computers worldwide and sought to steal $100 million from victims, U.S. and European authorities announced Thurs­day. The malware ...

Stock indexes extend winning streak

Stocks closed broadly higher on Wall Street for the third straight day Thurs­day, led by solid gains in technology companies and banks. The latest gains extend the market’s turnaround from the start of the week, when stocks nosedived as the trade conflict between the U.S. and China ...

Ex-Australian PM Bob Hawke

CANBERRA, Australia — Bob Hawke, Australia’s longest-serving Labor Party prime minister, whose charisma and powers of persuasion earned him near-folk hero status among many Australians, died on Thursday, his wife said. He was 89. The former union leader dedicated much of his political ...

Man accused of giving false info to buy gun

A Huntingdon County man faces charges for allegedly giving a false statement while trying to buy a gun in Martinsburg. According to charges filed by state police, William E. Leidy Jr., 42, Shirleysburg, when answer­ing the question: “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana ...

Pope ordains 19 new priests

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has given the church 19 new priests, ordaining the men in an elaborate ceremony Sunday in St. Peter’s Basilica, as the credibility of the Vatican and many of its clergy is threatened by widespread scandals of pedophile priests and systematic efforts at ...

Man charged with church fires said he was mad at God

BETHLEHEM (AP) — A man charged with setting two fires at a Pennsylvania church that had kicked him out of the congregation says he was “mad at God.” Wilmer Ortiz Torres is a former member at Iglesia Pentecostal De Bethlehem and faces arson and related charges over the April ...

School criticized for actor’s Arab headwear in safety drill

HARRISON CITY (AP) — A Pennsylvania school district is defending itself after video surfaced of a safety drill that had a teacher posing as a shooter and donning what appeared to be a Middle Eastern headdress. The video appears to show the actor wearing a kaffiyeh. The Penn-Trafford School ...

Lawyer says woman never forced kids to get birth control

TURTLE CREEK (AP) — Police have charged a woman accused of forcing her friend’s 12-year-old daughter to get a birth control implant in her arm without the mother’s permission, allegations the woman’s lawyer said are completely false. Valerie Marie Fullum is charged with two felony ...