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NKorean capital upgrades transit

PYONGYANG, North Korea — Pyongyang is upgrading its overcrowded mass transit system with brand new subway cars, trams and buses in a campaign meant to show that leader Kim Jong Un is raising the country’s standard of living. The long-overdue improvements, while still modest, are a welcome ...

Iconic kissing sailor dead at 95

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The ecstatic sailor shown kissing a woman in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II died Sunday. George Mendonsa was 95. Mendonsa fell and had a seizure at the assisted living facility in Middletown, Rhode Island, where he lived with his wife of 70 years, ...

Trump sees ‘new day’ for Latin America

MIAMI — President Donald Trump said Monday that “a new day is coming in Latin America,” as he sought to rally support among the largest Venezuelan community in the U.S. for opposition leader Juan Guaido. Speaking at Florida Inter­national University in Miami before large American and ...

Israeli claims derail summit

JERUSALEM — Poland on Monday withdrew from a European summit in Jerusalem, derailing the meeting and embarrassing its Israeli hosts, to protest claims by Israel’s acting foreign minister that Poles collaborated with the Nazis and “suckled anti-Semitism with their mothers’ milk.” The ...

Standoff spells endgame for IS

BAGHOUZ, Syria — The collection of tents was largely silent on a sunny winter Monday afternoon. Few people were visible, but the few out and about were calm: Two men in long robes and pants walked slowly together through the grass, a woman leisurely came out of her tent to look around, a ...

Nation briefs

Officials: Hepatitis A outbreak not new COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health said reports that wrongly imply a newly declared outbreak of hepatitis A are circulating throughout the state, apparently prompted by a recent case involving a restaurant worker. A statewide outbreak ...

World briefs

Long prison terms for protesting farmers MANAGUA, Nicaragua — A Nicaraguan judge has given lengthy prison terms to three farmers’ leaders who participated in protests against President Daniel Ortega’s government. Defense lawyer Julio Montenegro said the penalties are 216 years for ...

Wheels to watch: New models announced in Detroit

DETROIT — SUVs and a big pickup truck got top billing at Detroit’s auto show this year, but there are some surprise sports cars and electric vehicles on the agenda. The most popular vehicle of the bunch was the Ford Explorer, which was revealed ahead of the show at Ford Field, the home of ...

Calif. governor wants users to profit from data

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has set off a flurry of speculation after he said the state’s consumers should get a piece of the billions of dollars that technology companies make by capitalizing on personal data they collect. The new governor has asked aides to develop ...

Some owners mix romantic, professional partnerships

NEW YORK — Debbie and Gary Douglas sometimes need to remind each other, “this is your business partner talking.” In business together for 16 years, the Douglases have found that being co-owners of a public relations firm requires them to be more direct with each other than they once were ...

For the kids

Bethany Pierce, a member of Penn State Altoona Benefiting Thon chapter, dances the 2019 Line Dance with her fellow Thon members. This year’s dance included references to Stan Lee and the British royal family. Thousands of Penn State students are participating in the annual 46-hour dance ...

AG: Rising police demand tied to pension problems

HARRISBURG — State Auditor General Euqene DePasquale drew a link last week between helping struggling municipal pension plans get out of debt and easing demand for state police coverage in additional parts of Pennsylvania. One reason that municipalities are closing police and fire ...

Senate paying ex-security chief’s legal bills in lawsuits

HARRISBURG — Repub­licans in Pennsylvania’s Senate have been paying the legal bills of the chamber’s ex-security chief in lawsuits by two women accusing him of harassing them while on the job as Senate security guards. Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati’s office has approved ...

Students learn yoga in school

FRISCO, Texas — Soft piano music and dim lights set the mood in the kindergarten classroom. Kristina Cappe, a health and wellness coach at Frisco Independent School Dis­trict’s Pink Elementary School, stands in front of 22 children, each sitting on their own pink mat. “Is everyone ...

Experts: World needs a new diet

NEW YORK (AP) — A hamburger a week, but no more — that’s about as much red meat people should eat to do what’s best for their health and the planet, according to a report seeking to overhaul the world’s diet. Eggs should be limited to fewer than about four a week, the report says. ...

Man guilty in home invasion murders

WILLIAMSPORT (AP)— A man convicted of second-degree murder in a Hallo­ween night 2016 home invasion that left a mother and son slain shouted “Racist!” at the all-white jury that returned the verdict. Jurors in Lycoming County deliberated all morning and into Friday afternoon before ...

State briefs

JIM THORPE Five hurt when wheel hits windshield State police say a tire and wheel crashed through the windshield of a sport utility vehicle on the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Northeast Extension, critically injuring a woman and boy. Police say the SUV was heading south on Interstate 476 in ...

Multiple dead after standoff

CLINTON, Miss. — Authorities said multiple people are dead after a domestic dispute in Mississippi led to a hostage situation and a subsequent police shooting. News outlets reported the incident began about 2:30 a.m. Saturday inside a Clinton home and lasted for about 12 hours. Clinton ...

Funds for border remain undecided

WASHINGTON — The acting secretary of defense said Saturday he has not yet determined how much money he will redirect to President Donald Trump’s border wall project. Pat Shanahan, who has been leading the Pentagon since Jim Mattis stepped down Dec. 31, made the comment in an interview ...