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Sid Michaels Kavulich, state lawmaker from Scranton area

HARRISBURG (AP) — A four-term Democratic state representative from northeastern Pennsylvania has died, two weeks after undergoing heart surgery. A family friend in contact with his immediate family said Sid Michaels Kavulich died early Tuesday morning. Kavulich was 62 and was from ...

World

Brazil Temer charged with corruption SAO PAULO — Brazil’s federal police are recommending in a new case that President Michel Temer be put on trial for corruption, money laundering and criminal association. The federal police report was filed to Brazil’s top court Tuesday and ...

Ian Kiernan, former round-the-world sailor

SYDNEY — Ian Kiernan, an environmental campaigner and accomplished round-the-world sailor who raced for more than 40 years, died Wednesday after a short battle with cancer, his family said. He was 78. Kiernan competed for Australia at the Admiral’s, Southern Cross, Clipper, Kenwood and ...

Casey pulls TV ad after Barletta objects

HARRISBURG (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey is pulling a TV ad from the home market of Republican challenger U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, after Barletta called it cruel to his family. Casey said in a statement Monday that the parallels were unintentional and he takes Barletta at his word ...

Raye Montague, black woman with innovative Navy career

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Raye Montague, a trailblazing black woman who revolutionized the way the U.S. Navy designed ships, died Oct. 10, 2018. She was 83. Montague developed a computer program that created rough drafts of ship specifications. It allowed the Navy to cut the time it took to build ...

Ticker

US budget deficit hits highest level in 6 years The federal budget deficit has surged to $779 billion in fiscal 2018. That is its highest level in six years. President Donald Trump’s tax cuts caused the government to borrow more heavily. US retail sales edged up slightly in ...

Anti-hazing law goes before governor

HARRISBURG — Strict­er criminal penalties for hazing will soon become state law under legislation in­spired by the death of a Penn State student that cleared its final hurdle Monday. The Senate voted unanimously for a bill named for a fraternity pledge who consumed a dangerous amount of ...

Koreas agree on railroad

SEOUL, South Korea — North and South Korea continued their push for peace Monday with high-level talks that resulted in a host of agreements, including a plan by the rivals for a groundbreaking ceremony this year on an ambitious project to connect their railways and roads. The agreements ...

Hurricane damage marvels Trump

LYNN HAVEN, Fla. — President Donald Trump marveled at the roofless homes and uprooted trees that he saw Monday while touring Florida Panhandle communities ravaged by the force of Hurricane Michael. Trump toured devastated coastal communities by air, land and foot before he and the first ...

Trump suggests ‘rogue killers’

WASHINGTON — Pres­i­dent Donald Trump suggested Monday that “rogue killers” could be responsible for the mysterious disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, an explanation offering U.S. ally Saudi Arabia a possible path out of a global diplomatic firestorm. The Saudis ...

Sen. Warren: I have Native American heritage

BOSTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday released the results of a DNA analysis that she said indicated she has some Native American heritage, a rebuttal to President Donald Trump, who has long mocked her ancestral claims and repeatedly referred to her as “Pocahontas.” The Massachusetts ...

Nation

Michigan Cremation OK’d after body parts probe DETROIT — A judge said federal authorities can cremate hundreds of remains that have been in cold storage since a raid at a Detroit lab in 2013. The government in January won a conviction against a body parts broker, Arthur Rathburn. He ...

World

Greece Molotov cocktails injure police officers ATHENS — Authorities in Greece said four police officers were injured when a police station in central Athens was attacked with Molotov cocktails. Police said about 30 people participated in the assault near Omonia Square that also damaged ...

Sheriff: Teen in danger, not a runaway

BARRON, Wis. — A Wisconsin teenager who has been missing since her parents were found dead in their home isn’t a runaway and investigators believe she’s in danger, a sheriff said Tuesday. Authorities have been searching for 13-year-old Jayme Closs since deputies responding to a 911 call ...

Man dies from injuries

TAYLOR (AP) — Authorities say a man has died several weeks after the explosion of his northeastern Pennsylvania home. Fifty-eight-year-old Brian Ott was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest following the Aug. 30 explosion at the home in Taylor. The county coroner’s office said ...

William Coors, former chair of Adolph Coors

William“Bill” Coors, the former chairman of Adolph Coors Co. and grandson of the brewing company’s founder, has died at 102. Molson Coors Brewing Co. said he died Saturday at his home in Golden, Colorado. Coors began his career with the company in 1939 and was chairman from 1959 to ...

Retailers ramp up their game

NEW YORK — When Toys R Us closed its doors, customers mourned the loss of a beloved brand that conjured memories of their own childhood. Retailers, on the other hand, saw an opportunity. Rather than cede any more ground to online behemoth Ama­zon, companies like Target, Walmart and Party ...

Scramble for holiday seasonal workers near fever pitch

WASHINGTON — Companies that depend on holiday season sales will need more workers at a time when the ranks of the unemployed have dwindled to their lowest level since the recession. Envisioning an even tougher struggle than in recent years, many are taking steps they’ve not tried before ...

US consumer prices up slight 0.1 percent in Sept.

WASHINGTON — Con­sumer prices edged up a slight 0.1 percent in Septem­ber as energy prices retreated after a big gain in August. The Labor Department said Thursday that the September gain in its closely watched consumer price index followed a 0.2 percent rise in August. It was the ...

Congress heads toward border wall fight

WASHINGTON — Congress is heading toward a post-election showdown over President Donald Trump’s wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, as GOP leaders signal they’re willing to engage in hardball tactics that could spark a partial government shutdown and the president revs up midterm crowds for ...