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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 ...

Student: Teacher tackled shooter

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — A male student armed with two handguns opened fire at a suburban Indian­apolis middle school Friday morning, wounding another student and a teacher before being taken into custody, authorities said. Seventh-grader Ethan Stone­braker said his science teacher, Jason ...

Nation

Scientists find traces of opioids in mussels SEATTLE, Washington — Scientists who track pollution have discovered traces of antibiotics and the pain reliever oxycodone in some Puget Sound mussels. KIRO-TV reported this week that the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife obtained ...

World

Cyclone Mekunu nears coast; 40 missing SALALAH, Oman — Cyclone Mekunu neared the Arabian Peninsula on Friday as its outer bands dumped heavy rain and bent palm trees in Oman, a sign of the approaching storm’s power after earlier thrashing the Yemeni island of Socotra. Already at least ...

Driver rams into 3 in Ore.

PORTLAND, Ore. — A driver rammed into three women walking on a sidewalk Friday in downtown Portland, critically injuring one of them, before speeding away and getting arrested within hours of the crash, authorities said. Someone called 911 after spotting a blue SUV that matched the ...

Too much at stake for ‘junk science’

On TV crime shows like “CSI,” “NCIS” and “Law & Order,” science gets the bad guys. In real life, “science” often ensnares the innocent. Former NYPD Detective Harry Houck gets annoyed when TV shows make forensic science look infallible. “You watch a detective get ...

From Russia, with love

Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether President Donald Trump and the Russians colluded to rig the 2016 presidential election so far has borne little fruit. The Democrats and their media allies would love to find some Russian collusion and interference. I can help them discover some, but ...

Rightful owners of medals sought

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Treasury Department hopes rightful owners will come forward to claim more than 500 military medals that have ended up in its possession. Democratic Treasurer Joe Torsella said Friday that some were reported to his agency as unclaimed property. Seven of the ...

Former AG Kane loses appeal

HARRISBURG — A Pennsylvania appeals court on Friday upheld the conviction of former state attorney general Kathleen Kane for leaking secret grand jury information and lying about it, saying, among other things, that she wasn’t entitled to use evidence of a pornographic email scandal in her ...

Gunman opens fire at party, one killed

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia police said a man fired several shots into a crowd of people attending a pre-prom party at a home, killing another man. The shooting occurred about 8:45 p.m. Thursday. Authorities believe the gunman had been among those attending the party, but it wasn’t ...

Sunoco pipeline work halted

HARRISBURG — An administrative law judge has shut down work on a natural gas liquids pipeline in the Philadelphia suburbs, saying Sunoco has failed to take reasonable steps to warn people and protect them from danger. Public Utility Commission Judge Elizabeth Barnes ruled the company had to ...

Horoscope

Today’s Birthday (May 25) You are learning to use your emotions (both positive and negative) for what they can give the world. Joy is a contagion. Anger is motivation. Gemini (May 21-June 21). You have an excellent rapport with a lot of different kinds of people. But what you have with ...