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WHARTON Authorities: Wanted man struck trooper Authorities said a man wanted on forgery charges struck a Pennsylvania state trooper with his car and led police on a high-speed pursuit that ended when he ran into some woods. Troopers tried to stop Pete Lancaster around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday ...

Pope washes prisoners’ feet, urges service

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 prisoners Thursday and urged them to serve one another as brothers, as he ushered in the solemn pre-Easter rituals made more poignant this year following the devastation of Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral. Francis travelled to a prison in ...

Rare Bibles on display

NEW YORK (AP) — First editions of some of the earliest Bibles and other religious texts to be printed in North America are featured in a new exhibit. “In God We Trust” runs through June 23 at the New -York Historical Society. The exhibit includes the first book of any kind printed in ...

America’s 1st female astronaut candidate

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — America’s first female astronaut candidate, pilot Jerrie Cobb, who pushed for equality in space but never reached its heights, has died. Cobb died in Florida at age 88 on March 18 following a brief illness. News of her death came Thursday from journalist Miles ...

Ralph Lauren unveils plastic bottle shirt

NEW YORK — Earth, meet Polo. Polo Ralph Lauren on Thursday launched a version of its iconic polo shirt made entirely of recycled plastic bottles and dyed through a process that uses zero water. David Lauren, the youngest son of the company’s founder and its chief innovation officer, ...

Americans’ energy use surges

WASHINGTON — Amer­i­cans burned a record amount of energy in 2018, with a 10% jump in consumption from booming natural gas helping to lead the way, the U.S. Energy Information Ad­min­is­tra­tion said. Overall consumption of all kinds of fuels rose 4% year on year, the largest such ...

Recall

Nearly BMW 185K vehicles to over fire risk BMW is adding nearly 185,000 vehicles in the U.S. to a 2017 recall for possible engine fires. The recall expansion covers a dozen 3 Series, 5 Series and Z4 models from the 2006 model year. BMW said in documents filed with the National Highway ...

Ticker

Zoom zooms, Pinterest pins down Wall Street There’s some tech jubilance in the air on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley as a pair of newly public companies — Zoom and Pinterest — are seeing their stocks soar in their market debuts. Zoom Video Communications soared 72% while Pinterest ...

Effects of Columbine tragedy still unknown

LITTLETON, Colo. — The first SWAT team members to see the horror in the Columbine High School library had to step around bodies and ignore a wounded student’s plea for help as they searched for shooters they didn’t know had already died by their own hands. As member Grant Whitus put it, ...

Police find Fla. teen dead after manhunt

LITTLETON, Colo. — A Florida teenager who authorities say was obsessed with the Columbine school shooting and may have been planning an attack in Colorado just ahead of the 20th anniversary was found dead Wednesday in an apparent suicide after a nearly 24-hour manhunt. The body of ...

Redacted Mueller report will be forthcoming

WASHINGTON — After nearly two years of waiting, America will get some answers straight from Robert Mueller — but not before President Donald Trump’s attorney general has his say. The Justice Department on Thursday is expected to release a redacted version of the special counsel’s ...

Nation briefs

TEXAS Man dies after killing neighbor SAN ANTONIO — Authorities in San Antonio said a man assaulted his wife, fatally shot a neighbor and set his house on fire before dying in a hail of gunfire with police. Police Chief William McManus said the man “severely” beat his wife Tuesday, ...

World briefs

PERU Former president shoots himself LIMA — Former Peruvian President Alan Garcia shot himself in the head and died Wednesday as officers waited to arrest him in a massive graft probe that has put the country’s most prominent politicians behind bars and provoked a reckoning over ...

66 minutes: A frantic race to save Notre Dame

PARIS — Fueled by a lattice of centuries-old timbers, the fire moved hungrily across Notre Dame’s rooftop toward the cathedral’s iconic spire. It belched yellow smoke, spitting out gritty particles of wood, stone, lead and iron and wanted more. Far below, their vision obscured by fumes ...

Suspected fraternity hazing probed

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A university student in upstate New York died Wednesday following suspected hazing that has led to an indefinite suspension of fraternity and sorority activities. University at Buffalo freshman Sebastian Serafin-Bazan, 18, had been hospitalized since early Friday after the ...

Ex-Black Panther gets new hearing

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Black Panther and death row activist convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer decades ago will get a new appeals hearing after the city prosecutor on Wednesday dropped his opposition to it. Mumia Abu-Jamal, 64, is serving a life sentence after spending ...

Historic church tests sprinklers

PHILADELPHIA — A sprinkler system check at a church that was frequented by George Washington and Benjamin Franklin drew a crowd Wednesday, with dozens of people watching as sheets of water poured from the 196-foot steeple. Christ Church leaders breathed a sigh of relief at the sight: The ...

$1.5M lottery ticket sold in region

CURWENSVILLE — A progressive top prize-winning ticket worth more than $1.5 million for the Penn­syl­va­nia Lottery’s Extreme Green game was sold at Goodmans Foodliner, 335 State St., Curwensville, on Tuesday. This is the largest progressive top prize won on a Pennsylvania Lottery Fast ...

Powerball winner sues son, says money invested poorly

ORLANDO, Fla. — A 90-year-old Florida woman who took home $278 million from a winning Powerball ticket six years ago is suing her son and his financial advisers, claiming the money was put into low-return investments while she was being charged $2 million in fees. The lawsuit filed by ...

Alcoa Corp. reports 1st quarter loss

PITTSBURGH — Alcoa Corp. on Wednes­day reported a first-quarter loss of $199 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the Pittsburgh-based company said it had a loss of $1.07. Losses, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 23 cents ...