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COVID-19 reshapes, reduces back-to-school spending

NEW YORK — For Michelle Lynn England, back-to-school shopping always meant heading to Target and the local mall with her two girls and dropping about $500 on each of them for trendy outfits. Not this year. The Charlotte, North Carolina, woman cut her spending on clothing in half for her ...

Increased video game use boosts Sony’s profit

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese electronics and entertainment company Sony Corp. said Tuesday that its April-June profit jumped 53% as its video game and other online businesses thrived with people staying home due to the coronavirus pandemic. Tokyo-based Sony reported a $2.2 billion profit for the ...

Honda recalling minivans, SUVs

DETROIT (AP) — Honda is recalling over 1.6 million minivans and SUVs in the U.S. to fix problems that include faulty backup camera displays, malfunctioning dashboard displays and sliding doors that don’t latch properly. The problems were revealed in four recalls posted Tuesday by the ...

Kodak stock jump, loan questioned

The Associated Press Eastman Kodak’s potentially lucrative deal to help the U.S. government make more generic drugs domestically is threatening to turn into a regulatory headache for the fallen photography giant. Kodak’s depressed stock price surged last week before the company ...

Rain prompts rescues, wind damages day care

PHILADELPHIA — Heavy rain from Tropical Storm Isaias prompted calls to evacuate and water rescues in the area surrounding Philadelphia and high winds partially tore the roof off a day care center on the grounds of a suburban hospital, but no injuries were immediately reported. Bucks County ...

Pa. education secretary leaving

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania’s education secretary announced Tuesday he will be leaving the job to take another position, as schools throughout the state are scrambling to develop and implement pandemic reopening plans. Secretary Pedro Rivera, a member of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s ...

Progress slow as urgency grows on virus relief bill

WASHINGTON — Frustrated Senate Republicans re-upped their complaints on Tuesday that Democratic negotiators are staking too hard a line in talks on a sweeping coronavirus relief bill, but an afternoon negotiating session brought at least modest concessions from both sides, even as an ...

Tropical Storm Isaias lashes coast

WINDSOR, N.C. — At least four people were killed as Tropical Storm Isaias spawned tornadoes and dumped rain Tuesday along the U.S. East Coast after making landfall as a hurricane in North Carolina, where it caused floods and fires that displaced dozens of people. Two people died when Isaias ...

Massive explosion rocks Beirut — More than 70 killed in blast

BEIRUT — A massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the city’s port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. More than 70 people were killed and 3,000 injured, with bodies buried in the rubble, officials said. The blast ...

Census to end early

ORLANDO, Fla. — The U.S. Census Bureau is cutting its schedule for data collection for the 2020 census a month short as legislation that would have extended the national head count’s deadlines stalls in Congress. The move is worrying researchers, politicians and others who say the change ...

World

UNITED NATIONS NKorea expanding nuclear arsenal U.N. experts say North Korea is flouting U.N. sanctions by expanding its nuclear arsenal and ballistic missile program and by exporting coal and illegally importing refined petroleum products in excess of its annual quota. The experts said ...

Mary T. (Glunt) Longenecker

Mary T. (Glunt) Longenecker, 59, Queen, died Sunday at UPMC Altoona. She was born in Altoona, daughter of Gladys and Loris Glunt. She married Charles Longenecker in 1979. Surviving are her husband of 41 years; daughter, Lindsey; step-son, Charles; grandchildren: Jonah, Evie, Amelia, and Caiden; ...

Wayne C. Smith

Wayne C. Smith, 69, of Portage, passed away on Thursday. He was born in Portage, the son of Gerald Smith Sr. and Cleta (Mock) Smith. Wayne is survived by three sisters: Lavon “Mae” Miller, Shirley Sherman, and Patty Chappell; five brothers: Galen “Honey Boy,” Eugene, James, Wilbur and ...

Progress slow on virus relief bill

WASHINGTON — Negotiators on a huge coronavirus relief bill reported slight progress after talks resumed Monday afternoon in the Capitol, with issues like food for the poor and aid to schools struggling to reopen safely assuming a higher profile in the talks. Multiple obstacles remain, ...

Spain fears second wave of COVID-19

SANT SADURNI D’ANOIA, Spain — Like most Spaniards, Emma Gaya thought the worst of the pandemic was behind her. Spain’s government had ended a three-month lockdown after a COVID-19 onslaught that claimed at least 28,400 lives in the European Union nation. To kickstart its stalled ...

‘Got milk?’ ads return as virus boosts US sales

By Dee-Ann Durbin The Associated Press The dairy industry has a familiar question for you: “Got milk?” Six years after the popular tagline was retired, “Got milk?” ads are back. A dairy industry-funded group is reviving the campaign, hoping to prolong the boost milk has gotten ...

Clorox cleans up in quarterly sales

The Associated Press Sales at Clorox jumped 22% in its most recent quarter with millions of people growing more vigilant about cleaning routines in the pandemic. The company also announced Monday that Linda Rendle will become its CEO in September. There was a 33% jump in sales withing ...

Google unveils budget Pixel phone

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Google has started selling a long-delayed budget smartphone boasting the same high-quality camera and several other features available in fancier Pixel models that cost hundreds of dollars more. The Pixel 4a unveiled Monday will be available Aug. 20. It will ...

U.S. coasts bracing for storm surge

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Coastal residents secured patio furniture, ferry operators completed evacuations on the Outer Banks, and officials passed out sandbags and offered car space in elevated garages Monday as Isaias marched northward, forecast to hit the Carolinas as a minimal hurricane. ...

Philly boy, 7, shot on porch dies; 1 charged, 2 sought

PHILADELPHIA — A 7-year-old boy struck by a bullet on the front porch of a west Philadelphia home over the weekend died Monday as prosecutors announced that one man has been charged and two more were being sought, authorities said. Zamar Jones was pronounced dead at 1 p.m. Monday, Staff ...