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Boeing takes hit to its reputation

NEW YORK — In an era of unprecedented airline safety, Boeing’s newest version of its best-selling airliner has crashed twice in less than six months, killing 346 people and delivering a massive blow to the company’s reputation. More than 40 countries either grounded the planes or refused ...

Recall

Butterball ground turkey after four salmonella cases Butterball LLC is voluntarily recalling more than 78,000 pounds of raw ground turkey products nationwide as Wisconsin health officials investigate four salmonella cases in the state. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services said ...

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Huawei pleads not guilty in Iran sanctions case Lawyers for the Chinese electronics giant Huawei have entered a not-guilty plea in a U.S. case charging the company with violating Iran trade sanctions. The No. 2 smartphone maker was arraigned Thursday on an indictment filed in federal court ...

OxyContin maker considers bankruptcy

The company that has made billions selling the prescription painkiller OxyContin said Wednesday that it is considering legal options including bankruptcy, a move that could upend hundreds of lawsuits claiming it had a major role in causing the U.S. opioid drug crisis. “As the company has ...

US warns of sophisticated cyberattacks

WASHINGTON — Cyber­attacks from Russia, China, North Korea and Iran are increasingly sophisticated and, until recently, were done with little concern for the consequences, the top Pentagon cyber leaders told a congressional committee on Wednes­day. Army Gen. Paul Nakasone, head of U.S. ...

Recall

Nearly 900K Fiat Chrysler vehicles on emissions Fiat Chrysler is voluntarily recalling 862,520 vehicles in the U.S. because they don’t meet the country’s emission standards. The Environmental Protection Agency said that the recall is the result of in-use emissions investigations it ...

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Facebook, Instagram suffer platform outages Facebook said it is aware of outages on its platforms including Facebook, Messenger and Instagram and is working to resolve the issue. According to downdector.com, which monitors websites, the outages started about 12 p.m. EDT on Wednesday in parts ...

Manafort gets seven years in prison

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced to a total of seven and a half years in prison on federal charges Wednesday, then was hit almost immediately with fresh state charges in New York that could put him outside the president’s power to pardon. In ...

Dozens trapped in school collapse

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Emergency crews sifted through debris as night fell on frantic efforts to rescue scores of school children and others feared trapped inside a three-story building that collapsed Wednesday in Nigeria’s densely populated commercial capital, Lagos. At least eight people ...

Nation briefs

KENTUCKY Bill passes to ban select abortions FRANKFORT — Kentucky’s Republican-led Legislature has given final passage to a bill that would ban abortion for women seeking to end their pregnancies because of the gender, race or disability of the fetus. Soon after the Senate sent the ...

World briefs

ENGLAND Stranded dog rescued from mountains LONDON — It was a routine winter training mission in northeastern Scotland until the Maritime and Coastguard Agency crew spotted a stranded dog on the snowy Cairngorms mountains below. They couldn’t fly away and leave the dog in trouble, so ...

9 dead in school attack

SUZANO, Brazil — Two masked men armed with guns, knives, axes and crossbows descended on a school in southern Brazil on Wednesday, killing five students and two adults before taking their own lives, authorities said. The men, identified as former students at the school in a suburb of Sao ...

FAA grounds Boeings

WASHINGTON (AP) — As country after country grounded Boeing’s 737 Max jets after a deadly crash Sunday in Ethiopia, U.S. air safety regulators remained resolute in their refusal to do so — until Wednesday. That’s when the Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency order ...

Lawmakers vote against Brexit

LONDON — British lawmakers voted Wednes­day to block the country from leaving the European Union without a divorce agreement and will next decide whether to try to delay that departure, currently due to take place on March 29. That decision in Parliament, scheduled for today, was set up ...

Houtzdale couple await sentences for abuse

CLEARFIELD — A Houtzdale couple charged with beating and abusing their six adopted children will be sentenced next month. Last May, Timothy Dean Krause, 52, and Barbara Jean Krause, 51, were charged by state police with six felony counts each of aggravated assault, conspiracy/aggravated ...

Parks

Greenwood Furnace State Park, 15795 Greenwood Road, Huntingdon, 667-1800 “Goin’ For the Green,” 10 a.m. Saturday, meet at the visitor center. This is a moderately difficult six-mile hike along a section of one of the park’s many trails. Dress for the weather with multiple layers of ...

Across the area

Ventriloquist Varella will perform at scholarship event in Bedford BEDFORD — The Bedford County Regional Education Foundation will hold a Speak Out for Scholarships event from 5 to 9 p.m. March 30 at the Bedford Elks Country Club, 937 S. Richard St. Ventriloquist Ian Varella will headline ...

Births

Feb. 21, 2019 Noah Quinn Stevens, a son born to Rebecca M. (Filler) and Jeffrey L. Stevens Jr., Altoona, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring, at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 23, 2019 Keegan Patrick McClain, a son born to Abigail Y. (Ott) and Brandon E. McClain, New Enterprise, at Conemaugh ...

Recall

About 1M Honda vehicles with dangerous air bags Honda is likely to recall around 1 million older vehicles in the U.S. and Canada because the Takata driver’s air bag inflators that were installed during previous recalls could be dangerous. Affected models include the Honda Accord from 2001 ...

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Wells Fargo CEO says bank is stronger The CEO of beleaguered Wells Fargo told Congress Tuesday that the bank has cleaned up its act after a series of scandals that affected millions of customers. But Democrats — and some Republicans — on the House Financial Services Committee didn’t ...