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Map fight shifts to House

HARRISBURG — The fight over trying to take politics out of drawing Pennsylvania’s legislative and congressional districts shifted Wednesday to the state House of Representatives, where majority Republicans may be mostly interested in overhauling how state appeals judges are elected. A ...

A citizen’s letter to Robert Mueller

Dear Mr. Robert Mueller: I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican. I am writing as a concerned American to beg you to reveal whether there is any end in sight for your Russia-Trump collusion investigation. We all want to know the truth behind whether President Donald Trump or any of his ...

Truck driver faces charges

BEDFORD — An Iowa truck driver faces charges after state police in Bedford say he was drunk while driving a tractor-trailer the wrong way on Interstate 99. Mark D. Kintz, 50, of Bettendorf, Iowa, was arrested at 11 p.m. May 29 after he was stopped by state police while driving a ...

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Tesla cuts workforce in bid to post a profit Electric car maker Tesla Inc. is laying off about 3,600 workers, mainly from its salaried ranks, as it trims costs in an effort to become profitable. CEO Elon Musk said in an email to workers Tuesday that the cuts amount to about 9 percent of the ...

Lawmakers debate bills to halt opioid abuse

WASHINGTON — The House dove Tuesday into a two-week vote-a-thon on dozens of bills aimed at opioid abuse, as lawmakers try to tackle a crisis that’s killing tens of thousands a year and to score a popular win they can tout for the midterm elections. A handful of the measures are ...

‘New future’ for North Korea

SINGAPORE — President Donald Trump wrapped up his five-hour nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with surprisingly warm words and hope for “a bright new future” for Kim’s isolated and impoverished nation. Yet he immediately faced pointed questions at home about whether he ...

Federal judge approves AT&T-Time Warner merger

WASHINGTON — A federal judge approved the $85 billion mega-merger of AT&T and Time Warner on Tuesday, a move that could usher in a wave of media consolidation while shaping how much consumers pay for streaming TV and movies. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon green-lit the merger without ...

Seattle repeals tax on large companies

SEATTLE — Seattle leaders on Tuesday repealed a tax on large companies such as Amazon and Starbucks after a backlash from businesses, a stark reversal from a month ago when the City Council unanimously approved the effort to combat a growing homelessness crisis. A divided crowd chanted, ...

States not eager to purge voter rolls

ATLANTA (AP) — A U.S. Su­preme Court ruling has cleared the way for states to take a tougher approach to maintaining their voter rolls, but will they? Ohio plans to resume its process for removing inactive voters, which was affirmed in Monday’s 5-4 ruling, after the November elections. ...

Gerald Ford wore his power lightly

WASHINGTON — Within 17 days in the autumn of 1975 — first in Sacramento, then in San Francisco — two separate handgun-wielding women attempted to assassinate the president. Had either succeeded, and each was close enough to have done so, the nation would have had a third president in ...

Polls aren’t always main barometer

“Fish gotta swim. Birds gotta fly.” Add to Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s timeless wisdom from “Show Boat” that before every election, “(alleged) pundits gotta predict.” You can be sure that, once again, this campaign year at least one long-shot candidate whose ...

Curwensville tree trimmer electrocuted

PHILIPSBURG — A Curwensville man was electrocuted Monday while trimming trees in Centre County. According to state police in Philipsburg, Adam D. Kanouff, 40, of Curwensville, was killed just before 2 p.m. Monday on the 100 block of Pike Lane in Rush Township after he cut a tree limb that ...

Puerto Rico issues new data on hurricane deaths

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Eight days after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, Efrain Perez felt a pain in his chest. Doctors near his small town sent him to Puerto Rico’s main hospital for emergency surgery for an aortic aneurysm. But when the ambulance pulled into the parking lot in ...

Nation briefs

Maine Bush, 94, sets birthday record KENNEBUNKPORT — George H.W. Bush enjoyed a relaxing birthday on Tuesday as he became the first former U.S. president to turn 94. The nation’s 41st president was receiving calls and taking it easy at his seaside home, Chief of Staff Jean Becker ...

World briefs

United Arab Emirates Saudi-led forces begin Yemen assault DUBAI — A Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen’s exiled government began an assault early this morning on Yemen’s port city of Hodeida, a crucial battle in the 3-year-old conflict. Before dawn, convoys of vehicles appeared to ...

Accident closes I-99 north

Interstate 99 north between Tyrone and Bald Eagle is currently closed due to a traffic accident this morning. The Mirror is working to learn more details and will provide them as they become available.

‘Net neutrality’ ends

NEW YORK (AP) — Your ability to watch and use your favorite apps and services could start to change — though not right away — following the official demise Monday of Obama-era internet protections. Any changes are likely to happen slowly, as companies assess how much consumers will ...

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After teasing name, IHOP says “b” is for burgers IHOP, which teased a name change to IHOb earlier this month, said the “b’’ is to promote its burger menu. The pancake chain has been coy about whether the name flip is permanent, saying Monday that it was “for the time being.” ...

Gunman holds four kids hostage in Florida standoff

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A man who police say shot an officer then barricaded himself in an apartment with four children was being urged Monday to release the hostages and peacefully end a standoff that had lasted more than 12 hours. Police negotiators have communicated with suspect Gary ...

Trump, Kim ‘working together’

SINGAPORE — President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un came together for a momentous summit today that could determine historic peace or raise the specter of a growing nuclear threat, with Trump pledging that “working together we will get it taken care of.” In a meeting that ...