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Ex-Australian PM Bob Hawke

CANBERRA, Australia — Bob Hawke, Australia’s longest-serving Labor Party prime minister, whose charisma and powers of persuasion earned him near-folk hero status among many Australians, died on Thursday, his wife said. He was 89. The former union leader dedicated much of his political ...

Man accused of giving false info to buy gun

A Huntingdon County man faces charges for allegedly giving a false statement while trying to buy a gun in Martinsburg. According to charges filed by state police, William E. Leidy Jr., 42, Shirleysburg, when answer­ing the question: “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana ...

Pope ordains 19 new priests

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has given the church 19 new priests, ordaining the men in an elaborate ceremony Sunday in St. Peter’s Basilica, as the credibility of the Vatican and many of its clergy is threatened by widespread scandals of pedophile priests and systematic efforts at ...

Man charged with church fires said he was mad at God

BETHLEHEM (AP) — A man charged with setting two fires at a Pennsylvania church that had kicked him out of the congregation says he was “mad at God.” Wilmer Ortiz Torres is a former member at Iglesia Pentecostal De Bethlehem and faces arson and related charges over the April ...

School criticized for actor’s Arab headwear in safety drill

HARRISON CITY (AP) — A Pennsylvania school district is defending itself after video surfaced of a safety drill that had a teacher posing as a shooter and donning what appeared to be a Middle Eastern headdress. The video appears to show the actor wearing a kaffiyeh. The Penn-Trafford School ...

Lawyer says woman never forced kids to get birth control

TURTLE CREEK (AP) — Police have charged a woman accused of forcing her friend’s 12-year-old daughter to get a birth control implant in her arm without the mother’s permission, allegations the woman’s lawyer said are completely false. Valerie Marie Fullum is charged with two felony ...

Abortion bill most stringent in nation

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama’s Republican governor signed the most stringent abortion legislation in the nation Wednesday, making performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases. “To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply ...

Community remembers slain student

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (AP) — Nearly 2,000 people turned out Wednesday for a memorial service to honor the Colorado teenager who was killed while charging one of the two gunmen who opened fire inside a high school and shot nine people just days before graduation. A line of Jeeps and trucks ...

Amid tensions, US pulls staff from Iraq

BAGHDAD — The U.S. on Wednesday ordered all nonessential government staff to leave Iraq, and Germany and the Netherlands both suspended their military assistance programs in the country in the latest sign of tensions sweeping the Persian Gulf region over still-unspecified threats that the ...

Nation briefs

CALIFORNIA Officials: Power lines sparked wildfire SAN FRANCISCO — California fire authorities said Pacific Gas & Electric Co. power lines sparked the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history. Cal Fire said Wednesday the lines in the Pulga area ignited the Nov. 8 ...

World briefs

BRAZIL Crowds protests cuts in school funding RIO DE JANEIRO — Tens of thousands joined in demonstrations across Brazil on Wednesday to protest big cuts in federal funding for public education, the first nationwide rallies organized against far-right President Jair Bolsonaro since he ...

Macy’s warns customers of impact of trade war

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy’s customers may finally start to feel the impact of President Donald Trump’s trade war with China. Like many department stores and general merchandise retailers, Macy’s had been left largely unscathed by the first several rounds of tariffs since they focused more ...

Burger King parent eyes growth

NEW YORK (AP) — The company that owns the Burger King, Popeyes and Tim Hortons chains plans to combat sluggish sales growth by expanding delivery service in the U.S. and opening thousands of new stores worldwide. At a conference for investors in New York Wednesday, Restaurant Brands ...

Help coming to block scam calls

NEW YORK (AP) — New measures by U.S. regulators could help thwart some of the billions of robocalls received in the U.S. The Federal Communica­tions Commission said Wednesday that it will vote in June on whether to let wireless carriers block spam calls by default, which should mean that ...

Recall

Ford vehicles Ford is adding 270,000 vehicles to a recall in North America to fix a gearshift problem that could cause them to roll away unexpectedly. The addition covers certain 2013-16 Fusion midsize cars with 2.5-liter engines. The company is urging drivers to always use the parking ...

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Mnuchin optimistic on trade battles The U.S. is making progress in talks with Canada and Mexico over the lifting of steel tariffs, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday. Mnuchin also said he expects to soon travel to Beijing with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to ...

Boxing judge Harold Lederman

Harold Lederman, who judged fights for more than a half century and was a mainstay of HBO’s boxing telecasts, has died at the age of 79. Lederman, a pharmacist by trade, became widely known as the unofficial scorer for HBO on some of the biggest fights of the times. He was a member of the ...

First black woman mayor in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. — An outspoken civil rights activist who was born to sharecroppers in the segregated American South and rose to become the first African American woman to win a mayor’s race in Mississippi has died. Unita Blackwell was 86. She died Monday at Ocean Springs Hospital, ...

GOP scrambles to ease blow from trade war

WASHINGTON — Pres­i­dent Donald Trump’s allies on Capitol Hill are scrambling to soften the blow from his trade war with China amid mounting anxiety from farm-state lawmakers that the protracted battle and escalating tariffs could irreparably damage their local economies. Vice President ...

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Stocks rise, claw back chunk of trade-war plunge Stocks climbed on Tuesday, and the S&P 500 clawed back a third of its loss from Monday’s rout in the latest whipsaw move as investors weigh just how badly the escalating U.S.-China trade war will hurt the economy. The day’s rally was ...