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Searing testimony heard at Vatican sex abuse summit

VATICAN CITY — The day began with an African woman telling an extraordinary gathering of Catholic leaders that her priestly rapist forced her to have three abortions over a dozen years after he started violating her at age 15. It ended with a Colombian cardinal warning them they could all ...

Peter Tork, Monkees’ lovable bass-guitar player, dead at 77

LOS ANGELES — Peter Tork, a talented singer-songwriter and instrumentalist whose musical skills were often overshadowed by his role as the goofy, lovable bass guitarist in the made-for-television rock band The Monkees, has died at age 77. Tork’s son, Ivan Iannoli, told The Associated ...

Border wall could jeopardize Pa.

HARRISBURG — Federal money for submarine manufacturing in Philadelphia, aircraft construction in Pittsburgh and other military construction projects in Pennsylvania could be at risk of being diverted by the Trump administration to help finance a U.S.-Mexico border wall, U.S. Sen. Bob ...

Study finds spike in child abuse-related deaths

HARRISBURG — A state study released Thursday found the number of Pennsylvania children killed or nearly killed after abuse had occurred spiked recently, increases likely driven by a new definition of abuse and an uptick in its reporting in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky and Roman Catholic ...

Ford begins investigation into mileage, emissions

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. has launched an investigation into whether it overstated gas mileage and understated emissions from a wide range of vehicles. The company says that in September, a group of employees reported possible problems with a mathematical model used to calculate pollution ...

US home sales fall in January

WASHINGTON — U.S. home sales fell 1.2 percent in January to their worst pace in more than three years, as persistent affordability prob­lems have put a harsh chill in the real estate market. The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that sales of existing homes declined 1.2 ...

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Kraft Heinz reports fourth quarter losses Kraft Heinz Co. on Thursday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $12.61 billion, 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 $10.34. Earnings, adjusted for asset ...

Pa. church leader charged with theft

SOUTH PARK — Authorities say a western Pennsylvania church administrator stole $1.2 million that he and his wife used to pay for vacations, sports tickets and other personal expenses. The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office said 50-year-old David Reiter of South Park is charged ...

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Pittsburgh Remains were woman last seen in ’60s Police have identified remains found buried in a Pittsburgh backyard as a woman who lived at the home in the 1960s. Authorities said Thursday a DNA match from a living family member shows the remains found last year belong to Mary ...

Pa. urged to replace voting machines

HARRISBURG — Failing to replace its roughly 25,000 voting machines by next year’s elections could leave Pennsylvania as the only state without voter-verifiable paper systems, and certainly the only swing state in that position, a top elections official told lawmakers Wednesday. Kathy ...

Civilians leave Islamic State-held enclave

BAGHOUZ, Syria — Young girls and boys stared out of the back of trucks, their faces dirty, their eyes filled with terror, exhaustion and uncertainty, as hundreds of men, women and children were evacuated from the Islamic State group’s last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday. The ...

Court: Ban on high fines applies to states

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that the Constitution’s ban on excessive fines applies to the states, an outcome that could help efforts to rein in police seizure of property from criminal suspects. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the court’s opinion in ...

US-Russia vie to aid Venezuela

MOSCOW (AP) — Call it the aid wars. The Trump administration is accusing President Nicolas Maduro of starving Venezuelans by blocking tons of American-supplied humanitarian aid stored next door in Colombia. In Russia, the Kremlin sees the Venezuelan opposition’s plan to force the aid ...

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ALABAMA Deluge causes flash flooding in South HUNTSVILLE — Parts of the Deep South are experiencing flash flooding and other problems from heavy rains. Floodwaters covered roads on Wednesday in parts of eastern Mississippi and northern Alabama. In northwest Georgia, a mudslide was ...

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HAITI Jailed men could be sent to US PORT-AU-PRINCE — An official with Haiti’s communications ministry said eight men detained with automatic weapons and other arms could be transferred soon to the United States. Yves Paul Leandre made the statement on Wednesday, but provided no ...

Payless files for bankruptcy

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Payless ShoeSource has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and is shuttering its remaining stores in North America. The filing on Monday came a day after the shoe chain began holding going-out-of-business sales at its North American stores. The ...

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Minutes show Fed officials noted number of threats Federal Reserve policymakers last month noted a number of increased threats to the U.S. economy, ranging from adverse effects from the government shutdown to rising trade tensions, and opted to emphasize that they would be “patient” in ...

Disabled Walmart greeter may lose job

Pretty much anyone who shops at the Walmart in Selinsgrove knows store greeter Adam Catlin, who’s been welcoming customers with a huge smile and a hearty hello for more than a decade. But Catlin, who has cerebral palsy, fears he’ll soon be out of work after the store manager told him his ...

Former AP photographer dies

ORLANDO, Fla. — Peter Cosgrove, a former Associated Press photographer in Florida who covered more than 100 space shuttle launches, the Elian Gonzalez saga, and the presidential recount, has died. He died of a heart attack in his sleep on Saturday in Orlando, Florida, at the age of ...

Trump wants California to pay back train funds

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it plans to cancel $929 million awarded to California’s high-speed rail project and wants the state to return an additional $2.5 billion that it has already spent. The U.S. Department of Transportation announcement follows ...