Uncategorized

Natural disasters priority for states

Governors have a wide range of priorities they want to tackle in the coming year, from tax reform to education. Yet it’s a topic that receives less attention on the campaign trail and in their speeches that could determine their success — natural disasters. In the last two years alone, ...

Madison Bishop Morlino, Scranton native, dies at 71

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison Bishop Robert C. Morlino, whose backing of conservative Catholic Church teachings often put him at odds with liberal members of his Wisconsin diocese, has died. He was 71. Morlino died Saturday night at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, the diocese said in a ...

Road salt busting budgets

ALBANY, N.Y. — Budget-busting road salt prices are leaving municipal officials in the Snow Belt hoping for a mild winter. Salt supplies are tight on the heels of a harsh winter last year that depleted reserves, leaving many localities in the Northeast and Great Lakes to pay prices that ...

Police: Three injured in Pittsburgh fire have died

PITTSBURGH — Authorities said the three people critically injured in a house fire in a Pittsburgh neighborhood this week have died. City police said a 96-year-old woman and a 48-year-old man died Thurs­day, while a 47-year-old woman died Friday afternoon. The victims’ names and further ...

A ritual, Black Friday still attracts crowds

NEW YORK — Across the country, thousands of shoppers woke up before dawn the day after Thanksgiving to take part in Black Friday deals, the most famous ritual of American consumerism. Shoppers lined up outside the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, by 4 a.m., and the crowd ...

Gov’t wants high court to hear case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court on Friday to issue an unusually quick ruling on the Pentagon’s policy of restricting military service by transgender people. It’s the fourth time in recent months the administration has sought to bypass lower courts that ...

Report warns of worsening disasters

WASHINGTON — As California’s catastrophic wildfires recede and people rebuild after two hurricanes, a massive new federal report warns that these types of extreme weather disasters are worsening in the United States. The White House report quietly issued Friday also frequently contradicts ...

Nation briefs

GM investigated for faulty brake pumps The U.S. government is investigating more than 100 complaints of poor brake performance on 2.7 million General Motors big pickups and SUVs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said a brake vacuum pump can deteriorate, causing increased ...

World briefs

Dominican Republic Five killed in helicopter crash SANTO DOMINGO — Authorities in the Dominican Republic said five people died after a helicopter crashed near a popular tourist area. The director of the Investigative Commission of Aviation Accidents said the EC20 helicopter disappeared ...

WWII sailors’ relatives meet

DAVISVILLE, W.Va. — Two letters in Reader’s Digest led to a meeting between a Wood County man and a Tennessee woman whose fathers survived Japanese attacks against the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Bunker Hill during World War II. Joe Duckworth of Davis­ville read a submission to “Humor in ...

Police: NYPD car was stolen movie prop

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police said they were startled to spot a bullet-ridden New York City police cruiser with a broken windshield on a city expressway early Thanksgiving morning. Police said they tried to stop the car only to have the driver flee. They said the cruiser was ...

Stores try to cut back on long holiday lines

NEW YORK — Retailers will once again offer big deals and early hours to lure shoppers into their stores for the start of the holiday season. But they’ll also try to get shoppers out of their stores faster than ever by minimizing the thing they hate most: long lines. Walmart, Target and ...

Bitter cold doesn’t stop parade

NEW YORK — Frigid weather and blustery winds didn’t chill the enthusiasm at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, where spectators bundled up in blankets and sleeping bags and the giant character balloons flew lower than usual. SpongeBob, Charlie Brown, the Grinch and other big balloons ...

Trump to visit deployed troops

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump frequently credits himself with accomplishing more for the military and veterans than any other president in recent memory. But he has yet to embark on what has long been a traditional presidential pilgrimage important to the military: a visit to troops ...

Fire evacuees do their best on sad Thanksgiving

CHICO, Calif. — Patty Rough lost her Paradise home and most of her belongings in the Camp Fire, and she had no place to cook a family meal on Thanksgiving. But she and her husband are safe, and she was still able to spend the holiday with her children over plates of turkey, cranberry sauce ...

Nation

Comey resists closed-door interview WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former FBI chief James Comey said Thursday he will resist a subpoena to appear before a congressional committee Dec. 3 unless that happens publicly because House Republicans will distort anything he says behind closed doors. “I’m ...

World

Tower of Pisa getting more vertical ROME, Italy — The Leaning Tower of Pisa isn’t leaning so much anymore. After more than two decades of efforts to straighten it, engineers said the famed Tuscan bell tower has recovered 1.57 inches more and is in better structural health than ...

UN agency wants NKorea to permit nuke inspectors

VIENNA — The head of the U.N.’s atomic watchdog on Thursday called on North Korea to allow inspectors back into the country to monitor its nuclear program. Speaking at a board meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Director General Yukiya Amano noted that Pyong­yang had in ...

Steve Martin, Martin Short on friendship, new tour

LOS ANGELES — Steve Martin and Martin Short are back on the road again for their new tour “Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t .” The two comedy legends spoke to The Associated Press recently about the tour, which kicks off its 2019 leg on Jan. 12 in Atlanta, their friendship and when ...

Tread lightly with business health insurance plans

NEW YORK — Small business owners interested in buying insurance through an association health plan should tread as carefully as they would with any kind of health care coverage. Labor Department rules that began phasing in Sept. 1 make it possible for sole proprietors and partners to join ...