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Pennsylvania pushes counties to improve elder-abuse casework

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Frustrated by shortcomings it has identified in elder-abuse investigations, Pennsylvania is trying to take a harder line with county agencies that were tasked with fielding nearly 30,000 complaints last year. More...

General News

Tax bill guts unpopular ’Obamacare’mandate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans didn’t get their wish to repeal former President Barack Obama’s health care law, but the tax bill barreling toward a final vote in Congress guts its most unpopular provision, the requirement that virtua More...

Just ahead of holidays, flu cases are spreading

ATLANTA (AP) — Health officials say the flu is spreading across the nation, with a dozen states now reporting widespread flu cases just ahead of the holiday season.  More...

Teacher’s house raided after explosion at home

BELLINGHAM, Mass. More...

Sports

Steelers fall to Patriots after controversial call, late interception

Antonio Brown taken to hospital with calf injury

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t about to look back on a controversial call that ended a significant game. More...

New coach, young team has DA girls excited for future

Developing a young team is a challenge in any sport. Being a first-year head coach is an undertaking all its own. In the case of the 2017- 18 Derry Area girls basketball team, those two situations are combined. More...

Rams drop second game of UPJ tourney

The Ligonier Valley boys’ basketball team got off to a fast start in its second game of the Mountain Cat Tipoff Tournament at Pitt-Johnstown on Saturday, but the Rams couldn’t maintain that pace through four quarters, dropping a 63-48 dec More...

Entertainment

‘The Last Jedi’ opens with $220M

NEW YORK (AP) — “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will happily settle for second. More...

Prince Harry interviews Obama for radio show

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Prince Harry has interviewed Barack Obama for a radio program in which the former U.S. More...

Hollywood star John Travolta woos audiences in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Hollywood star John Travolta has wooed fans during a visit to Saudi Arabia, where authorities have said that commercial cinemas will reopen next year after more than a three-decade ban on movie theaters.  More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

No one injured in Burrell Township crash   More...

Eden Hall Foundation head Fields advises SVC grads

Sylvia Hill Fields, executive director of the Eden Hall Foundation, told St. Vincent College August and December graduates and their families and friends on Saturday, Dec. 16, to “believe in yourself and trust your judgement.”  More...

Young violinist putting on unique Christmas show

Gracie Blue Zielinski has plans to perform in Europe in June with the Three Rivers Young People’s Orchestra that will play in Vienna, Budapest and Prague. More...

No injuries reported after train hits car

No one was injured when a Norfolk Southern train struck a disabled vehicle left on the railroad crossing at Hickory Avenue, the dividing line between Derry Borough and Derry Township, around 7:30 p.m. More...

Local & State News

WWII vessel gets some TLC from farmers

BOLIVAR, Pa. (AP) — Rus Davies and Greg Clark have never served in the military, but each has taken a turn piloting a 3,000-ton retired Navy landing vessel.  More...

Gov. says senator should resign over misconduct

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania’s governor said Sunday a state senator should resign over published allegations he behaved inappropriately toward women.  More...

Bolivar council holds the line on 2018 tax rate

Bolivar Borough Council approved a 2018 borough budget last week that holds the property tax rate steady at 10 mills. Council was forced to postpone its December meeting, originally scheduled for Dec. More...

World News

Jones: Trump shouldn’t resign over misconduct allegations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen.-elect Doug Jones says he doesn’t think President Donald Trump should resign over allegations of sexual misconduct, echoing the White House’s position that voters have already spoken on the issue. More...

SpaceX capsule back at space station with pre-Christmas haul

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A recycled SpaceX capsule is back at the International Space Station, just in time for Christmas. More...

Lifesaver or distraction? Police split on anti-overdose drug

BATAVIA, Ohio (AP) - The sheriff of Clermont County firmly believes it’s a call of duty for his deputies to carry a nasal spray that brings people back from the brink of death by drug overdose. More...

Health

A Medicaid challenge: Poor health, but a drive to improve

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s one of Medicaid’s challenges. While low-income people are more likely to struggle with health problems such as smoking and depression, new research shows many are motivated to improve. More...

Mental health, substance use disorder holiday season tips and resources

Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) Acting Secretary Jennifer Smith, Department of Human Services Acting Secretary Teresa Miller, and Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne spoke in the state Capitol Rotunda to share res More...

Training to curb sexual harassment available

HARRISBURG—The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center are launching a new training to help curb sexual harassment in the workplace. More...

Lifestyles

Pair carrots with warmth of harissa for bright dish

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Healthy Plate helps home cooks discover the healthier side of everyday ingredients. More...

Stouffer / Donahue

Dale and Tracy Stouffer of Greensburg (Unity Township) announce the engagement of their daughter Megan Stouffer to David Donahue, son of Regis and Roxann Donahue of Latrobe (Unity Township). More...

Church news

Lycippus Calvary UMC combines services Dec. 24   Lycippus Calvary United Methodist Church, Route 130, Unity Township, will have two services in one on Dec. More...

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