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Pennsylvania budget cram week starts with eye on saving cash

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's budget cram week began Monday, as lawmakers unveiled a compromise spending plan that uses surplus dollars to spread around modest spending increases, hold the line on taxes and make a substantial deposit into a relatively bare budgetary reserve. Votes ...

Trump order aims to disclose ‘real’ costs for health care

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday that calls for upfront disclosure by hospitals of actual prices for common tests and procedures to keep costs down . The idea is to give patients practical information that ...

Justices side with business, government in information fight

By JESSICA GRESKO Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court sided with businesses and the U.S. government Monday in a ruling about the public's access to information, telling a South Dakota newspaper it can't get the data it was seeking. Open government and reporters groups ...

Health care giants UPMC, Highmark reach 11th-hour agreement

By MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. — Western Pennsylvania health care behemoths UPMC and Highmark struck a deal announced Monday that averts the looming breakup of their business relationship and prevents disruption and higher costs for some patients. The contract will ...

McConnell to meet 9/11 responders to discuss victims’ fund

By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is meeting this week with Sept. 11 first responders following withering criticism from comedian Jon Stewart that Congress had failed to ensure that a victims' compensation fund never runs out of ...

Student archaeologists unearth tavern in eastern N. Carolina

By BEN STEELMAN The StarNews BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C. (AP) — An excavation is subtly shifting the story of colonial Brunswick Town, on the west bank of the Cape Fear River. For the fifth summer in a row, East Carolina's Archaeology Field School is working at Brunswick Town-Fort Anderson ...

Signs of ritual pot smoking found in ancient Chinese graves

By CHRISTINA LARSON AP Science Writer WASHINGTON— Archaeologists have unearthed the earliest direct evidence of people smoking marijuana from a 2,500-year-old graveyard in western China. In a complex of lofty tombs in the Pamir Mountains — a region near the borders of modern China, ...

Confederate cannons stuck in river bed 150 years restored

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — Civil War cannons that sat on the bottom of the Pee Dee River for 150 years are now restored and on display at a veterans center in Florence. The cannons are from the Confederate ship Peedee. It was built to break the Union blockade of the South, but its cannons were ...

State archaeologists’ hands-on lesson for visually impaired

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Some state archaeologists are spending three weeks with students at the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired, including a mock dig for 26 students. Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser said in a news release Wednesday that the program runs through June 28. It also includes ...

Nebraska archeologists hope to find nothing in flooded farms

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Archeologists surveying recently flooded Nebraska farms are hoping — for once — to not find anything historically significant as such a discovery could delay federal aid to the beleaguered farmers. After the massive spring floods receded, state agency History Nebraska ...

Stonewall: How a raid and rebellion became a rights movement

By JENNIFER PELTZ Associated Press NEW YORK — Michael Olenick was 19 and living a secret social life, letting loose with friends at a speakeasy-like bar with blacked-out windows and one of the few floors in town where men danced with other men. Then the lights came on and the police ...

Longtime AP sports writer Ed Shearer dies at 82

By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer ATLANTA — Ed Shearer, a longtime sports writer with The Associated Press who covered the Olympics, Super Bowl, World Series and Hank Aaron's 715th homer but left his most lasting mark as the "SEC Seer," a prognosticator of Southern football known ...

House owner sues Penn St. over ban of frat where pledge fell

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — The shuttered Penn State fraternity where a pledge suffered severe injuries during a night of drinking and hazing is suing the school, arguing the university banned it as a way to obtain the real estate. The corporation that owns the Beta Theta Pi house sued the ...

Sudan’s military sidesteps proposal for civilian rule

By HUSSEIN MALLA and SAMY MAGDY Associated Press KHARTOUM, Sudan — Sudan's military rulers refused to agree on Monday to the Ethiopian proposal for a power-sharing agreement with the country's pro-democracy movement, a top general said, in comments that could worsen a volatile ...

Europeans cool on Iran coalition talk, seek de-escalation

By GEIR MOULSON Associated Press BERLIN — European officials on Monday appeared cool toward U.S. talk of building a global coalition against Iran, with the German foreign minister warning that "maximum pressure" without diplomacy increases the risks of a war and several others stressing ...

Alerts issued in France as intense heat wave envelops Europe

By SYLVIE CORBET Associated Press PARIS — The sunset had an orange glow and so does the new heat alert level for Paris. More than half of France, including around Paris, was placed on an orange alert for intense heat Monday — the second-highest level on the scale — as very hot ...

today in history

By the Associated Press On June 25, 1950, war broke out in Korea as forces from the communist North invaded the South. On this date: In 1788, Virginia ratified the U.S. Constitution. In 1876, Lt. Col. Colonel George A. Custer and his 7th Cavalry were wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne ...

Former LHU athlete inks deal with Knicks

FROM STAFF REPORTS Former Lock Haven standout Amir Hinton agreed to an undrafted free agent deal with the New York Knicks late Thursday night after the NBA draft. Hinton went undrafted through the two-round NBA draft. The former Lock Haven standout was one of three undrafted ...

Former congressman Joe Sestak launches presidential campaign

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Former Pennsylvania congressman Joe Sestak has become the latest Democrat to enter the presidential race. The retired Navy admiral who calls himself "Admiral Joe" on his campaign website joins a crowded Democratic field seeking the nomination to challenge President Donald ...

Raising the minimum wage in increments is best

JIM BANHOLZER Centre Hall I recently met a fellow who adamantly claims that when minimum wages rise, prices for everything else will immediately double. I think he should do a little fact-checking. First, companies generally don’t want to drive themselves out of business. ...