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White nationalist threatens lawsuit against Ohio colleges

By DAKE KANG Associated Press CLEVELAND — White nationalist Richard Spencer has threatened to sue two Ohio universities if they refuse to rent campus spaces for him to speak. Spencer's associates contacted the University of Cincinnati and Ohio State University this month asking to rent ...

State briefs

Pennsylvania launches program to promote state’s brewers HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania is giving its breweries a boost with a new marketing initiative designed to highlight local beer producers. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday rolled out the PA Preferred Brews initiative, which ...

Frat where Penn St. pledge was fatally hurt cited over codes

STATE COLLEGE (AP) — The Penn State fraternity where a student was fatally injured during an alcohol-fueled pledge night in February is accused of violating local ordinances by renting rooms to alumni during home football weekends. The citations issued to the Beta Theta Pi house say it ...

Australia seeks soldier’s skull held at Philadelphia museum

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An Australian politician is pushing for a Philadelphia medical museum to return the skull of an unknown Australian soldier who was shot in World War I and died days later. Lynda Voltz, a member of the Australian Labor Party and a minister for veterans' affairs, said ...

Sea critters hitchhiked across the Pacific on tsunami debris

By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer WASHINGTON — Nearly 300 species of fish, mussels and other sea critters hitchhiked across the Pacific Ocean on debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami, washing ashore alive in the United States, researchers reported Thursday. It is the largest and ...

Police officer avoids stinky situation during skunk rescue

Police officer avoids stinky situation during skunk rescue YORK, Maine (AP) — A Maine police officer put his nose in harm's way during a wildlife rescue. York Police Department officer David McKinnon came upon a skunk with its head stuck inside a cup while on patrol early Sunday. He ...

Twitter says it suspended two dozen accounts

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and CHAD DAY Associated Press WASHINGTON — Social media giant Twitter told congressional investigators Thursday it has suspended at least two dozen accounts that may have been tied to Russia, but the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee was anything but ...

Pa. high court revives lawsuit over how public schools are funded

By MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania's highest court on Thursday revived a lawsuit that claims the state is failing in its obligation to students, a case that could eventually have a dramatic effect on the shape of public education in the state. The Supreme ...

AP FACT CHECK

By CALVIN WOODWARD and JOSH BOAK Associated Press WASHINGTON — With so many missing pieces, President Donald Trump's tax plan is what you make of it. He's selling it as a relief package for the middle class. Democrats assail it as a sweet treat for the rich that slams everyone ...

When family doesn’t visit

Dear Annie: My husband and I are retired. We are in our 70s, and he is in poor health. He has cancer. But the problem I’m writing to you about is that he does not get visits or calls from his family on a regular basis unless he’s in the hospital. They live in the same town as we do. When I ...

Rapid changes in balance should prompt swift doctor visit

By KEITH ROACH, M.D. Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 70-year-old white male. I work full time as a veterinarian, teach two aerobics classes and take a weekly class for strength training. In the past three weeks, I have fallen twice — once just walking in the airport. It was sudden and scary. Over ...

Speaker Ryan seeks – and needs – a win as he sells tax plan

By ERICA WERNER and MARC LEVY Associated Press ASTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan is confronting a career-defining challenge as he tries to sell a GOP tax overhaul that Republicans are counting on to keep them in control of Congress. Many Republicans fear that failure on taxes, coming on the ...

Not saving money is the American way

Smart people living in harm's way of hurricanes know to fortify their homes before the storm hits. In a similar vein, the prudent will shore up their financial position before the next recession bears down — and one surely will. We're all in harm's way of an economic downturn. How ...

El Capitan climbers: Yosemite rock fall is biggest in memory

The Associated Press Longtime climbers of Yosemite National Park's iconic El Capitan said Thursday they've never seen a rock fall like the one "the size of an apartment building" that plunged down the vertical face of the stunning rock formation, killing a British climber and seriously ...

Wanted: 1 million people to study genes, habits and health

By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer In a quest to end cookie-cutter health care, U.S. researchers are getting ready to recruit more than 1 million people for an unprecedented study to learn how our genes, environments and lifestyles interact — and to finally customize ways to prevent ...

Memory problems not just limited to Alzheimer’s disease

(AP) —Forgetfulness can be a normal part of aging. As people get older, changes occur in all parts of the body, including the brain. As a result, some people may notice that it takes longer to learn new things, they don’t remember information as well as they did, or they lose things like ...

Students create program, save prison systems millions

BETHLEHM, Pa. (AP) — In a typical week, the state Department of Corrections receives a list of 1,000 inmates who need to be assigned to one of its 25 correctional facilities. The process isn't straightforward. There are nearly 100 factors that determine where an inmate ends up — from the ...

Trump, GOP plan promises big tax cuts

By MARCY GORDON and ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON — Promising big tax cuts and a booming economy, President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans unveiled the first major revamp of the nation's tax code in a generation Wednesday — a sweeping, nearly $6 trillion tax ...

U.S. middle class gets richer, but wealthy do even better

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON — Most American families grew richer between 2013 and 2016, but the wealthiest households pulled even further ahead, worsening the nation's massive disparities in wealth and income. The median net worth of all American families rose ...

Trump unhappy with health official over travel

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and CATHERINE LUCEY Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that he's "not happy" with his top health official, putting Tom Price's job in jeopardy after his costly charter flights triggered a congressional investigation of ...