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Karate school gives back to community

ANDREW SCOTT Pocono Record EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Students at Pocono Self Defense School in Smithfield Township train like their lives depend on it. Because, in a very real sense, their lives do depend on how well they learn the values of discipline, focus, self-control, respect, ...

Midwest tests Trump appeal

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats tested the strength of their "blue wave" against President Trump's grip on America's white, working class Tuesday as the 2018 primary season lurched closer to an end in two Midwestern battlegrounds. The Republican president scored one delayed victory in ...

Italian bridge collapse sends cars plunging, killing 26

MILAN (AP) — A 51-year-old highway bridge in the Italian port city of Genoa collapsed in a driving rain Tuesday, killing at least 26 people and injuring 15 others as it sent dozens of vehicles tumbling into a heap of concrete and twisted steel. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte called it "an ...

Pennsylvania priests molested over 1,000 children

By MARK SCOLFORO and MARC LEVY Associated Press HARRISBURG— Hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania molested more than 1,000 children — and possibly many more — since the 1940s, and senior church officials, including a man who is now the archbishop of Washington, D.C., ...

Archbishop defends himself ahead of child sex abuse report

By MARK SCOLFORO and MARC LEVY Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. — Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, says he expects a grand jury report being released Tuesday on the sexual abuse of children by clergy in six Pennsylvania Roman Catholic dioceses to be critical of his ...

Numerous rafters pulled from rain-swollen Pennsylvania river

SLATINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Fifty campers on a rafting trip were safely pulled from the rain-swollen Lehigh River in Pennsylvania this week after severe storms spurred heavy currents, officials said. The campers were among those rescued Monday night by water rescue teams dispatched to an area ...

Lavish court spending in poor West Virginia triggers scandal

By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A $42,000 antique desk. A $32,000 blue suede sectional sofa. A $7,500 inlaid wooden floor map of West Virginia's 55 counties. A scandal involving lavish office renovations and other financial abuses by the highest court in one of the ...

State prison in lockdown after officers sickened

WAYNESBURG, Pa. (AP) — Prison officials say a western Pennsylvania state prison has been locked down after four corrections officers were hospitalized following exposure to an unknown substance. The State Correctional Institution in Greene County officers felt sick while searching an ...

Mom with elaborate $25k prom send-off accused of fraud

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia woman who made headlines for an elaborate prom send-off has been charged with Social Security benefits fraud. The U.S. attorney's office in Philadelphia announced charges of wire fraud, theft of government funds and Social Security fraud Tuesday against ...

TODAY IN 1945

By The Associated Press On August 15, 1945, in a pre-recorded radio address, Japan's Emperor Hirohito announced that his country had accepted terms of surrender for ending World War II. On this date: In 1483, the Sistine Chapel was consecrated by Pope Sixtus IV. In 1812, the Battle of ...

World War II remains come home, brothers get to pay last respects

By CLAUDIA LAUER Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — For nearly 70 years, Dominic Ragucci believed his brother Emil's body had been swept out to sea during a World War II battle on a Pacific atoll. But on Monday, Dominic, 86, and his brother Victor, 91, stood on a tarmac in Philadelphia to ...

Peter Strzok fired after anti-Trump messages found

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON— Peter Strzok, a longtime FBI agent who was removed from the Russia investigation over anti-Trump text messages, has been fired by the agency, his lawyer said Monday. The FBI had been reviewing Strzok's employment after the politically ...

Seattle airplane theft prompts review of security

By GENE JOHNSON Associated Press SEATTLE — The spectacular theft of a 76-seat plane from the Seattle airport by a ground crew employee is prompting an industrywide review of how to thwart such insider security threats, though it remains unclear what steps airlines might take. "This is ...

White man charged with fatally shooting black man in Florida

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors charged a white man with manslaughter Monday in the death of an unarmed black man whose video-recorded shooting in a store parking lot has revived debate over Florida's "stand your ground" law. Michael Drejka, 47, has been charged with the July 19 ...

Trump directive could hurt effort to save bird

DENVER (AP) — Some governors in the U.S. West say a new Trump administration directive threatens to undermine a hard-won compromise aimed at saving a beleaguered bird scattered across their region. The directive, issued in late July, severely limits a type of land swap involving federal ...

Charlottesville: Peaceful protests, few arrests

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of people wanting to send a message that racism is unwelcome in the United States gathered in a park outside the White House to protest a white nationalist rally on the anniversary of the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. In the end, fewer than two ...

White House called toxins contamination ‘PR nightmare’

HORSHAM, Pa. (AP) — Lauren Woeher wonders if her 16-month-old daughter has been harmed by tap water contaminated with toxic industrial compounds used in products like nonstick cookware, carpets, firefighting foam and fast-food wrappers. Henry Betz, at 76, rattles around his house alone at ...

Murray Goldfinger, Holocaust survivor and speaker, dead at 91

Murray Goldfinger, a Holocaust survivor who for 45 years was an active Holocaust guest speaker in public and private schools, synagogues, churches and civic groups, has died. Murray, 91, was in Clinton County seven years ago and became friends with many people here as he told his story of ...

Heavy rains close roads, prompt rescues in Pa.

DARBY, Pa. (AP) — Overnight rains triggered flash flooding in parts of central and eastern Pennsylvania on Monday, closing down a heavily traveled interstate and sending water into homes in the mountainous coal regions. State highway and emergency management officials reported numerous closed ...

Man critical after being struck by lightning in park

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Authorities in western Pennsylvania say a man was critically injured when he was struck by lightning in a Pittsburgh park. City public safety spokesman Chris Togneri said the 45-year-old man was struck by lightning in Schenley Park just after 2 p.m. Monday. Togneri said ...