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Apartments planned for vacant west Scranton school

BY SARAH HOFIUS HALL The Times-Tribune via AP SCRANTON — A developer plans to turn a vacant West Scranton school into apartments for senior citizens. Art Russo of ATR Properties bid $51,000 Monday for the former Lincoln-Jackson property. The school, vacant since the district closed it ...

Purdue settlement would rely on opioid sales

By GEOFF MULVIHILL and CLAIRE GALOFARO Associated Press The tentative multibillion-dollar settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma would raise money to help clean up the opioid mess by ... selling more OxyContin. That would amount to blood money, in the opinion of some critics. ...

Many US women say first sexual experience was forced in teens

By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer CHICAGO — The first sexual experience for 1 in 16 U.S. women was forced or coerced intercourse in their early teens, encounters that for some may have had lasting health repercussions, a study suggests. The experiences amount to rape, the authors ...

Trump outpaces Obama, Bush in naming ex-lobbyists to Cabinet

By RICHARD LARDNER Associated Press WASHINGTON — In less than three years, President Donald Trump has named more former lobbyists to Cabinet-level posts than his most recent predecessors did in eight, putting a substantial amount of oversight in the hands of people with ties to the ...

Democrats push ahead with short-term bill to avoid shutdown

By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON — Democrats controlling the House are steering clear of controversy in a short-term, government-wide spending measure that's needed to prevent a government shutdown at the end of September. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has agreed to a White ...

Hunters bagged 918 alligators on Mississippi public waters

By JANET McCONNAUGHEY Associated Press Great weather, high water and increasing expertise made for a good alligator season in Mississippi's public waters, says state alligator program coordinator Ricky Flynt. Hunters took 918 alligators from Mississippi's public waters this year, up 153 ...

Progress reported in contract talks between GM, union

By TOM KRISHER and MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press DETROIT — Contract talks between the United Auto Workers and General Motors showed some signs of progress Tuesday as a strike by more than 49,000 employees extended into a second day. The walkout brought to a standstill more than 50 ...

Today in History

By the Associated Press On Sept. 17, 1987, the city of Philadelphia, birthplace of the U.S. Constitution, threw a big party to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the historic document; in a speech at Independence Hall, President Ronald Reagan acclaimed the framing of the Constitution as a ...

‘Once you have it, you need it’: Opioid epidemic still rages

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press As lawyers exchange mountains of paper and dicker over the details of a settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, Americans are dying from opioids by the tens of thousands in an epidemic that grinds on in state after state, community after ...

Vapes spiked with illegal drugs show dark side of CBD craze

By HOLBROOK MOHR Associated Press Jay Jenkins says he hesitated when a buddy suggested they vape CBD. "It'll relax you," the friend assured. The vapor that Jenkins inhaled didn't relax him. After two puffs, he ended up in a coma. That's because what he was vaping didn't have any ...

Presidential candidates call for Kavanaugh’s impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several Democratic presidential candidates have lined up to call for the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the face of a new, uninvestigated allegation of sexual impropriety when he was in college. Kavanaugh was confirmed last October after emotional ...

Coroner: Pa. man died in fight with Indiana police

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A coroner says the cause of death of a Pennsylvania man who died after a fight with police in southwest Indiana is under investigation. Vanderburgh County Chief Deputy Coroner David Anson tells the Evansville Courier & Press that an autopsy of 55-year-old Edward ...

Propane explosion kills firefighter, injures six other people

By ROBERT F. BUKATY and DAVID SHARP Associated Press FARMINGTON, Maine — A powerful propane explosion leveled a recently opened nonprofit center after crews arrived to investigate the smell of gas Monday morning, killing one firefighter and injuring six other people, including fellow ...

Warren offers anti-corruption plan central to her campaign

By STEVE PEOPLES and WILL WEISSERT Associated Press NEW YORK — Elizabeth Warren has released a proposal aimed at government corruption, providing a detailed policy roadmap for a fight she says is at the core of her presidential campaign. The Democratic senator from Massachusetts is ...

NY prosecutors subpoena Trump’s tax returns

By MICHAEL R. SISAK Associated Press NEW YORK — New York City prosecutors have subpoenaed President Donald Trump's tax returns, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Monday. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.'s office recently sent a subpoena to ...

Auto strike idles more than fifty General Motors factories and warehouses

By TOM KRISHER and MIKE HOUSEHOLDER Associated Press DETROIT — More than 49,000 members of the United Auto Workers went on strike Monday against General Motors, bringing more than 50 factories and parts warehouses to a standstill in the union's first walkout against the No. 1 U.S. ...

Tent courtrooms open to process migrants waiting in Mexico

By NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press SAN ANTONIO — Tent courtrooms opened Monday in two Texas border cities to help process thousands of migrants who are being forced by the Trump administration to wait in Mexico while their requests for asylum wind through clogged immigration ...

Noise but no breakthrough as Johnson, Juncker talk Brexit

By LORNE COOK and JILL LAWLESS Associated Press LUXEMBOURG — Boris Johnson was booed by protesters and berated by Luxembourg's leader on a visit to the tiny nation Monday for his first face-to-face talks with the European Union chief about securing an elusive Brexit deal. On a day of ...

Israeli PM vows to annex ‘all the settlements’ in West Bank

By TIA GOLDENBERG Associated Press JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Monday to annex "all the settlements" in the West Bank, including an enclave deep in the heart of the largest Palestinian city, in a last-ditch move that appeared aimed at shoring up nationalist ...

As shock wears off, mental health concerns grow in Bahamas

HIGH ROCK, Bahamas (AP) — One woman and her husband huddled on top of a bedroom dresser for two days, surrounded by floodwaters. Another man sat in his wheelchair for nearly 48 hours in water up to his chest, alone in his home. A third rescued a friend who sat in shock when part of a ...