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Spain won’t extradite Venezuela’s ex-spymaster to US

By ARITZ PARRA and CIARAN GILES Associated Press MADRID — Spain's National Court on Monday rejected the extradition to the United States of a former Venezuelan military spy chief accused of drug smuggling and other charges. The court released retired Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal, who ...

In 100th year, Aberdeen’s municipal band is timeless

By KELDA J.L. PHARRIS Aberdeen American News via AP ABERDEEN, S.D. — Musicians' salaries and daily gigs are of a bygone era, but timeless are the music and friendships that have fueled the Aberdeen Municipal Band through its centennial season. "Because we've had support from the ...

Three years after storm, Saxon Harbor reopens on Lake Superior

By BARRY ADAMS Wisconsin State Journal SAXON HARBOR, Wis. — More than three years have passed since torrents of rain overwhelmed Oronto and Parker creeks and sent waves of mud into the marina. Boats were destroyed, a firefighter on his way to the scene was killed and Bill and Grace ...

For 76-year-old art student, ‘Life is a journey’

By PAUL MUSCHICK The (Allentown) Morning Call via AP EASTON, Pa. — The tables in professor Rachael Gorchov's classroom were covered with everything you'd expect in a painting class: paints and palettes, brushes and papers. Conrad Richebacher had something else in his work space ...

Jury selection underway for man accused of killings at farm

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Jury selection is underway for a man accused of helping his cousin kill four young men and bury them at a suburban Philadelphia farm two years ago. Sean Kratz stunned prosecutors and victims' relatives last year in turning down a plea deal that would have helped him ...

Philly police investigating officer’s interaction with teen

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police are investigating an encounter between a white officer and a black teen who was temporarily put into a cruiser near a city bus stop. Two videos of the incident were put on social media over the weekend. Capt. Sekou Kinebrew tells The Philadelphia ...

Grand opening at Renovo bank

First Commonwealth Bank held their grand opening on Monday morning in Renovo becoming the western Clinton County’s only bank with acquisition of the former Santander Bank. Greeting customers are First Commonwealth employees, from left, Jedta Roberts, Christine Long, Chris Mader, Jan Rice and ...

Attack on Saudi oil sites raises risks amid US-Iran tension

By JON GAMBRELL and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— A weekend drone attack on Saudi Arabia that cut into global energy supplies and halved the kingdom's oil production threatened Sunday to fuel a regional crisis, as the U.S. released new evidence to back up its ...

Union votes to strike at General Motors’ US plants

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union announced Sunday that its roughly 49,000 workers at General Motors plants in the U.S. would go on strike just before midnight because contentious talks on a new contract had broken down. About 200 plant-level union ...

Police: 3 men found with car of woman found dead in park

MCKEESPORT, Pa. (AP) — Authorities have taken into custody three men they say were found with the car of a woman whose body was found in a western Pennsylvania park. Allegheny County police say two men were arrested on charges of receiving stolen property and a third man was taken into ...

New York moves to enact statewide flavored e-cig ban

By DEEPTI HAJELA Associated Press NEW YORK — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing to enact a statewide ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes amid growing health concerns connected to vaping, especially among young people. The Democrat announced Sunday that the state health ...

A day in history

On Sept. 15, 1963, four black girls were killed when a bomb went off during Sunday services at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. (Three Ku Klux Klansmen were eventually convicted for their roles in the blast.) On this date: In 1776, British forces occupied New York City ...

Philly’s mahjong club brings game to bottle shops, cafes

By BETHANY AO The Philadelphia Inquirer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sarah Wright stared at the row of 13 mahjong tiles in front of her, each etched with Chinese characters and numbers. Her brow furrowed in concentration as she eyed her opponents' rows. When it was her turn, Wright drew a tile ...

Cleanup resumes in Bahamas as Humberto swirls away

MCLEAN'S TOWN, Bahamas (AP) — Jeffrey Roberts lifted a mustard-yellow curtain from the ground to hunt for passports and other documents at the place where his family's home stood before Hurricane Dorian blasted into Grand Bahama Island. What was underneath was sodden and unrecognizable. He ...

Aramco attacks show company entanglement in Saudi politics

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The weekend drone attack on one of the world's largest crude oil processing plants that dramatically cut into global oil supplies is the most visible sign yet of how Aramco's stability and security is directly linked to that of its owner — the Saudi ...

Gated roads in Sproul State Forest opened for deer season

RENOVO — The Sproul State Forest will open some seasonally gated roads to provide additional motorized vehicle access to portions of the Sproul State Forest. With these additions, there are over 500 miles of roads on the Sproul State Forest open for vehicular access by deer hunters. Each ...

China to lift punitive tariffs on US soybeans, pork

By JOE McDONALD AP Business Writer BEIJING — China will lift punitive tariffs imposed on U.S. soybeans and pork in a trade war with Washington, a state news agency said Friday, adding to conciliatory gestures by the two sides ahead of negotiations. China will suspend tariff hikes on ...

US retail sales rise moderately as auto-buying jumps

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON — U.S. retail sales rose moderately in August, driven higher by a jump in auto buying and healthy online sales, evidence that consumers are still spending enough to support growth. The Commerce Department said Friday that retail ...

Couple takes over former Racqueteers health club, renovating

BY JON O'CONNELL The Times-Tribune, via AP MAYFIELD — Before they got married, a young Clarks Summit couple bought a gym. “It’s definitely been a busy year,” said Emilia Raynova, half of the new ownership team at the former Racqueteers health club, 603 Business Route 6. She and ...

Plan now for the best tomatoes next year

By LEE REICH Associated Press A myth among tomato lovers is that home-grown tomatoes taste best. Not true! The best varieties of tomatoes are what taste best, whether they're grown on a farm or in a backyard. What about growing conditions? You would think that tomatoes grown on a farm or ...