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New Mexico’s resolution: Get more people outside in 2020

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Flanked by cactus and juniper, a pristine trail snakes through the high desert just outside New Mexico's most populated area. Sandstone canyons carved into the northeastern side of the state make for a remote bouldering and ...

One killed, 87 injured during New Year’s holiday

HARRISBURG — Members of the Pennsylvania State Police investigated 460 crashes over the New Year’s holiday enforcement period from Dec. 31, 2019 through Jan. 2, 2020. Of the collisions investigated, 30 involved alcohol, 87 people were injured, and one person was killed in a single fatal ...

First female Clinton County commissioner takes oath of office

LOCK HAVEN — It was history in the making in the large courtroom at the Clinton County Courthouse on Friday morning, as the county’s first ever female commissioner — Angela Harding —was sworn into office. The Oath of Office Ceremony was an exciting event, filled with pride and ...

Centre County elected officials sworn in

BELLEFONTE — Elected officials, families, friends and Centre County residents filled courtroom 1 at the Centre County Courthouse on a rainy Friday morning for the swearing-in ceremony for elected officials. President Judge Pamela Ruest welcomed everyone to the courtroom and said the ...

US sending 3,000 more troops to Mideast as reinforcements

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump declared Friday that a “reign of terror is over" as he marked the death of an Iranian general killed in a U.S. strike and as the Pentagon scrambled to reinforce the American military presence in the Middle East in preparation for reprisals. Gen. Qassem ...

A more dangerous world: US killing triggers global alarm

By JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press PARIS — Global powers warned Friday that the American airstrike responsible for killing Iran’s top general made the world more dangerous and that escalation could set the entire Mideast aflame. Some U.S. allies suggested Iran shared in the blame by ...

Warren, Klobuchar, Booker recent fundraising lags top rivals

By SARA BURNETT and WILL WEISSERT Associated Press WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren said Friday that she raised $21.2 million from October through December, with more than $1.5 million coming on the last day of the year. But the Massachusetts senator still ...

Penn State calls claims ‘offensive’ in hazing death

From Pennlive WILLIAMSPORT – Penn State again calls “untrue and offensive” the allegation it manipulated the fallout from the 2017 the hazing death of Timothy Pizza to allow it to acquire the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity house property. The university repeated its position in a New ...

Butter sculpture with mascots unveiled at state’s Farm Show

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The butter sculpture for this year's Pennsylvania Farm Show was unveiled Thursday, featuring three of the state's professional sports team mascots. This year's sculpture, crafted from about 1,000 pounds of donated butter, shows Gritty, Swoop and Steely McBeam, ...

Blackface again mars Philadelphia’s troubled New Year parade

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The mayor of Philadelphia sharply criticized two men who wore blackface while marching in the city's annual — and often racially troubling — New Year's Day Mummers Parade, calling their actions “abhorrent and unacceptable.” The group the men apparently were ...

Gov. Wolf outlines effort to bolster mental health services

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A broad effort to improve mental health services and change public perceptions of mental illness was announced Thursday by Pennsylvania' governor. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is rolling out an initiative that includes more resources and a public outreach campaign similar ...

2020 brings higher labor costs for small businesses

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — Small business owners have plenty of changes to deal with as 2020 begins — higher labor costs for many companies, and some owners will discover that they have to comply with new laws that aren’t on the books in their own ...

Strong fundraising for Sanders, Yang suggests long primary

By WILL WEISSERT Associated Press WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders announced Thursday that he raised more than $34.5 million in the final three months of last year, an impressive haul underscoring that a recent heart attack hasn't slowed the Vermont senator's fundraising prowess with the ...

Christmas Shoes: Part II

BELLEFONTE — Just because Christmas is over and the calendar has flipped to 2020 doesn’t mean Joey Gearhart is slowing down. Quite the contrary, things are rolling along and even picking up steam for the fifth-grade student at Marion-Walker Elementary, who is collecting money to purchase ...

Kisses, cheers, fireworks welcome 2020 in Times Square

By REBECCA GIBIAN Associated Press NEW YORK — Couples kissed. Others cheered and waved balloons as fireworks burst into the night sky and confetti fell to welcome the start of 2020 in New York City's Times Square. In one of the globe's most-watched New Year's Eve spectacles, the crowd ...

Man stabbed in Hanukkah attack may have brain damage

By JIM MUSTIAN Associated Press NEW YORK — A man wounded in the Hanukkah stabbings north of New York City may have permanent brain damage and be partially paralyzed for the rest of his life, his family said. The Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council released a statement from the family ...

Financial tug-of-war emerges over fire victims’ settlement

By DAISY NGUYEN Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — A financial tug-of-war is emerging over the $13.5 billion that the nation's largest utility has agreed to pay to victims of recent California wildfires, as government agencies jockey for more than half the money to cover the costs of their ...

Board issues letter to judge over his traffic stop behavior

HARRISBURG (AP) — A written reprimand from the entity that investigates claims of judicial misconduct in Pennsylvania was made public Monday, describing a county judge's behavior, captured on video, challenging a patrolman who stopped his SUV. The Judicial Conduct Board's “ letter of ...

Down and out

A single-vehicle crash in downtown Bellefonte took down this light at a railroad crossing in the early hours of Dec. 29. More details on the crash were unavailable as of press time.

Downtown Bellefonte may look different by the end of 2020

BELLEFONTE — 2019 certainly was an interesting year for Bellefonte and the Centre Region. And there are going to be plenty of changes on the horizon in Bellefonte and the Centre Region in 2020. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some things to watch as we flip the calendar ...