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Local roundup: Jersey Shore track and field splits meet

BOYS TRACK AND FIELD (Quad meet at Hughesville) Milton 127, Montgomery 21 Jersey Shore 106, Montgomery 35 Milton 99, Jersey Shore 51 Hughesville 94, Montgomery 44 Milton 103.5, Hughesville 46.5 Jersey Shore 79, Hughesville 69 3,200 relay: 1. Hughesville, 8:58.30. 110 hurdles: 1. ...

Chloe Zhao becomes 1st woman of color to win top DGA honor

By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland” continued its tour of dominance through awards season Saturday night, when Zhao took top honors at the 73rd annual Directors Guild Association Awards. She is the second woman to earn the honor and the first woman of color to do ...

Reforms follow deadly year in NY nursing homes

ALBANY, N.Y. — After a deadly year in New York’s nursing homes, state lawmakers have passed legislation intended to hold facility operators more accountable for neglect and potentially force them to spend more on patient care. Rules passed in recent days as part of a state budget deal ...

Prosecutors defend newer charges against Ghislaine Maxwell

NEW YORK — Prosecutors hope to preserve a July trial date for Ghislaine Maxwell by defending a late-hour expansion of charges against her, saying they developed when a woman spoke after Maxwell’s arrest about her abuse at the hands of Jeffrey Epstein in the early 2000s. The rewritten ...

Sixth person dead following South Carolina shooting

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A sixth person has died following a shooting earlier this week at the hands of a former NFL player who also killed four members of a South Carolina family, local officials said Saturday. Robert Shook, 38, an air conditioning technician from Cherryville, North Carolina, ...

Alabama senators want Confederate tax to fund Black history

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Two Alabama state senators say they want to divert part of a statewide property tax tied to the legacy of the Confederacy to preserve and promote Black history in the state. Alabama imposed the tax to fund pensions for Confederate soldiers and their widows, and still ...

Las Vegas family awarded $29.5M in allergic reaction case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A jury has awarded $29.5 million to the family of a woman who was left brain damaged after being treated for a severe allergic reaction by an ambulance service in Las Vegas in 2013. Then-27-year-old Chantel Giacalone went into anaphylactic shock after biting into a pretzel ...

US-Philippines officials discuss concerns over China’s ships

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Saturday discussed with his Philippine counterpart China’s recent positioning of “militia vessels” near the Philippines in the South China Sea. Austin spoke by phone with Philippine Secretary of National Defense ...

Reports: Man kills self after standoff at Honolulu hotel

HONOLULU (AP) — A standoff between Honolulu police and an armed man who fired shots through the door of his room at a luxury resort ended when the man was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, local media reported Sunday. A SWAT team entered the fourth-floor room at The Kahala ...

For Chauvin’s trial attorney, it’s all about raising doubt

MINNEAPOLIS — Derek Chauvin’s defense attorney was questioning George Floyd’s girlfriend about the couple buying drugs when he abruptly shifted gears for what seemed an innocuous question: He presumed the couple had pet names for each other. Under what name, he asked, did she appear in ...

Turning point: When is it safe to plant your garden?

Spring in the vegetable or flower garden is a carefully orchestrated series of events. The goal is to keep things moving forward with the warming season, taking into account weather predictions and, because those are just predictions, average spring warming trends where you garden. Many ...

US sanctions on Myanmar gems target key junta funding source

BANGKOK (AP) — The latest U.S. sanctions on Myanmar target an army-controlled gems business rife with corruption and abuses that is one of the junta’s key sources of revenue. It’s unclear if the sanctions will do much to close the taps of income and royalties from gems sales. Some ...

Amazon warehouse workers reject union bid in Alabama

Amazon workers voted against forming a union at a warehouse in Alabama, handing the online retail giant a decisive victory and cutting off a path that labor activists had hoped would lead to similar efforts throughout the company and beyond. After months of aggressive campaigning from both ...

Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, dies at 99

LONDON — Prince Philip, the irascible and tough-minded husband of Queen Elizabeth II who spent more than seven decades supporting his wife in a role that both defined and constricted his life, has died, Buckingham Palace said Friday. He was 99. His life spanned nearly a century of ...

Visitors tiptoe through the tulips in Dutch virus test

LISSE, Netherlands (AP) — Finally, after bleak winter months of a coronavirus lockdown, springtime shoots of hope emerged Friday as restrictions were relaxed at a Dutch flower garden and other public venues. Under a government-approved pilot scheme, the world-famous Keukenhof garden opened ...

West Virginia pins population growth hopes on income tax cut

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — With West Virginia about to lose another congressional seat because of steady population decline, Republican lawmakers are convinced a massive income tax cut is the key to reversing the trend. But figuring out how to do that without harming the state’s most ...

Authorities: Face mask dispute preceded shooting at tavern

MILLCREEK TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — A man who was thrown out of a bar after he allegedly harassed another patron for wearing a face mask and acted aggressively toward others later tried to get back in while armed with a gun but was stopped by another patron, authorities said. Mark Reno, 56, of ...

Biden’s ambitious expansion of long-term care sparks debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is proposing a major expansion of the government’s role in long-term care, but questions are being raised over his using the low-income Medicaid program and piggybacking the whole idea on an infrastructure bill. The White House infrastructure package ...

A look at the Lock Haven Express boys basketball all-stars

Jack Hanna, Central Mountain Hanna had one of the more solid debuts for players in the area. The sophomore led Central Mountain with 13 points per game while being the Wildcats’ floor general. Hanna not only led his team in points but steals as well as he averaged two per contest. The ...

US jobless claims up to 744K as virus still forces layoffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week to 744,000, signaling that many employers are still cutting jobs even as more people are vaccinated against COVID-19, consumers gain confidence and the government distributes aid throughout the ...