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Walter the dinosaur: An economic savior for a Colorado town?

By SAM BRASCH Colorado Public Radio via AP CRAIG, Colo. — Elizabeth "Liz" Johnson works on Walter The Dinosaur with a student at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig, Colorado. Walter doesn't look like an economic savior. At the moment, he’s not even a fully exposed ...

Today in History

By the Associated Press On March 31, 1968, at the conclusion of a nationally broadcast address on Vietnam, President Lyndon B. Johnson stunned listeners by declaring, "I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President." On this date: In ...

Whales face more fatal ship collisions as waters warm

By PATRICK WHITTLE Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine — Climate change is imperiling the world's largest animals by increasing the likelihood of fatal collisions between whales and big ships that ply the same waters. Warming ocean temperatures are causing some species of whales in ...

US climate activists to livestream Earth Day due to virus

By MARTHA IRVINE Associated Press CHICAGO — As the coronavirus causes shut-downs across the U.S., a coalition of youth-led organizations that had planned massive marches for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day next month are now planning a three-day livestream event instead, organizers ...

Climate change bills failed in shortened Maryland session

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — While Maryland lawmakers pushed through major education policy in a session shortened by concerns about the coronavirus, some high-profile measures aimed at addressing climate change and other environmental measures were among the bills that failed to pass. Lawmakers ...

Family creates home out of elementary school

By LINDSAY C. VANASDALAN York Dispatch via AP DOVER, Pa. — Buying schools is not new for the Kretzmer family. Kralltown Elementary, formerly part of the Dover Area School District, will be the third school in which Kimberley and Tom Kretzmer have lived in the past 10 years. Their ...

Young profressionals flocking to Scranton

By ROBERT TOMKAVAGE The Times-Tribune via AP SCRANTON — Real estate experts agree that millennials are moving to Scranton. Opinions are mixed on how they are choosing to live. Some favor upscale apartments where everything they need is around them. Others are choosing to buy their ...

Survivalists feel vindicated by coronavirus outbreak

By JASON NARK The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP PHILADELPHIA — When Dan Wowak went to live alone in the wilds of Patagonia in 2016 for a chance to win a half-million dollars on reality television, he was allowed to bring 10 items. Toilet paper wasn’t one of them. Wowak, a Mahanoy ...

School shutdowns raise stakes of digital divide for students

WINNSBORO, S.C. (AP) — Students struggling to get online in a rural South Carolina county received a boost last week with the arrival of six buses equipped with Wi-Fi, some of the hundreds the state has rolled out since schools were closed by the coronavirus outbreak. With routers mounted ...

Sesame Workshop enlists Elmo, Cookie Monster on hand washing

By The Associated Press NEW YORK — Elmo, Rooster and Cookie Monster are doing their part to help keep kids safe as the coronavirus pandemic grinds on. The beloved Sesame Street Muppets are featured in some of four new animated public service spots reminding young fans to take care while ...

Today in History

By The Associated Press On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot and seriously injured outside a Washington, D.C. hotel by John W. Hinckley, Jr.; also wounded were White House press secretary James Brady, Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy and a District of Columbia police ...

Earth Day video challenge encourages doing one good thing

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Department of Environmental Services is encouraging people to record videos or take photos of themselves doing one thing that's good for the earth in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The department says people who accept the challenge should ...

Man accused in girlfriend’s slaying, standoff waives hearing

NARVON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man accused of killing his girlfriend and barricading himself in a Philadelphia-area hotel earlier this month has waived a preliminary hearing on criminal homicide and related charges Matthew Moser, 31, of Honey Brook is accused of killing 47-year-old ...

Man drowns after being washed into storm drain pipe

IRWIN, Pa. (AP) — A man drowned after he was washed into a storm drain pipe during heavy rains in western Pennsylvania, authorities said. The Westmoreland County coroner's office said 38-year-old Nathan Roth was trying to clear debris from the corrugated storm drain pipe at about 7:15 p.m. ...

Pennsylvania deaths, cases of COVID-19 continue to increase

HARRISBURG (AP) — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania increased by more than 640 over the past day and four more people died, the state Health Department announced Sunday. The state's health secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine, said in a video news conference that 38 people in ...

Vermont town elects therapy dog as its pet mayor

FAIR HAVEN, Vt. (AP) — A town in Vermont elected a dog as its pet mayor on Wednesday. Murfee won the race in Fair Haven, WCAX-TV reported. The therapy dog beat out the incumbent goat, Mayor Mara Lincoln, and K-9 Sammy, a town police dog. Eight eighth graders counted 350 ballots Wednesday ...

North Carolina woman goes to jail for 100th birthday

ROXBORO, N.C. (AP) — For her 100th birthday, Ruth Bryant crossed a significant item off her bucket list. She went to jail. The Person County Sheriff's Office helped fulfill Bryant's unusual wish when two deputies showed up at her assisted living facility to serve her a warrant charging her ...

Maine sail-maintenance shop turns to sewing medical masks

By LEANNE ITALIE Associated Press NEW YORK — On the coast of Maine, Eric Baldwin and his staff of two usually spend their days selling, repairing and washing sails for boats. They transform their surplus sailcloth into tote bags to bring in extra money. But when the coronavirus outbreak ...

Virtual volunteers offer help to strangers amid virus stress

By MARIAM FAM Associated Press WINTER PARK, Fla. — Sitting cross-legged in her living room, Donna Borak rested her palm on her heart as she guided a small group of virtual participants in meditation and deep breathing. Notice where you might be holding tension, she instructed. “Send ...

As offerings dwindle, some churches fear for their future

NEW YORK (AP) — As in-person worship services are canceled or downsized amid the coronavirus outbreak, some churches across the U.S. are bracing for a painful drop in weekly contributions and possible cutbacks in programs and staff. One church leader, Bishop Paul Egensteiner of the ...