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St. John says gun went off accidentally

LOCK HAVEN - Brian St. John III, 19, admitted to police that he was holding the Taurus Judge revolver and fired the shot that killed his friend Jakob L. Haines, 21, of Beech Creek. But the defendant also said they "were messing around with the gun when it went off," according to the criminal ...

Today in History

On March 1, 1954, four Puerto Rican nationalists opened fire from the spectators’ gallery of the U.S. House of Representatives, wounding five members of Congress. On this date: In 1781, the Continental Congress declared the Articles of Confederation to be in force, following ratification ...

Pop-up drive-in theaters flourish during the pandemic

EXTON, Pa. — If you look closely at the impact of COVID-19, you’ll discover that in a number of ways some Americans are reconstructing a gauzy vision of 1950s suburban life. With so many homebound, family dinners are back. Board games are experiencing a resurgence. And for those fortunate ...

One arrested in Walmart lot shooting that killed one, injured another

WHITEHALL, Pa. (AP) — A man has been arrested in a shooting in the parking lot of a Walmart store in eastern Pennsylvania that killed a woman and wounded another person, authorities said. Edward Joel Rosario-Jimenez, 23, was charged Sunday with criminal homicide, attempted criminal homicide ...

Two skiers defy death in descent of Yosemite’s Half Dome

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Two skiers navigated a thin layer of snow with no margin for error down the precipitous shoulder of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park and alternately skied and rappelled back to the valley floor in an unusually daring feat. Jason Torlano, 45, and Zach ...

House makes conservation push to protect public lands with bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed legislation Friday that would create about 1.5 million acres of new wilderness and incorporate nearly 1,200 miles of waterways into the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System as Democrats move to protect more public lands — with President Joe Biden’s ...

UNH gets $3 million to study wilderness therapy for teens

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — The University of New Hampshire is getting nearly $3 million to study the effectiveness of wilderness therapy in treating teens with depression, anxiety and substance use disorders. Officials say the grant money will allow the university’s Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare ...

DA: Man accused of driving teen from bowling alley shooting

EAST NORRITON, Pa. (AP) — A man accused of having driven a teenage suspect away from a shooting at a bowling alley near Philadelphia that left one person dead and four others injured has been charged with hindering apprehension. The Montgomery County district attorney’s office alleges ...

Feds pinpoint suspect in officer’s riot death

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal investigators probing the death of a U.S. Capitol Police officer killed in the Jan. 6 riot have zeroed in on a suspect seen on video appearing to spray a chemical substance on the officer before he later collapsed and died, two people familiar with the matter told ...

Crisis deepens for Cuomo; AG wants to lead harassment probe

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The crisis enveloping Gov. Andrew Cuomo deepened Sunday as the state’s attorney general demanded he grant her the authority to investigate claims he sexually harassed at least two women who worked for him. Democrats statewide appeared to be abandoning Cuomo in large ...

Biden administration promises focus on environmental justice

When President Joe Biden made environmental protection a key element of his campaign, he promised to overhaul the federal office that investigates complaints from people in minority communities who believe they have been unfairly harmed by industrial pollution or waste disposal. Although the ...

Fraud overwhelms pandemic related unemployment programs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — With the floodgates set to open on another round of unemployment aid, states are being hammered with a new wave of fraud as they scramble to update security systems and block scammers who already have siphoned billions of dollars from pandemic-related jobless ...

Plunging demand for COVID-19 tests may leave US exposed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just five weeks ago, Los Angeles County was conducting more than 350,000 weekly coronavirus tests, including at a massive drive-thru site at Dodger Stadium, as health workers raced to contain the worst COVID-19 hotspot in the U.S. Now, county officials say testing has ...

Experts notice pandemic’s mental health toll on German youth

BERLIN (AP) — Pollina Dinner returned to school in Berlin for the first time this week after two months of lockdown. The 9-year-old third-grader was thrilled to see her classmates and teachers again but frets about the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on her life. “I’m not afraid of the ...

Republicans test history in vote against pandemic relief

NEW YORK (AP) — With the nation’s financial system on the brink of collapse, all but three Republicans voted against the massive stimulus package designed to protect millions of Americans from financial ruin. It was early 2009, just weeks after Joe Biden was sworn in as vice president, ...

Today in History

On Feb. 27, 1933, Germany’s parliament building, the Reichstag (RYKS’-tahg), was gutted by fire; Chancellor Adolf Hitler, blaming the Communists, used the fire to justify suspending civil liberties. On this date: In 1922, the Supreme Court, in Leser v. Garnett, unanimously upheld the ...

Southern Baptists oust two churches over LGBTQ inclusion

The Southern Baptist Convention’s executive committee voted Tuesday to oust four of its churches, two over policies deemed to be too inclusive of LGBTQ people and two more for employing pastors convicted of sex offenses. The actions were announced at a meeting marked by warnings from two ...

Could pandemic further erode the New England town meeting?

MIDDLESEX, Vt. (AP) — The town meeting, for centuries, was a staple of New England life — but the coronavirus pandemic could accelerate the departure from the tradition where people gather to debate everything from the purchase of local road equipment to multimillion-dollar budgets to ...

US consumers rebound to boost spending 2.4% as income jumps

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bouncing back from months of retrenchment, America’s consumers stepped up their spending by a solid 2.4% in January, the sharpest increase in seven months and a sign that the economy may be poised to sustain a recovery from the pandemic recession. Friday’s report from ...

Volkswagen weathers pandemic with $10.7 billion profit

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen said Friday it made better than expected profit of 8.8 billion euros ($10.7 billion) after tax in 2020 despite the pandemic. The world’s No. 2 automaker said the rapid recovery of China, its largest single market, and resilient sales of luxury vehicles ...