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Largest yet: $1.3 billion contract for border wall awarded

PHOENIX (AP) — A North Dakota construction company favored by President Donald Trump has received the largest contract to date to build a section of Trump’s signature wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Republican U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota confirmed the $1.3 billion contract ...

Astronauts arrive for NASA’s first home launch in decade

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The two astronauts who will end a nine-year launch drought for NASA arrived at Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday, exactly one week before their historic SpaceX flight. It will be the first time a private company, rather than a national government, sends astronauts ...

Quest for ‘super-duper’ missiles pits US against key rivals

WASHINGTON — They fly at speeds of a mile a second or faster and maneuver in ways that make them extra difficult to detect and destroy in flight. President Donald Trump calls them “super-duper" missiles though they’re better known as hypersonic weapons. And they are at the heart of ...

Pa. drafting guidelines to pave return of sports

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is working on guidelines to allow sporting events, exhibitions and leagues, both professional and amateur, to get back to “some semblance of normalcy” after practically everything shut down to help stem the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Tom Wolf said ...

Grange Fair canceled

CENTRE HALL - Another tradition bites the dust. While many other Centre County fairs and festivals had already been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers of the Centre County Grange Encampment Fair were holding out hope that the fair could be held in August. Those hopes were ...

Police: Recently freed man thought to have killed wife, self

READING, Pa. (AP) — Police say a man believed to have killed his estranged wife and then himself in her eastern Pennsylvania home had recently been released from prison where he was taken for violating a protection-from-abuse order she had taken out against him. The Reading Eagle reports ...

Today in History

On May 20, 1961, a white mob attacked a busload of Freedom Riders in Montgomery, Alabama, prompting the federal government to send in U.S. marshals to restore order. On this date: In 1506, explorer Christopher Columbus died in Spain. In 1873, Levi Strauss and tailor Jacob Davis received a ...

Flooding hits parts of Midwest, with evacuations in Michigan

EDENVILLE, Mich. (AP) — People living along two mid-Michigan lakes and parts of a river were evacuated Tuesday following several days of heavy rain that produced flooding and put pressure on dams in the area. Two Midland-area schools were opened for evacuees and more than 50 roads have been ...

Real estate business activity to resume across Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG (AP) — Real estate sales and related activity can resume across Pennsylvania if guidelines designed to limit infection are followed, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday. The governor’s new guidance says people in the real estate industry can get back to work as long as they all ...

Google says it won’t build AI tools for oil and gas drillers

Google says it will no longer build custom artificial intelligence tools for speeding up oil and gas extraction, separating itself from cloud computing rivals Microsoft and Amazon. A statement from the company Tuesday followed a Greenpeace report that documents how the three tech giants are ...

Appeals court OKs June 23 NY Democratic presidential primary

NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s Democratic Party leadership gave up trying to cancel the state’s June 23 presidential primary Tuesday after an appeals court rejected arguments that holding it during the coronavirus pandemic would endanger public safety. Douglas A. Kellner, co-chair of the ...

My ‘decision to make’: Trump defends criticized use of drug

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump emphatically defended himself Tuesday against criticism from medical experts that his announced use of a malaria drug against the coronavirus could spark wide misuse by Americans of the unproven treatment with potentially fatal side effects. Trump's ...

States accused of fudging or bungling COVID-19 testing data

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — As large parts of the U.S. ease their lockdowns against the coronavirus, public health officials in some states are being accused of bungling infection statistics or even deliberately using a little sleight of hand to make things look better than they are. The result ...

Boy Scout councils under pressure to share sex abuse costs

NEW YORK — Nine sex abuse lawsuits were filed Tuesday in New York against three Boy Scout local councils, signaling an escalation of efforts to pressure councils nationwide to pay a big share of an eventual settlement in the Scouts’ bankruptcy proceedings. The lawsuits were filed shortly ...

822 positives bring statewide total to 63,056

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12 a.m., May 18, that there are 822 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 63,056. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 4,505 total deaths attributed to ...

Today in History

On May 19, 1943, in his second wartime address to the U.S. Congress, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill pledged his country's full support in the fight against Japan; that evening, Churchill met with President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the White House, where the two leaders agreed on May ...

Nine-year-old artist finds comfort in comic book panels

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — There’s a cast of characters in William Korman’s head, and the 9-year-old is bringing them to life panel by panel. William, a fourth grader at Jefferson Elementary School in Pierre, is an aspiring newspaper comic artist. Starting with sketches from the how-to-draw ...

Tropical Storm Arthur hits North Carolina coast with rain

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (AP) — Tropical Storm Arthur brought heavy rain to North Carolina's coast on Monday as forecasters warned that the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season could also spread life-threatening surf and rip currents along U.S. East coast beaches in the days ...

Heavy rains, flooding, possible tornadoes hit Chicago area

CHICAGO (AP) — Showers and thunderstorms dumped heavy rainfall across the Chicago area, swamping streets with floodwaters that knocked out power overnight to the 110-story Willis Tower after the storms spawned two possible tornadoes, the National Weather Service said. Weather spotters ...

Addicts face ‘perfect storm’ amid coronavirus crisis

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — It’s in times like these that Megan Feiock normally would have reached for a drink. Some of her income stream evaporated overnight. Her two kids are now learning from their living room. She’s trying to entertain her boys, check on her friends, maintain a mortgage ...