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Fed officials discuss possible interest rate hike in near future

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials earlier this month discussed the need to raise a key interest rate again “fairly soon,” especially if the economy remains strong.  More...

Americans buy existing homes at fastest pace in a decade

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans shrugged off rising mortgage rates and bought existing homes in January at the fastest pace since 2007. More...

Cute calf video draws activists fearful of animal’s fate

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — So much for sharing the good news about a newborn calf named Pitcher Diego. More...

Visitors bureau seeks entries for 13th annual photo contest

The Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau® (LHVB) invites photographers to enter the 2017 Laurel Highlands Photo Contest.  More...

Security breach at Kennedy Airport unnerves some travelers

BOSTON (AP) — A breach that allowed 11 people to walk through an unattended security checkpoint lane at one of the nation’s busiest airports has some travelers scratching their heads about how this could happen even with the enhanced security measure More...

N.Y. lawmakers: Cuomo is moving ahead to cut funds to fight cancer

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. More...

Transgender wrestler’s state bid spotlights Texas policy

EULESS, Texas (AP) — A 17-year-old transgender wrestler who qualified for the girls state tournament while transitioning from female to male has become a high-profile test of a year-old Texas policy now being criticized by the attorney who trie More...

Adopted kids see long-lasting effects of overcrowding in Romanian orphanages

LONDON (AP) — Romanian children adopted from overcrowded orphanages in the 1990s were more likely to suffer psychological problems as adults compared to other children taken in by British families, according to a decades long study.  More...

Immigrants fear deportation under Trump’s executive order

In Orange County, California, dozens of immigrant parents have signed legal documents authorizing friends and relatives to pick up their children from school and access their bank accounts to pay their bills in the event they are arrested by immigrat More...

Saint Vincent College center to present Philip Levy

LATROBE – Saint Vincent College Center for Political and Economic Thought of the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government will present a lecture by Dr. Philip Levy at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, in the Fred M. More...

Bullskin supervisors receive final draft of annual audit

Bullskin Township supervisors received the first draft of their annual audit Wednesday.  During the meeting, Ed Opsts, certified public accountant (CPA), presented the draft’s numbers, noting that he was happy with how the township’s More...

Local senior centers receive state grant funding

Five local senior community centers have been awarded state grants to improve their facilities and programs according to Senator Pat Stefano (R-32).  The following community centers received funding through the grant program, which is administer More...

Chopped off heads, torn out hearts in brutal Brazil gang war

MANAUS, Brazil (AP) — Shortly after midnight on New Year’s Eve, hundreds of inmates watched from a Manaus prison yard as the sky lit up with fireworks, paid for by the gangs that dominate the jail system.  More...

Spirit Airlines CEO dismisses new, cheaper fares by rivals

DALLAS (AP) — The CEO of discount carrier Spirit Airlines says he isn’t worried about competing against new, cheaper fares from American and United. More...

Seven Earth-size worlds found orbiting star could hold life

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For the first time, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a single nearby star — and these new worlds could hold life. More...

Proposals aimed at curbing prescription painkiller abuse

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — House Republicans filed 10 proposals Wednesday aimed at curbing South Carolina’s rampant prescription painkiller problem and promised more legislation would follow.  More...

Police: Women suspects in North Korean death coated hands with poison

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The two women suspected of fatally poisoning a scion of North Korea’s ruling family were trained to coat their hands with toxic chemicals and then wipe them on his face, police in Malaysia said Wednesday, ann More...

Utah lawmakers renew commitment to express support for refugee rights

(AP) — Utah lawmakers reasserted their commitment to making the state a welcoming place for refugees Wednesday as President Donald Trump crafts a revised travel ban.  More...

Relocated I-70 New Stanton interchange to open

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Engineering District 12 anticipates the opening of the relocated New Stanton Interchange on Interstate 70 today, weather permitting. More...

Emails: EPA’s Pruitt cozy with fossil fuel industry

WASHINGTON (AP) — While serving as Oklahoma’s attorney general, new Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt coordinated closely with fossil-fuel companies and special interest groups working to undermine federal efforts to curb More...

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