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Amount of straws, plastic pollution is huge

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cities and nations are looking at banning plastic straws and stirrers in hopes of addressing the world’s plastic pollution problem. More...

As Prince’s health worsened, alarm grew in his inner circle

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Some of Prince’s closest confidants had grown increasingly alarmed about his health in the days before he died and tried to get him help as they realized he had an opioid addiction — yet none were able to give inv More...

Urban beavers making their presence known in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A minor ecological setback took a bite out of Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s plans to plant thousands of native-species trees throughout Pittsburgh. More...

Arizona teachers vote to stage statewide walkout to protest pay

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona teachers have voted to walk off the job to demand increased school funding, marking a key step toward a first-ever statewide strike that builds on a movement for higher pay in other Republican-dominant states.  A gra More...

Wells Fargo fined $1 billion for mortgage, auto lending abuses

NEW YORK (AP) — Wells Fargo will pay $1 billion to federal regulators to settle charges tied to misconduct at its mortgage and auto lending business, the latest punishment levied against the banking giant for widespread customer abuses. More...

Geibel students earn language honors

Geibel Catholic Junior-Senior High School recently held inductions for its French and Spanish honor societies. More...

CASA of Westmoreland, Inc., holds annual leadership breakfast

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) will host their 10th Annual Leadership Breakfast at 8 a.m. Friday, April 27, at Word of Life Ministries, Greensburg. Registration and networking begins at 7 a.m., with a breakfast buffet at 7:30 a.m. More...

No surprise: Charles to succeed queen as Commonwealth head

LONDON (AP) — Prince Charles has spent a lifetime waiting to be king, the job he was born to do. More...

Natalie Portman snubs ‘Jewish Nobel,’ triggers backlash

JERUSALEM (AP) — Actress Natalie Portman has snubbed a prestigious prize known as the “Jewish Nobel” because of “extreme distress” over recent events in Israel, triggering an angry backlash Friday from some in the countr More...

Schumer joins politicians rethinking marijuana

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Senate Democrat is using marijuana’s informal holiday to announce a change of heart about the drug, another sign of the growing political acceptance of pot.  More...

Some GOP officials urge charges for women who get abortions

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Anti-abortion rhetoric is intensifying ahead of midterm elections as officials in Republican-dominant states push legislation that would punish both doctors and patients, even though such laws are likely unconstitutional.&nb More...

‘60 Minutes’ details progression of Alzheimer’s

NEW YORK (AP) — Filmed over 10 years, a “60 Minutes” report this weekend shows in startling detail the progression that Alzheimer’s disease takes on a patient. More...

Defense says schedules show Cosby wasn’t around for assault

NORRISTOWN (AP) — Jurors got a look Friday at Bill Cosby’s travel records as his lawyers made the case that he never visited his suburban Philadelphia mansion in the month he is accused of drugging and molesting a woman there.  More...

Authorities say motive in deputy killings may never be known

TRENTON, Fla. (AP) — Investigators in Florida say they may never know why a man - a recluse from a rural farm community who rarely ventured into town - killed two sheriff’s deputies while they sat in a Chinese restaurant.  More...

Students begin school walkouts on anniversary of Columbine

Students from Florida to Chicago started streaming out of their schools Friday in the latest round of gun-control activism following the February shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.  More...

Saint Vincent Camerata hosts spring concert

LATROBE -- Saint Vincent Camerata will present a spring concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at the Saint Vincent Basilica.  More...

Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve ready to celebrate Earth Day

LATROBE – The 16th annual Westmoreland Earth Day featuring local environmental organizations and businesses from throughout the region will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. More...

AP Analysis: Gaza flare-up driven by deep misery in strip

ALONG THE ISRAEL GAZA BORDER (AP) — The flareup of deadly violence in Gaza is of a new kind, even in the inventive annals of Mideast conflicts: Israeli soldiers shooting at Palestinian demonstrators burning tires and hurling firebombs across wh More...

Russia: U.S. did not violate red lines during Syria strikes

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister said Friday that the U.S. sought out and respected Moscow’s positions in Syria when it launched its air strikes last week.  More...

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