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Trump takes charge

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Pledging emphatically to empower America’s “forgotten men and women,” Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking command of a riven nation facing an unpredictable era under his assertive but untested leadership. Under cloudy, ...

32 sentenced in Lycoming County Court

Police, Fire & Court

Thirty-two individuals recently were sentenced at the Lycoming County Courthouse, according to court documents. Four were sentenced to state prison. They are: • Nadia Stevens, 28, state prison, 12 to 24 months for contraband • Mariam T. White, 29, 6454 Route 405, Muncy, 25 to 50 ...

New Mexico targets Takata, auto makers over faulty air bags

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is suing Japanese manufacturer Takata and a long list of automakers in connection with the sale of cars with dangerous air bag inflators. The attorney general’s office argues in a lawsuit filed Friday that the ...

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Living Hope church in new building

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Living Hope United Pentecostal Church has moved into the former Faith Alliance Church in Old Lycoming Township, packing its belongings at its former George Street location and going to a larger space at 2405 Bottle Run Road. The Rev. Roger Betterly, his wife, Vicki Betterly, their four ...

Defense, homeland security nominees confirmed by Senate

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Wasting little time to fill two critical national security posts, the Republican-led Senate overwhelmingly confirmed the two retired Marine generals President Donald Trump tapped to run the Pentagon and secure America’s borders. Senators voted on Friday to approve the ...

How student loan servicers affect tens of millions of people in the US

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WASHINGTON (AP) — They aren’t well-known. Their names are odd. And what they do — well, it’s complicated. Yet student loan servicers —  with names like AES-PHEAA and Nelnet —  play a key role in the lives of the 44 million Americans who, combined, have amassed a $1.4 trillion ...

Post-Christmas reality

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Welcome to January, when the sublime season of Christmas now is a memory and most of the gifts given have been put to use in daily life. Yet, vividly, the bills for the extravagant end of December festivities now arrive, putting a fresh face on the experiences past. Perhaps the numbers that we ...

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Sandra Tosca, district executive with the state Department of Transportation District 3, briefs reporters Friday during a media session on the discovery of flyash waste basins which have led to the need to realign a portion of the southern section of the Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation Project. Below is a photograph of the flyash slurry, which has the consistency of a milkshake despite efforts to wick away the water content in the coal-waste byproduct.

Alternate routes for thruway considered

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SHAMOKIN DAM — A discovery two years ago of two coal by-product pits buried in the land, known as flyash basins, with the consistency of milkshakes stand in the path of the proposed route of the southern portion of the Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation Project, a 13-mile, four-lane, ...

14 people charged with various offenses

Police, Fire & Court

Fourteen people have been charged with various offenses. Those charged and the police departments involved were: • Kimyatta L. McGuffie, 36, of 611 Locust St.; city police; felony shoplifting and receiving stolen property for allegedly stealing $38 worth of merchandise from Family Dollar, ...

Walking with God

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Institutional services The following institutional services are arranged for and reported by United Churches of Lycoming County: Sunday: County Prison, 1:45 and 3:15 p.m., the Rev. Ronald Shellhamer, Area Lutheran Pastor, Williamsport. HCR Manor Care South, 2 p.m., Debra Buckman, ...

Grant applications approved for Pine Street improvement

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City Council agreed to allow the city administration to pursue funding streams for the construction of Pine Street, making it open to two-way traffic from Third to Fourth streets and improving stormwater drainage issues, projects estimated to cost $1.2 million. The two funding sources include ...

Countywide police activities

Police, Fire & Court

Following are complaints handled by police agencies in Lycoming County, as provided by the county Emergency Communications Center: THURSDAY 6:39 a.m., theft, 100 block of South Lycoming Mall Road, Muncy Township. 7:08 a.m., disturbance, 500 block of Stevens Street, Williamsport. 7:37 ...

Learn to be civil

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Q: Every time I turn around, there’s another example in the news or on social media about people fighting over issues of race, politics, religion, moral beliefs, etc. I’m beginning to lose hope that there can ever be peace in our land. What are your thoughts? Jim: It’s clear that ...

A rhyme in time

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A mirage? Faith inside, viewed outside, A reflection pool of inner self. A mirage? Moments cast rivulets, Others eyes see. Faith awaits, From a once dormant state, Inside you, Inside me. Our outward flow, Must stem from His Spirit living. A perpetuate know, His ...

Pope meets Palestinian leader; Vatican calls Jerusalem holy

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican stressed the sacred nature of Jerusalem last Saturday as the Palestinian leader warned that prospects for peace could suffer if the incoming Trump administration goes ahead with plans to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The ...

Area church briefs

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SUNDAY Nick Biddle in service Nick Biddle will present an encouraging morning of hymns during the 9 a.m. service at Heshbon Park United Methodist Church, 2898 Heshbon Road in Loyalsock Township. WEDNESDAY Free soup and sandwich A free soup and sandwich lunch will be ...

Nebraska targets ban on religious garb worn by teachers

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Sister Madeleine Miller applied for a high school teaching job in Nebraska thinking she would get judged on her credentials — not what she was wearing on her head. The 37-year-old nun was shocked to learn that, under a little-known law nearly a century old, she ...