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‘Bases Loaded’ player’s bat broken off, stolen

Three strikes in baseball and the batter sits back on the bench. Now, for the third time in three years since it was installed as part of the “Bases Loaded” sculpture project, a bronze bat held by a Little League player at Market Square has been stolen, said Jason Fink, executive vice ...

July seventh wettest on record, August starts warm and muggy

While July 2017 won’t go down anywhere close to the warmest on record, it does rank among the top 10 wettest on record. “It’s the seventh wettest July on record,” said Matt Steinbugl, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College. The service has been tracking ...

Barletta planning run for U.S. Senate seat

HARRISBURG — Republican U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania, who was elected as a crusader against illegal immigration and helped cheerlead Donald Trump to victory last year, has told GOP officials and activists that he has decided to run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Bob ...

Kelly shows his clout: Scaramucci out as WH chief moves in

WASHINGTON — Firmly taking charge in an unruly White House, former Gen. John Kelly moved in Monday as President Donald Trump’s new chief of staff and immediately made sure that Trump’s profanity-spouting new communications director was shown the door, ignominiously ousted after less than ...

White House says Trump has no plans to shift cabinet members

WASHINGTON (AP) — Simmering tensions between President Donald Trump and his attorney general appear to be cooling down. The White House said Monday that Trump has “100 percent” confidence in his Cabinet, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump has publicly belittled Sessions ...

Trump drug commission calls for emergency declaration

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s drug commission has called on him to declare a national emergency to deal with the country’s opioid drug epidemic. The commission sent an initial report to the Republican president on Monday saying the approximately 142 deaths each day from ...

Retired trooper recalls tragic scene of ill-fated flight

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today the Sun-Gazette offers the next installment in a weekly history series that tells the stories of those who came before us.) On the morning of Dec. 1, 1959, state Trooper John Sherosick, just five years on the job, was on routine patrol, coming into Montoursville just ...

Pennsylvania grapples with new sentences for juvenile lifers

PHILADELPHIA — On a long-ago summer night, 16-year-old Giovanni Reid accepted a neighbor’s invitation to an International House of Pancakes restaurant as thanks for watching the man’s infant son. By sunrise, the outing in south Philadelphia had veered to robbery, then murder. “I had ...

Legislative tally: State Senate passes bill to decrease budget deficit

Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week: Federal • The Senate rejected a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville voted to repeal the act. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton voted to not repeal the act. State • ...

Miners return to site of July 2002 Quecreek rescue

SOMERSET (AP) — Robert Pugh says he doesn’t like coming back to the area of Pennsylvania that still gives him “goosebumps” 15 years after he and eight other miners were rescued after spending more than three days trapped in a flooded mine. But he made an exception over the weekend and ...

White House to Senate: Pass health bill now or else

WASHINGTON — The White House stepped up demands Sunday for revived congressional efforts on health care and suggested senators cancel their entire summer break, if needed, to pass legislation after failed votes last week. Aides said President Donald Trump is prepared in the coming days to ...

SLIDESHOW: Ribbon cutting brings out locals to Riverfront Park

The work on Loyalsock Township’s Riverfront Park project is completed and the township held a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday morning to celebrate the new trail and parking lot. Along the trail, a new bridge was constructed, that connects Canfield Island with the new trail. After the ...

Book reveals new DNA evidence in South Side slaying

Although it’s been 40 years since the body of a young girl was found strangled in a cornfield off of Sylvan Dell Road, the murder has lingered as a serious debate. But a local investigator’s recent book claims DNA evidence ends the decades-long struggle for truth. “Unsolved No More: ...

‘Time to move on,’ Senate GOP leader says

WASHINGTON — The resounding Senate crash of the seven-year Republican drive to scrap the Obama health care law has led to finger-pointing but also has left the party with wounded leaders and no evident way ahead on an issue that won’t go away. In an astonishing cliff-hanger, the GOP-run ...

McCain first saves, then kills repeal bill

WASHINGTON — John McCain seemed poised to be the savior of the GOP health bill when he returned to the Capitol despite a brain cancer diagnosis. He turned out to be the executioner. The longtime Arizona senator stunned pretty much everyone Friday by turning on his party and his president ...

Western nations decry Iran space launch; US levies sanctions

WASHINGTON — The United States punished Iran on Friday for launching a satellite-carrying rocket into space by hitting six Iranian entities with sanctions targeting the country’s ballistic missiles program. Three European nations that helped broker the landmark Iran nuclear deal in 2015 ...

‘Gorgeous’ weather perfect for weekend events

It’s looking like a good weekend to get out and enjoy the many events in the Williamsport area, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Paul Head. “It’s an absolutely gorgeous weekend,” he said. “Almost like Labor Day Weekend rather than the last weekend of ...

Local Reps say state House budget passage is unlikely

Local lawmakers seem to agree that the Senate’s plan to eliminate a $2.2 billion state budget deficit is far from a perfect one and they don’t expect it to be taken up by the House anytime soon. “There’s a lot of pieces to this puzzle,” state Rep. Jeff Wheeland, R-Loyalsock ...

Patient burned in hospital fire has died

The patient who was severely burned in Tuesday’s fire at the UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center, identified for the first time on Friday as Val E. Cooper, has died, city police confirmed. Cooper, 66, of Grace St., died late Thursday afternoon at the burn center of the ...

Trump pushes out Priebus, names Kelly WH chief of staff

WASHINGTON — His White House in turmoil, President Donald Trump abruptly announced late Friday he was appointing Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to be his chief of staff, ending the tumultuous six-month tenure of Reince Priebus. After months of speculation about Priebus’ fate, ...