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Missile launch tests Trump’s China outreach

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea’s launch of a longer-range missile shows advances in its technological capabilities and offers the sternest test yet of President Donald Trump’s strategy to work with China to combat the threat. Will China fully enforce global sanctions on North Korea and ...

US: Syria is burning bodies to hide proof of mass Assad killings

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States accused Syria on Monday of executing thousands of imprisoned political opponents and burning their bodies in a crematorium to hide the evidence. The allegation could test the Trump administration’s willingness to respond to atrocities, other than ...

City to reopen gates to brush pile today

The city brush drop-off site at 1550 W. Third St. will reopen today, according to Tom Cillo, general manager of the city Streets and Parks Department. Overwhelmed by the amount of brush and tree limbs following a wind storm earlier this month, the site had to be closed until a grinder ...

Loyalsock recycling site to be closed several days

The Loyalsock Township recycling drop off site will be closed much of next week for site improvements, according to Lauren Strausser, county recycling coordinator. The closure begins Monday. The site may reopen by Thursday. Those who recycle at the township site may use other nearby ...

Oil’s well: Rising energy stocks send S&P 500 to record

NEW YORK (AP) ­­­– A spurt in oil prices on Monday revived energy stocks, which have been among the year’s worst performers, and helped push the broader market back to record highs. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index climbed 11.42 points, or 0.5 percent, to 2,402.32, edging past its ...

Bus carrying 26 kids on DC field trip overturns on I-95

HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. (AP) — A bus carrying dozens of Pennsylvania eighth-graders to Washington, D.C., for a field trip overturned on Interstate 95 in northeastern Maryland on Monday, state police said. Officials said one child and one teacher were seriously injured. The bus carrying 26 ...

The Last Raft: A celebration of heritage ends in tragedy

It was supposed to be one last hurrah of a bygone era, but the much ballyhooed “Last Raft” ended in tragedy on March 20, 1938. Seven people died when the log raft, patterned after the rafts of the lumber era, struck a railroad bridge at Muncy, sending 45 passengers into the cold and icy ...

Perfect primary weather possible

Spectacular Primary Election Day weather has been forecast, according to the National Weather Service in State College. Conditions of plenty of sunshine, with a high of 71 degrees in Williamsport and throughout Lycoming County, should be the type of weather that has a positive impact on voter ...

Bowman Field and Jersey Shore school budget among votes

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Each Monday, the Sun-Gazette summarizes major votes of the past week and, more specifically, how our locally elected and appointed officials voted on each matter. Watch for it each Monday in the Sun-Gazette.) Federal • The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives were not ...

Missile test a challenge to new leader of South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Just five days after South Korea elected a president who expressed a desire to reach out to North Korea, Pyongyang sent a challenge to its rival’s new leader on Sunday by test-firing a ballistic missile. The missile flew for half an hour and reached an unusually ...

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Trout Run Fire Chief Robert Whitford has spent his lifetime in the firehouse. He followed his father in at an early age and became a junior firefighter when he was 14.

Ranks of volunteer firefighters down by 75 percent

With only one full-time paid fire service in the county, all other men and women responding to calls are volunteers, an enterprise that faces a complicated set of challenges. Local municipalities recognize 31 fire departments in Lycoming County, John D. Yingling, director of the Department of ...

235 years of service and counting

Few families have been there to witness the years of change in volunteer fire services here like the Myers. With 235 years of shared experience from a single generation, the name Myers has become synonymous with the Muncy Valley Area Volunteer Fire Co. “Almost every Myers on this ...

Candidates battle Tuesday for their party nominations

Besides candidates for political office in Lycoming County, voters heading to the polls for Tuesday’s primary election will be asked to nominate candidates for statewide judge seats. Two candidates are on the ballot for state Supreme Court justice, one on each major party ballot. They are ...

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Lycoming College’s 169th commencement ceremony opens with a presentation of the colors at the Keiper Recreation Center on Saturday afternoon.

Lycoming College class praised for humanitarian spirit at commencement

Thanks to dreary rain and muddy grounds, Lycoming College’s class of 2017 “made history” as being the first class to graduate inside the recently renamed Keiper Recreation Center. But the ceremony presented another special first — for Lycoming College president Kent C. ...

President: ‘Fast decision’ possible on new FBI chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday that “we can make a fast decision” on a new FBI director, possibly by late next week, before he leaves on his first foreign trip since taking office. “Even that is possible,” Trump told reporters when asked whether he could ...

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Graduates from the Pennsylvania College of Technology class of 2017 gather Friday in the Community Arts Center in Williamsport for the graduation ceremony.

College celebrates graduation with technology

The Pennsylvania College of Technology held the 2017 spring commencement ceremony at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport on Friday. “Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal, and I must say, I feel rejuvenated every May,” said Davie Jane Gilmour, Penn College president. But Penn ...

Trial for fatal shooting outside of Fourth Street bar to begin

The trial for a man accused of shooting and killing another city man outside of the Shamrock Grill in 2015 is set to begin in Lycoming County Court Monday. A bartender at the Shamrock Grill witnessed an intensifying argument peak when Dwayne Jaleel Hall allegedly pulled a gun out of the ...

Alluding to secret tapes, Trump warns ex-FBI chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — Raging against a political firestorm, President Donald Trump on Friday shot a sharp warning at his ousted FBI director about possible “tapes” of their disputed private conversations, raising the provocative possibility that recording devices have been installed in the ...

Cyberattack cripples British hospitals

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s health service was hit Friday by a huge international cyberattack that froze computers at hospitals across the country — an attack that shut down wards, closed emergency rooms and brought medical treatments to a screeching halt. Hospitals in areas across Britain ...

Attorney General to prosecutors: Seek tougher sentences

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s federal prosecutors should bring the toughest charges possible against most crime suspects, Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructed in a move that critics assailed as a return to failed drug-war policies that unduly affected minorities and filled prisons ...