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North Korea said to be open to nuke talks with US

SEOUL, South Korea — After years of refusal, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is willing to discuss the fate of his atomic arsenal with the United States and has expressed a readiness to suspend nuclear and missile tests during such talks, a senior South Korean official said Tuesday. “They ...

Opioids fail testing for chronic pain

CHICAGO — A yearlong study offers rigorous new evidence against using prescription opioids for chronic pain. In patients with stubborn back aches or hip or knee arthritis, opioids worked no better than over-the-counter drugs or other nonopioids at reducing problems with walking or ...

Trump’s top economic aide departs WH after trade disagreement

WASHINGTON — Top economic adviser Gary Cohn is leaving the White House after breaking with President Donald Trump on trade policy, the latest in a string of high-level departures from the West Wing. Cohn, the director of the National Economic Council, has been the leading internal ...

City school board makes personnel changes

The Williamsport Area School Board unanimously approved personnel changes during its meeting on Tuesday. The board approved the hiring of the following individuals: • Scott R. Williams as the district’s full-time supervising manager of Pupil Transportation, $50,000 salary with an ...

Council questions ex-auditor’s bill

MUNCY — A disputed bill from the former borough solicitor “smacks of revenge,” according to Muncy Borough Council President Ed Feigles. The bill was a topic of discussion at Tuesday night’s borough council meeting. The issue began last month when council voted to not renew a ...

Wheelchair basketball tournament drives awareness

Sounds of people cheering, basketballs dribbling and folks laughing as they worked out how to maneuver their wheelchairs across the basketball courts filled the Keiper Recreation Center at Lycoming College on Saturday. All the fun could be attributed to Roads to Freedom Center for ...

City mulch pile to carry on with same debris service

City residents won’t notice a difference in the city mulch pile operation following a February decision by the Lycoming County Resource Management Services to end the provision of its tub grinder to municipalities starting in June. The reason they won’t notice any change is because city ...

Day 1 of 2nd Bill Cosby trial begins with motions

NORRISTOWN — Bill Cosby made his first court appearance of the #MeToo era on Monday as defense lawyers tried without success to get his sexual assault case thrown out, then turned their attention to blocking some of the 80-year-old comedian’s dozens of accusers from testifying at his ...

Everett seeks another term

State Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy, announced he is seeking another two-year term to serve in the General Assembly. Everett, a Republican who represents the 84th House District, listed a number of issues that remain as unfinished business in Harrisburg. He said he will continue to fight to ...

UN begins delivering aid to rebel-held suburbs of Damascus

BEIRUT — A U.N. convoy carrying desperately needed food and medicine to besieged civilians entered the war-ravaged eastern suburbs of Damascus on Monday, but aid agencies said Syrian authorities blocked the delivery of some of the health supplies, including trauma and surgical kits and ...

With bonds on minds, South Side school board gets lesson

Audrey Bear from the financial advisory firm Robert W. Baird walked the South Williamsport Area School District’s board through bond options at the board’s Monday night meeting, reviewing the district’s debts and commending it for its relatively light debt load. She contrasted the ...

‘Shape of Water’ triumphs at an Oscars full of change

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 90th Academy Awards crowned Guillermo del Toro's monster fable "The Shape of Water" best picture at an Oscars that confronted the post-Harvey Weinstein era and sought to pivot to a vision of a more inclusive movie business. A sense of change was palpable at the ...

Sunny days to turn to snow

Two storm systems moving in this week will mark deviations in otherwise consistently cold early mornings and 40-degree days throughout the week, according to the National Weather Service in State College. “It’s going to be beautiful (today),” according to meteorologist Paul Head. ...

Cherry Tree Joe was a man among men

Paul Bunyon, the giant of a man who ruled the woods with his axe and whose tales of herculean feats are repeatedly retold, never existed. But one figure from the great lumbering days of central Pennsylvania was an honest-to-goodness, red-blooded, American man, whose Bunyonesque feats guiding ...

LEGISLATIVE TALLY: Authority chairman, levee grant taken up

Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week: Municipal • Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority voted 9-0 with one abstention to make Thomas Marnon chairman of the water authority. Voting were Steven W. Cappelli, Bill Ertel, Cindi ...

White House: No exemptions from steel, aluminum tariffs

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s administration appears unbowed by broad domestic and international criticism of his planned import tariffs on steel and aluminum, saying Sunday that the president is not planning on exempting any countries from the stiff duties. Speaking on CNN’s ...

Sun-Gazette wins national Top 10 AP Sports Editors awards

The Williamsport Sun-Gazette has won national Top 10 awards for 2017 in both Daily and Special section, and sports writer Mitch Rupert won a Top 10 for feature in the Associated Press Sports Editors annual contest’s under 30,000 circulation division. This is the eighth consecutive year the ...

Storm cuts power to nearly 600,000, kills 1 as tree hit car

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The governor of Pennsylvania says more than half a million utility customers lost power in the commonwealth at the height of the powerful storm that sent trees onto roads and rail lines, stranded motorists and left one man dead. Gov. Tom Wolf said Saturday that about ...

Lawmakers stay silent on noisy gun debate

NEW YORK — They crowded around the White House conference table this past week, lawmakers from California, Connecticut, Texas and Florida, eager to share their state’s painful experience with gun violence. One key state was not represented. No one from Nevada, home to the deadliest ...