Stories from Sunday, December 31, 2017

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And ALDI has designs on a spot at Buckhorn
BUCKHORN — Panera Bread is getting a drive-thru here, and ALDI is looking to construct a store on a site near the...
Coroner: In Columbia, number of fatalities fell
Opioid overdose deaths doubled in Montour County this year from last year, and most stemmed from the use of legally...
Police: Woman called officer heartless for arresting her after Christmas Eve crash
SOUTH CENTRE TWP. — The owner of a popular restaurant and bar was drunk when she crashed her car on Christmas Eve,...
Cops: Pair grappled on ground at victim’s rural Benton home after fight erupted
SUGARLOAF TWP. — A Benton man held a loaded gun to a woman’s head during a fight that turned physical, police allege....
Wyoming Valley CEO says his group will prove itself to Berwick
BERWICK — The Berwick Area United Way and the United Way of Wyoming Valley are continuing to work toward a merger, says...

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Bloomsburg Area YMCA New Year’s Eve 5K Run/Walk: 7 p.m., Bloomsburg; 570-784-0188. Berwick Garibaldi Society Member/...
1879: Thomas Edison first publicly demonstrated his electric incandescent light by illuminating some 40 bulbs at his...
• Olympic gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas, 22. • Business executive Donald Trump Jr., 40. • Author Nicholas Sparks...
Merkel: Germany divided BERLIN (AP) — Germans have rarely been so divided about the changes taking place in their...
• Columbia County’s Commissioners, Salary Board, and Retirement Board have set their meeting dates for 2018. • The...
Crash closes Schuylkill GLADWYNE (AP) — A crash involving more than a dozen cars has closed down a stretch of the...
TREASURE HUNT: 2-16-18-25-26 MIDDAY PICK TWO: 1-9, Wild: 6 MIDDAY PICK THREE: 1-4-3, Wild: 6 MIDDAY PICK FOUR: 3-1-5...


 
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Energetic WNEP reporter Ryan Leckey wants his social-media fans to know his recent shoulder surgery was a “success.”...
OLD FORGE (AP) — A prosecutor has determined that police were justified in shooting and killing an armed bank robbery...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) —Slick and icy travel conditions were reported across Pennsylvania as snow fell across the state...
LAKE TWP. — A Sweet Valley man faces charges after police found him drunkenly hitchhiking along Route 118, troopers say...


 
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Gene therapy finds its place after decades of study
After decades of hope and high promise, this was the year scientists really showed they could doctor DNA to...
NEW YORK (AP) —Slowly, but surely, being a saver is paying off again. For years after the recession, banks paid next...


 
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Trucker, avid golfer, enjoyed go-cart racing
Ralph L. Smith, 65, of Nescopeck passed away suddenly on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at Berwick Hospital Center. Born on...
Expert: McD’s mural may be worth $60G BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) —An expert says a mural depicting a Massachusetts city’s...
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Reno sign collector is trying to persuade city leaders to keep Reno’s iconic downtown arch neon...
DENVER (AP) — Another legal threat for marijuana businesses across the United States has emerged over the past few...
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina legislator accused of pulling a woman around his office by her ponytail...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) —North Carolina’s capital city is ready for its annual acorn drop to usher in the New Year after a...
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“While Winter Storm, Frankie put down only 1-2 inches of snow across the area Friday night and early Saturday, it was...
NEW ORLEANS — North America couldn’t catch a break in 2017. Parts of the United States were on fire, underwater or...


 
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LOS ANGELES — From Tiffany Haddish and that grapefruit to Wonder Woman taking on No Man’s Land by herself, here are the...


 
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Dear Mr. Berko: I’ve got a bug in my ear telling me to invest in water utility stocks. My parents live in Flint,...
DANVILLE — Geisinger President and CEO Dr. David Feinberg has been named one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices of 2017 in...
WILLIAMSPORT — Jasneet Bhullar, MD, has joined the General Surgery team at UPMC Susquehanna, a press release says. Dr...
Dear Mr. Berko: I pay over $33,000 a year for health insurance for me, my wife and my four children. That’s more than...
SCRANTON — Steven J. Scheinman, M.D., president and dean of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and chief...


 
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EDITOR’S NOTE: An excerpt from a column at Townhall.com by Beth Baumann. The Los Angeles Times posted an article on...
THORN: Let’s face it, this was an unusually difficult year politically. Not since 1968 have divisions run so deep, nor...
If I had to pick one of the most under-appreciated and under-reported stories of 2017, it would be that a post-...
EDITOR’S NOTE: A recent submission to 30 Seconds mentioned the animals that represent our major political parties. A...
“It is tempting, particularly when someone is trying to reach you.” Francisco Martinez Who isn’t sure whether he...
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Two American tourists, Joseph Dasilva, 38, and Travis Dasilva, 36, of San Diego, were arrested in Bangkok, Thailand, on...
NEW YORK — Arguably the biggest thing that came from Hollywood this year wasn’t a movie or a TV show. It had heroines...
By DAVID CRARYAssociated Press WriterNEW YORK — Among the dozens of prominent Americans entangled in sexual-misconduct...
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Police: Suspect had heroin, gun, teeth MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Police say they found thousands of doses of heroin, a...
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Guinness World Records confirmed this week that a Hawaii woman found the world’s heaviest...
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Joseph Lurtsema’s entrepreneurial success began at age 19 when he parlayed his knowledge of...
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The use of the term “alternative facts” by Kellyanne Conway, an adviser to President Donald...
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Philadelphia hosts Dallas in final game of regular season
PHILADELPHIA — Even with home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs already secured, the Philadelphia Eagles have...
Cleveland is trying to avoid a winless season
PITTSBURGH — When the Pittsburgh Steelers escaped Cleveland with a 21-18 victory in the 2017 season opener on Sept. 10...
Penn State holds off Washington in Fiesta Bowl
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Converting on third downs had been a sore spot at Penn State, so coach James Franklin made it a point...
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Allen Lazard tied a Liberty Bowl record with 10 catches and put Iowa State ahead with a remarkable 5-...
DETROIT — Andre Drummond had 14 points and 21 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons held San Antonio to its lowest point...
INDIANAPOLIS — Kelan Martin scored 24 points and Paul Jorgensen had a career-high 23 to help Butler upset No. 1...
EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Boston 29 10.744 — Toronto 24 10.706 2½ New York 18 18.500 9½...
WASHINGTON — Nicklas Backstrom and John Carlson had a goal and two assists each, Alex Ovechkin had three assists and...
EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Tampa Bay 37 27 8 2 56 139 93 Boston 37 21 10 6 48 114 94...
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benton • HEAD COACH: Ron Aikey, second season • ASSISTANT: Randy Sidler • LAST YEAR: 3-19 • LEAGUE: Mid-Penn •...
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Today No events scheduled ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––Monday No events scheduled
NBA FAVORITE LINE O/U UNDERDOG at Washington 7½ 213½ Chicago at Indiana OFF OFF Minnesota at Boston 10 209½ Brooklyn...
COLLEGE BASKETBALL Noon BTN — Savannah St. at Michigan St. 2:30 p.m. FS1 — Providence at Creighton 4 p.m. ESPNU...
JIM THORPE — Bloomsburg’s Matt Milbrand claimed the 145-pound title at the Jim Thorpe Christmas Tournament in high...
NFC Quarterbacks Att Com Yds TD Int Stafford, DET 536 351 4123 26 10 Brees, NOR 506 364 4089 22 8 Cousins, WAS 503...
THROUGH DECEMBER 29 Scoring G FG FT PTS AVG Harden, HOU 34 324 302 1092 32.1 Antetokounmpo, MIL 32 345 226 931 29.1...
GP G A PTS Nikita Kucherov, TB 37 24 30 54 John Tavares, NYI 38 21 28 49 Josh Bailey, NYI 38 11 38 49 Steven...
BASKETBALL National Basketball Association MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES — Recalled F Ivan Rabb from Memphis (NBAGL). FOOTBALL...
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The last column of the year is usually devoted to another look at the best and worst happenings of the past year. I...
Archery leagues set Drop Tine Archery, Allenwood, is offering a choice of several winter leagues designed to sharpen...
Michigan led all states in the sale of hunting licenses with 788,000. Pennsylvania was second with 640,000.
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Italian bridal serenades are revived and updated
PHILADELPHIA — Young couples in southern Philadelphia are transforming something old into something new with their take...
Discussing economic class is tricky in America. The working and middle classes face vastly different financial...
ALLENTOWN (AP) —When high school sweethearts Ashley Scheffler and Naveen Bhasin tied the knot in September, they wanted...
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Rotary fellowship ELYSBURG — Andy Fallon has received a 2018 Rotary Peace Fellowship as part of the Rotary Peace...
BLOOMSBURG — The Columbia County Traveling Library will be stopping at these locations this week: • Monday — No...
Senior centers list week’s activities • Benton — Monday: Closed; Tuesday: Wii bowling, cards, puzzles; Wednesday:...
BLOOMSBURG —Bloomsburg Meals on Wheels will be delivered by volunteers from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church this week: •...
Note: Some groups may not be meeting due to the New Year’s holiday. JAN. 1/MONDAY Compassionate Friends, Monday, 7-8:...
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It has been reported that Dr. Raymond Kraynak prescribed enough opioids to supply each resident of Mount Carmel 500...
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DEAR ABBY: I am president and co-founder of the Wildlife Center of Virginia, one of the leading teaching and research...
IF YOU WERE BORN TODAY You are friendly, witty and likable. You are also unique and sometimes can be viewed as...
NEW YORK (AP) — A Univision journalist who famously clashed with then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in...