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Composer Lalo Schifrin says Oscar is an ‘amazing honor’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lalo Schifrin’s unconventional scores have a way of getting into your head and staying there. The Argentinian composer has written more than 100 arrangements for film and television, including “Dirty Harry,” Bullitt,” ‘’Cool Hand Luke,” and, perhaps most ...

New and popular titles at Juniata County Library

With so many good books being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to check out next. Every week, I offer a run-down of significant releases available here at the library. Visit our online card catalog at juniata.sparkpa.org to search today or call (717) 436-6378 to have a ...

Michelle Obama says tape led her to speak out

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Michelle Obama said she felt anxious before giving her emotional New Hampshire speech in 2016 condemning Donald Trump for bragging about sexually assaulting women in a recording more than a decade ago. The former first lady recalled that she wrote the outline of her ...

Routines and timing will keep kids out of ‘fatigue whirlpool’

Question: Since school started this year, my two “tweens” seem to be increasingly irritable. They tell me they love school and all of the activities they’re involved in; they have plenty of friends, etc. But every morning seems to be a battle to get them both going and out the door ...

Rev. using yarmulkes to show support for Jewish community

(AP) — A Wilkes-Barre reverend is trying to get religious leaders and members of their congregations to wear yarmulkes in a show of solidarity with the Jewish community following the deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. The Rev. Robert Zanicky, of the First Presbyterian Church in ...

French Polynesian president acknowledges nuclear test lies

PARIS (AP) — French Polynesian President Edouard Fritch has said the leaders of the French collectivity of islands in the South Pacific lied to the population for three decades over the dangers of nuclear testing. From 1960 to 1996, France carried out 193 nuclear tests in French Polynesia. ...

Luxury hotel built in former pit mine to open in China

SHANGHAI (AP) — A luxury hotel opening outside Shanghai is offering guests with deep pockets the chance of a very deep sleep. The 18-story Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland Hotel has been built into the side of a huge hole in the ground left by a former pit mine. Sixteen of its floors ...

MCIDC reports positive end for 2018

LEWISTOWN — Marking the last board meeting of the year, Nick Felice, Mifflin County Industrial Development Corporation president and chief executive officer, gave an overall positive report for the organization, which included significant investments made and projected, capital improvements ...

Persuasion, power and fraud

In a free democratic republic, public policy should be a matter of persuasion. That is, those running for elected office are supposed to propose the policies that they espouse and convince the voting public to support those policies. On Election Day, voters presumably would elect the candidates ...

Retail sales rose a solid 0.8 percent last month

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose at a solid pace in October, though the gains were boosted by one-time factors such as hurricane recovery spending and higher gas prices. Retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 0.8 percent last month, following two months of slight declines, the ...