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Lawmakers urged to fix turnpike’s fiscal plight

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania’s elected fiscal watchdog is urging state lawmakers to rescue a Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission that is deep in debt from payments it must make to the state, despite annual toll increases going back 11 straight years. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said ...

Ex-cop says he thought he saw a gun when he shot black teen

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A white former police officer said Thursday he thought a weapon was pointed at him when he shot and killed an unarmed black teenager outside Pittsburgh last summer. Former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld took the stand at his homicide trial and insisted he ...

Could a gift card be a subtle hint?

Dear Annie: I read your response to “Loving Mother,” whose children bought her gift cards to clothing stores rather than generic, credit card-type gift cards. Though I agree that honesty is the best policy, perhaps her children were actually trying to give her a subtle hint that she needs ...

Nighttime visions may be sign of dementia

Dear Dr. Roach: I am an extremely healthy 76-year-old woman. Almost every night, I am startled awake by visions of people standing over my bed. It’s usually once, but can happen up to three times in a night. It’s often after being asleep for an hour and a half. They’re not dreams. ...

Is cutting the crusts off sandwiches really necessary?

Dear Heloise: My granddaughter insists I cut the crusts off all her sandwiches. This bothers me — is she missing out on something by not eating the crusts? — Sandy G., Holland, Mich. Sandy, it’s probably safe to say that your granddaughter doesn’t like the texture of bread crust. Lots ...

Horoscope

ARIES (March 21-April 19). So many people push feelings to the bottom of the drawer in hopes that they’ll disappear, but of course, it doesn’t work that way. Feelings have to be felt in order to be processed. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You’re not afraid to jump into the action today and ...

Almanac

Today is Thursday, March 21, the 80th day of 2019. There are 285 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 21, 2006, the social media website Twitter was established with the sending of the first “tweet” by co-founder Jack Dorsey, who wrote: “just setting up ...

Google is taking on video-game business

NEW YORK (AP) — Google on Tuesday unveiled a video-game streaming platform called Stadia, positioning itself to take on the traditional video-game business. The platform will store a game-playing session in the cloud and lets players jump across devices operating on Google’s Chrome ...

Disney closes $71B deal for Fox

Disney has closed its $71 billion acquisition of Fox’s entertainment business, putting “Cinderella,” ‘’The Simpsons,” ‘’Star Wars” and “Dr. Strange” under one corporate roof. The deal is likely to shake up the media landscape. Among other things, it paves the way for ...

Puerto Rico lures tech developers as hurricane season looms

ISABELA, Puerto Rico (AP) — In the dark and isolating days after Hurricane Maria, people across Puerto Rico invented new ways to communicate: Elderly couples in need of food or water would raise a flag at their home. Neighbors created amateur security systems, banging on pots for a minute ...