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Report warns of crisis in Pa. fire, rescue services

HARRISBURG (AP) — A report released Wednesday warns that Pennsylvania’s fire and rescue services face a crisis, saying the number of volunteers continues to fall amid funding needs and training challenges. The 95-page legislative study said there were about 300,000 volunteer firefighters ...

Sisters charged in Medicaid fraud

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Two sisters who ran multiple home health care companies in Pittsburgh were indicted by a federal grand jury for their alleged role in a multi-million dollar health care fraud scheme. Court documents unsealed Tuesday show Arlinda Moriarty and Danyelle ...

‘SpongeBob’ creator Stephen Hillenburg dies at 57

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stephen Hillenburg, who used his dual loves of drawing and marine biology to spawn the absurd undersea world of “SpongeBob SquarePants,” has died, Nickelodeon announced Tuesday. Hillenburg died Monday of Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as ALS, the cable network ...

‘Tis the season for TV movies

NEW YORK (AP) — Have you heard the one about the girl who didn’t care about Christmas but found herself in a small town for the holidays surrounded by decorations, cookies and carolers, and found a new boyfriend and her Christmas spirit by Dec. 25? Hallmark Channel has, and they’re airing ...

Occupying handicapped stalls

Dear Annie: What is the etiquette with handicapped stalls in restrooms? When I go into a public restroom and there are multiple stalls to choose from, I like to go with the handicapped one because it’s roomier. I imagine that many other people do, too. Is that wrong? If I ever saw someone ...

Tramadol use should not be taken lightly

Dear Dr. Roach: I just read your column regarding concerns about taking tramadol long term for arthritis pain. I am a 74-year-old female, and I take one or two 50-mg tablets a day, depending on my pain level. Most days, my pain is controlled on that dose. I also take 1,300-mg acetaminophen ...

A fried rice recipe that is flavorful and loved

Dear Heloise: You had a recipe for FRIED RICE that was very flavorful, and my kids loved it. I’ve lost that recipe, so could you reprint it for me? I read your column daily and love the recipes you publish. — Rita K. in Indiana Rita, here it is, and it’s one of my favorites as ...

Horoscope

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You’re not sure why you feel the way you do, but you can be sure that there’s a good reason. There’s a gift in these feelings that will be presented as you heed them or explore them. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You’re brilliantly intuitive, but smart to keep ...

Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Nov. 28, the 332nd day of 2018. There are 33 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 28, 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin began conferring in Tehran during World War ...

Cuomo to meet with Trump to discuss new tunnel

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo will travel to Washington on Wednesday to press President Donald Trump for federal funding for a new rail tunnel below the Hudson River. The meeting comes as officials in New Jersey and New York express growing worries about the dilapidated, century-old ...