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Man gets 10 to 20 years in death of woman missing since 1991

Jan. 19, 2019 12:16 PM EST

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 10 to 20 years on a murder conviction in the disappearance a quarter-century ago of a central Pennsylvania woman whose body has never been found. A Lycoming County judge on Thursday sentenced 69-year-old Loyd Groves to the maximum term in effect for...

Officials: moving inmates to Mississippi an improvement

Jan. 19, 2019 9:37 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Corrections and prison rights groups say the move of more than 200 Vermont inmates from a government-run prison in Pennsylvania more than three months ago to a private one in Mississippi has been an improvement. Vermont Public Radio reports that the supervising attorney for the...

A model retirement in store for this Maryland doctor

Jan. 19, 2019 9:01 AM EST

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — When Dr. Allen Ditto retires on Jan. 31, he has plans for the fine motor and problem-solving skills he honed during his almost 40-year medical career. He will tackle the collection of 4,000 models — mostly airplanes — he's stockpiled in the basement of his Fountain Head...

Rankin: Fighting 'the depressed mindset'

Jan. 19, 2019 3:05 AM EST

RANKIN, Pa. (AP) — The smell of barbecue, the chef's hat on James "Cube" Weems' head, the earnestness on his son Jaden's face as he passes out samples of steaming meat — it all conspires to give a festive feel to Rankin Borough Council, where the mood is sometimes darkened by talk of the creep of...

Restaurant gives big lift to small-town Venango

Jan. 19, 2019 3:05 AM EST

VENANGO, Pa. (AP) — In September 2016, Mark and Tracey Olenick were raising a family of four children near Lancaster. Mark Olenick, an electrical engineer and project manager, made pickled vegetables on the side. Now the whole family lives above Venango General Store, a restaurant they own in Crawford...

Book traces history of ukulele that went to North Pole

Jan. 19, 2019 3:05 AM EST

NAZARETH, Pa. (AP) — In 2014, Larry Bartram, a software company founder and archaeologist, was at C.F. Martin & Co. in Nazareth to have a guitar repaired. While waiting, he strolled into the factory museum. Tucked among the many displays, Bartram found a nondescript little ukulele covered with...

Emotional support alligator offers comfort, sharp teeth

Jan. 19, 2019 3:05 AM EST

YORK, Pa. (AP) — On a recent Monday afternoon, Joie Henney walked into the Glatfelter Community Center at the Village at Sprenkle Drive, an assisted-living development north of York, with his emotional support animal on a leash. He walked by an elderly woman sitting on a bench by a window, reading a book....

Hot-shooting Villanova beats Xavier for 6th straight win

Jan. 18, 2019 11:55 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Midway through the second half against Xavier, Villanova's Phil Booth launched a 3-pointer that bounced high off the rim before dropping through the net. Things are just falling the right way for Booth and the Wildcats right now. Booth scored 22 points, Collin Gillespie added 18 and No....

Prosecutor, 73, found guilty of obstruction in ex's cases

Jan. 18, 2019 7:28 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A jury on Friday found a 73-year-old Pennsylvania prosecutor guilty of obstructing justice and misusing the power of his office by improperly intervening in criminal cases involving a 41-year-old woman who the prosecution says was his girlfriend. Mercer County District Attorney Miles...

Republican state senator to leave seat in middle of term

Jan. 18, 2019 5:06 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A three-term Republican state senator from southcentral Pennsylvania says he's leaving his seat in the middle of his term. Sen. Rich Alloway of Franklin County said Friday that he's resigning Feb. 28 and that he's lost the fire to give the extra effort to do the job right. He says...