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May 24, 2013

10 Things to Know for Today

— Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO GO DOWN WITH THE I-5 BRIDGE IN WASHINGTON STATE

All Dan Sligh saw was a “big puff of dust” and then the water as a section over the Skagit River collapsed. “I hit the brakes and we went off .. you hold on as tight as you can.”

2. WHAT OBAMA SAYS ABOUT HIS COUNTERTERRORISM POLICY

President Barack Obama defends the use of drones and hints at giving law enforcement more authority to seize communications.

3. HOW STORM SURGE KILLS AND HOW TO PREVENT DEATHS

The National Hurricane Center is offering easier-to-understand maps and advice about the abnormal rise of sea water during storms.

4. DECISION ON JODI ARIAS’ FATE POSTPONED

The jury charged with deciding whether Jodi Arias will get the death penalty or life in prison for murdering her ex-boyfriend gives up, meaning the penalty phase of the trial must start over.

5. WHAT’S NEXT AFTER BOY SCOUTS’ ACCEPTANCE OF GAY SCOUTS

The Boy Scouts of America have voted to allow openly gay boys and teens, drawing praise from more liberal factions, but some conservatives are threatening to defect.

6. UNIONS FRET OVER IMPACT OF HEALTH CARE LAW ON MULTIEMPLOYER PLANS

Labor unions were among the new health care law’s strongest supporters, but they now worry whether the law might result in less coverage for their members.

7. TRAVEL INDUSTRY HOPES FOR FEW BUMPS IN ROAD FOR SUMMER SOJOURNS

The forecast for summer travel is showing steady improvement over last year, but consumers might still see higher lodging and transport costs.

8. MANDATING SHELTER FROM THE STORM?

Requiring storm shelters in tornado-prone Oklahoma might sound like a great idea, but local authorities say many can’t afford them, and bristle at government mandates.

9. WHEN PLASTIC IS NOT SO FANTASTIC

Two California legislators introduce a bill that would require manufacturers to figure out how keep plastic out of state waterways.

10. HOPS FOR HEROES

Craft brewers around the country are teaming up raise money for military families through the sale of a specially-brewed beer.

 

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    DANVILLE -- Firefighters were called to fight a fire at BJ's Steak & Rib House on Mill Street before 9 p.m. Sunday night. Customers in the restaurant and residents in nearby apartments were evacuated to the streets.

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  • Loaded language

    Sometimes it’s the offhand remark that’s the most telling. Indeed, the way we Americans casually, often unthinkingly, incorporate gun metaphors into our everyday slang says a lot about how deeply embedded guns are in our culture and our politics, and how difficult it is to control or extract them. Consider this list, presented as bullet points — which are themselves so conventional, so central to the typography of mind-numbing PowerPoint presentations, that you can forget what their shape represents.

    April 20, 2014

  • Prize claim cost man $1,829

    WINFIELD — Western Union is doing what it can to educate people about the risks in wiring money. An entire section on its website (www.westernunion.com) is devoted to providing information that might reduce the risk of people falling victim to fraud schemes.
     

    April 19, 2014

  • Reel good time enjoyed by 200 young anglers

    TREVORTON — It only took about three minutes for J.C. Wallish to reel in his first fish at the Little Shamokin Creek Watershed Association’s annual Youth Trout Derby on Saturday.
     

    April 19, 2014

  • Elytte Barbour's 'bad trip' put him on the road to prison, friend says

    SUNBURY — A former roommate of slaying suspect Elytte Barbour drove 450 miles from North Carolina to spend 45 minutes in the Northumberland County Prison with his best friend last week, and was not surprised when he heard Barbour say: “I am afraid to spend the rest of my life in jail.”

    April 19, 2014

  • bonehunt20a.jpg 60 dogs battle for biscuits at annual bone hunt

    It was a scene similar to ones playing out all over the nation this weekend: nervous parents holding baskets and bags, watching their little ones search for goodies in the grass.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Arizona tribe set to prosecute first non-Indian under a new law

    PASCUA YAQUI INDIAN RESERVATION, Ariz. — Tribal police chief Michael Valenzuela drove through darkened desert streets, turned into a Circle K convenience store and pointed to the spot beyond the reservation line where his officers used to take the non-Indian men who battered Indian women.
     

    April 19, 2014

  • Danville parents hope strike ends quickly

    DANVILLE ““ First-grader Madison Wild was sad she missed school Thursday.

    April 19, 2014

  • Schools ask state to waive 180-day rule

    Three area school districts have asked the Pennsylvania Department of Education to add up their hours instead of their days in order to reach the required amount of instruction time in the school year.

    April 19, 2014

  • Former Bucknell star in NBA playoffs

    ATLANTA — It really hit Mike Muscala a few days ago when he was listening to the Nets’ starting lineup at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

    April 19, 2014

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