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Defunct steelmaker’s 21-story headquarters imploded

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Sixteen thousand tons of Bethlehem Steel collapsed in a matter of seconds Sunday as a demolition crew imploded Martin Tower, the defunct steelmaker’s former world headquarters. Crowds gathered to watch the demolition of the area’s tallest building, a 21-story monolith ...

Trump’s farmers follow him into trade war

MADRID, Iowa — Iowa farmer Tim Bardole survived years of low crop prices and rising costs by cutting back on fertilizer and herbicides and fixing broken-down equipment rather than buying new. When President Donald Trump’s trade war with China made a miserable situation worse, Bardole used ...

Marijuana legalization: Social equity becomes a key question

NEW YORK — Advocates for legalizing marijuana have long argued it would strike a blow for social justice after a decades-long drug war that disproportionately targeted minority and poor communities. But social equity has been both a sticking point and selling point this year in New York and ...

Friends accept the ‘Scatterday Challenge’

WHEELING — For a local group of friends who regularly compete together in different fitness challenges around the region, the weekend of events and entertainment scheduled as part of the the Ogden Wellness Weekend is something they are truly excited to see in their own back yard. Wheeling ...

As states pass abortion laws, questions and protests surface

ATLANTA — As multiple states pass laws banning many abortions, questions have surfaced about what exactly that means for women who might seek an abortion. The short answer: nothing yet. Governors in Kentucky , Mississippi , Ohio and Georgia have recently approved bans on abortion once a ...

Food Truck Festival on tap in Weirton

Members of the Weirton Rotary Club, Wednesday, heard from Michelle D’Amico, who discussed the upcoming Food Truck Festival, planned for noon to 10 p.m., July 20 at the Weirton Event Center and hosted by the Weir High Class of 2020. The festival will include more than 12 food trucks, along ...

Model train on display at W.Va. health care facility

PARKERSBURG (AP) — You can hear the train coming and rolling round the bend at a new outdoor display at Ohio Valley Health Care on Nicolette Road. Construction was recently completed on the 980-square-foot display that includes 220 feet of G gauge track, three trains on three levels, homes, ...

West Virginia couple becomes parents of three in 22 hours

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — For as far back as she can remember, Beth Todd wanted to be a mom. “I was the little girl who took her dolls everywhere. I had a car seat, I had a diaper bag, I had shoes, I had bottles, I had empty jars of baby food, and I took care of these babies like they were ...

China’s ban on scrap imports a boon to US recycling plants

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The halt on China's imports of wastepaper and plastic that has disrupted U.S. recycling programs has also spurred investment in American plants that process recyclables. U.S. paper mills are expanding capacity to take advantage of a glut of cheap scrap. Some facilities ...

Preparations under way for Weirton general election

WEIRTON — Planning is under way for the City of Weirton's general municipal election, set to be held June 11. Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. throughout the city on June 11, while early voting has been established for May 29 to June 8 at the Weirton Municipal Building. Early ...

Two seeking Fifth Ward seat in Follansbee

FOLLANSBEE — There are two individuals running for the Fifth Ward council position in Follansbee. The candidates include Ryan Brindley and Wendy DeAngelis. Brindley, 25, feels he has plenty of public service experience in the City of Follansbee and believes his youth and dedication make him ...

A blast of color

Participants throw colored-powder in the air Saturday morning as the third-annual Weirton Elementary School color run set off. Runners and walkers of all ages took laps around the school campus, getting dusted with powder at multiple color stations along the course. Proceeds from the event will ...

Weirton concert series to begin Friday

WEIRTON — As summer approaches, music will be filling the air in downtown Weirton. This year's "Concerts Under the Stars," summer concert series, organized through the Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau, is set to kick off Friday at the Weirton Event Center. Gates at the ...

Attorney: Abused clients were Ohio State football players

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An attorney preparing a lawsuit against Ohio State University on behalf of more than 50 former athletes who claim they were sexually abused by a team physician told The Associated Press on Saturday that most of those clients were football players from the school's ...

JDR Career Center completers and seniors recognized at awards banquet

NEW CUMBERLAND — The John D. Rockefeller IV Career Center honored graduating seniors and completers during a banquet held May 8. The group included 78 students from Oak Glen and Weir high schools, as well their families. Also in attendance were Hancock County Board of Education members Dan ...

Loughry barred from practicing law in state

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s Supreme Court has banned a former justice now in federal prison from ever practicing law or seeking public office again in the state. According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail , Thursday’s order regarding Allen Loughry approves a recommendation by ...

Penn State fencing assistant fired over groping allegation

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A woman says she told Penn State University’s head fencing coach that one of his assistants had groped her on a plane, but the coach failed to report her accusation to the school as required. Jennifer Oldham, a North Carolina fencing coach, told The Philadelphia ...

There’s no place like home

WINTERSVILLE — The newest residence for developmentally disabled individuals is complete, and occupants got the first look at their dwelling as they move closer to more independent living. Three people are relocating from Shaffer Plaza Apartments to a newly constructed four-bedroom ranch ...

Trump lifts tariffs on Mexico, Canada, delays auto tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bogged down in a sprawling trade dispute with U.S. rival China, President Donald Trump took steps Friday to ease tensions with America's allies — lifting import taxes on Canadian and Mexican steel and aluminum and delaying auto tariffs that would have hurt Japan and ...

Mounting tensions with Iran, China leave oil prices in flux

NEW YORK (AP) — A rare mix of geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and China is tugging oil prices in opposite directions and creating uncertainty over where they might land. Deteriorating trade talks between the United States and China, the world's two largest economies, are posing a ...