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U.S. troops will leave Syria for Iraq

KABUL, Afghanistan — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper says that under current plans all U.S. troops leaving Syria will go to western Iraq and the American military will continue to conduct operations against the Islamic State group to prevent its resurgence. Esper, who arrived in the Afghan ...

Trump drops Doral for G-7

WASHINGTON — Responding to stinging criticism, President Donald Trump has abruptly reversed his plan to hold the next year’s Group of Seven world leaders’ meeting at his Doral golf resort in Florida. “I think he knows,” his acting chief of staff said Sunday, “people think it looks ...

Diplomats fight back with testimony

WASHINGTON — Three years of simmering frustration inside the State Department is boiling over on Capitol Hill as a parade of current and former diplomats testify to their concerns about the Trump administration’s unorthodox policy toward Ukraine. Over White House objections, the diplomats ...

Sisters party like it’s 1788 at cabin

WELLSBURG — Debra Kimball said every time she drove through Wellsburg, she felt drawn to the 1788 Wells Log House, located near the Town Square. “I kind of felt sorry for it,” she said. “It didn’t have a heartbeat. I wanted to adopt it; bring it back to life.” So that is what ...

Steubenville officials to debate port authority funding, makeup

STEUBENVILLE — Now that departmental budget hearings are finished, City Council is ready to discuss port authority funding and representation. An economic development committee meeting has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the Jefferson County Port Authority’s makeup “and ...

Committee pitches concept to settle opioid suits

A committee guiding OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma’s bankruptcy has suggested other drugmakers, distributors and pharmacy chains use Purdue’s bankruptcy proceedings to settle more than 2,000 lawsuits seeking to hold the drug industry accountable for the national opioid crisis. The ...

Voting machines unveiled

The Hancock County Board of Election brought the county’s new voting machines to the Hancock County Senior Center in New Manchester Saturday to let residents practice using the machines before the spring election. Pictured is Election Clerk Jeannie Ostrander showing Commissioner Jeff Davis ...

New Cumberland debates wage adjustments

NEW CUMBERLAND — New Cumberland’s municipal finance committee debated year-end wage adjustments during its meeting Tuesday, discussing the amounts of additional money employees should receive. It was recommended employees receive the additional income during the month of December. In the ...

Red Ribbon Week walk to highlight impact of drug abuse

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County Drug Court will hold its second-annual Red Ribbon Week Community Walk at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Jim Woods Park to raise awareness of the destruction caused by drug addiction. The community is invited to attend the walk to recognize the importance of ...

Inquiry puts Perry in spotlight

WASHINGTON — Long after more flamboyant colleagues flamed out of President Donald Trump’s favor amid ethics scandals, low-profile and folksy Rick Perry survived in the Cabinet in part by steering clear of controversy. Until now. The former Texas governor said Thursday he was quitting as ...

Violations found in Clinton’s e-mail use

WASHINGTON — The State Department has completed its internal investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of private email and found violations by 38 people, some of whom may face disciplinary action. The investigation, launched more than three years ago, determined ...

Opioid negotiations fail to produce deal

Negotiations aimed at reaching a major settlement in the nation’s opioid litigation reached an impasse Friday. Key differences were between state attorneys general and lawyers representing local governments, rather than with the drugmakers and distributors they are suing. One of the ...

Crago featured at exhibit

WEIRTON — Irene Crago remembers Robert Haworth as a kind and encouraging teacher, who inspired her and others to pursue their own artistic abilities. “He was the first one to show me I had talent,” Crago said. Haworth worked to inspire his students, Crago said, noting she can’t ...

Group takes a walk for breast cancer awareness

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Health Department held its fifth-annual breast cancer awareness walk on Saturday. Dubbed the “Walk for Women…Take A Step Against Breast Cancer Awareness Walk,” the event is organized by the health department in cooperation with the West Virginia ...

Charles set for local Speaker Series appearance

STEUBENVILLE — Area residents who attend Wednesday’s presentation by Matthew Charles will have the opportunity to hear a powerful message about our country’s justice system delivered by a man who knows firsthand how complicated — and frustrating — it can be. “They can expect to ...

Holistic lesson

The Rotary Club of Weirton Heights, on Tuesday, heard from Bremacha Laguerre, owner of Sacred Sun Holistic Center Inc. in Weirton. Located on American Way, Sacred Sun Holistic Center provides bodywork, massages and yoga services. Pictured, from left, are club President Joyia Lytle, Laguerre, ...

Bethany’s Parkinson Forest added to Old-Growth Network

BETHANY — Parkinson Forest on the grounds of Bethany College has been added to the national Old-Growth Forest Network. Parkinson Forest is the 11th site in West Virginia and the first in the Northern Panhandle to be included in the network. “In each county, we look for the oldest forest ...

Shifting explanations for withholding aid draw GOP alarm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The shifting White House explanation for President Donald Trump's decision to withhold military aid from Ukraine drew alarm Friday from Republicans as the impeachment inquiry brought a new test of their alliance. Trump, in remarks at the White House, stood by his acting ...

Survey: Doubts about 2020 Census higher with minorities

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Around 84 percent of Americans definitely or probably plan to answer the questions on the 2020 Census, according to a new survey released Friday. The Pew Research Center survey also found that around 16 percent of people surveyed express some doubts about responding next ...

Hancock County first responders recognized

NEW CUMBERLAND — Three of Hancock County's first responders received praise Thursday for their actions during a medical emergency involving a county official. County Clerk George Foley honored the first responders who saved his life by awarding them with the CPR Life Medal, a pin given to ...