Winter activities for children: Wintertime can be a time of fun and magic, but for those long cold days when the kids can’t seem to find anything to do, here are some creative ways to keep them entertained:

As the deadline for REAL ID compliant identification to fly approaches, AAA East Central advises travelers to act fast if they are choosing to apply for identification that complies with the federal program.

SMETHPORT — A Bradford man will spend time in McKean County Jail for allegations that he threatened to place a bomb in Bradford’s Veterans Square.

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, U.S. Sens, Bob Casey, D-Pa., ranking member of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, introduced the Accessible Voting Act, which would support state and local …

New contracts were approved for the Bradford Area School District superintendent and assistant superintendent during Monday’s regular school board meeting, effective 2020-2025. Information on those contracts shows the salaries for these positions and the increases over the term of the contract.

The McKean County Republican Committee is inviting supporters of President Donald Trump to one of five petition-signing events, held simultaneously, in locations across the county.

HARRISBURG – Rep. Martin Causer, R-Turtlepoint, has introduced two measures related to the forestry industry, including one that aims to bring transparency to the process of establishing forest conservation easements.

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We may have a reprieve from Thursday’s blustery snow today, though Old Man Winter will be returning with a vengeance Saturday, with a predicted five to eight inches of accumulated snowfall for McKean and Warren counties.

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In all fairness, it is January, so today’s forecasted snowstorm probably shouldn’t be a surprise.

ELDRED — At this week’s meeting, the Otto-Eldred School board received an update on the budget and audit reporting from Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro.

Local author, Ann McCauley’s “Mother Love, Willow Lane,” Book Two, was recently honored as a Notable Top 100 Book in the Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book Competition for 2019.

DUKE CENTER — A buffet breakfast will be held on Sunday from 8-11 a.m. at the Otto Township Fire Department on Sweitzer Drive in Duke Center.

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PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) plans to close and liquidate the Aberdeen Standard Bloomberg WTI Crude Oil Strategy K-1 Free ETF (Ticker: AOIL) (the "Fund") as part of an ongoing process to review the products made available to investors in order to concentrate its offering on products that experience greater investor demand.

SMETHPORT — A Bradford man will spend time in McKean County Jail for allegations that he threatened to place a bomb in Bradford’s Veterans Square.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former Walmart Inc. chief executive David Glass, who owned the Kansas City Royals for nearly two decades before selling the franchise last fall, died last week of complications form pneumonia. He was 84.

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BEIJING (AP) — China’s economic growth sank to a new multi-decade low in 2019 as Beijing fought a tariff war with Washington, but forecasters said a U.S.-Chinese trade truce might help to revive consumer and business activity.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.N. labor organization said Thursday that Qatar has abolished exit visa requirements for virtually all migrant workers, hailing the move as a “milestone” in reform efforts ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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BANGKOK (AP) — Share prices were mostly higher Thursday in moderate trading in Asia after the U.S. and China signed a preliminary trade agreement that investors hope will bring better relations between the two biggest economies.

Almost immediately after birth a child begins to imitate their parents. They mimic mannerisms and behaviors such as smiling when their parents smile, make similar noises and, when they are old enough to talk, they repeat what parents say.

Vaping controversy has been front and center lately, with the recent news that the CEO of Juul, Kevin Burns, had resigned in September, as an increasing number of deaths related to vaping and threats of federal regulation are presenting a massive challenge for the e-cigarette company.

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Whether it’s by car, train or plane, it can sometimes be tough to get a good night’s sleep when traveling. You’re away from the comfort of your own bed, and you could be traveling with people who cry, sneeze, talk loudly or watch a movie without headphones. But you can still sleep well while traveling. Learn how traveling across time zones impacts your sleep, what causes jet lag, and how you can feel rested the next time you travel across the country.

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The American Society for the Positive Care of Children estimates that child abuse reports involve 7.5 million children, and child abuse crosses all socioeconomic and educational levels, religions, ethnic and cultural groups. The National Children’s Alliance has reported that nearly 700,000 children are abused in the U.S annually. Childhelp.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse, found that a report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds.

It is healthy for the bodies to take probiotics. They cleanse the body and the gut system. The “good bacteria” helps keep the gut healthy. Instead of buying expensive probiotic products, nature offers some organic choices for you that you can use daily for a better gut health. The name itself is derived from the Latin 'pro-' 'for' and the Greek '-biotic' 'life. The discovery of the probiotics came in the early 20th century and was found in Bulgaria where the bacteria Bacillus Bulgarikus was found in milk.

All four of the top-tier Democratic presidential candidates – former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders – have released climate plans that call for massive spending, an overhaul of the fossil fuel industry and increased standards for renewable energy.

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico (AP) — Border security forces in southern Mexico were preparing Friday for the expected arrival of hundreds of Central Americans traveling through Guatemala and vowed to prevent a repeat of the headline-grabbing “caravans” of past years when massive flows of migrants a…

BEIJING (AP) — China’s economic growth sank to a new multi-decade low in 2019 as Beijing fought a tariff war with Washington, but forecasters said a U.S.-Chinese trade truce might help to revive consumer and business activity.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian culture secretary Roberto Alvim was fired on Friday after using phrases similar to some used by Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. Alvim made the comments while discussing a new art prize in Latin America’s largest democracy. Alvim had held the post since Nove…