EARTH HOUR. According to, all we need is one hour to make our environment better, and Earth Hour, which is observed annually on the last Saturday of March, provides that. Created by the World Wide Fund for Nature (W.W.F.), Earth Hour is meant to encourage individuals, commu…

MORE: Did you know Florida is considered the lightning capital of the world? It has accounted for nearly 2,000 injuries and 50 deaths over the past 50 years, according to Farmers Almanac.

THUNDER: With spring on the way, we’ve been doing some searching to learn more about the dangers of thunderstorms. Farmers Almanac has been a great resource.


VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the shy German theologian who tried to reawaken Christianity in a secularized Europe but will forever be remembered as the first pontiff in 600 years to resign from the job, died Saturday. He was 95.


VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis used his Christmas message Sunday to lament the "icy winds of war" buffeting humanity and to make an impassioned plea for an immediate end to the fighting in Ukraine, a 10-month-old conflict he decried as "senseless."

TEACHERS. On this day, each year since Oct. 5, 1994 WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY has been celebrated to honor and recognize the individuals who shape young minds, helping them to learn and grow to the best of their abilities.


MALDIVES — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Midgett, WMSL 757, and crew arrived in the Maldives, Friday, and this is the first Coast Guard ship to visit the Maldives since the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell did in 2009.

UNIVERSITY PARK — Scientists have long known that no-till farming reduces erosion and lessens water and nutrient runoff from crop fields, but now a new study by a team of Penn State researchers suggests that limiting soil disturbance may also diminish releases of nitrous oxide (N2O).

PLUTO. If you have lived enough years you may remember being taught about the NINE planets in elementary school, including that small little sphere at the end of our planetary alignment — Pluto.

HONOR AND FREEDOM. Today is Long Tan Day, and no that is not a reference to soaking up the sun to bolster your color in a sundress or khaki shorts. Long Tan Day is a historic day which is meant to honor those brave soldiers who fought and fell at the Battle of Long Tan on Aug. 18, 1966, duri…

LEFT, LEFT, LEFT, RIGHT? No, we are not avoiding a turn today. Rather, we are celebrating all the southpaws out there! Happy Lefthanders Day!

KIDS SEE MAGIC BECAUSE THEY LOOK FOR IT: Today, Friday, Aug. 12 is recognized around the globe as International Youth Day and its purpose is to bring to light the difficulties which some young people must endure throughout the world.

DUBOIS — Just when people’s fears about the many variants of the COVID-19 virus began to ease, a new virus — monkeypox — became news and may be causing some people to worry. With the federal government declaring the growing monkeypox outbreak a national health emergency, Deepak Garg, MD, a p…

SMALL WORLD: We told readers a bit about former Bradfordian Marc Schuetrum, who lives in Germany now, in yesterday’s column.

ROME (AP) — An American tourist had to be rescued on Mount Vesuvius near Naples after he apparently slipped into the volcano’s crater while trying to recover his dropped cellphone. News reports said the tourist and family members were cited by Carabinieri police because they went off the aut…

ANNVILLE — On Monday, leaders from the Pennsylvania Departments of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) and Community and Economic Development (DCED) met with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda at the First Troop Philadelphia City Calvary Armory.

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The U.S. and Germany pledged on Wednesday to equip Ukraine with some of the advanced weapons it has long craved for shooting down aircraft and knocking out artillery, as Russian forces closed in on capturing a key city in the east.

WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania’s senators voiced support for the Ukrainian people and for sanctions against Russia following President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of the Ukraine.

BERLIN (AP) — A town in western Germany has banned male refugees from a swimming pool after complaints of harassment from female bathers and staff — news that comes as a national poll Friday showed that Germans are becoming increasingly concerned about the country's ability to integrate the …

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — Cement barriers block off streets around the county courthouse in the small eastern Oregon town of Burns where police from around the state have set up a command center in response to a standoff at a nearby wildlife refuge.

RAMADI, Iraq (AP) — Six times in the past harrowing month, Um Omar and her family got a knock on the door of whatever home they were occupying in the extremist-held city of Ramadi: It was an Islamic State militant, she said, ordering them to pick up and move with them as human shields becaus…

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. children's agency said Friday that it witnessed the death of a teenager who died of starvation "in front of our eyes," as well as several cases of severe malnutrition among children trapped in a besieged Syrian town near Damascus.

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LONDON (AP) — Three men were convicted Thursday of involvement in raiding a safe deposit vault in London's jewelry district, an audacious 14 million-pound ($20 million) heist that prosecutors called the largest burglary in English history.

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BERLIN (AP) — A bus carrying 31 Syrian refugees arrived from southern Germany in Berlin on Thursday night as a district councilor in Bavaria followed up on his pledge to Chancellor Angela Merkel that he'd send refugees her way if his district could no longer provide accommodation for them.

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