All Stories All Stories en-us Copyright - Observer Publishing Company 2015 Washington's population up slightly, Greene's dips The Pennsylvania State Data Center released 2016 population estimates for every county in the commonwealth, and they show Washington with a 0.1 percent gain and Greene with a 3.8 percent decline. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:45:09 -0400 Kentucky’s new abortion law faces first legal test LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s new law requiring doctors to perform an ultrasound exam before an abortion faces its first legal challenge Thursday in a federal courtroom. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:30:18 -0400 Police: Fredericktown man arrested after he fled checkpoint A Fredericktown man was arrested Wednesday by state police after he allegedly fled when stopped at a regulatory checkpoint in Marianna. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:30:02 -0400 Monessen man wanted in arson case A Monessen man is wanted on charges he set fire to an abandoned house in early January in his hometown, which has been experiencing a string of such blazes this year. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:14:26 -0400 Sheriff candidate won’t appear on GOP ballot A Washington County judge has ordered a GOP sheriff candidate's name stricken from the ballot for the May 16 primary, and a GOP candidate for district judge has backed out of the race. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:11:44 -0400 South park man jailed in abuse case with karate students now accused of murder solicitation PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania karate instructor jailed after he was accused of molesting students has now been charged with trying to solicit the murder of alleged victims in the case. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:29:28 -0400 Egypt suspends school lunches after mass food poisoning CAIRO (AP) — An outbreak of food poisoning has sickened thousands of Egyptian schoolchildren this month, figures showed Thursday, sending parents rushing to hospitals and leading the Education Ministry to temporarily suspend its school lunch program. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:34:46 -0400 Business Roundup: Banks lead stocks higher; health care debate continues NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are mostly higher Thursday as bank stocks recover some ground thanks to an upturn in bond yields, which will make lending money more profitable. Google’s parent company, Alphabet, leads technology stocks lower as a number of companies say they will stop advertising on YouTube. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:33:58 -0400 Let there be light: German scientists test ‘artificial sun’ BERLIN (AP) — Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Thursday on what’s being described as “the world’s largest artificial sun,” a device they hope will help shed light on new ways of making climate-friendly fuels. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:31:11 -0400 ‘Town That Garbage Built’ for sale in Pennsylvania REDUCTION, Pa. (AP) — A former garbage company town in Pennsylvania is up for sale for $1.5 million. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:29:10 -0400 4 Pennsylvania GOP congressmen now oppose health care bill HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Four Republican congressmen from Pennsylvania are now saying they’re opposed to the House GOP’s health care legislation that’s headed toward a vote in the coming hours. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:42:37 -0400 Britain attacks: The Latest LONDON (AP) — The latest on the attack outside Britain’s Parliament (all times local): Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:33:46 -0400 Police: Girl’s hair set on fire in group fight PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities in Philadelphia say two groups of teenage girls got into altercations that led to one of girl’s hair being set on fire. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:29:18 -0400 Peters zoning board denies variance for proposed restaurant on Valley Brook Road Peters Township Zoning Hearing Board has denied two variances requested in connection with a restaurant proposed for a site off Valley Brook Road. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:17:44 -0400 Renowned anthropologist to speak at Cal U. Dr. Douglas W. Owsley, a renowned anthropologist, will present a free lecture at 1 p.m. April 7 in Morgan Hall at California University of Pennsylvania. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:00:00 -0400