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U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Trump Threatens To ‘Destroy’ North Korea

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Donald Trump vowed Tuesday to “totally destroy North Korea” if the U.S. is forced to defend itself or its allies against the renegade nation’s nuclear weapons program, making his case in a combative debut speech to the U.N. that laid out a stark, ...

A man walks out of the door frame of a building that collapsed after an earthquake, in the Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. Throughout Mexico City, rescuer workers and residents dug through the rubble of collapsed buildings seeking survivors following a 7.1 magnitude quake. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Mexican Earthquake Kills More Than 130

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A magnitude 7.1 earthquake stunned central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 139 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped. Dozens of buildings tumbled into mounds of rubble or ...

Threats Against Jefferson County Prosecutor Result in Arrest

STEUBENVILLE — Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Jane Hanlin was allegedly threatened last week outside the courthouse where a local judge was shot last month. As a result, Jami L. Anderson, 29, 833 Jeannette Ave., was charged on Monday with two felonies in connection with her allegedly ...

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West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner Learns About Digital Security Ideas

WHEELING — West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner spent time last week in the nation’s capital taking part in a project designed to protect America’s elections from cyberattacks. The bipartisan “Defending Digital Democracy” project aims to bring together leaders in politics, ...

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Belmont County Auditor Andy Sutak attends a past budget hearing.

Belmont County Auditor Andy Sutak Set to Retire

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — After more than 30 years of managing the county’s funds, Belmont County Auditor Andy Sutak plans to retire at the end of this month. He made his official announcement during Monday evening’s meeting of the Belmont County Democratic Party. “At the end of the month ...

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Bethlehem 6th Ward Councilman Thomas Auten Jr., left, and 7th Ward Councilman Stanley Wojcik look over the agenda for Monday’s council meeting.

Bethlehem Fire Department Studying Need for New Building

BETHLEHEM — As Bethlehem Village Council continues to consider whether it should maintain its current funding level for the village’s volunteer fire department, VFD officials say they are studying whether the department needs a new firehouse. During Monday’s council meeting, George ...

GOP Eyes Tax Breaks To Finance Overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans straining to find about $1 trillion to finance sweeping tax cuts are homing in on two popular deductions that are woven into the nation’s fiscal fabric — the mortgage interest deduction that millions of homeowners prize and the deduction for state and local ...

Woman Arrested for Attempting to Disarm Police Officer

WHEELING — Renay Leeann Tice, 38, of Wheeling was arrested early Sunday evening after she allegedly attempted to disarm a police officer and committed battery on an officer. The arrest stemmed from a 911 call to a home on Lane 15 regarding a suicidal female, a domestic situation and ...

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Mine Safety and Health Administration data indicate coal miners continue showing productivity gains, which results from using fewer workers.

Technology Helping Coal Worker Productivity in the Ohio Valley

WHEELING — In total, West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania lost more than 8,500 coal miner jobs from 2009 to 2015, but those who continue working are more productive, according to U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration data. Brian Lego, assistant professor at West Virginia University’s ...

Wheeling City Council To Discuss Snow Removal Rule

WHEELING — Downtown property owners who do not remove snow and ice from sidewalks promptly this winter could see city employees with shovels show up to do the work — and then get a bill in the mail. Vice Mayor Chad Thalman, who serves as a member of city council’s Rules Committee, said ...

Police arrest a man as they try to clear a violent crowd Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in University City, Mo. Earlier, protesters marched peacefully in response to a not guilty verdict in the trial of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Demonstrations Continue in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Several hundred protesters marched in downtown St. Louis near the city’s police headquarters Sunday evening, and later through the St. Louis University campus, continuing demonstrations over the acquittal of a white former police officer charged in the shooting death of a ...

In this undated photo released by Brooke Pallot, Miami evacuee Sora Pallot poses for a photograph with her grandmother Suzanne Pallot. As a lifelong South Florida resident, Suzanne Pallot never evacuated for hurricanes, not even for powerful Wilma or ferocious Andrew. As Irma approached, though, she and her family decided to leave with two cats on an exhausting, expensive odyssey that Pallot doesn’t want to experience again. (Brooke Pallot via AP)

Irma Evacuation Nightmare: Next Time, Some May Stay

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — After a painful flight across several states to escape unpredictable Hurricane Irma, Suzanne Pallot says it’s unlikely she would evacuate South Florida again — an attitude echoed by other evacuees that experts say could put them in danger when the next storm ...

Proposal to Target Distracted Driving In Ohio is Introduced

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Legislature is considering two bills aimed at curbing distracted driving after records found that talking, texting and web surfing contributed to nearly 14,000 crashes in the state last year. House Bill 95 would make distracted driving a secondary offense with a ...

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Trina Fetty of Hundred stands on her front porch, which is cluttered with items displaced from her home during the July 28 flood in the area.

Horror of Flood Still Lingers in Hundred

HUNDRED — For the Fetty family of Hundred, the few yards between their Main Street home and the city’s volunteer fire department felt like miles on July 28. That night, Trina Fetty and her teenage daughters Jordan and Madison waded through more than 5 feet of water to escape their home, ...

American Legion Post 89 members and Wheeling leaders join Saturday to celebrate the grand re-opening of the post home, located at 15th and Jacob streets. Gathered, from left, are Wheeling Vice Mayor Chad Thalman, Councilman Brian Wilson, bar manager James Martin, post  Commander Demetrius Lathon and Mayor Glenn Elliott.

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Wheeling Officials Say ‘Zero’ Complaints About Legion

WHEELING — City leaders say they have received “zero” complaints about American Legion Post 89 since new management took over the East Wheeling establishment earlier this year. On Saturday, Legion members, city leaders and the East Wheeling community gathered to celebrate the grand ...

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Chris Smith of Unique Walls and Ceilings works at the former Gerrero Music building on Main Street in downtown Wheeling.

Downtown Buildings Taking Shape

WHEELING — Within a few months, hundreds more people will work in downtown Wheeling daily at The Health Plan headquarters in the 1100 block of Main and Market streets, so Mayor Glenn Elliott and other city leaders are doing their best to accommodate the influx. At the same time, renovations ...

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Grady Rolling, left, and Ethan Rolling enjoy Saturday’s Festival of Colors at the Palace of Gold in New Vrindaban.

Festival of Colors Welcomes Visitors

LIMESTONE — Families, teenagers, fun-seekers and the faithful converged on the Palace of Gold in Marshall County Saturday to participate in the annual Festival of Colors, nearly all of them dressed in plain, white T-shirts. Billed as the “world’s happiest event,” attendees received ...

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Michael and Korrie O’Donnell pose with their sternwheeler, “The Defendant,” which was anchored Saturday at the Heritage Port Sternwheel Festival in Wheeling.

Grease Is the Word for Sternwheel Owners at Wheeling’s Heritage Port

WHEELING — Leftover cooking oil brought Michael and Korrie O’Donnell from Moundsville to Wheeling for this weekend’s Heritage Port Sternwheel Festival. Their boat, “The Defendant” — which sports an engine that runs on used grease from restaurants, rather than gasoline or diesel ...