AP Headlines and Sports Scoreboard and Schedules for Sunday 12/17/2017

BOALSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A ski lift malfunction on opening day at a Pennsylvania ski resort stranded dozens of people and left five with minor injuries.  Around 10 a.m. Saturday, a chair carrying skiers and snowboarders slipped along the haul rope and slid backward into another chair, officials with Tussey Mountain ski resort in Centre County, around 82 miles northwest of Harrisburg, said. That caused a domino effect to several other lift chairs.

 

Officials said the lift was stopped and the ski patrol and emergency responders started to evacuate people from the lift. The Centre Daily Times reported that emergency crews were lowering people with ropes.  State College police Lt. Bradley Smail said he believed more than 50 people were stranded and it took over an hour to get everyone down. He said five had minor injuries. A Tussey Mountain spokesman said he didn’t know how many people were affected.

 

Tussey Mountain, which opened for the season Saturday, said the equipment had passed tests by the state Department of Labor & Industry’s Bureau of Occupational and Industrial Safety Elevator Division. But officials said they have contacted the manufacturer to diagnose what caused the malfunction and would talk to “appropriate state agencies” before re-opening.

 

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Frustrated by shortcomings it has identified in elder-abuse investigations, Pennsylvania is trying to take a harder line with county agencies that field thousands of complaints a year.

The Department of Aging is starting to grade counties on a more aggressive compliance schedule after telling some they had failed to meet regulations and expectations on how complaints must be handled.

 

According to documents reviewed by The Associated Press, shortcomings identified by state inspectors include failing to show that investigations had started within the timeframe dictated by state law or adequately investigating a complaint and logging the casework.  A county now could have as little as four months to improve its performance before it loses the responsibility.  Pennsylvania is among many states dealing with fast-rising caseloads and funding that isn’t growing.

 

 

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A nearly century-old radio station that has served the Pittsburgh area will go off the air at the end of the year.  The station manager at KQV 1410 made the announcement to his 20-person staff Friday morning at their office in downtown Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the station has not made an on-air announcement, and doesn’t plan to make one until Dec. 31.

 

Robert Dickey Jr, whose family has owned or co-owned the all-news format station since 1982, says there is a possibility an investor or buyer could come along in the meantime, but he is not actively trying to sell the station.  Dickey says programming will continue until then, but he says “if you tune into us on Jan. 1, you probably won’t hear anything.”

 

 

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge in Philadelphia has ordered the Trump administration not to enforce new rules that could significantly reduce women’s access to free birth control.  Judge Wendy Beetlestone issued the injunction on Friday temporarily stopping the government from enforcing the policy change to President Barack Obama’s health care law.

 

The law required most companies to cover birth control at no additional cost, though it included exemptions for religious organizations.  The new policy would allow more categories of employers, including publicly traded companies, to opt out of providing free contraception to women by claiming religious or moral objections.  Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro says that Trump broke the law to undermine women’s health and that the ruling will protect women.  California, Washington, and Massachusetts have also sued the Trump administration over the rules.

 

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is criticizing journalists who dredge up old scandals and sensationalize the news, saying it’s a “very serious sin” that hurts all involved.  Francis, who plans to dedicate his upcoming annual communications message to “fake news,” told Catholic media on Saturday that journalists perform a mission that is among the most “fundamental” to democratic societies.

 

But he reminded them to provide precise, complete and correct information and not to provide one-sided reports.  The pope said: “You shouldn’t fall into the ‘sins of communication:’ disinformation, or giving just one side, calumny that is sensationalized, or defamation, looking for things that are old news and have been dealt with and bringing them to light today.”  He called those actions a “grave sin that hurts the heart of the journalist and hurts others.”

 

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The biggest figures and institutions in entertainment have established a commission to be chaired by Anita Hill that intends to combat sexual misconduct and inequality in the industry in the wake of the huge wave of revelations spurred by allegations against Harvey Weinstein. A statement Friday announced the founding of the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, a group that grew out of a meeting called by “Star Wars” producer Kathleen Kennedy and several other prominent women in the industry.

 

“The Commission will not seek just one solution, but a comprehensive strategy to address the complex and interrelated causes of the problems of parity and power,” Kennedy said in a statement.  The chief executives of nearly every major Hollywood studio, TV network and record label attended the meeting and agreed to found and to fund the group, the statement said. The long list includes Disney CEO Bob Iger, Paramount CEO Karen Stuart, Universal Music Group CEO Sir Lucian Grainge and CBS chief executive Leslie Moonves.

 

 

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A huge number of volunteers are placing wreaths on tombstones at Arlington National Cemetery.  The annual event drew a large crowd Saturday, with more than 245,000 wreaths placed at grave sites.  The Wreaths Across America caravan traveled earlier this month from Columbia Falls, Maine, where the wreaths were made. The caravan went through several states before arriving in Arlington.

 

The grand marshals are Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient Roger Donlon and his wife, Norma Donlon.  The tradition began when Maine wreath maker Morrill Worcester donated 5,000 wreaths to Arlington Cemetery. A total of 1.2 million wreaths will be placed on markers across the country in 1,238 locations.

 

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Health leaders say they are alarmed about a report that officials at the nation’s top public health agency are being told not to use certain words or phrases in official budget documents, including “fetus,” ”transgender” and “science-based.”

 

The health community was reacting to a story in The Washington Post, which, published late Friday citing an anonymous source, said the prohibition was made at a recent meeting of senior budget officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The seven words and phrases — “diversity,” ”entitlement,” ”fetus,” transgender,” ”vulnerable,” ”evidence-based” and “science-based” — were not to be used in documents that are to be circulated within the federal government and Congress in preparation of the next presidential budget proposal, the paper reported.

 

On Saturday, a CDC official confirmed there was a recent meeting in which CDC officials were given feedback from the higher ranks of the federal government to reconsider language in draft budget documents. But she said she did not know if there was any specific prohibition about using those seven words. She spoke on condition of anonymity, saying she was not authorized to talk about what happened.

 

 

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Many airports have problems dealing with bird strikes, but the one in America’s farthest north community is having issues lately with marine mammals.  Two polar bears found their way onto a runway at the airport in the city of Utqiagvik (oot-GAR’-vik), formerly Barrow. Two months ago, it was a bearded seal.

 

Equipment operator foreman Scott Babcock says he was wrapping up an early morning runway inspection when he saw the young bears. They ran off when they saw his truck.  Babcock, who recorded the encounter on video, says airport personnel aren’t authorized to harass or chase the protected marine mammals.  He says he was happy they ran toward a snow dump rather than airport buildings or equipment where they could have been a danger to people.

 

 

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Doctors say sextuplets born this week in Alabama are doing well.  Their parents, Eric and Courtney Waldrop of Albertville, joined doctors to talk to reporters about the babies Thursday.  Dr. Lee Morris said the three boys and three girls were born about 10 weeks early.   Doctors said Monday’s delivery in Huntsville went smoothly, and all six babies were stable and cried at delivery.  The babies will remain at Huntsville Hospital’s high-risk nursery for at least six more weeks. Courtney Waldrop said she has already talked to other parents of large groups of babies for advice and support.

 

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Sports, Scores & Skeds

 

Today on WKOK, Chris Elio continues at the anchor desk, we’ll have the CBS Week in Review at 10, Legends of Success at 11am – Guest will be Andy Williams, legendary singer and entertainer Andy Williams, now of Moon River Theatre.  At noon, on Meet The Press, NBC’s “Meet the Press” — guests will be White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short; Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio; Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.

CBS Sportsradio continues after Meet The Press and we have Penn State Basketball on Sunday afternoon. Penn State is at George Mason, airtime is 3:30pm.

 

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Justin Tillman scored 26 on 9-of-16 shooting and Jonathan Williams added 17 points and six assists to spark VCU to an 85-79 victory over Bucknell. Malik Crowfield came off the bench to hit three 3-pointers and score 12 for the Rams (6-5), who were playing the Bison (4-7) for the first time.

 

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Olli Maatta scored with 14 seconds left and the Pittsburgh Penguins ended a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Pittsburgh pressured Arizona early and took a 2-0 lead on goals by Carter Rowney and Evgeni Malkin, only to see the Coyotes rally.

 

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Shayne Gostisbehere scored two goals, including the game-winner at 3:50 of overtime to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to their sixth straight victory, 2-1 over the Dallas Stars. Brian Elliott made 26 saves and Jakub Voracek had two assists for the Flyers, whose winning streak has followed a 10-game skid. Gostisbehere scored the winner on the power play as his wrist shot through traffic got past Stars goalie Ben Bishop as Wayne Simmonds provided a screen. The goal was confirmed by a video review.

 

SCORES AND SCHEDULES

 

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

 

GIRL’S

Mount Carmel 68

Southern Columbia 42

 

Lourdes 54

Selinsgrove 35

 

Warrior Run 36

Bloomsburg 24

 

BOY’S

Selinsgrove 50

Greenwood 34

 

Central Mountain 69

Shamokin 64

 

Millersburg 65

Williams Valley 52

 

Wellsboro 66

Lewisburg 35

 

NATIONAL SCOREBOARD

 

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final    Portland          93        Charlotte         91

Final    Cleveland        109      Utah    100

Final    N-Y Knicks     111      Oklahoma City            96

Final    Phoenix           108      Minnesota       106

Final    Houston          115      Milwaukee      111

Final    Miami  90        L.A. Clippers  85

Final    San Antonio    98        Dallas  96

Final    Boston 102      Memphis         93

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final    Edmonton       3          Minnesota       2

Final OT          N-Y Rangers   3          Boston 2

Final OT          N-Y Islanders 4          L.A. Kings      3

Final    St. Louis          2          Winnipeg         0

Final    Ottawa            3          Montreal          0

Final    Carolina           2          Columbus        1

Final OT          Philadelphia    2          Dallas  1

Final OT          Washington     3          Anaheim          2

Final    Pittsburgh        4          Arizona           2

Final    Tampa Bay      6          Colorado         5

Final    Nashville         2          Calgary            0

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Final    Detroit 20        Chicago           10

Final    Kansas City     30        L.A. Chargers 13

N-Y Jets          at         New Orleans   1:00 p.m.

Green Bay       at         Carolina           1:00 p.m.

Philadelphia    at         N-Y Giants     1:00 p.m.

Miami  at         Buffalo            1:00 p.m.

Baltimore        at         Cleveland        1:00 p.m.

Arizona           at         Washington     1:00 p.m.

Cincinnati        at         Minnesota       1:00 p.m.

Houston          at         Jacksonville     1:00 p.m.

L.A. Rams       at         Seattle 4:05 p.m.

Tennessee        at         San Francisco  4:25 p.m.

New England  at         Pittsburgh        4:25 p.m.

Dallas  at         Oakland          8:30 p.m.

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final   VCU 85  Bucknell  79

 

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final    (2) Michigan St.          86        Oakland          73

Final    Oklahoma        91        (3) Wichita St. 83

Final    (6) Miami        59        George Washington    50

Final    (8) Kentucky   93        Virginia Tech  86

Final    (10) Xavier      68        ETSU  66

Final OT          (12) Gonzaga  89        North Dakota  83

Final    (13) Kansas     73        Nebraska         72

Final    Rutgers            71        (15) Seton Hall            65

Final    (16) Virginia    80        Davidson         60

Final    (17) Purdue     82        Butler  67

Final OT          Indiana            80        (18) Notre Dame         77

Final    Oklahoma St.  71        (19) Florida St.            70

Final    Clemson          71        (22) Florida     69

Final    (23) Arizona    89        New Mexico   73

Final    (24) Texas Tech           73        Rice     53

Final    (25) Cincinnati            77        UCLA 63

 

TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Sacramento     at         Toronto           3:30 p.m.

Orlando           at         Detroit 4:00 p.m.

Indiana            at         Brooklyn         6:00 p.m.

Cleveland        at         Washington     6:00 p.m.

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

St. Louis          at         Winnipeg         6:00 p.m.

Minnesota       at         Chicago           7:00 p.m.

Calgary            at         Vancouver       8:00 p.m.

Florida at         Vegas  8:00 p.m.

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Final    Detroit 20        Chicago           10

Final    Kansas City     30        L.A. Chargers 13

N-Y Jets          at         New Orleans   1:00 p.m.

Green Bay       at         Carolina           1:00 p.m.

Philadelphia    at         N-Y Giants     1:00 p.m.

Miami  at         Buffalo            1:00 p.m.

Baltimore        at         Cleveland        1:00 p.m.

Arizona           at         Washington     1:00 p.m.

Cincinnati        at         Minnesota       1:00 p.m.

Houston          at         Jacksonville     1:00 p.m.

L.A. Rams       at         Seattle 4:05 p.m.

Tennessee        at         San Francisco  4:25 p.m.

New England  at         Pittsburgh        4:25 p.m.

Dallas  at         Oakland          8:30 p.m.

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Vanderbilt       at         (5) Arizona St.            2:00 p.m.

(7) North Carolina       at         (20) Tennessee            3:00 p.m.

Savannah St.   at         (21) Baylor      3:00 p.m.

 

 

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