Obama: US will strike, seeks congress okay

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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama says he has decided that the United States should take military action against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack.   But he says he will seek congressional authorization for the use of force.   He says congressional leadership plans to hold a debate and a vote as soon as Congress comes back in September.   Obama says he has the authority to act on his own, but believes it is important for the country to have a debate.   Military action would be in response to a chemical weapons attack the U.S. says Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government carried out against civilians. The U.S. says more…

Burglary investigation in Hartley Township

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HARTLETON – Its a $450 loss of valubles at a home in Hartley Township, Union County sometime in the past five days. State police say the burglars entered a second floor window at a home on Cherry Run Road.   Once inside, a small fridge and a DVD player were stolen. Three lights were also damaged. Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to call state police at Milton. (Ali Stevens)

Speeding teen nails bus, four kids hurt

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DANVILLE – A speeding teen slammed into a school bus Friday and injured several students on the bus. Four children were taken to Geisinger Medical Center with minor injuries after the crash Friday in Derry Township, Montour County. State police say a 17-year-old from Danville (who they do not identify because of his age) was speeding north on Blee Hill Road around 3:40 p.m. and lost control of his car. The teen’s car struck a school bus driven by 49-year-old James McManus of Bloomsburg. The bus then stopped in a grassy berm. Three boys and girl on the bus were taken to Geisinger. The driver of the bus and the teen were not injured. The teen is facing citations following that crash…

Merck to cut 45 jobs

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RIVERSIDE – Merck Cherokee Pharmaceuticals in Riverside will be cutting 45 jobs by the end of the year. The reduction is part of Merck’s strategy to continue to supply cost-effective products globally. Employees were notified on Thursday about the cuts. Company Spokeswoman Colleen Lange said the Riverside facility will focus on producing bulk materials for human antibiotics.