Can GOP shatter 'Obama coalition' in 2016?
ATLANTA (AP) -- Republicans crowed in 2004 that freshly re-elected President George W. Bush had established a "permanent governing majority" for the GOP. Eight years later, Democrats were touting the enduring power of the "Obama coalition" to keep their party in the White House....
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Asia marks 10 years since Indian Ocean tsunami
KHAO LAK, Thailand (AP) -- Beachside memorials and religious services were planned across Asia to mark 10 years since the Indian Ocean tsunami slammed into a dozen nations and killed nearly a quarter million people....
AP PHOTOS: Fresh donkey milk for sale on streets of Chile
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Ricardo Alegria is a different sort of milk man. For a quarter century or more, he and his brother Marco have led donkeys through the streets of Chile's capital, milking them on the spot for customers....
Father of pilot captured by IS pleads for release
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- The father of a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State group in Syria pleaded for his son's release on Thursday, asking the group to treat him well in captivity as a fellow Muslim....
Transit officers help mother deliver baby on train
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Transit officers in Pennsylvania helped make a very special Christmas delivery....
Corbett leaves governorship with unsettled legacy
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The most notable elements of Gov. Tom Corbett's legacy may have been cemented on Election Day....
A quick look at Corbett's record over his 4-year term
A look at Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's record over his four-year tenure:...
Washington crosses Delaware _ with better weather
TITUSVILLE, N.J. (AP) -- George Washington made his Christmas Day trip across the Delaware River - with considerably better weather than the first time....
Officer who shot, paralyzed man goes on desk duty
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The white officer who shot and paralyzed a black man during a struggle in a traffic stop two years ago has been placed on desk duty while federal officials investigate, the Pittsburgh police chief said....
Christmas morning fire kills elderly woman
PENN HILLS, Pa. (AP) -- Authorities in western Pennsylvania say an elderly woman was found dead following an early morning fire on Christmas morning....
Pittsburgh moviegoers flock to 'The Interview'
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Moviegoers in Pittsburgh, like many across the nation, packed a theater to see "The Interview" following threats from hackers that nearly derailed the film's release....
Former homeless man helps homeless on Christmas
READING, Pa. (AP) -- Samir Afif had a special reason for helping the homeless this Christmas Day - he used to be homeless himself....
Philadelphia ties record high for Christmas Eve
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The city of Philadelphia celebrated Christmas Eve with a gift from Mother Nature - record-tying mild temperatures....
Connection probed between man's death, assault
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Homicide detectives in western Pennsylvania are trying to find out if a man's death is connected to a reported attempted sexual assault in a nearby home about nine hours earlier....
Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. Christians worldwide celebrate the birth of Christ. Popular customs include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive
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