$18.7B deal clears path for BP to close books on Gulf spill
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Trying to close the books on the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, BP agreed Thursday to provide billions of dollars in new money to five Gulf Coast states in a deal the company said would bring its full obligations to an estimated $53.8 billion....
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China says 6.5 quake hits far western region of Xinjiang
BEIJING (AP) -- Officials say a 6.5 magnitude earthquake has hit China's far western region of Xinjiang....
Days before referendum, Greek voters perplexed and undecided
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Costas Christoforidis hasn't decided how to vote in Sunday's referendum on a bailout deal for Greece's troubled economy. The problem is, the 37-year-old farmer isn't sure what he's voting for....
Egypt's warplanes strike back at militants in troubled Sinai
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian warplanes launched new airstrikes and troops went house-to-house Thursday in the troubled Sinai Peninsula, a day after Islamic State-linked militants set off the area's bloodiest fighting in decades in an unprecedented, coordinated attack....
Pope to visit prison where convicted monsignor is locked up
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A prison that Pope Francis plans to visit during his U.S. trip houses a former church official jailed for his handling of priest sexual-abuse complaints....
Pennsylvania backs off plan to change nursing home payments
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The Wolf administration is backing off a proposal to restructure Medicaid payments to nursing homes that a trade association found would have rewarded 13 homes accused by Pennsylvania state prosecutors of failing to meet residents' most basic needs....
Wolf vetoes bills on liquor privatization, school funding
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a Republican-backed bill to privatize the state-controlled sales of wine and liquor on Thursday as well as two budget-related bills, two days after he rejected the main budget bill....
Liriano lead Pirates to 8-4 win, sweep of Tigers
DETROIT (AP) -- Francisco Liriano knows very well what the Detroit Tigers have done to him over the last five years....
Planned highway closure in 2016 draws business complaints
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A planned three-month closure of a key central Pennsylvania highway next year is drawing flak from local businesses....
Philadelphia legalizes Airbnb-type rentals before pope visit
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia has legalized and plans to tax Airbnb and other short-term rentals ahead of Pope Francis' visit in September and next year's Democratic National Convention....
Court reinstates life, no parole sentence for murder convict
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- An appeals court has reinstated a life sentence without parole for a 28-year-old western Pennsylvania man who was 17 when he killed a counselor while escaping from a juvenile detention center....
Kane's twin sister sued by ex-boyfriend over $200,000 loan
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The twin sister of state Attorney General Kathleen Kane is being sued over a $200,000 loan by an FBI agent who was her boyfriend....
Hero of marriage ruling honors early gay rights protesters
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Regina Sullivan started crying as she squeezed her arms around the man behind the latest gay rights milestone: Jim Obergefell, whose lawsuit led to the Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage the law of the land....
Things to know for Thursday in Pennsylvania
A daily look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Thursday....
The Port Authority has proposed a 5-dollar charge for purchasing a Connect Card, The card allows riders to pay the base transit charge, even during peak times. If approved the charge would be used to reduce their deficit. Some are saying that this charge will discourage new riders, while others are calling it preferable to a fare hike.
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