Ukraine launches operation against insurgents
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukrainian forces launched an operation Thursday to drive pro-Russia insurgents out of occupied buildings in the country's tumultuous east, prompting new threats from Russian President Vladimir Putin....
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Vatican: Pope's private calls don't reflect policy
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- The Vatican's spokesman says that what Pope Francis reportedly tells Catholics in private conversations doesn't reflect church policy....
Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan government security guard opened fire Thursday on a group of foreign doctors at a Kabul hospital, killing three American physicians and wounding a U.S. nurse, officials said....
Israel halts peace talks with Palestinians
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel broke off Mideast peace talks and brought the U.S.-brokered process to the brink of collapse Thursday, protesting a reconciliation agreement between the Western-backed Palestinian Authority and the militant group Hamas, the Jewish state's sworn enemy....
Corbett ramps up pitch to education, women voters
MEDIA, Pa. (AP) -- Gov. Tom Corbett is attacking two of his weakest polling points, his job approval by women voters and his efforts on education....
2 due in NJ court on murder-for-hire charges
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) -- A Philadelphia auto shop owner and one of his employees are charged with orchestrating a murder-for-hire plot in New Jersey....
Former state Sen. Raphael Musto dies at 85
PITTSTON, Pa. (AP) -- Former state Sen. Raphael Musto died Thursday at his house in northeastern Pennsylvania after a long illness, leaving pending corruption charges against him unresolved. He was 85....
Group committed to Afghanistan despite shooting
LEMOYNE, Pa. (AP) -- Officials at a U.S. health care nonprofit say they are working closely with authorities investigating a shooting at their Kabul hospital that killed three American physicians and wounded a U.S. nurse....
NJ, Pa. lawmakers propose bridge agency changes
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) -- Lawmakers from New Jersey and Pennsylvania on Thursday announced plans to change the mission and rules of the Delaware River Port Authority, permanently banning the agency that runs bridges and a commuter train line in the Philadelphia area from engaging in economic development....
Woman convicted of murder in boyfriend's slaying
ERIE, Pa. (AP) -- A jury convicted a woman of murder in the shooting death of her boyfriend last summer, rejecting defense arguments that the gun went off accidentally....
Pa. township approves permits for airport drilling
IMPERIAL, Pa. (AP) -- Supervisors in a western Pennsylvania township have approved permits for a company to drill for natural gas at Pittsburgh International Airport with almost two dozen conditions....
Father, son killed in NE Pa. home identified
HUNLOCK CREEK, Pa. (AP) -- Authorities have released the names of a father and son found shot to death in their northeastern Pennsylvania home....
Judge rejects bid to move Pa. slaying trial
WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) -- A western Pennsylvania judge has rejected a request to move the trial of a man charged in the stabbing death of his estranged girlfriend two years ago....
22 upstate casino proposals submitted in NY
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Contenders hoping to win the right to open a casino in upstate New York include hometown business owners as well as gambling giants like Caesars, Genting Group and Foxwoods....
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald have petitioned the administrative judge of Allegheny County Courts to remove the receiver appointed by the court to oversee the August Wilson Center bankruptcy. The mayor and the county executive charge that receiver Judith Fitzgerald has "not maintained the public interest of preserving the center as a public asset" and favor a bid to make the center a commercial enterprise.
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