Charges, insults fly after Trump aide assails congresswoman
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House on Friday rushed to defend chief of staff John Kelly after he mischaracterized the remarks of a Democratic congresswoman and called her an "empty barrel" making noise. A Trump spokeswoman said it was "inappropriate" to question Kelly in light of his stature as a retired four-star general....
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Devastation in Raqqa raises questions about cost of victory
BEIRUT (AP) -- Kurdish-led forces on Friday declared victory over the Islamic State group in Raqqa, the former "capital" of its self-proclaimed caliphate where militants had terrorized the population for four years - setting up a climactic last stand for the extremists in the last vestiges of territory they control....
What Puerto Rico is doing to get the power back after storm
BARCELONETA, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Electrical linemen descend from helicopters, balancing on steel girders 90 feet high on transmission towers in the mountains of central Puerto Rico, far from any road. At the same time, crews fan out across the battered island, erecting light poles and power lines in a block by block slog....
Suicide bombings in Afghanistan hit mosques, killing 63
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Suicide bombers struck two mosques in Afghanistan during Friday prayers, a Shiite mosque in Kabul and a Sunni mosque in western Ghor province, killing at least 63 people at the end of a particularly deadly week for the troubled nation....
Man who stabbed fellow students considers pleading guilty
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A man charged with stabbing 20 fellow students and a security guard at his suburban Pittsburgh high school three years ago will spend the weekend considering whether to plead guilty, his attorney and a prosecutor said Friday....
Attorney General: Prosecutor influenced girlfriend's cases
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A 72-year-old Pennsylvania prosecutor obstructed justice and misused the power of his office by improperly intervening in criminal cases involving his 39-year-old heroin-using girlfriend, who is now in state prison on a check-forgery case, a state grand jury found....
Ex-councilwoman's donation helps save 19 cats in house fire
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania town's fire department is praising an ex-councilwoman whose donation helped save the lives of 19 cats in a house fire....
Florist's shop robbed while owner giving flowers to veterans
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania florist's shop has been robbed while the owner was away handing out free bouquets to veterans at a health center....
Ex-prosecutor to sue Cosby accuser, alleging personal injury
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A former district attorney who declined to press sexual-assault charges against Bill Cosby in 2005 has filed the beginnings of a lawsuit against Cosby's accuser in Philadelphia....
Judges tosses charge against pregnant woman who overdosed
BUTLER, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania judge has dismissed the most serious criminal charge against a woman who authorities say overdosed while pregnant....
High school students protest over racist carved pumpkins
COATESVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- Several hundred students at a Pennsylvania high school walked out to protest the second race-related incident at the school in just over a week: a Facebook photo showing current and former students posing with pumpkins carved with racist symbols....
Ex-Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams disbarred
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court disbarred Philadelphia's former top prosecutor, the latest blow to the jailed ex-district attorney who pleaded guilty in a bribery scandal earlier this year....
Man who slit neck of girlfriend set to move out gets prison
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania man who flew into a rage when his girlfriend said she was moving out has been sentenced to prison for trying to slit her throat with scissors and hitting her with a hammer....
Police: Newborn's dad sold heroin in hospital maternity ward
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania man has been jailed on charges he sold heroin in the hospital maternity ward room where people were visiting his newborn daughter....
The Supreme Court will hear a dispute between the U.S. and Microsoft on whether the government has the authority to force them to hand over emails and other digital information sought in a drug trafficking criminal probe but stored on a server in Ireland. A federal appeals court ruled the emails were beyond the reach of a domestic search warrant. The case is among several that pits tech. companies' right to protect digital privacy and investigators' need for information to combat crime and terrorism.
Should Gov. Wolf approve the House revenue proposal that borrows $1.5 billion-dollars, expands gambling, and uses fund transfers without raising taxes to balance the budget?