Bipartisan budget agreement nears final passage
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A modest, bipartisan budget pact designed to keep Washington from lurching from fiscal crisis to fiscal crisis and ease the harshest effects of automatic budget cuts is on the brink of passing the Senate....
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Mandela family feud resumes
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- An ongoing feud between some of the Mandela family members which has made headlines in the past year has taken another turn with a report that Mandla Mandela was locked out of the family's homestead in the village of Qunu by relatives four days before his grandfather, Nelson Mandela, was buried there....
Army defections as South Sudan violence spreads
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Clashes between military factions in South Sudan have spread from the capital to the rural state of Jonglei, a South Sudanese military official said Wednesday. Up to 500 people are reported to have been killed since Sunday in the world's newest country....
Young North Korean defectors find unlikely home
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The kids call him "uncle," but he's more of a mom and dad rolled in one. From one child that he began caring for in 2006, Kim Tae-hoon's brood has grown to nine boys, all defectors from North Korea who have found their first real experience of family in his house....
Father, son found dead in western Pa. home
PORT VUE, Pa. (AP) -- Police in western Pennsylvania say the involvement of a third party is not suspected in the shooting deaths of a man and his mentally disabled son in a Pittsburgh-area home....
Police: Deaths of 2 in Pa. ruled murder-suicide
CENTRAL CITY, Pa. (AP) -- State police say the shooting deaths of a man and his wife in a western Pennsylvania home have been ruled a murder-suicide....
Man charged in Pa. slaying of estranged wife
BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) -- Authorities in eastern Pennsylvania have charged a man in the shooting death of his estranged wife that prosecutors say occurred in front of the couple's three children....
W. Pa. Catholic schools announce $10M gift
ERIE, Pa. (AP) -- Two Catholic schools in western Pennsylvania have received a $10 million gift....
New England digs out after more snow; roads slick
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Crews worked through the night to clear roads in time for the morning commute Wednesday and school was canceled or starting late for some children across New England after several inches of snow fell....
Skyscraper planned on Philadelphia record co. site
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A $200 million hotel and condo complex proposed for the site of Philadelphia International Records will acknowledge the site's musical history while creating a sleek addition to the city skyline, its developers said Tuesday....
Judge opts against testimony in Penn State case
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A judge on Tuesday directed prosecutors and lawyers for three former Penn State administrators to make their cases in writing as he weighs claims that the defendants' legal rights were so badly violated that charges they covered up child sex-abuse allegations should be thrown out....
2 brothers in Pa. kickback scam get house arrest
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Two brothers who owned a high-tech defense contracting firm and paid kickbacks and conspired to avoid paying income taxes were sentenced Tuesday to fines and house arrest....
Judge in Pa. gay marriage suit nixes state appeal
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A federal judge hearing a challenge to Pennsylvania's law banning recognition of same-sex marriages is keeping the case on track for trial by preventing an appellate review at this stage....
Pa. House approves bills to shrink Legislature
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The state House of Representatives cast lopsided votes of approval Tuesday for bills that would give Pennsylvania voters an opportunity to reduce the size of the Legislature....
Do you agree with Federal Judge Richard Leon that the NSA's bulk collection of phone records likely violates the Constitution? <More Info>
A federal judge ruled Monday, that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records likely violates the Constitution. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon granted a preliminary injunction against the NSA but he delayed his ruling pending an appeal by the government.
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