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End to government shutdown in sight as Dems halt filibuster

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress sped toward reopening the government Monday, as Senate Democrats dropped their objections to a temporary funding bill in return for assurances from Republicans leaders that they will soon take up immigration and other contentious issues....
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Fighting rages amid Turkish push in Kurdish enclave in Syria

HASSA, Turkey (AP) -- Intense fighting flared Monday as Turkish troops and their allies advanced on a Kurdish enclave in northwestern Syria, the third day of Ankara's offensive to oust a U.S.-allied Kurdish militia from the area, according to the militia and a war monitoring group....
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Pence says US embassy will move to Jerusalem by end of 2019

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Vice President Mike Pence told Israel's parliament on Monday that the U.S. embassy will move to Jerusalem by the end of 2019, receiving a rousing ovation as he pledged to barrel ahead with a plan that has set off weeks of unrest and thrown U.S. peace efforts into disarray....
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The Latest: Israel PM praises Pence speech, approach to Iran

JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Israel (all times local):...
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Pennsylvania court throws out congressional boundaries

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down the state's congressional map Monday, granting a major victory to Democrats who charged that the 18 districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered to benefit Republicans....
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Man gets at least 23 years in prison for school stabbings

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A man who pleaded guilty to stabbing 20 fellow students and a security guard at his suburban Pittsburgh high school will spend at least 23 years in prison with a maximum of six decades....
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Prosecutor: Pennsylvania mayor 'sold his office' to donors

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- The mayor of Pennsylvania's third-largest city "sold his office" to campaign donors, trading city contracts for cash to fuel his political ambitions, a prosecutor told jurors Monday in the mayor's federal corruption trial....
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Death penalty sought in police officer's shooting death

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. (AP) -- Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a Pennsylvania man accused of killing a police officer and then leading law enforcement on a four-day manhunt with the help of his mother....
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Atlantic City longs for sports betting, action on Eagles

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Atlantic City and southern New Jersey have always been Philadelphia Eagles country....
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Prosecutors drop bid for 1 trial for 2 charged in teen death

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Prosecutors have withdrawn a request to try a man and woman together in the rape and killing of her 14-year-old adopted daughter in Pennsylvania....
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Jury selection for Bill Cosby's retrial slated for March 29

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Jury selection for Bill Cosby's criminal sex assault retrial will start March 29 in the suburban Philadelphia county where he's accused of drugging and molesting a woman in 2004....
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PennEast gas pipeline gets feds' OK, to apply for NJ permits

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A $1.1 billion pipeline designed to bring Marcellus Shale natural gas from northeastern Pennsylvania to New Jersey has received federal approval, although the project lacks important permits in New Jersey....
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Few arrests as Eagles fans take to streets to celebrate

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia police say few arrests have been made amid celebrations following the Eagles' NFC championship game victory....
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Police: Man apprehended minutes after he robbed apartment

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania man is facing robbery charges after police say he broke into an apartment and stole a video game system at knife point....
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