Russia draws senators' focus in hearing on election meddling
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lawmakers heading the Senate intelligence committee focused squarely on Russia as they opened a hearing Thursday on attempts at undermining the 2016 U.S. presidential election....
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Putin on US election hack charge: 'Read my lips: No'
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin on Thursday emphatically denied allegations of Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election and said Moscow would maintain hopes of improving relations while waiting for political infighting in Washington to stop....
Amid US' Afghanistan uncertainty, Russia resurrects interest
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As America's 16-year war in Afghanistan drags on, Russia is resurrecting its own interest in the "graveyard of empires." The jockeying includes engaging the Taliban and leading a new diplomatic effort to tackle Afghanistan's future, all while Washington leaves the world guessing on its strategy for ending the conflict....
Trump administration drops human rights in Bahrain F-16 deal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration has told Congress it plans to approve a multibillion-dollar sale of F-16 fighter jets to Bahrain without the human rights conditions imposed by the State Department under President Barack Obama....
Helicopter joins search for 91-year-old Pennsylvania judge
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) -- State police took to the air Thursday as the search intensified for a 91-year-old federal judge who suffers from memory loss and was reported missing from his northeastern Pennsylvania home....
Penn State bans frat where student was fatally injured
Penn State University on Thursday permanently banned a fraternity where a pledge was fatally injured last month and announced additional steps to curb underage drinking throughout the university system....
Wolf names ex-senator to Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A former Democratic state senator is being nominated to fill an opening on the five-member Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission....
Police: Student aide arrested for bringing gun to school
DREXEL HILL, Pa. (AP) -- An adult aide hired to help a special-needs middle school student has been arrested for bringing a gun and several rounds of ammunition to the suburban Philadelphia school....
Police: Man dead after shots fired in struggle with officer
NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) -- Authorities in Delaware say a Philadelphia man is dead after shots were fired as he struggled with a police officer....
Nearly half of high school's students get suspension notices
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Nearly half the students at a high school in Pennsylvania's capital city have been given suspension notices for missing too much class time....
Girl, 8, wounded when shots fired into home
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) -- Police say an 8-year-old was wounded when someone opened fire on a home in Wilkes-Barre....
Boy, 13, charged with throwing rock through synagogue window
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Police say a 13-year-old boy has been charged with throwing a rock through a stained glass window of a northeast Philadelphia synagogue that has been repeatedly damaged by vandalism in recent months....
Keystone Oaks teacher strike averted
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Keystone Oaks students are in their classrooms after a threatened teachers strike was averted....
FBI recovers Rockwell painting stolen in New Jersey in 1976
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The FBI has recovered a 1919 Norman Rockwell painting stolen more than 40 years ago from a New Jersey home....
On Tuesday, district attorneys from Allegheny, Butler and Washington counties in a joint news conference showed their support for Pa. House Bill 741 which restores mandatory minimum sentences for certain crimes involving drugs, children and the elderly. Prosecutors contend that without mandatory minimums, they are unable to leverage defendants to go after large scale traffickers and offenders. Opponents to the bill include the Governor, A.C.L.U. and Department of Corrections who state mandatory sentences have shown not to deter crime, but will refill jail cells while abrogating justice.
Given the budget deficit should the state increase funding to market Pennsylvania tourism?