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Italy earthquake kills at least 159, reduces towns to rubble

AMATRICE, Italy (AP) -- Rescue crews using bulldozers and their bare hands raced to dig out survivors from a strong earthquake that reduced three central Italian towns to rubble Wednesday. The death toll stood at 159, but the number of dead and missing was uncertain given the thousands of vacationers in the area for summer's final days....
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Colombia, FARC rebels reach deal to end half-century war

HAVANA (AP) -- Colombia's government and the country's biggest rebel group reached a historic deal Wednesday evening for ending a half-century of hostilities in one of the world's longest-running and bloodiest armed conflicts....
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Italy earthquake kills at least 159, reduces towns to rubble

AMATRICE, Italy (AP) -- Rescue crews using bulldozers and their bare hands raced to dig out survivors from a strong earthquake that reduced three central Italian towns to rubble Wednesday. The death toll stood at 159, but the number of dead and missing was uncertain given the thousands of vacationers in the area for summer's final days....
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Italian town destroyed in quake was preparing food festival


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Dealer that supplied Petco, PetSmart is charged with cruelty

Animal cruelty charges were filed Wednesday against a Pennsylvania small-animal dealer that supplied major pet retailers like Petco and PetSmart....
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Family sues Navy, blaming it for contaminated drinking water

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania family is suing the Navy, alleging their drinking water has been tainted by firefighting foams once used at two former bases in suburban Philadelphia....
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Adwatch: TV ads star Toomey in Pennsylvania's Senate race

Two new TV ads are out this week in Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent Pat Toomey and his Democratic challenger, Katie McGinty. The race could help determine control of the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 8 election. Here is a look at the two ads, both of which focus on Toomey....
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Investigators say hospice nurse stole dying patient's drugs

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) -- Authorities say a Pennsylvania hospice nurse stole a dying cancer patient's medication and blamed it on a sore neck....
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Coal towns hit by layoffs to get job grants from US gov't

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Communities in nine U.S. states that have been hard-hit by coal layoffs are being promised more than 3,000 jobs in several industries through a multimillion-dollar federal grant....
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Wolf sets up charter school division within Ed Department

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania's governor is setting up a new charter schools office within the state Department of Education to improve support and oversight....
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Man charged over rock-throwing that hurt teacher gets parole

LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The first of four young men charged over a rock-throwing episode on a Pennsylvania interstate that caused severe brain trauma to an Ohio teacher has been granted parole....
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Online public school founder admits to $8M in tax fraud

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The founder and former CEO of an online public school that educates thousands of Pennsylvania students pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal tax fraud, acknowledging he siphoned more than $8 million from The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School through for-profit and nonprofit companies he controlled....
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Gunman in Boise contract killing case gets life in prison

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A Pennsylvania man convicted of a double killing in Boise that has been described as a murder for hire has been sentenced to life in prison....
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The Latest: Concert venue operator won't comment on lawsuit

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Latest on the Snoop Dogg concert railing collapse lawsuit (all times local):...
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Should Pennsylvania consider waiving the new $700 surcharge for license renewals to independent taverns and restaurants to help defray costs passed by the liquor reform law?

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25%
Total Votes: 15,301

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