Colleagues paint caustic portrait of artist colony founder
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The founder of a ramshackle Oakland artists' colony where dozens of people burned to death saw himself as a kind of guru and loved to surround himself with followers but showed chilling disregard for their well-being, according to relatives, neighbors and acquaintances....
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German chancellor denounces rape-killing of student
BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday denounced the rape and killing of a university student as a "tragic event," responding for the first time to a case that has inflamed passions since police arrested a 17-year-old Afghan migrant last week....
Fake US embassy in Ghana shut down after 'about a decade'
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) -- A fake U.S. embassy that operated for "about a decade" in Ghana's capital issuing counterfeit and fraudulently obtained visas has been shut down, the U.S. State Department announced....
Top Gambian opposition leader, 18 others out of prison
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) -- A top Gambian opposition politician and 18 other protesters were released from prison after an appeals court granted them bail on Monday, just days after strongman ruler Yahya Jammeh agreed to step aside after losing the presidential election....
Key figure in Chinese-US college testing scam to be deported
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A former University of Pittsburgh student who pleaded guilty to being the go-between for Chinese students who paid to have impostors take college entrance exams received a probationary term on Monday and will be deported....
Immigrant students seek place in mainstream high schools
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A U.S. appeals court must decide if older immigrant and refugee students steered to an alternative high school in Pennsylvania are getting a meaningful education or are simply being passed through the system....
Judge: Prosecutors can use Bill Cosby's deposition at trial
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Damaging testimony that Bill Cosby gave in an accuser's lawsuit, including admissions that he gave young women drugs and alcohol before sex, can be used at his sex assault trial, a judge ruled Monday....
Stein still stands to benefit under losing recount effort
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Green Party candidate Jill Stein's efforts to force a recount of the presidential race in three states where she admittedly doesn't think the result would change has led to questions about her motives and criticism that she's just trying to raise her profile and fatten her own coffers....
Ex-firefighter gets prison for holding colleagues hostage
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A former firefighter who held four colleagues hostage at gunpoint after he was terminated from the suburban Philadelphia department where they all volunteered has been sentenced to at least a decade in prison....
Cops investigate 9 apparent heroin overdoses in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Police in Philadelphia are investigating after nine people died from what appear to be heroin overdoses in the city over the weekend....
Prosecutor's office paid bitcoin ransom in cyberattack
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A state prosecutor's office in Pennsylvania was among hundreds of thousands of victims of a now-shuttered international cybercrime operation, paying nearly $1,400 in a bitcoin ransom to free up its infected computer network, authorities disclosed Monday....
Pennsylvania man sentenced for role in commercial burglaries
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania man is headed to prison for his role in a string of commercial burglaries in New Jersey and other nearby states....
Green Party asks US court to order Pennsylvania recount
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Calling Pennsylvania's election system "a national disgrace," Green Party-backed lawyers asked a federal judge on Monday to order a recount of the state's Nov. 8 presidential election result, won by Republican Donald Trump....
Phillies food vendor who supports white nationalism is fired
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A popular food vendor at the Philadelphia Phillies' ballpark who supports the white nationalist movement has been fired....
Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is urging immediate action be taken against Philadelphia and other sanctuary cities for not cooperating with federal immigration authorities. Toomey named recent Philadelphia criminals allegedly entering the country illegally but the city refused to alert Immigration and Customs agents. The Senator wants to withhold federal community block grants from sanctuary cities, 39 million of went to Philadelphia in 2015. Philadelphia Mayor Kenney responded calling it bad policy to turn local cops into agents as police investigations often rely on the cooperation of undocumented residents.
Should Pennsylvania join Michigan in their injunction to halt Green Party candidate Jill Stein from conducting a presidential recount?