Afghan leader backs away from Taliban talks
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's president said Wednesday he will not pursue peace talks with the Taliban unless the United States steps out of the negotiations, while also insisting the militant group stop its violent attacks on the ground after it claimed responsibility for a rocket attack that killed four Americans....
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Group: Exclude Chad troops from UN force in Mali
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- A network of human rights groups on Wednesday criticized plans to include Chadian troops in a new U.N. peacekeeping force for Mali while Chad's military remains on a U.N. `list of shame' for child recruitment. But U.N. officials made clear they had no intention of excluding a country whose soldiers are considered among the best African desert fighters....
UN says 45.2 million refugees and displaced people
GENEVA (AP) -- The Syrian civil war contributed to pushing the numbers of refugees and those displaced by conflict within their own nation to an 18-year high of 45.2 million worldwide by the end of 2012, the U.N. refugee agency said Wednesday....
World Bank highlights climate-poverty link
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- The World Bank says it will increasingly view its efforts to help developing countries fight poverty through a "climate lens."...
Corbett signs bill to abolish Philly traffic court
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Gov. Tom Corbett signed a bill Wednesday that will begin the process of dismantling the scandal-ridden Philadelphia Traffic Court....
Pa. school can exclude morning-after pill coverage
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A Christian college can temporarily exclude coverage for birth control like the morning-after pill and the week-after pill when it offers a health insurance plan to its students, a federal judge has ruled....
Gehry refines design for Eisenhower Memorial in DC
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Additional stone or bronze carvings depicting Dwight D. Eisenhower's accomplishments as Army general and president mark the latest creative changes architect Frank Gehry has made to his design for a planned memorial park honoring Ike near the National Mall....
Official: Philly not liable for private demo work
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Philadelphia deputy mayor says the city isn't responsible for demolition work done at a private site once a permit is issued....
Judges consider tossing $60M Penn St. fund lawsuit
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A panel of Pennsylvania judges will soon decide whether to side with the NCAA and throw out a lawsuit filed by a state senator and the state treasurer over the massive fine imposed on Penn State for its handling of the Jerry Sandusky scandal....
STORY REMOVED: BC-PA--Pediatrician Charged
LIMA, Pa. (AP) -- The Associated Press has withdrawn its story about a pediatrician charged with attempted homicide and other counts. Lauren Patricia Daly is accused of shooting her former domestic partner, but not fatally. A substitute story will be sent shortly....
NY man gets 21 years in Pa. interstate sex cases
ERIE, Pa. (AP) -- A New York man has been sentenced to 21 years in federal prison for traveling to Pennsylvania intending to lure girls as young as 8 into having sex....
NJ Gov. Christie is still a Dallas Cowboys fan
SAYREVILLE, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie surprised some schoolchildren when he told them his favorite football team is the Dallas Cowboys....
Pa. guardsman sues Target over 'no show' firing
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard has sued Target Corp., saying he was wrongly fired from one of the chain's Pittsburgh-area stores for violating its "no-call, no-show" policy while he was on a two-week training assignment in Virginia....
Easton, Pa., school board eliminates 43 positions
EASTON, Pa. (AP) -- The school board in Easton is eliminating 43 positions due to budget cuts, including 19 teachers....
Do you think an immigration reform bill will pass both the House and Senate before the end of the year? <More Info>
Under pressure from House conservatives opposed to immigration reform, House Speaker John Boehner says he doesn't see any way of bringing an immigration bill to the floor if it doesn't have the support of a majority of Republicans. Boehner also calls the bill before the Senate weak on border security.
Do you agree with the Supreme Court's decision that Arizona cannot require proof of citizenship when people register to vote?