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Shutdown deadline nears; no accord in Trump-Schumer meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer met Friday afternoon in an eleventh-hour effort to avert a government shutdown, with a bitterly divided Washington locked in stare-down over federal spending and legislation to protect some 700,000 younger immigrants from deportation....
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Mattis says US competitive warfighting edge has eroded

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Countering China's rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the U.S. military's top national security priorities, outpacing the threat of terrorism, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. He said competition with those adversaries has threatened America's military advantage around the world....
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Thorny global issues abound a year into Trump presidency

With a sharp departure from years and sometimes decades of U.S. foreign policy, President Donald Trump has made a seismic global impact during his first year in office....
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Turkey says no turning back from offensive in Syria

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's defense minister said Friday there is no turning back from his country's decision to launch a ground assault on a Syrian Kurdish-controlled enclave in northwest Syria, saying the offensive had "de facto" started with the sporadic Turkish military shelling of the area....
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Top GOP lawmaker told party officials he'll run for Congress

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Dave Reed, the majority leader of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, is telling Republican Party officials that he plans to run for Congress to succeed U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster in the southwestern Pennsylvania seat....
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State Police to keep doing own probes of trooper shootings

Pennsylvania's state police force said Friday it will continue to investigate shootings by on-duty troopers, ignoring a grand jury's recommendation that the agency step aside when a shooting involves one of its troopers and have an outside agency handle the probe....
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Philadelphia police: No frisking of women's march attendees

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Police in Philadelphia say reports that officers will be randomly searching attendees at the women's march this weekend are inaccurate....
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Letter sent to police barracks sickens 2 troopers, staffer

CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) -- A letter containing what investigators are calling a "biohazard" has been sent to a Pennsylvania police barracks and has sickened three employees....
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Hedge fund founder enters field for Dent's US House seat

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Another new face is joining the field vying to succeed Republican U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent in the eastern Pennsylvania district that stretches from Allentown to Hershey....
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Judge to rule on evidence in antifreeze poisoning case

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) -- A judge says he rule on the morning of trial what evidence prosecutors can present in the retrial of an elderly Pennsylvania woman accused of poisoning her son's girlfriend with antifreeze, leaving her near death....
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Nuns appeal pipeline project on religious grounds

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- An order of nuns brought their fight to stop a natural gas pipeline project on their rural Pennsylvania property to a federal appeals court Friday....
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Family that owns Post-Gazette denounces Trump editorial

A Pittsburgh newspaper editorial denouncing efforts to brand President Donald Trump a racist for his vulgar comment about Africa and Haiti is causing a firestorm - even within the publisher's own family....
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Pennsylvania's jobless rate up, but payrolls hit record high

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania's unemployment rate crept up in December, even as payrolls hit a record high....
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Prosecutors hope these 19 women can help convict Bill Cosby

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Prosecutors this week asked the judge in Bill Cosby's spring retrial to let jurors hear from 19 other women who say the entertainer drugged and molested them....
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