Actor James Gandolfini dies in Italy at age 51
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- James Gandolfini's lumbering, brutish mob boss with the tortured psyche will endure as one of TV's indelible characters....
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US tries saving Taliban talks after Karzai objects
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Hopes dimmed for talks aimed at ending the Afghan war when an angry President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday suspended security negotiations with the U.S. and scuttled a peace delegation to the Taliban, sending American officials scrambling to preserve the possibility of dialogue with the militants....
In northern Iraqi city, al-Qaida gathers strength
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Al-Qaida's Iraq arm is gathering strength in the restive northern city of Mosul, ramping up its fundraising through gangland-style shakedowns and feeding off anti-government anger as it increasingly carries out attacks with impunity, according to residents and officials....
AP PHOTOS: Bangladesh collapse left many amputees
SAVAR, Bangladesh (AP) -- It was the worst disaster in the history of the garment industry. When the Rana Plaza factory building crashed down in April, 1,129 people were killed. But many others had to sacrifice their limbs to survive....
Police: Disabled Pa. man who died suffered neglect
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) -- A 32-year-old Pennsylvania man with Down syndrome was so severely neglected by his family that his body was covered in scabies and he weighed just 69 pounds when he died, police said in charging his mother and two sisters with murder....
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....
Corbett signals he'll try to help Philly schools
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Gov. Tom Corbett on Wednesday signaled that he is engaged in efforts to help the financially troubled Philadelphia School District, which is in the midst of shedding 20 percent of its workforce, but he made no promise that he would fight for more money for the district....
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....
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....
Pa. girl who fought for lung transplant improving
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The mother of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl whose efforts to qualify for an organ donation led to debate over how organs are allocated says she's improving after her double-lung transplant....
Father, son acquitted in NY of sex trafficking
NEW YORK (AP) -- A judge who heard prostitutes testify that a father-and-son pimp team made them feel like family cleared the two men of sex trafficking charges Wednesday....
Official: Philly not liable for private demo work
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The city issues demolition permits, but it isn't responsible for the work done by contractors on private property, Philadelphia officials said Wednesday at the first public hearing on this month's fatal building collapse....
Funding for key gas drilling health study stalled
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- An important study on possible health impacts of natural gas drilling is still looking for additional funding....
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....
Do you agree with FBI Director Robert Mueller that being more transparent about the agency's surveillance methods "would be educating our adversaries as to what our capabilities are?" <More Info>
During an oversight hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday, FBI Director Robert Mueller admitted the FBI uses drones for surveillance on U.S. soil. When asked if he would be more transparent on their surveillance methods, Mueller said, "There is a price to be paid for that transparency, I certainly think it would be educating our adversaries as to what our capabilities are." The director also stated that the FBI has and will continue to weigh the possibility of publishing more information about its spying habits.
Do you think an immigration reform bill will pass both the House and Senate before the end of the year?