Fed suggests it's closer to slowing bond purchases
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a move that could send interest rates higher, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke ended weeks of speculation Wednesday by saying the Federal Reserve will likely slow its bond-buying program this year and end it next year because the economy is strengthening....
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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....
Militants storm UN compound in Somalia; 20 killed
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Seven al-Qaida-linked militants on a suicide mission attacked the U.N. compound Wednesday with a truck bomb and then poured inside, killing at least 13 people before dying in the assault....
Obama urges 'bold' nuclear cuts in Berlin speech
BERLIN (AP) -- Summoning the harsh history of this once-divided city, President Barack Obama on Wednesday cautioned the U.S. and Europe against "complacency" brought on by peace, pledging to cut America's deployed nuclear weapons by one-third if Cold War foe Russia does the same....
Cops: Disabled Pa. man dies after gruesome neglect
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania woman and her two daughters were charged Wednesday with murder in the death of their 32-year-old son and brother, who had Down syndrome, after officials said he was severely neglected and underfed, weighing just 69 pounds when he died....
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 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?