Pentagon: US, partners begin airstrikes in Syria
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. and partner nations began launching airstrikes against Islamic State group targets in Syria for the first time Monday night, expanding a military campaign against the militants with a mix of fighter jets, bombers and Tomahawk cruise missiles fired from ships in the region....
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Islamic State militants kill 40 Iraqi troops
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Islamic State militants disguised in Iraqi army uniforms and driving stolen Humvees killed at least 40 Iraqi soldiers and captured 68 others in western Anbar province, breaking through a deteriorating Iraqi military offensive in an area where the United States recently broadened its airstrike campaign....
US launches 1st airstrikes in Syria
SURUC, Turkey (AP) -- The United States and partner nations launched their first airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, as fighting raged Monday between the extremist group and Kurdish forces near the border with Turkey, triggering a surge of tens of thousands of refugees....
Islamist group kidnaps Frenchman in Algeria
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- A splinter group from al-Qaida's North African branch kidnapped a French citizen and said Monday that it would kill him unless France halts it airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq....
Corbett, Wolf joust over taxes, finances in debate
HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) -- Taxes, state government finances and education policy dominated the first debate in the Pennsylvania governor's race Monday night, as Republican Gov. Tom Corbett sought to raise questions about the viability of Democrat Tom Wolf's policy goals and Wolf attacked Corbett's handling of the economy and schools....
Girl, 15, shot, killed near Philadelphia hospital
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Police say a 15-year-old girl has died after she was shot during a disturbance near a Philadelphia hospital....
Governor confident ambush suspect will be caught
In the thick of a difficult re-election campaign, Gov. Tom Corbett could have been tempted to place himself front and center of the effort to capture the gunman who ambushed a Pennsylvania State Police barracks, killing a trooper and injuring another....
2 plead in union intimidation case in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Several Philadelphia ironworkers are pleading guilty in a labor intimidation case that involves the arson of a Quaker meeting house....
House signs off on Philly schools tax measure
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The state House of Representatives on Monday advanced a bill to provide crucial revenue for the cash-strapped Philadelphia School District....
Washington files lawsuit against online company
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington state's attorney general is suing a Philadelphia-based online company that he says used deceptive marketing tactics on millions of customers across the country....
PennDOT to award bulk bridge-building contracts
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is preparing to choose a private-sector team to replace at least 558 ailing state bridges and maintain them for 25 years as part of an innovative public-private partnership, an official said Monday....
New Pittsburgh mayor's budget includes tax hike
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's first proposed budget includes a half-mill property tax increase that will cost homeowners about $40 for each $100,000 their property is worth. That factors in discounts including homestead exemptions....
DA to seek death penalty in pregnant woman's death
SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) -- A prosecutor will pursue the death penalty against a western Pennsylvania man jailed on charges that he killed his pregnant girlfriend and her baby....
Easthampton man convicted of killing girlfriend
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) -- An Easthampton man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his girlfriend....
A new bill being proposed in Harrisburg would allow teachers and employees in public schools in Pennsylvania to carry guns. Senator Donald White, the author of the bill, told the Senate Education Committee that the bill is meant to settle the minds of those worried about school shootings. The measure would authorize school boards to permit administrators and staff to arm themselves as long as they are properly licensed and trained to carry a concealed weapon.
Do you agree with the Nigerian human rights lawyer who says terrorism has spread because the Obama Administration has downplayed religion in its foreign policy?