Under fire, Trump defends call to soldier's grieving family
MIAMI (AP) -- President Donald Trump emphatically rejected claims Wednesday that he was disrespectful to the grieving family of a slain soldier, as the firestorm he ignited over his assertions of empathy for American service members spread into a third contentious day. "I have proof," he insisted....
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Al-Qaida set to gain as Islamic State disintegrates
BEIRUT (AP) -- Over several nights in September, some 10,000 men, women and children fled areas under Islamic State control, hurrying through fields in northern Syria and risking fire from government troops to reach a province held by an al-Qaida-linked group....
US-backed Syrian forces clear Raqqa after driving out IS
BEIRUT (AP) -- U.S.-backed Syrian forces were removing land mines and clearing roads in the northern city of Raqqa on Wednesday, a day after commanders said they had driven the Islamic State group from its de facto capital....
UN, US failed to prevent 'ethnic cleansing' in South Sudan
YEI, South Sudan (AP) -- Until the summer of 2016, South Sudan's Yei region was a leafy oasis in the midst of the country's civil war. But when a national peace deal broke down and government soldiers ransacked the area, a handful of U.N. and U.S. officials begged their leaders for help....
Pennsylvania high court rules on business tax dispute
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania's highest court is throwing out an element of the state's business loss carry-over tax deduction, a case with implications for the state's finances....
The Latest: Sandusky to appeal ruling he won't get new trial
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The Latest on Jerry Sandusky losing an appeal in which he sought a new trial (all times local):...
Pennsylvania cities try to lure Amazon, touting bikes, food
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia is highlighting its bike lanes and LGBT-friendly ratings, while Pittsburgh is touting its manageable cost of living and signature sandwich freebies....
Natural gas production tax gets life in Pennsylvania House
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The potential for a tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas production gained new life Wednesday, as a bill emerged from a state House committee and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf urged leaders of the Republican-controlled chamber to speed it to a floor vote....
Liberian rebel commander guilty of immigration fraud
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Liberian accused of committing gruesome war crimes when he was a rebel commander called Jungle Jabbah was convicted Wednesday of lying about his past so he could enter the U.S....
Police: Man who shot daughter's boyfriend in groin arraigned
FRACKVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania police say a man accused of shooting his daughter's boyfriend in the groin after an argument at a motel over the weekend has been taken into custody....
Former drug czar nominee Marino defends role in opioid law
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's former nominee to be the nation's drug czar is defending his role in writing a law that critics say weakened the government's authority to stop companies from distributing opioids....
Jerry Sandusky denied new trial on child sex abuse charges
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Jerry Sandusky lost a bid Wednesday for a new trial and a second chance to convince a jury he is innocent of the child sexual abuse charges that landed him in state prison to serve a lengthy sentence....
For ornery shelter cats, 2nd chance is a job chasing mice
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Gary wasn't used to being around people. He didn't like being touched or even looked at. If anyone came too close, he'd lash out....
Highmark's Allegheny Health Network announces $1B expansion
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Highmark Health will spend $1 billion to expand its Allegheny Health Network hospital chain, including a new 160-bed hospital in Pittsburgh's North Hills suburbs, four smaller neighborhood hospitals, and renovations to existing hospitals, the Pittsburgh-based company announced Wednesday....
Monday Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured and held by the Taliban for five years after walking away in 2009 from his Afghanistan post, pleaded guilty to desertion and endangering comrades, some who were seriously wounded during the intensive search. Bergdahl, admitted guilt without striking a deal with prosecutors, meaning his punishment will be decided by a military judge later this month, and due to the severity of the charges, could be sentenced to life in a military prison.
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