Toxic algae blooming in warm water from California to Alaska
SEATTLE (AP) -- One of the largest toxic algae blooms recorded off the West Coast is denser, more widespread and deeper than scientists feared even weeks ago....
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After deadly attack, Israel arrests extremist in crackdown
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli authorities kicked off a promised crackdown on Jewish extremists following last week's deadly arson attack on a Palestinian family, arresting a high-profile activist accused of leading a new movement of defiant settler youths who embrace violence and reject the rule of law in the name of the purity of the Holy Land....
Q&A: A look at the history of Jewish extremism in Israel
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The arrest of a well-known Jewish extremist marks Israel's first concrete step in its new "zero tolerance" approach toward what the government describes as Jewish terrorism. A recent pair of attacks brought into the open long-standing fears about a radicalized and ultraconservative fringe that had been operating below the radar but now appears to be intensifying its violence....
APNewsBreak: North Korean ship pursued for seizure in case
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Winning a lawsuit against North Korea is rare. Collecting millions of dollars in damages from the isolated country? Pretty much impossible. But an Israel-based civil rights group thinks it has found a way, starting with a North Korean ship that's been held, against Pyongyang's wishes, in a Mexican port for the past year....
Democrat Katie McGinty running for US Senate in Pennsylvania
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Katie McGinty, the former top aide to Gov. Tom Wolf, said Tuesday she is running for U.S. Senate, setting the stage for a 2016 Democratic primary showdown over Republican Sen. Pat Toomey's seat in a state Democrats see as crucial to their goal of recapturing a Senate majority....
American doctor defends lion hunt, says he followed rules
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- An American doctor accused of killing a lion in an illegal hunt in Zimbabwe said Tuesday that he had complied with all rules and regulations, filled out all the necessary paperwork and obtained the correct permits....
Philanthropist, GOP powerbroker Elsie Hillman dies at 89
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Elsie Hillman, a philanthropist and political activist who helped propel moderate Republicans to state and national offices, died Tuesday. She was 89....
Man convicted, sentenced to life in Craigslist murder case
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A suburban Philadelphia man was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a man who was killed after answering a Craigslist ad for an all-terrain vehicle....
PennEnvironment threatening ArcelorMittal pollution suit
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- ArcelorMittal's western Pennsylvania coke plant violated the federal Clean Air Act hundreds of times by showering nearby residents with soot and other pollutants, an environmental activist group said Tuesday....
State police nominee: 'Room for improvement' in diversity
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Gov. Tom Wolf's new nominee to lead the Pennsylvania State Police said Tuesday that he sees room for improvement in the diversity of troopers and that better recruiting practices could help....
Choir begins rehearsals for pope's Philadelphia Mass
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Those fretting about how Philadelphia will accommodate huge crowds when Pope Francis visits are now hearing some soothing sounds....
Investigators probe escape of inmate suspected in killing
KITTANNING, Pa. (AP) -- Authorities plan to investigate what led up to the escape of a prison inmate suspected of having strangled an acquaintance while on the run in western Pennsylvania last week....
Trial to open next week in slaying at party last summer
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) -- A northeastern Pennsylvania man is scheduled to go on trial next week in a shooting death at a party last summer....
Man likely to go to mental facility, prison in stabbing case
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A western Pennsylvania judge says she will likely send a homeless man to a mental institution before he serves a sentence for stabbing several people near a Target store two years ago....
Over the strong objections of various restaurant and small business associations, Pittsburgh city council adopted a requirement that employers with 15 or more workers offer 5 paid sick days. Companies with fewer than 15 employees must offer 3 unpaid sick days after one year. Some warn the city is exceeding its authority and will be sued in court over the mandate.
Should federal and state prisoners have access to Pell Grants to further their education while incarcerated?