US abandons Pentagon's failed rebel-building effort in Syria
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is overhauling its approach to fighting the Islamic State in Syria, abandoning a failed Pentagon effort to build a new ground force of moderate rebels and instead partnering with established rebel groups, officials said Friday....
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N. Korean soldiers parade in massive anniversary celebration
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Goose-stepping North Korean soldiers marched through Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square on Saturday in a lavish military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the country's ruling party and trumpet the leadership of third-generation dictator Kim Jong Un....
The Latest: Kim Jong Un appears at N. Korea military parade
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- The latest on the celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the creation of North Korea's ruling party (all times local)....
Israel struggles to contain wave of stabbing attacks
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Unrest that erupted several weeks ago at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site spread Friday to Gaza in the form of deadly border clashes with Palestinian protesters, as Israeli security forces struggled to contain a wave of Palestinian stabbing attacks against civilians and soldiers....
Campaign donor backed company vying for Allentown contract
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- The city planned to award a no-bid contract to a company whose main investor contributed to the mayor's Senate campaign, according to email records....
Ex-cop accused of hitting man pleads guilty to lesser charge
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A former Pennsylvania officer has agreed to never again work as a policeman in return for his guilty plea to a reduced, misdemeanor charge that he violated the civil rights of a man he threw to the ground and slugged....
States to determine Ohio River mercury testing, panel says
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A commission monitoring pollution in the Ohio River says testing for mercury released into the water will be determined on a state-by-state basis rather than a comprehensive plan....
Ethics inquiry into justice's emails cites new revelations
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The Pennsylvania agency that prosecutes allegations of judicial misconduct said Friday that new revelations about the role of a sitting state Supreme Court justice in the exchange of explicit or otherwise inappropriate emails has prompted it to undertake a second investigation....
Ohio company buying Pennsylvania chip plant
WATERFORD, Pa. (AP) -- An Ohio snack food company has agreed to a deal that includes majority ownership of a potato chip plant in northwestern Pennsylvania....
Prison garb mix-up means more coats for the homeless
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Hundreds of winter coats earmarked for inmates near Philadelphia will instead warm the homeless because they arrived in a too-familiar shade of prison blue....
Transit official pleads guilty in 'ghost rider' scandal
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania transit official has been spared jail time after admitting he had bus drivers inflate ridership figures to boost state funding....
Macy's agrees to donate items from former Pittsburgh home
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Macy's has agreed to donate dozens of artifacts from the iconic 13-story building that housed its shuttered downtown Pittsburgh department store to several history groups....
CDC: Transplant patients who died likely breathed in mold
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Three organ transplant patients who developed mold infections before dying at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center likely breathed in the mold spores, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said....
Officials hope to reopen part of Susquehanna River bridge
AIRVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania highway officials hope to soon reopen a part of a bridge over the Susquehanna River that's been closed since an 8-foot-long crack was discovered in a steel girder....
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California shocked his Republican Congressional colleagues by withdrawing his name from consideration to replace John Boehner of Ohio as Speaker of the House. Majority Whip Steve Scalise and other prominent Republicans have launched a concerted campaign to persuade House Ways and Means Committee chair and former Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to run for the job. McCarthy also has stated that Ryan is the best person to lead the House.
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