AP EXCLUSIVE: Sessions not stepping down unless asked
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- His loyalty to the boss severely tested but seemingly intact, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he will stay in the job for as long as President Donald Trump wants him to serve....
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Clashes, tensions flare at sacred site in Jerusalem
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Violence returned Thursday to a sacred site in Jerusalem as Palestinians gathering for prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound clashed with Israeli police nearly two weeks after a deadly attack there....
The Latest: More clashes after nightfall at Jerusalem site
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Latest on developments on a contested shrine in Israel (all times local):...
Deaths in Venezuela unrest hit 102 as polarizing vote nears
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Days before a polarizing vote to start rewriting its constitution, Venezuela is convulsing to a rhythm of daytime strikes and nocturnal clashes. The most recent violence drove the death toll from nearly four months of unrest above 100 Thursday....
Pennsylvania Senate approves higher taxes to balance budget
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The Pennsylvania Senate on Thursday approved a plan to eliminate a $2.2 billion budget deficit that includes heavy borrowing and hundreds of millions of dollars in tax increases, including on Marcellus Shale gas drilling, consumers' utility bills and online purchases....
Vendors penalized $9M for gifts to state liquor officials
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors say four suppliers of alcohol to Pennsylvania's state-owned system of liquor stores have agreed to pay about $9 million in penalties for providing gifts to liquor agency officials....
For Philadelphia Phish fan, it's time to make the doughnuts
NEW YORK (AP) -- Phish announced its 13-show run in New York with a video in January that showed giant doughnuts rolling through the city....
Medical marijuana job fair in Pennsylvania draws hundreds
MCKEESPORT, Pa. (AP) -- A job fair for one of Pennsylvania's first medical marijuana processing plants has drawn hundreds of potential applicants....
Methadone clinic operator gets prison for health care fraud
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A defense attorney and a courtroom full of supporters depicted a woman who ran a methadone clinic for 20 years as a cross between a den mother and an angel of mercy to southwestern Pennsylvania's growing population of opioid addicts, but a federal prosecutor countered that she was a "greedy" businesswoman who defrauded Medicaid to feed a gambling habit....
GE to cut 575 jobs at Pennsylvania plant, move work to Texas
ERIE, Pa. (AP) -- GE Transportation plans to end most locomotive production at its century-old plant in northwestern Pennsylvania, eliminating about 575 jobs....
Scaramucci criticized for citing Paterno quote about honor
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- President Donald Trump's new communications director is getting sacked on social media for quoting Joe Paterno while making a point about honor and dignity....
Police search for man who twice burglarized mosque
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia police are looking for a man who burglarized a mosque twice this month before fleeing both times on a bike....
Caregiver sentenced for stealing $50,000 from patient
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A former Pennsylvania police officer and paramedic who later worked as an in-home health care aide has been sentenced to jail time for stealing nearly $50,000 from an elderly patient....
The Latest: No timetable for House to consider Senate plan
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The Latest on the Pennsylvania Senate's consideration of a plan to close a $2.2 billion budget gap (all times local):...
President Trump tweeted Wednesday "After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military…as they must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail".
Should the courts be allowed to determine medical care against family wishes when patient's "best interest" is at stake?