Obama shortens Manning's term, grants clemency to hundreds
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama granted clemency to Chelsea Manning on Tuesday, allowing the transgender Army intelligence officer convicted of leaking more than 700,000 U.S. documents to go free nearly three decades early....
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Power shortages leave Gaza in the dark
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- At night, large swaths of the Gaza Strip plunge into darkness - the result of chronic and worsening power outages. In crowded city streets, the only source of light comes from the headlights of passing cars....
In Africa, Obama's presidency couldn't help but be personal
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Africa was electrified by the rise of Barack Obama, the first U.S. president of African descent. It was in Africa that he signaled a historic opening toward Cuba, took aim at the twin scourges of corruption and dictatorship and sent thousands of troops to fight one of the most terrifying disease outbreaks in decades....
Were opportunities for clues from MH370 debris missed?
SYDNEY (AP) -- Three nations shelled out around $160 million and years' worth of work on the underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The result: No plane. The only tangible - and arguably most important - clues into what happened to the aircraft have come courtesy of ordinary citizens, who bore the costs themselves....
Mom gets 20 to 40 years for death of toddler found in ravine
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A Pittsburgh-area woman who wrote on Facebook that "Mommy loves you, my angel" after her 3-year-old daughter was found dead in a ravine was sentenced Tuesday to 20 to 40 years behind bars for killing her....
Ban on people sitting on walls in Philadelphia park is ended
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia has ended a ban on people sitting on walls in a park in a posh section of the city....
Prosecutor: Fatal cop shooting of man with blade justified
SHARON, Pa. (AP) -- A police officer was justified in fatally shooting a man who had a utility knife and told officers he would kill them or they would have to kill him, a prosecutor said Tuesday....
Pennsylvania posts applications for medical pot dispensaries
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania will soon be accepting applications from those who want to grow and process medical marijuana as well as those who want to establish and run dispensaries....
Trump's America: Switching sides in struggling Pa. county
PLYMOUTH, Pa. (AP) -- Towns along the Susquehanna River are filled with people whose grandparents worked in coal mines, garment factories and small manufacturing companies. But those jobs are long gone in Luzerne County, and Wilkes-Barre, the county seat, has seen its population drop by more than half. Dozens of public officials have fallen to scandal....
Pennsylvania swears in new state treasurer, attorney general
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The fourth person to serve as Pennsylvania's attorney general since August was sworn in Tuesday, promising to make integrity a priority at the scandal-plagued agency....
Beach town uses blunt talk to fight drowning death lawsuit
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- A beach town is using blunt legal arguments to resist a demand that it permanently close a section of beach where a man plunged into an inlet and drowned when the sand gave way beneath his feet....
Nicodemo Scarfo, ex-Philadelphia mob boss, dies in prison
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo, whose reign over the Philadelphia Mafia in the 1980s was one of the bloodiest in its history, has died at a federal medical center in North Carolina, a prison spokeswoman said Tuesday. He was 87....
Police: Bar manager killed in fight with security guard
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Police say a bar manager was shot and killed after getting into a fight with a security guard at the establishment where they worked in Philadelphia's Germantown section....
Police announce search for man charged in trooper assault
TARENTUM, Pa. (AP) -- State police have announced a manhunt for a suspect charged with assaulting a trooper after a traffic stop on a busy western Pennsylvania highway....
The Justice Department sent President Obama more than 16,000 clemency petitions filed by Federal inmates with their recommendations. The President is reportedly set to grant hundreds more commutations to nonviolent drug offenders during his final days in office. These are in addition to 1,176 prisoners pardoned as part of his clemency initiative to correct for severe mandatory minimum sentencing created from "war on drugs" laws passed in the 80's and 90's. Current Justice Department officials fear Trump administration will dismantle Obama's clemency program.
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