Obama orders military to review sexual assault
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Friday gave the military one year to make progress on an epidemic of sexual assault or face potential tougher reforms, hours after Congress sent a sweeping defense bill for his signature that cracks down on the crime in its ranks....
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Freed Russian oligarch arrives in Germany
BERLIN (AP) -- A spokesman for a German company says Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky has landed in Berlin on its private jet after being pardoned by President Vladimir Putin....
S. Sudan: 34,000 seeking shelter from violence
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) -- The United Nations says 34,000 people in South Sudan are seeking refuge at U.N. bases in three locations across the country....
Safety reassurance after London theater collapse
LONDON (AP) -- Authorities sought to reassure theatergoers Friday that London's elegant but aging venues are safe after chunks of ornamental plaster fell from a ceiling of the Apollo Theatre, showering patrons with dust and debris and injuring 79 people....
Pa. newlyweds face hearings in Craigslist death
SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) -- Newlyweds who police say lured a stranger through a Craigslist ad, stabbed him to death and dumped his body in an alley face preliminary hearings Friday....
2 in NH are Carnegie Heroes for rescue of MA man
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission has honored two New Hampshire men for pulling a Massachusetts man from a burning car....
Pa. pastor appeals defrocking over gay wedding
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A United Methodist pastor defrocked for officiating at his son's same-sex wedding has appealed the decision, a move that offered the latest evidence of a split in the nation's largest mainline Protestant denomination and came as yet another state legalized gay marriage....
Pa. gas drilling decision leaves future uncertain
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The energy industry and policy makers in Pennsylvania, the heart of the nation's gas drilling boom, are thinking about their next moves after the state's highest court threw out significant portions of a law that limited the power of cities and counties to regulate the industry....
Man pleads guilty in daughter-in-law's '99 slaying
HUNTINGDON, Pa. (AP) -- A central Pennsylvania man faces up to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to third-degree murder in the death of his daughter-in-law almost 15 years ago....
20- to 46-year term in Pa. crack house slaying
YORK, Pa. (AP) -- A central Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to 20 to 46 years in prison in the death of a man who authorities said complained about the quality of drugs he was sold at a York crack house....
Trial ordered for Pa. man in attack on elderly nun
ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) -- A western Pennsylvania man has been ordered to stand trial on charges that he beat and sexually assaulted an elderly retired nun last week....
Provident Financial Services buying Team Capital
ISELIN, N.J. (AP) -- Provident Financial Services is buying Team Capital Bank in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $122 million, helping to broaden its reach into Pennsylvania....
Western Pa. man wins $1M Picasso with $138 chance
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A western Pennsylvania man looking for art for his new home has won a $1 million Picasso with a $138 raffle ticket....
Gubernatorial candidate blasts Pa. drilling probe
Pennsylvania needs a new, independent body to handle drilling complaints because the state's environmental agency has lost its credibility, Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Hanger said Thursday, criticizing the agency he used to lead....
Do you think Congress should implement reforms now to save the disability program rather than pull funds from another program? <More Info>
It is reported the Social Security Disability Trust Fund will be depleted by 2016. The number of Americans receiving benefits has increased 20 percent over the last five years yet oversight of the program has decreased, leaving the agency vulnerable to fraud and abuse. Earlier this year it was reported that the Social Security Administration made an estimated 1.29 billion in overpayments. Should SSDI default in 2016 as predicted, Congress would likely draw from the Social Security Trust Fund which also has its own unsustainability issues.
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