Hostage Mom's plea to Japan's leader: Please save Kenji
TOKYO (AP) -- The mother of a Japanese hostage held by Islamic State extremists appealed publicly Wednesday to Japan's leader to save her son after his captors issued what they said was a final death threat....
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Gunmen storm luxury Libyan hotel, killing American, 9 others
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- In the latest sign of Libya's descent into chaos, gunmen stormed a luxury hotel used by diplomats and businessmen in the capital Tuesday, killing 10 people, including an American, a French citizen and three people from Asia....
Obama pays respects to Saudis, defends ties to kingdom
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- In a show of solidarity with Saudi Arabia, President Barack Obama led a parade of American dignitaries to the ultraconservative desert kingdom Tuesday to pay respects after King Abdullah's death and take measure of the new monarch....
Mexico: Missing students' parents reject official account
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Parents of 43 college students missing since last year angrily rejected the Mexican attorney general's declaration that investigators are certain the youths were killed and incinerated after being seized by police in the southern state of Guerrero....
People across the Northeast US deal with snowstorm
The snowstorm that pounded some areas of the Northeast and barely skimmed others left some residents battling drifts , while others found themselves surprised and a little disappointed by the less-than-predicted amount of white stuff. Some took advantage of the storm-abandoned New York City streets to have a little fun....
Grounds laid out for death penalty in trooper ambush case
MILFORD, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania prosecutor formally notified a court on Tuesday he is seeking the death penalty for the survivalist accused of killing one state trooper and wounding another in a barracks ambush in September....
Partial store roof collapse in Philadelphia injures 3 women
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- An athletic-wear store's roof partially collapsed Tuesday, apparently as bricks fell from a taller building next door, injuring three women inside....
Senate GOP refuses to halt 11th-hour Corbett nominations
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Leaders of the Republican-controlled Pennsylvania Senate say they're not returning the paperwork for more than two dozen nominations to state boards and commissions that Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf wants to halt....
Confessed killer testifies against man with bodies in yard
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) -- A confessed killer told a jury Tuesday he helped a man torture and kill a pharmacist and the pharmacist's girlfriend as part of a plot to rob him of tens of thousands of dollars he had made from illegal drug sales....
Wolf vows to support Senate's medical marijuana bill
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Gov. Tom Wolf held an impromptu reception Tuesday for parents of children who are suffering daily from debilitating seizures and vowed to sign a medical marijuana bill that senators are writing....
Where did the snow go? Blizzard was a miss, but not a bust
In the wild world of winter weather, location is everything, which New York and Massachusetts learned too well Tuesday....
Public defender charged with hiding client's whereabouts
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- An assistant public defender in Pittsburgh has been charged with lying about his client's whereabouts just days before the defendant wound up killing himself....
Another Philadelphia disappointment: Big snowstorm is bust
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia thought it was done with hype and underperformance when football season ended....
Pittsburgh police reviewing halfway house arrest on video
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- City police have defended - and promised to investigate - the arrest of a man at a halfway house who was hit with batons after police said he resisted efforts by staff to search him for drugs....
The Republic majority in the state senate is suing democratic Governor Tom Wolf over the firing of his predecessor's appointee as head of the state office of open records. Republicans say former governor Tom Corbett's appointee is entitled to serve a full 6-year term and that the state legislature insulated that position from removal. Governor Wolf says Corbett's 11th hour appointment lacks transparency.
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