Sony broadly releases 'The Interview' in reversal of plans
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Amid a swell of controversy, backlash, confusion and threats, Sony Pictures broadly released "The Interview" online Wednesday - an unprecedented counterstroke against the hackers who spoiled the Christmas opening of the comedy depicting the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un....
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US removes Gambia from trade agreement
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Activists have praised the U.S. government's decision to remove Gambia from a trade agreement in response to human rights abuses, including a law signed in October that imposes life imprisonment for some homosexual acts....
Islamic State extremists capture Jordanian pilot
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Islamic State militants captured a Jordanian pilot after his warplane crashed in Syria while carrying out airstrikes Wednesday, making him the first foreign military member to fall into the extremists' hands since an international coalition launched its bombing campaign against the group months ago....
Grisly finds in Iraqi Yazidi village wrested from militants
HARDAN, Iraq (AP) -- After he fled from this tiny northern Iraqi hamlet four months ago, Hayder Khalef got panicked phone calls from his relatives who had remained behind. They were at that moment being led by Islamic State group gunmen toward a checkpoint on the edge of town....
On pope visit checklist: lots of communion wafers
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A quick look at the to-do list of a city preparing for a papal visit:...
Teen wounded in violent Pa. spree out of hospital
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A suburban Philadelphia teenager is out of the hospital a week after he was wounded in a shooting, slashing and chopping frenzy that left his parents, sister and three other relatives dead....
Coroner: Suspect in 6 killings committed suicide
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A man believed to have killed his ex-wife and five of her relatives earlier this month in the Philadelphia suburbs killed himself with a combination of drugs after the slayings, authorities said....
Jury mulling case of woman who took dying man's dog
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Jurors will return after Christmas to resume deliberations in the trial of a western Pennsylvania woman charged with stealing a cancer-stricken man's dog and having it euthanized....
5 Eagles in Pro Bowl honored, but disappointed
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Jason Kelce, Connor Barwin and Darren Sproles are going to their first Pro Bowl one month after their season ends sooner than expected....
Philadelphia taxi firms file suit against Uber
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A group of 45 Philadelphia taxi companies have filed suit in federal court against Uber's ride-sharing service, calling the app-based enterprise unfair competition against medallion owners who have to operate under state laws and regulations....
Youth movement fueling Pittsburgh turnaround
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The play might not have happened in September. Stephon Tuitt might not have been ready. Vince Williams might not have even been on the field....
No charges against counselor in online threat case
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Prosecutors say a high school guidance counselor won't face charges in an online post threatening any protesters who stopped her son from getting to a Philadelphia Eagles game earlier this month....
Delays for Philadelphia-bound flights lifted
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Officials at Philadelphia International Airport say the ground delay program affecting Philadelphia-bound flights all day has been lifted....
Cops: Baby sitter stole tot's gift from under tree
WATSONTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Police say a Pennsylvania baby sitter stole a 2-year-old's Christmas present from under the tree and returned it to the store so he could pocket a $30 refund....
Retiring Senator Tom Coburn in a commentary for the Wall Street Journal wrote that "NASA has an important role to play in advancing our nation's interest in space, but it needs to reform. The place to start is by ending U.S. support for the International Space Station… Congress should direct the agency's funding toward something more productive." The senator further noted that the space station is expected to have cost U.S. taxpayers $95 billion by 2020.
Do you agree with the decision not to restore the $4,900 monthly pension to former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky?