Maduro meets pope as Vatican steps into Venezuela crisis
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro met Monday with Pope Francis as the Vatican took a more active role trying to defuse a tense political standoff in the South American nation....
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Former Uruguayan President Jorge Batlle dies at 88
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) -- Former President Jorge Batlle, an extroverted and irreverent politician who was a force in Uruguayan politics for half a century and led it during one of its worst economic recessions, died on Monday. He was 88....
France moving more than 6,000 migrants from makeshift camp
CALAIS, France (AP) -- France began the mass evacuation Monday of the makeshift migrant camp known as "the jungle," a mammoth project to erase the humanitarian blight on its northern border, where thousands fleeing war or poverty have lived in squalor, most hoping to sneak into Britain....
Pakistani officials say 48 police trainees killed in attack
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) -- Gunmen stormed a police training center late Monday in Pakistan's restive Baluchistan province and detonated explosive vests, killing at least 48 police trainees, authorities said....
Ex-attorney general sentenced to jail, then cuffed in court
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Former state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, once a rising star in state politics, left a courtroom in handcuffs on Monday after getting a 10- to 23-month sentence for a retaliation scheme a judge linked to her all-consuming ego....
McGinty, Toomey quarrel through final debate in Senate race
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and Democrat Katie McGinty plowed through a fast-paced, final debate Monday night, as they shook off questions at times to focus exclusively on attacking their opponent in Pennsylvania's neck-and-neck race....
Senate OKs bill to allow ride-sharing companies to operate
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The Pennsylvania Senate has approved legislation to allow ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft to operate in the state....
Biden, Kaine heading to state to rally Clinton supporters
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden will be in Pittsburgh on Tuesday to campaign for Hillary Clinton....
Pennsylvania GOP: State poll watcher law is unconstitutional
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- With two weeks to go before the presidential election, the Pennsylvania Republican Party has filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming the state's law regarding poll watchers is unconstitutional....
Students beaten, horse punched in mob attacks at university
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Four teens have been arrested on assault charges in flash mob attacks around Temple University in which college students were beaten, an officer was knocked down and a police horse was punched in the face, police said Monday....
Police: RV containing pot-laced candy catches fire on bridge
PENNSVILLE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) -- Police say a pot advocacy company's RV carrying marijuana-laced candy burst into flames on a bridge that connects New Jersey and Delaware, causing lane closures and tying up traffic for hours....
Brass thief damages historic Philadelphia building
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Officials say a metal thief damaged an exterior staircase at a historically significant building in downtown Philadelphia....
Second defendant pleads in fatal barbershop slaying
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The second man charged in the shooting death of a Pittsburgh barbershop owner last year has been sentenced to 12½ to 30 years as part of a plea agreement....
Pittsburgh woman gets probation in March car-surfing death
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A western Pennsylvania woman has been placed on five years' probation in the "car-surfing" death of her teenage cousin earlier this year....
Department of Homeland Security notified Pennsylvanians there'll be new identification requirements next year to gain admittance to federal facilities like military bases, prisons, and in 2018, to board commercial flights, as state driver licenses and IDs are noncompliant with REAL ID stipulations. Instead either a valid passport, military ID or some other federally issued identification is needed. In 2012 Pennsylvania Legislature defiantly passed Act 38, barring PennDOT participation in REAL ID, denouncing it as an unfunded federal mandated intrusion of privacy.
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