Merkel: EU to cut aid to Turkey over democratic backsliding
BRUSSELS (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said early Friday that European Union leaders have agreed to reduce financial assistance for helping Turkey get ready for possible EU membership due to that country's violations of the rule of law and human rights....
Puerto Rico still stumbles in the dark a month after Maria
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- One man climbs 24 flights of stairs several times a day alongside dormant elevators. Street vendors hawk plastic washboards for $20. And families outstretch their hands as crews in helicopters drop supplies in communities that remain isolated....
More conflicts loom after Islamic State defeat in Raqqa
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Middle East may have turned a page with the defeat of the Islamic State group in its self-declared capital of Raqqa, but the future is looking even more tangled, and potentially as violent....
Spain set to strip Catalonia of powers over independence bid
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- The crisis over Catalonia's quest for independence escalated Thursday, as Spain's central government prepared the unprecedented step of stripping the wealthy region of some of its self-governing powers after its leader refused to abandon secession....
Russia's Putin: Trump's foes have blocked his agenda
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia remains open to cooperation with Washington even though President Donald Trump's political foes in the U.S. have tried to prevent him from fulfilling his campaign promises....
CIA head: NKorea months from perfecting nuclear capabilities
WASHINGTON (AP) -- CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday that North Korea is months away from perfecting its nuclear weapons capabilities....
China's conflicted goals: Freer markets, more party control
BEIJING (AP) -- China's ruling Communist Party is expanding its role in business even as it promises freer markets and support for entrepreneurs on the eve of President Xi Jinping's second five-year term as leader....
Venezuela opposition shows evidence of tampered vote count
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's opposition is presenting what it says is the first hard evidence of possible ballot tampering in Sunday's contested gubernatorial elections....
US tourist fears he was hit in Cuba, years before diplomats
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Chris Allen's phone started buzzing as word broke that invisible attacks in Cuba had hit a U.S. government worker at Havana's Hotel Capri. Allen's friends and family had heard an eerily similar story from him before....
EU leaders to May: Match Brexit promises with real proposals
BRUSSELS (AP) -- European Union leaders told British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday to match her goodwill pledges to boost Brexit negotiations with concrete proposals if she really wants to start discussing a future trade deal by December....
KQV/TribLIVE.COM Listener Poll Should Gov. Wolf approve the House revenue proposal that borrows $1.5 billion-dollars, expands gambling, and uses fund transfers without raising taxes to balance the budget? <More Info>
Pennsylvania's House of Representatives has approved a revenue proposal that covers 1.5-billion dollars of the 2.2-billion dollar deficit by borrowing against the state's Tobacco Settlement Fund, with no significant new tax revenue. The House is also seeking an additional 765-million in revenue from expansion of gambling and fund transfers. Gov. Wolf says he'll review the proposal, but favors a natural gas severance tax to close the deficit.
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