Airstrikes alone may not defeat Sunni militants
BAGHDAD (AP) -- In their Syrian strongholds, extremists from the Islamic State group had been moving into civilian apartment buildings for cover days before the U.S. and its allies began pounding them before dawn Tuesday, activists say. It's just one sign of the difficulties in trying to destroy the group by relying mainly on airstrikes....
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Vatican puts ex-Dominican envoy under house arrest
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican put its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic under house arrest Tuesday after opening a criminal trial against him, the first time a high-ranking Vatican official has ever faced criminal charges for sexually abusing youngsters....
US warns that Ebola could infect 1.4 million
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. health officials Tuesday laid out worst-case and best-case scenarios for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, warning that the number of infected people could explode to at least 1.4 million by mid-January - or peak well below that, if efforts to control the outbreak are ramped up....
Airstrikes in Syria and Iraq are just the start
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The one-two-three punch of American and Arab airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq was just the beginning, President Barack Obama and other leaders declared Tuesday. They promised a sustained campaign showcasing a rare U.S.-Arab partnership aimed at Muslim extremists....
Pa. leads spending on TV ads for state offices
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Thanks largely to the $10 million that Democrat Tom Wolf put up to jump-start his gubernatorial campaign, Pennsylvania leads the nation in spending on TV ads by candidates for statehouse offices and their allies, according to a national survey....
Paper: Pa. natural gas leaks among worst in nation
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A newspaper reports Pennsylvania has more than 10,000 miles of dangerously leaky, decades-old natural gas distribution pipes and it could cost $11 billion to replace them all....
2 men, 1 woman face charges in gay couple beating
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Two men and a woman were being charged in the beating of a gay couple during a late-night encounter on a Philadelphia street, prosecutors announced Tuesday....
Filmmaker: Ambush suspect was odd but not a threat
Eric Frein obsessively collected military memorabilia, dismissed his fellow war re-enactors as dilettantes, and took his hobby so seriously that he spoke French during a simulated Vietnam War-era interrogation, according to a filmmaker who interviewed the man now suspected of ambushing a Pennsylvania State Police barracks....
Big donors give more in Pennsylvania governor race
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Some of the biggest donors to Pennsylvania's gubernatorial candidates stretched their wallets to help pony up nearly $18 million over the summer, according to campaign finance reports filed Tuesday that show that the race appears likely to set a campaign spending record....
Suspected gunman in teen shooting turns self in
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A 19-year-old suspect surrendered to police Tuesday night in the fatal shooting of a high school sophomore who became at least the fourth person in the city to be killed by stray gunfire in the last two months....
Philly ironworkers admit arson at non-union site
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia ironworkers eager to get day work at their union hall have admitted in court that they did "nightwork" at non-union job sites, torching buildings and toppling steel beams....
GOP flier pictures Wolf with jailed abortion doc
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The Pennsylvania Republican Party is attacking Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf over his support for abortion rights and picturing him on a flier with a Philadelphia abortion doctor, who is serving life in prison for killing babies who were born alive....
FSU picks politician as next school president
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida State University on Tuesday chose powerful state Sen. John Thrasher as its next president despite significant opposition from people on campus who contended he isn't qualified for the post....
Texas immigrant center to hold up to 2,400
DILLEY, Texas (AP) -- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Tuesday that a fourth center to house families apprehended while crossing the Southwest border into the U.S. will eventually hold 2,400 people in Texas....
President Obama declared that the Arab support for the airstrikes "makes it clear to the world this is not America's fight alone". U.S. Army General Dempsey said the air campaign must lead to the "other air campaign", which is the effort to fill the public airwaves across the Muslim world with arguments for why the extremist must be defeated.
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