Japan self-censors images, words linked to hostage crisis
TOKYO (AP) -- Images or mentions of knives, ransom or blood - or anything else that can be seen alluding to the hostage crisis involving two Japanese in Syria - have been cut out. Some anime and other entertainment programs are altering, canceling or postponing episodes violating those sensitivities - typical of the kind of self-restraint shown here to avoid controversy....
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Is he dead? Philippines awaits answer of costly terror raid
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The cellphone message of the Filipino police commandos to their base was triumphant: "Mike 1 bingo," a code meaning they have killed one of Southeast Asia's most-wanted terror suspects, Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, also known as Marwan....
Beijing Winter Olympics bid highlights skiing, hockey growth
CHONGLI, China (AP) -- Clad in neon-green from head to toe, Chinese snowboarder He Qiang is part of a growing cohort of middle-class enthusiasts in a country with little tradition of winter sports but that is now seeking to host the 2022 Winter Olympics....
IS hostage drama shows change in propaganda technique
BEIRUT (AP) -- The latest Islamic State hostage drama involving a veteran Japanese war correspondent and a young Jordanian pilot marks the first time the group has publicly demanded prisoner releases. It also signals a change in the extremist group's propaganda technique....
Craig sworn in after McCord resigns as Pa. treasurer
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The man who's been the top lawyer under Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord is now running the agency as executive deputy state treasurer, following McCord's resignation amid a federal criminal investigation....
Treasurer McCord to plead guilty in campaign finance case
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Rob McCord, who resigned abruptly Friday after serving six years as Pennsylvania's elected treasurer, plans to plead guilty to federal charges accusing him of using his office to threaten potential campaign donors during his failed gubernatorial primary race last year....
Following Wolf's lead, PLCB OKs gift ban for its employees
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is the latest agency to ban the acceptance of gifts by its employees....
Wolf says he'll act quickly to nominate new Pa. treasurer
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Gov. Tom Wolf says he'll act quickly to nominate a successor to Rob McCord, who announced he's resigning as Pennsylvania state treasurer amid a federal investigation....
Fitness email stirs controversy at Pennsylvania college
BRYN MAWR, Pa. (AP) -- A small suburban Philadelphia college apologized Friday after it stirred controversy with an email advertising a fitness program to overweight students....
PUC gives Uber 2-year Pennsylvania license _ except Philly
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The state Public Utility Commission has given ride-sharing service Uber a two-year experimental license to operate anywhere in the state except Philadelphia, where it has been operating despite a local ban....
DA: May be illegal for mayor to give 'Undercover Boss' money
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- It may have been illegal for the mayor to promise $155,000 in gifts to needy city employees as part of his appearance on the CBS show "Undercover Boss," and the state Ethics Commission has been contacted about the matter, the district attorney said....
Bernice Gordon, crossword puzzle constructor, dies at 101
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Bernice Gordon, a prolific crossword constructor whose puzzles were published in major newspapers and brain-teaser books, has died at the age of 101....
Lawmaker proposes naming I-84 exit after slain Pa. trooper
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania state senator is proposing to name an exit on Interstate 84 in the Pocono Mountain region for a state trooper slain nearby while on duty....
Pa. court delays by 1 day hearing on open records officer
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania court on Friday gave the attorney general's office an extra day to prepare for a hearing next week about who should be in charge of the state Office of Open Records....
Cuban President Raul Castro has demanded that the United States hand back its Guantanamo Bay military base before full diplomatic relations between the countries can be restored. Castro also asked for a complete lifting of the decades-old trade embargo and for compensation for its effects, saying that without these changes the recent diplomatic thaw "wouldn't make any sense."
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