For Trump: Kinder words for immigrants, one new Cabinet pick
NEW YORK (AP) -- Laying new groundwork for his presidency, Donald Trump chose retired Gen. John Kelly Wednesday to head his Homeland Security Department and offered newly sympathetic words for the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children....
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Thousands take refuge in mosques after deadly Aceh quake
MEUREUDU, Indonesia (AP) -- Thousands of people in the Indonesian province of Aceh took refuge for the night in mosques and temporary shelters after a strong earthquake Wednesday killed nearly 100 people and destroyed dozens of buildings....
Syrian government advances despite rebel cease-fire offer
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syria's government ignored a rebel cease-fire proposal for Aleppo on Wednesday as its forces captured new neighborhoods around the city center and squeezed some 200,000 tired and frightened civilians into a shattered and rapidly shrinking opposition enclave....
WHY IT MATTERS: Rebel-held Aleppo on the brink of collapse
BEIRUT (AP) -- With rebel defenses crumbling in eastern Aleppo, President Bashar Assad is on the brink of regaining full control of Syria's largest city and one-time commercial center. Holding the city is seen as key to overall victory in the Syrian conflict, and a defeat in Aleppo would be a crushing blow to the rebels....
Child predator who fled US is convicted of rape in England
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A child predator in Pennsylvania who vanished before his 2006 sentencing was convicted Wednesday in England of raping a 13-year-old girl....
Pennsylvania highest court grapples with life terms for kids
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A case before Pennsylvania's highest court on Wednesday could soon produce new sentencing rules for juvenile homicide defendants in the state who are facing the possibility of life in prison without parole....
Judge won't let Green Party inspect Philly election software
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A judge is rejecting a Green Party-backed effort to allow software experts inspect Philadelphia's election systems for any evidence that hacking affected the result of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election....
Pennsylvania levels $3.5 million fine against gas driller
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania environmental regulators have fined a natural-gas driller more than $3.5 million for violations at 10 well sites and six pipeline locations....
The Latest: Wisconsin recount more than 70 percent complete
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Latest on recounts in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania (all times local):...
Michigan recount now in doubt; Pennsylvania sets hearing
DETROIT (AP) -- Michigan's presidential recount appeared in doubt on Wednesday, two days after it started, after a state appeals court said the Green Party candidate's poor showing in the election disqualified her from seeking another look at the vote....
Pittsburgh-based GNC pays $2.25M to settle misbranding claim
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh-based parent company of vitamin and supplement retailer GNC is paying $2.25 million to settle Justice Department claims that a dietary supplement was misbranded....
DA: Police shoot Pennsylvania suspect armed with large knife
AVELLA, Pa. (AP) -- A prosecutor says state troopers critically wounded a man who came at them with a 10-inch Bowie knife once officers responded to a domestic disturbance in western Pennsylvania....
Prosecutor details computer virus revealed by FBI probe
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A Pennsylvania prosecutor's office says a computer virus from an international cybercrime operation recently dismantled by the FBI and foreign authorities affected only a small number of employees....
Trump a winner in spending bill; retired miners out of luck
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump emerges as a winner in the final version of the must-pass spending bill as congressional Republicans tacked on an expedited process for ensuring his nominee for defense secretary can serve....
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin criticized the use of subsidies to keep Carrier Corporation from sending jobs to Mexico, as President-elect Donald Trump help brokered the deal heralding it as a great American victory. Carrier was given $7 million in financial incentives over the next decade to keep thousand jobs at an Indianapolis plant. Palin calling it "crony capitalism" when government arbitrarily provides subsidies favoring one business over another, she prefers competition on a level playing field for both jobs and consumers.
Did Donald Trump's conversation with Taiwan leaders hurt U.S.-China relationship?