Obama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Declaring an end to "mindless austerity," President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Congress to throw out the sweeping budget cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits were spiraling out of control....
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Families plead for lives of IS hostages as swap hopes fade
TOKYO (AP) -- A deadline of sunset Thursday for a possible prisoner swap purportedly set by the Islamic State group holding a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian military pilot passed with no sign of whether the two men were still alive....
Survivors recall panic before Mexico City hospital blast
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Inside the maternity hospital on the western edge of Mexico City, concern quickly turned to panic as the sour smell of propane seeped in and a vapor cloud grew at the emergency room's entrance. The crew of a gas tanker truck outside began yelling: "Call the firefighters! And tell people to get out!"...
Simultaneous attacks in Egypt's Sinai kill 26
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- Militants struck more than a dozen army and police targets in the restive Sinai Peninsula with simultaneous attacks involving a car bomb and mortar rounds on Thursday, killing at least 26 security officers....
AP EXPLAINS: The case of Etan Patz, who disappeared in 1979
NEW YORK (AP) -- The 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz helped catalyze a national missing-children's movement. Six-year-old Etan was one of the first vanished children whose case was publicized in what became a high-profile way: on milk cartons. His disappearance also helped usher in an age of parental anxiety. On Friday, opening statements are set to be heard in the murder and kidnapping trial of Pedro Hernandez, who confessed in 2012. Here's a brief explanation of how Patz's disappearan...
Federal investigators eyeing McCord as he steps down
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania state Treasurer Rob McCord is stepping down after six years, his Thursday announcement coming just before it emerged that federal investigators are making inquiries into the campaign-related activity of the Democrat who spent nearly $9 million in an unsuccessful run for governor last year....
Survivalist pleads not guilty in trooper's ambush killing
MILFORD, Pa. (AP) -- A survivalist who spent more than a month on the run after authorities say he killed one Pennsylvania State Police trooper and wounded another in a late-night ambush pleaded not guilty Thursday, setting the stage for a trial at which prosecutors will seek to put him on death row....
Man who died in 2012 gets reappointed to Pa. county board
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Officials in western Pennsylvania are trying to figure out how a man who's been dead for more than two years wound up being reappointed to a county industrial authority board....
Delay sought in hearing over open records officer's status
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The Pennsylvania attorney general's office on Thursday asked for more time before a hearing about who should serve as director of the state Office of Open Records....
Official out as monitor of Michigan's contract with Aramark
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The Snyder administration says an official overseeing Michigan's prison food contract with Aramark Correctional Services has left the job after five months....
Man in Connecticut gun scare gets probation in federal case
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A Connecticut man sentenced to two years in state prison last month for bringing a semiautomatic rifle and other firearms onto a college campus and causing a lockdown has received five years of probation in a related federal prosecution....
Wolf bans new gas drilling leases on public land as promised
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Fulfilling a campaign pledge, Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday signed an order Thursday banning new drilling leases on public land, ending a short-lived effort by his Republican predecessor to expand the extraction of natural gas from rock buried deep beneath state parks and forests....
2 found dead in Pittsburgh high-rise apartment, police say
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Two people have been found dead in a high-rise apartment building in Pittsburgh....
Labor board again accuses UPMC of anti-union tactics
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The National Labor Relations Board has again accused the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center of engaging in anti-union tactics....
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