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WASHINGTON (AP) -- On the edge of a government shutdown, a divided House voted late Thursday to keep the government open past a Friday deadline - setting up an eleventh-hour standoff in the Senate, where Democrats have vowed to kill the measure....
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Peru's indigenous await Pope Francis in scorching Amazon

PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru (AP) -- After lengthy treks through the muddy Amazon, indigenous men, women and children will greet Pope Francis Friday in a visit to the world's largest rainforest that native leaders hope will mark a turning point for the increasingly threatened ecosystem....
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Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Pope Francis accused victims of Chile's most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country....
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Tourism booming in Cuba despite tougher new Trump policy

HAVANA (AP) -- On a sweltering early summer afternoon in Miami's Little Havana, President Donald Trump told a cheering Cuban-American crowd that he was rolling back some of Barack Obama's opening to Cuba in order to starve the island's military-run economy of U.S. tourism dollars and ratchet up pressure for regime change....
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Officials piece together chaotic events after officer killed

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Investigators are working to piece together the chaotic sequence of events that led to a deputy U.S. marshal being shot to death while serving an arrest warrant in Pennsylvania's capital city....
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Wolf heads into re-election year with $11M campaign account

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Gov. Tom Wolf's campaign says the Democrat is heading into his re-election year with just over $11 million in his campaign account, while Republicans head for what could be an expensive and bruising primary contest....
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Prosecutors want to call 19 other accusers at Cosby retrial

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Prosecutors preparing for Bill Cosby's retrial on sexual assault charges told a judge Thursday that they want to call 19 other accusers to try to show a pattern of "prior bad acts" over five decades....
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Trump wades into PA race seen as test of GOP strength

CORAOPOLIS, Pa. (AP) -- President Donald Trump waded into a potentially risky race on Thursday, throwing his support behind a Pennsylvania Republican in a contest widely viewed as a test of whether his party can stave off Democratic 2018 gains....
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Leaders hail Philadelphia, Pittsburgh making Amazon list

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Leaders in Pennsylvania are hailing the inclusion of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh on a list of finalists for Amazon's second headquarters released Thursday....
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Ex-congressman's lawyer says juror was wrongly dismissed

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A lawyer for imprisoned former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah on Thursday zeroed in on what he called the improper dismissal of a holdout juror in his appeal of the congressman's racketeering conviction....
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Appeals court upholds conviction in cyanide poisoning case

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- An appeals court has upheld the conviction of a former University of Pittsburgh medical researcher in what prosecutors said was the cyanide poisoning death of his wife in 2013....
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The Latest: Trump thanks Apple CEO for plans to invest

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to Pennsylvania (all times local):...
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Parents of killed college student not focused on motive

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- The parents of a University of Pennsylvania student found stabbed and buried in a California park said Thursday they're not focused on potential motives for the killing or any suggestions their son was attacked because he was gay....
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Judge convicted of cocaine thefts ordered disbarred

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A former judge convicted of stealing cocaine from evidence in the county drug court he founded has been disbarred from the practice of law in Pennsylvania....
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