A short-term health deal by senators _ but Trump a question
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican and Democratic senators joined in announcing a plan Tuesday aimed at stabilizing America's health insurance markets in the wake of President Donald Trump's order to terminate "Obamacare" subsidies. The president, at first, spoke approvingly of the deal, but as conservatives rebelled, the White House insisted Trump actually opposed the plan as a bailout of insurance companies....
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Xi urges stronger Chinese stand against "grim" challenges
BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday urged a reinvigorated Communist Party to take on a more forceful role in society and economic development to better address "grim" challenges facing the country as he opened a twice-a-decade national congress....
Amnesty: Myanmar army killed at least hundreds of Rohingya
BANGKOK (AP) -- Myanmar security forces killed hundreds of men, women and children during a systematic campaign to expel Rohingya Muslims, Amnesty International said in a new report Wednesday that calls for an arms embargo on the country and criminal prosecution of the perpetrators....
Puerto Rico youth stranded with school still out from storm
HATILLO, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Alanys Arroyo and her little brothers have been cooped up in a school for weeks, but they aren't in class. They've been living in a campus-turned-shelter in western Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria flooded their home and destroyed their belongings, trying to pass the time while their family waits for help to replace the apartment it lost in the storm....
Sandusky to learn if he'll get new trial or charges tossed
Pennsylvania House OKs new cash package to backfill deficit
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled House of Representatives advanced its latest deficit-financing proposal Tuesday night that revolved around elements the House previously had rejected in a protracted budget standoff with the Senate and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf....
Pennsylvania healthsystems get $1M grants to fight addiction
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Gov. Tom Wolf's administration is using $4 million in federal aid to help start up four regional medication-assisted programs to treat people struggling with drug addiction....
Medical marijuana grower gets green light in Pennsylvania
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A licensed grower and processor of medical marijuana in northwestern Pennsylvania became the first with the state's approval to begin planting seeds Tuesday....
Pittsburgh diocese settles suit over birth control mandate
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh and Erie Roman Catholic dioceses have settled lawsuits seeking to overturn an Affordable Care Act mandate that would have forced them to provide contraceptive and abortion-inducing drugs or services as part of their employee health care plans....
Jury deliberates in trial of Liberian accused of war crimes
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The trial of an accused Liberian war criminal charged with lying about his past to enter the U.S. neared its end Tuesday as jurors began deliberations and a defense attorney said prosecutors had been "hoodwinked" by witnesses telling stories of gruesome atrocities....
Faculty union reaches deal with Pennsylvania universities
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities and their faculty union say they've reached a tentative agreement on a new contract that will run through June 2019....
Bethlehem call center employing about 460 to close
BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) -- Wells Fargo has announced plans to close a call center in Bethlehem that employs about 460 people....
Man pleads guilty to murder charges in fatal crash
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A man has pleaded guilty to murder charges in a Pennsylvania crash earlier this year that killed two people, including a pregnant woman....
Defense: Drug abuse, mental illness led to shooting
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) -- A defense attorney says a "perfect storm" of drug abuse and mental illness led his client to open fire with a semi-automatic rifle outside a northeastern Pennsylvania shopping center two years ago....
Monday Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured and held by the Taliban for five years after walking away in 2009 from his Afghanistan post, pleaded guilty to desertion and endangering comrades, some who were seriously wounded during the intensive search. Bergdahl, admitted guilt without striking a deal with prosecutors, meaning his punishment will be decided by a military judge later this month, and due to the severity of the charges, could be sentenced to life in a military prison.
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