Recovery of fire victims winds down; investigation looms
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Some people managed to text loved ones goodbye and "I love you" before they died in an Oakland warehouse fire that claimed three dozen lives, officials said, as heart-rending reports of victims' last moments emerged from the most lethal building fire in the U.S. in more than a decade....
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Ransomed: The freeing of 226 Christians from Islamic State
SAARLOUIS, Germany (AP) -- The millions in ransom money came in dollar by dollar, euro by euro from around the world. The donations, raised from church offerings, a Christmas concert, and the diaspora of Assyrian Christians on Facebook, landed in a bank account in Iraq. Its ultimate destination: the Islamic State group....
Putin's Russia seeks to project power with modern military
MOSCOW (AP) -- With an aircraft carrier deployed off Syria's shores and hundreds of new jets, missiles and tanks entering service each year, President Vladimir Putin can project Russian military power on a scale unseen since Soviet times....
Russia's men increasingly see army as good job, not dead end
YEKATERINBURG, Russia (AP) -- Increasingly, the young men of Russia say they see military service as an opportunity, not a dreaded obligation to avoid....
Fire sweeps through Philadelphia building, leaves 9 injured
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Firefighters caught a baby tossed to safety from a third-floor window as an early morning fire swept through a building that housed apartments and a business in Philadelphia's Frankford section, injuring nine people....
2 died in Interstate 380 crash
TOBYHANNA, Pa. (AP) -- Two people in a car are dead following a crash on Interstate 380 in Monroe County....
Man killed, bystander wounded in shooting outside laundry
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Police say a man was killed and a bystander was wounded in a shooting outside a laundromat in Philadelphia's Logan section....
Police investigating Satanic graffiti at Pennsylvania church
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) -- Police are investigating Satanic graffiti spray-painted onto a central Pennsylvania church....
Video, court docs detail guard's killing at federal prison
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors say an inmate's killing of a guard at a federal prison in Pennsylvania was a calculated slaying that saw the suspect pause to chew a piece of gum he took form the dying man's pocket....
Cops: Jailed Pennsylvania man shot friend who texted woman
READING, Pa. (AP) -- Police say an eastern Pennsylvania man jailed on charges he wounded his long-time friend did so because the victim had been texting the suspect's girlfriend....
Police identify 4 in unruly Penn State victory mob
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Police say they've identified four people who will eventually face charges as State College officers investigate property damage and possible rioting following Penn State's Big 10 Championship win....
Teen shot in head after being robbed in Philadelphia park
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Police in Philadelphia say a 17-year-old boy was hospitalized in critical condition after he was shot in the head during a robbery in the city's Germantown section....
Carnegie Mellon University awarded $14 million federal grant
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh has been awarded $14 million in federal funding for the creation of a new National University Transportation Center....
Utility blames transformer issue for Philadelphia foam leak
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A utility company says a transformer issue is to blame for causing white foam to seep out of a downtown Philadelphia substation and onto a side street this past weekend....
Last Friday president-elect Donald Trump spoke to Taiwanese President, breaking decades of U.S. protocol, opening the door to potential trouble with China, which refuses to recognize the island as a separate nation. The phone call received was described as congratulatory, and is believed to be the first conversation between an American president and a Taiwanese leader since 1979, when U.S. diplomatic relations were terminated, no longer seen as an independent sovereignty. However Washington has sold $12 billion worth of arms and has an agreement to help defend Taiwan.
Is Senator Toomey right that federal funds should be withheld from sanctuary cities?