House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly to give the U.S. military authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces "do not and will not have a combat mission" in the struggle against Islamic state militants....
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AP Interview: Iraq premier nixes US ground troops
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's new prime minister ruled out stationing U.S. ground troops in his country, chiding the international community Wednesday for inaction in Syria and lamenting the "puzzling" exclusion of neighboring Iran from the coalition being assembled to fight the Islamic State group....
Desperate Gazans flee to Europe in risky sea trips
ABASSAN, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The university student was desperate to flee Gaza after suffering through years of border closures and three wars....
Emotions mount on final day of Scottish campaign
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- For Scots, Wednesday was a day of excitement, apprehension, and a flood of final appeals before a big decision. In a matter of hours, they will determine whether Scotland leaves the United Kingdom and becomes an independent state....
Correction: Art-Bill Cosby story
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a story Sept. 15 about Bill Cosby loaning African-American art to the Smithsonian Institution, The Associated Press, relying on information from the National Museum of African Art, reported erroneously that Cosby and his wife would lend their entire collection to the museum. They will lend 62 works, not the entire collection of more than 300, according to new information from the museum....
House OKs bill to help save drug overdose victims
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A bill that would provide immunity from criminal prosecution for "good Samaritans" who assist victims of drug overdoses has been overwhelmingly passed by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives....
Police: Ambush suspect was military re-enactor
Schools closed, kids stayed inside and authorities chased down several false sightings Wednesday in their hunt for the suspect in a fatal ambush outside a rural Pennsylvania State Police barracks....
Bill to change welfare agency's name sent to gov
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- State lawmakers are changing the name of the Department of Public Welfare, and some supporters hope it'll help remove a stigma sometimes associated with public assistance and welfare....
Online sleuths aid probe into gay couple's beating
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Police searching for a group of people suspected in the beating of a gay couple got an outpouring of help from Twitter and Facebook users, who located a photo of the clean-cut young men and women at a restaurant and helped match names to faces....
Teacher suspended over 'Redskins' newspaper flap
BENSALEM, Pa. (AP) -- The faculty adviser for a student newspaper embroiled in a battle over the word "Redskins" has been suspended for two days without pay....
Former Raven donates kidney to brother, ex-Steeler
BALTIMORE (AP) -- On the field their teams may be rivals, but off the field, brothers Ma'ake (May-ah-kay) and Chris Kemoeatu (Kee-mo-ee-ah-tu)-one a former Baltimore Raven, the other an ex-Pittsburgh Steeler- are closer than close, sharing a lifelong love of football, an alma mater and now, a pair of kidneys....
Former Philly DA Abraham says she'll run for mayor
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Former longtime Philadelphia district attorney Lynne Abraham says she's running for mayor....
High school stabbing suspect gets funeral furlough
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A 16-year-old boy charged with stabbing 20 students and a security guard at his western Pennsylvania high school was granted a furlough to attend a funeral home visitation for his grandmother....
Pa. pension agency executive cleared after review
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A law firm's investigation into allegations of misconduct by the then-chief investment officer of Pennsylvania's state government pension system found no support for allegations that he improperly engaged in day trading while working for the agency....
21-year old Leon Ford Junior of East Liberty was found not guilty of assaulting police officers during a November 2012 traffic stop in Highland Park. The jury deadlocked on 5 misdemeanor charges including reckless endangerment, and escape. The Allegheny County District Attorney's office must decide whether or not to refile those misdemeanor charges and re-try Ford. He was shot 5 times by police during the traffic stop and is now paralyzed.
From what you've heard and read about this issue, do you think Scotland should become an independent nation?