Senate voting on Planned Parenthood, prelude to fall battle
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate appeared likely to reject a Republican effort to halt federal funds to Planned Parenthood on Monday. But it was just a prelude to a fall faceoff with higher stakes - a potential government shutdown that could reverberate into next year's presidential and congressional elections....
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Iran's Ahmadinejad seeks political comeback
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has launched a political campaign ahead of February's parliamentary elections in what could prove a challenge to the moderates behind a landmark nuclear agreement reached last month....
Turkey, Kurd rebels gear up for return to all-out conflict
LICE, Turkey (AP) -- The military helicopters swooped in over the Kurdish heartland and dropped white incendiary powder on a raging brush fire - igniting a massive conflagration that raced through the mountains, devouring orchards and livestock. For Kurds living in nearby Lice, the recent Turkish operation brought back memories of the traumatic days in the 1990s when the army twice burned the town to the ground....
Hunters in Africa say they have a role in conservation
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- In 1909-10, Theodore Roosevelt headed a Smithsonian hunting and trapping expedition in Africa that included colleagues who prepared the wildlife he killed for shipment back to America. The former U.S. president and his son, Kermit, shot hundreds of animals....
Wolf taps retired state police major to be commissioner
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Gov. Tom Wolf is nominating a retired Pennsylvania State Police major to lead the agency....
Zimbabwe accuses 2nd American of illegally hunting lion
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabwe has accused a Pennsylvania doctor of illegally killing a lion in April, as it seeks to extradite a Minnesota dentist who killed a well-known lion named Cecil in July....
Lottery starts for regional rail passes for papal visit
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- An online lottery for special rail passes to be used by commuters during Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia has started....
Alpha is latest coal producer to seek bankruptcy protection
NEW YORK (AP) -- Alpha Natural Resources Inc., one of the country's biggest coal producers, became the latest in a string of coal companies to seek bankruptcy protection amid an historic shift in the electric power sector brought on by cheap natural gas and stricter pollution regulations....
Fattah vows re-election bid despite racketeering indictment
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- U.S. Rep Chaka Fattah is vowing to run for re-election next year despite a federal racketeering indictment and says he expects to resume his leadership position on a powerful congressional committee by year's end....
DA: Police fatally shoot man who stole guns, opened fire
CAMPBELLTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A prosecutor says police have shot and killed a man who opened fire on officers after he stole guns from a Pennsylvania gun shop....
Budget missing, but Pennsylvania collects $2B-plus in taxes
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania may not have a state budget, but tax revenues are pouring into the state treasury by the billions....
2 vehicles in sinkhole after Pittsburgh water main break
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A water main break has caused a sinkhole that swallowed two vehicles in Pittsburgh and cut service to dozens of homes....
FBI names counterterrorism veteran to lead Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The head of the FBI's counterterrorism unit in New York has been tapped to run the agency's operations in the Philadelphia region....
Things to know for Monday in Pennsylvania
A daily look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Monday....
Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch have announced a pilot program that would allow prisoners eligible for release to apply for Pell Grants. Prisoners could begin receiving federal student aid to take college courses as soon as 2016-17 school year. The Education Department does not know what the participation rate or cost of this program will be. In 1994 Congress excluded federal and state prisoners from obtaining the low-income grants that do not have to be repaid.
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