Team seeks anyone who encountered Ebola patient
DALLAS (AP) -- A nine-member team of federal health officials is tracking anyone who had close contact with a man being treated for Ebola in a Dallas hospital, the director of the nation's top disease-fighting agency said Wednesday....
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Hong Kong protesters threaten to occupy buildings
HONG KONG (AP) -- Student leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests warned that if the territory's top official doesn't resign by Thursday they will step up their actions, including occupying several important government buildings....
More bodies found on Japanese volcano; toll now 47
OTAKI, Japan (AP) -- One body recovered near the volcano's peak was in a squatting position and had to be dug out of a thick layer of ash. Another was caught between boulders bigger than large refrigerators. Police who recovered the bodies Wednesday portrayed a painful scene of death around the summit where hikers enjoying an autumn weekend hike were caught by the mountain's surprise eruption....
Saudi overhaul reshapes Islam's holiest city Mecca
MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- As a child, Osama al-Bar would walk from his home past Islam's holiest site, the Kaaba, to the market of spice and fabric merchants where his father owned a store. At that time, Mecca was so small, pilgrims could sit at the cube-shaped Kaaba and look out at the serene desert mountains where the Prophet Muhammad once walked....
Pennsylvania trooper shot dead during gun training
CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania's governor has ordered flags to fly at half-staff at the state Capitol and in Montgomery County in honor of a state trooper accidentally shot and killed during a gun training exercise at a safety facility....
Sparks fly at 2nd Corbett, Wolf campaign debate
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A lively second debate between Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf became tense Wednesday as Wolf sought to assign blame to Corbett for budget deficits and struggling schools while Corbett tried to frame Wolf as the candidate who will favor labor unions over taxpayers....
Porn emails case emerges in gubernatorial debate
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf is suggesting that Republican Gov. Tom Corbett bears responsibility for his employees as attorney general who are said to have exchanged pornographic videos and images through office emails....
Ex-Marine who caught jumper among Carnegie Heroes
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A retired Marine who caught a woman as she jumped from the upper deck of a stadium following an Oakland Raiders game is among 21 people being honored with medals and cash from the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Hero Fund Commission....
Teen killer re-sentenced in death of fellow robber
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A Pittsburgh man who learned how to cook crack cocaine and load a gun by the time he was 10 has had his life sentence reduced by a judge who believes the defendant has changed since he was convicted in a deadly street robbery....
Police say ambush suspect is making errors
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) -- The discovery of two powerful pipe bombs during a manhunt in the Pennsylvania woods indicates the fugitive wanted in an ambush on state troopers is stressed out and making mistakes, authorities said as they repeated a call for him to surrender....
Pittsburgh's public broadcasting company cuts jobs
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh's public television and radio station is cutting jobs, citing the recession and lesser funding from the state and federal government....
Pennsylvania infant hit by bullet will be blind
CLUNE, Pa. (AP) -- The family of a 6-day-old Pennsylvania boy who was wounded by a hunter's stray bullet says the infant is expected to survive, but will be blind....
Man gets 15 to 40 years in botched robbery slaying
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) -- A man has been sentenced to 15 to 40 years in prison on convictions in the murder of another man in what authorities called a botched robbery attempt during a drug deal....
Judge tosses theft charge against Pittsburgh cop
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A district judge has dismissed a theft charge against a Pittsburgh detective who found an envelope with $220 in a convenience store and didn't immediately report it or hand it over to supervisors....
President Obama has faced criticism for deflecting blame for Syria and Iraq onto U.S. intelligence officials for underestimating the threat of ISSL. Many Republicans believe that the rapid rise of Islamic State resulted from a political or policy failure. U.S. intelligence officials had warned publicly of the threat early this year, citing the testimony in February of Gen. Mike Flynn, who until last month was director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
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