Israel vows to destroy Hamas tunnels
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will destroy Hamas' tunnel network in the Gaza Strip designed for deadly attacks inside Israel, "with or without a cease-fire," as the military called up another 16,000 reservists to pursue its campaign against Palestinian militants in the densely-populated territory....
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Palestinians mull war crime charges against Israel
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is seeking written pledges of support from all political factions, including rival Hamas, before making any attempt to press for possible war crimes charges against Israel, senior officials said Thursday....
W. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Security forces went house-to-house looking for Ebola patients and others exposed to the disease Thursday in Sierra Leone's capital as the death toll from the worst recorded outbreak in history surpassed 700 in West Africa....
Investigators reach Ukraine jet wreckage site
ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) -- Two weeks after a missile brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, an international team of investigators Thursday reached a wreckage site in eastern Ukraine that remains bitterly contested between government forces and pro-Russia separatist rebels....
Cigarette tax for Philly schools stalls in Capitol
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Republican majority leaders are scrapping plans for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to meet next week to act on legislation authorizing a cigarette sales tax in Philadelphia so its schools have enough money to open in September....
Coal dust limit to try to combat black lung
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The Obama administration's push to reduce black lung disease by limiting coal dust in mines is taking effect....
Network planned to bring shale power to East Coast
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- PPL Corp. said Thursday it wants to spend billions of dollars to build a 725-mile system of electric transmission lines that will bring energy from the booming Marcellus Shale natural gas fields to customers on the heavily populated Eastern Seaboard....
Cracked rail caused 2012 Md. coal train derailment
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A coal train derailment that killed two Maryland college students was caused by a broken rail on a section of track being monitored by a railroad because of previous problems, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday....
Sudan woman who faced death over faith heads to US
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, which was later overturned, left Europe on Thursday for the United States, where she will make her new home....
PennDOT contractor arraigned on $3.6M theft charge
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A PennDOT contractor and inspector are free on bail after being arraigned on criminal charges in the theft of $3.6 million in taxpayers' money....
Ad Watch: Claims in Pennsylvania governor's race
A look at key claims being made in TV ads that are being aired in Pennsylvania's campaign for governor ahead of the Nov. 4 election....
Appeals court upholds conviction in pain pill case
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A Louisiana businessman serving a 15-year prison sentence for illegally distributing oxycodone and methadone through pain clinic patients in eastern Kentucky has failed to show that a judge or prosecutors erred in his trial, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday....
Man, 90, gets 6 to 12 years in Pa. slaying
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- An elderly western Pennsylvania funeral director has been sentenced to six to 12 years in the shooting death of a contractor a year ago....
Judge rejects suit by teacher fired over blog
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A judge dismissed a lawsuit by a former suburban Philadelphia teacher fired two years ago for writing on her blog about students who were "disengaged, lazy whiners."...
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