Secret Service chief quits due to security lapses
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secret Service Director Julia Pierson abruptly resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations of security breaches, bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe....
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Russia halts student exchange program with US
MOSCOW (AP) -- The U.S. Embassy in Moscow has voiced regret about Russia's decision to cancel its participation in a major high school student exchange program....
Iraqi Kurds fight Islamic State with aged weapons
MAHMOUDIYAH, Iraq (AP) -- The exhausted Kurdish fighters leaned against a pair of antiquated green cannons on a hill overlooking this northern Iraqi village, the ground around them littered with shrapnel from fierce battles with Islamic State militants....
Hong Kong protesters try to win over tourists
HONG KONG (AP) -- The luxury boutiques of Hong Kong's Tsim Shai Tsui district are so mobbed with vacationing Chinese customers that store owners have put up red velvet ropes to control the crowds. Pro-democracy protesters saw it as a perfect spot to spread the word to their mainland brethren....
State police: 2 troopers in Frein search injured
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) -- State police say two troopers have suffered injuries while searching for the fugitive suspected of ambushing a northeastern Pennsylvania barracks....
Trooper accidentally shot in training exercise
SCHWENKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- The Pennsylvania state trooper killed Tuesday during a firearms training exercise in suburban Philadelphia was fatally wounded when another trooper's gun accidentally discharged, Capt. James Raykovitz announced Wednesday afternoon....
Porn emails case emerges in gubernatorial debate
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf and Republican Gov. Tom Corbett crossed swords Wednesday over the newly disclosed email chains of pornographic videos and images between employees of the attorney general's office, with Corbett calling it a "cheap shot" for Wolf to suggest that he bore responsibility....
Judge rejects bid for commuter tax in Scranton
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) -- A judge has ruled that Scranton can't impose a commuter tax on people who work there but live elsewhere....
Pa. tax collections meet 1st quarter projections
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania's tax collections fulfilled budget projections in the first quarter of the state's fiscal year, but just barely....
State job site scrubbed of objectionable postings
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania job-seekers now have slightly fewer options on a state employment website. The state has pulled listings for bachelor party dancers, "car dates" and other jobs that might not be good resume material....
Cam Heyward growing into leader for Steelers
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Cam Heyward can rattle the list off in seconds....
State seeks to prevent sale of amusement park
MEADVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- The state attorney general's office has asked a judge to stop the sheriff's sale of a 122-year-old amusement park in northwestern Pennsylvania....
Students finally return to school _ 6 weeks late
MILLVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- Talk about being late to class....
Philly relaxes penalties for marijuana possession
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia has enacted legislation that allows police to ticket people for possessing small amounts of marijuana instead of arresting them....
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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