Trump chooses hardliners but talks softer on immigration
NEW YORK (AP) -- Donald Trump embraced new Cabinet officers Wednesday whose backgrounds suggest he's primed to put tough actions behind his campaign rhetoric on immigration and the environment, even as he seemed to soften his yearlong stance on immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children....
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Renzi quits; search on for new leader to guide Italy to vote
ROME (AP) -- Italian Premier Matteo Renzi resigned Wednesday evening, his self-inflicted penalty for staking his job on constitutional changes voters resoundingly rejected earlier in the week. He will stay in a caretaker's role at the request of Italy's president until a new government can be formed....
Rescuers comb Indonesia earthquake rubble for second day
MEUREUDU, Indonesia (AP) -- Rescue workers, soldiers and police combed through the rubble of a devastated town in Indonesia's Aceh province early Thursday, resuming a search for earthquake survivors that was halted at night by rain and blackouts....
Syrian government advances despite rebel cease-fire offer
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syria's government ignored a rebel cease-fire proposal for Aleppo on Wednesday as its forces captured new neighborhoods around the city center and squeezed some 200,000 tired and frightened civilians into a shattered and rapidly shrinking opposition enclave....
Charges possible over video of black student eating chicken
EASTON, Pa. (AP) -- A teenager accused of producing a racist video of a black classmate eating chicken and posting it online could face criminal charges, a prosecutor said Wednesday....
Federal judge halts recount, sealing Trump's Michigan win
DETROIT (AP) -- A federal judge who ordered Michigan to begin its recount effectively ended it on Wednesday, tying his decision to a state court ruling that found Green Party candidate Jill Stein had no legal standing to request another look at ballots....
Child predator who fled US is convicted of rape in England
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A child predator in Pennsylvania who vanished before his 2006 sentencing was convicted Wednesday in England of raping a 13-year-old girl....
Pennsylvania highest court grapples with life terms for kids
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A case before Pennsylvania's highest court on Wednesday could soon produce new sentencing rules for juvenile homicide defendants in the state who are facing the possibility of life in prison without parole....
Judge won't let Green Party inspect Philly election software
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A judge is rejecting a Green Party-backed effort to allow software experts inspect Philadelphia's election systems for any evidence that hacking affected the result of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election....
Pennsylvania levels $3.5 million fine against gas driller
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania environmental regulators have fined a natural-gas driller more than $3.5 million for violations at 10 well sites and six pipeline locations....
The Latest: Federal judge agrees to end Michigan recount
DETROIT (AP) -- The Latest on the presidential recount efforts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin (all times local):...
Michigan recount over; Pennsylvania sets hearing
DETROIT (AP) -- Michigan's presidential recount was halted Wednesday after three days, assuring Republican Donald Trump's victory in the state, when a federal judge said he'll abide by a court ruling that found the Green Party candidate Jill Stein couldn't seek another look at the vote....
Pittsburgh-based GNC pays $2.25M to settle misbranding claim
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh-based parent company of vitamin and supplement retailer GNC is paying $2.25 million to settle Justice Department claims that a dietary supplement was misbranded....
DA: Police shoot Pennsylvania suspect armed with large knife
AVELLA, Pa. (AP) -- A prosecutor says state troopers critically wounded a man who came at them with a 10-inch Bowie knife once officers responded to a domestic disturbance in western Pennsylvania....
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin criticized the use of subsidies to keep Carrier Corporation from sending jobs to Mexico, as President-elect Donald Trump help brokered the deal heralding it as a great American victory. Carrier was given $7 million in financial incentives over the next decade to keep thousand jobs at an Indianapolis plant. Palin calling it "crony capitalism" when government arbitrarily provides subsidies favoring one business over another, she prefers competition on a level playing field for both jobs and consumers.
Did Donald Trump's conversation with Taiwan leaders hurt U.S.-China relationship?