Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops in military
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Transgender people will be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military, the Pentagon announced Thursday, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces....
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Hope and fear as combative president takes over Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in Thursday as president of the Philippines, with many hoping his maverick style will energize the country but others fearing he could undercut one of Asia's liveliest democracies amid his threats to kill criminals en masse....
Boris bows out: UK in shock as Johnson drops leadership bid
LONDON (AP) -- In a real-life political drama mixing Shakespearean tragedy with "House of Cards," Britain's victorious anti-EU campaigner Boris Johnson saw his chances of leading his country evaporate Thursday after the defection of a key ally....
UK stock index above pre-vote level: Crisis over? Not likely
LONDON (AP) -- Don't be fooled: the rebound in Britain's main stock market to where it was before the vote to leave the European Union does not mean all is now fine for the country's economy....
Child sex abuse prosecution, lawsuits bill passes Senate
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The Pennsylvania Senate voted unanimously Thursday to lift time limits for some perpetrators of child sexual abuse to be sued by their victims and prosecuted by authorities, amid fresh Roman Catholic Church scandals in Pennsylvania that have inflamed a push for the legislation....
Turkish government lawyer: US cleric had 'unlawful conduct'
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) -- A lawyer representing the Turkish government says he'll continue exposing what he calls the "unlawful conduct" of a reclusive Muslim cleric in Pennsylvania whom Turkey's president accuses of orchestrating a coup attempt....
15-year-old surrenders after boy, 13, fatally shot in face
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A 15-year-old boy has turned himself in after a 13-year-old boy was fatally shot in the face while a group of kids was playing with a gun, authorities said Thursday....
Nuts to that; Hershey rejects kiss from chocolate competitor
NEW YORK (AP) -- Hershey says it rejected a takeover offer from Oreo maker Mondelez that would bring some of the world's best known cookies and chocolates under one company....
What is Mondelez? A look at the brands the cookie maker owns
NEW YORK (AP) -- Hershey rejected a $22.3 billion takeover bid Thursday that would have brought together some of the best-known cookie and chocolate brands under one company. Its wooer is Mondelez, which was spun off from Kraft in 2012....
Man who helped cop subdue gunman is among 23 Carnegie heroes
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A civilian who helped a New York police officer subdue a gunman who had already fatally shot another officer is one of 23 people being honored with Carnegie medals for heroism announced Thursday....
Pittsburgh sex offender gets life for 'third strike' offense
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A Pittsburgh sex offender has had three strikes and is never getting out of prison....
Pennsylvania judge deciding degree of guilt in woman's death
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- An eastern Pennsylvania man will spend life in prison after a judge ruled he committed first-degree murder when stabbing his girlfriend, not a lesser degree of murder or manslaughter....
Family sues mental health organization over man's death
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania woman is suing a mental health organization, alleging its negligence resulted in the death of her son....
More Pennsylvania spending votes loom, amid tax debate
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The Pennsylvania House and Senate returned to the session on the last day of the state's fiscal year Thursday, with differences remaining over a tax package to finance a $31.5 billion budget plan....
A Pew Research Center report released Monday suggests there is still a stark difference in attitudes about race relations among racial and ethnic groups. Eight years after electing a black president, two-thirds of blacks and hispanics think President Barack Obama at least tried to make race relations in the United States better while about half of whites think Obama made race relations better or at least tried to, but a third saying the president made race relations worse.
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