Obama: 'Lives have been saved' by NSA programs
BERLIN (AP) -- Trying to tamp down concerns about government over-reach, President Barack Obama on Wednesday defended U.S. Internet and phone surveillance programs as narrowly targeted efforts that have saved lives and thwarted at least 50 terror threats....
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Zimbabwe's president goes back to court on polls
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabwe's highest court said Wednesday it has received an application from longtime President Robert Mugabe's party to delay crucial elections by at least two weeks following pressure from regional leaders....
Japan formally OKs new nuke safety requirements
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's nuclear watchdog formally approved a set of new safety requirements for atomic power plants Wednesday, paving the way for the reopening of facilities shut down since the Fukushima disaster....
Turkey's 'standing man' to join ranks of icons?
The image was stark: a silent, solitary figure standing in passive defiance to the Turkish prime minister's demand for protesters to clear Taksim Square in central Istanbul....
Pa. doc faces trial in former partner's shooting
LIMA, Pa. (AP) -- A suburban Philadelphia pediatrician has been held for trial on charges she fatally shot her former domestic partner and narrowly missed their 11-year-old son....
Giant bee swarm removed from eastern Pa. building
POTTSVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- A beekeeper had to be called in to remove a giant swarm of honey bees from around a building in downtown Pottsville....
Allentown council to vote on clean air ordinance
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- The city council in Allentown is set to vote on a clean air ordinance that would include round-the-clock monitoring of any new waste-to-energy plants built there....
Police: Vandals damage Pa. church with syrup
POTTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Police are searching whoever vandalized a Philadelphia-area church with syrup and fire extinguishers before taking off with a bottle of wine....
Philly council holding hearing on fatal collapse
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia City Council is holding its first public hearing in the building collapse that killed six people and injured 13 others earlier this month....
Police: Paraplegic castrated at Philly facility
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A 41-year-old man is being held on $5 million bail after police say he castrated a paraplegic during a dispute at an assisted living facility in Philadelphia....
Charges dropped against officer charged with DUI
WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) -- Carroll County prosecutors have dropped DUI charges against a Baltimore County police captain....
Allegheny County seeks gas drilling bids
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Allegheny County officials say they plan to request bids for natural gas drilling under a public park....
Scientists: Timber in Lake Michigan centuries old
FAIRPORT, Mich. (AP) -- A wooden beam embedded at the bottom of northern Lake Michigan appears to have been there for centuries, underwater archaeologists announced Tuesday, a crucial finding as crews dig toward what they hope is the carcass of a French ship that disappeared while exploring the Great Lakes in the 17th century....
Pa. Senate OKs bill to expand DNA tests in crimes
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A bill to require DNA testing of suspects accused of certain crimes in Pennsylvania is headed to the state House of Representatives for the second time in two years....
Do you think an immigration reform bill will pass both the House and Senate before the end of the year? <More Info>
Under pressure from House conservatives opposed to immigration reform, House Speaker John Boehner says he doesn't see any way of bringing an immigration bill to the floor if it doesn't have the support of a majority of Republicans. Boehner also calls the bill before the Senate weak on border security.
Do you agree with the Supreme Court's decision that Arizona cannot require proof of citizenship when people register to vote?