Foley case lays bare debate over paying ransom
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime U.S. and British refusal to negotiate with terrorists, and Europe and the Persian Gulf's increasing willingness to pay ransoms in a desperate attempt to free citizens. The dilemma: How to save the lives of those kidnapped without financing terror groups, and encouraging more kidnappings....
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Israel kills 3 Hamas military commanders in Gaza
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel stepped up its campaign against Gaza's ruling Hamas on Thursday, killing three of the group's senior military commanders in an airstrike that pulverized a four-story home, the second such attack targeting top leaders in two days....
Hamas admits kidnapping Israeli teens
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A senior Hamas leader has said the group carried out the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June - the first time anyone from the Islamic militant group has said it was behind an attack that helped spark the current war in the Gaza Strip....
Syria opposition: Deadly chemical attack forgotten
BEIRUT (AP) -- The year since a chemical attack that killed hundreds near Damascus has been a strikingly good one for President Bashar Assad....
5 charged in alleged scheme to bilk credit union
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) -- Authorities say a police officer and a retired officer are among five people charged in scheme to bilk a credit union in northeastern Pennsylvania....
Corbett: Wolf tax reform plan unlikely to succeed
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Republican Gov. Tom Corbett attacked Democratic challenger Tom Wolf's plan to shift more of Pennsylvania's income tax onto the wealthiest taxpayers, saying it is skimpy on details and faces legal and political obstacles that likely would prevent it from becoming law....
Torture anime banned at woman's kidnap-rape trial
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A young woman charged with abducting a 5-year-old Philadelphia girl from school and raping her had frequently viewed Japanese anime depicting sexual torture, prosecutors disclosed Thursday....
New medal to be displayed at Sept. 11 ceremony
SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- This year's Sept. 11 observance at the Flight 93 National Memorial in western Pennsylvania will include the first public view of the Congressional Gold Medal given to the site....
Records show how often Corbett adviser at office
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The Pennsylvania Education Department released eight pages of electronic ID card records Thursday that indicate embattled former secretary Ron Tomalis was at its Harrisburg headquarters for 126 days this year....
Ex-judge must say she's sorry, just not in cuffs
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A former Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice convicted of corruption has been spared the further embarrassment of having to write her court-ordered apologies to every judge in the state on photos of herself in handcuffs....
Pa. appellate court frowns on sentencing laws
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania appellate court is adding its voice to lower court decisions saying certain state mandatory minimum sentencing laws are unconstitutional....
Ex-justice loses appeal but apology terms altered
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A state appeals court has upheld the conviction of a former Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice on corruption charges but has softened the terms of her mandatory apology....
7 charged with drug trafficking between Pa., NYC
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Authorities have broken up a million-dollar narcotics trafficking operation between New York City and western Pennsylvania, the attorney general's office announced Thursday....
Pa. man denies beating victim to death with hammer
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Closing arguments are scheduled Thursday in the trial of a central Pennsylvania man charged in the murder of a man beaten to death with a hammer last year....
Earlier this month, the president said the U.S. military would launch strikes to protect American military and civilian personnel working in Iraq. The objectives have already stretched to include broader definitions of protection including preventing humanitarian crises in Iraq. THE U.S. is now giving air support to the Kurds in their attempt to push back the insurgency of the terrorist group ISIS.
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