Nevada rancher defends remarks, loses supporters
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Nevada rancher who became a conservative folk hero for standing up to the government in a fight over grazing rights lost some of his staunch defenders Thursday after wondering aloud whether blacks might have had it better under slavery....
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Gunman kills 3 Americans at Kabul hospital
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Three Americans - a pediatrician and a father and son - were killed by an Afghan government security officer at a hospital Thursday, the latest in a series of attacks on foreign civilians that has rattled aid workers, contractors and journalists....
US, Japan say TPP trade talks make headway
TOKYO (AP) -- Closing two days of around the clock negotiations, U.S. officials said Friday that they reached a breakthrough with Japan to move forward a stalled regional trade pact even though gaps remain that could still upend a final agreement....
Ukraine moves against insurgents in the east
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Russia announced new military exercises Thursday involving ground and air forces near its border with Ukraine, swiftly responding to a Ukrainian operation to drive pro-Russia insurgents out of occupied buildings in the country's tumultuous east....
Corbett ramps up pitch to education, women voters
MEDIA, Pa. (AP) -- Gov. Tom Corbett is attacking two of his weakest polling points, his job approval by women voters and his efforts on education, with possibly just token opposition in the Republican primary and the general election looming less than seven months away....
Pa. township approves permits for airport drilling
IMPERIAL, Pa. (AP) -- Supervisors in a western Pennsylvania township have approved permits for a company to drill for natural gas at Pittsburgh International Airport with almost two dozen conditions....
Christian leader: Attack not motivated by religion
LEMOYNE, Pa. (AP) -- The leader of a Christian organization that operates a hospital in Afghanistan where three people were shot dead by a security guard says he does not believe the shootings were motivated by religion....
Police say jealousy may be behind NE Pa. slayings
HUNLOCK CREEK, Pa. (AP) -- Investigators say jealousy might be behind the slayings of a father and son in their northeastern Pennsylvania home....
2 due in NJ court on murder-for-hire charges
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) -- A Philadelphia auto shop owner and one of his employees are charged with orchestrating a murder-for-hire plot in New Jersey....
Former state Sen. Raphael Musto dies at 85
PITTSTON, Pa. (AP) -- Former state Sen. Raphael Musto died Thursday at his house in northeastern Pennsylvania after a long illness, leaving pending corruption charges against him unresolved. He was 85....
NJ, Pa. lawmakers propose bridge agency changes
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) -- Lawmakers from New Jersey and Pennsylvania on Thursday announced plans to change the mission and rules of the Delaware River Port Authority, permanently banning the agency that runs bridges and a commuter train line in the Philadelphia area from engaging in economic development....
Woman convicted of murder in boyfriend's slaying
ERIE, Pa. (AP) -- A jury convicted a woman of murder in the shooting death of her boyfriend last summer, rejecting defense arguments that the gun went off accidentally....
Group committed to Afghanistan despite shooting
LEMOYNE, Pa. (AP) -- Officials at a U.S. health care nonprofit say they are working closely with authorities investigating a shooting at their Kabul hospital that killed three American physicians and wounded a U.S. nurse....
Judge rejects bid to move Pa. slaying trial
WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) -- A western Pennsylvania judge has rejected a request to move the trial of a man charged in the stabbing death of his estranged girlfriend two years ago....
KQV/Trib Total Media Listener Poll Do you agree with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding Michigan's voter-approved law banning racial preferences in determining college admissions? <More Info>
On Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a voter-approved Michigan law that banned racial preferences in higher education admissions. The court emphasized that it was not deciding the larger and divisive question of whether affirmative action admission policies can be lawful. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote, "This case is not about how the debate about racial preferences should be resolved," he says, "It is about who may resolve it."
KQV/Trib Total Media Listener Poll Do you believe the court-appointed receiver for the August Wilson Center should be removed?