McCarthy abruptly withdraws candidacy for House speaker
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With no warning, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy withdrew Thursday from the contest for speaker of the U.S. House, shocking fellow Republicans just before voting was to begin and plunging Congress into chaos....
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Svetlana Alexievich of Belarus wins Nobel literature prize
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday for chronicling the great tragedies of the Soviet Union and its successor states through the voices of female soldiers, survivors of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and former Soviet citizens dejected by the collapse of communism....
Amid new attacks, Israel bars ministers from Jerusalem site
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Palestinian stabbed four Israelis with a screwdriver on Thursday before a soldier shot and killed him amid fresh violence that prompted Israel's premier to bar Cabinet ministers and lawmakers from a sensitive Jerusalem holy site at the heart of the latest tensions....
Syrian general says Russian strikes aid ground offensive
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syria's top general on Thursday said Russian strikes had helped government forces launch a "wide-ranging" offensive in central and northwestern Syria, where al-Qaida's affiliate as well as other insurgents had advanced toward key government strongholds in recent months....
Pennsylvania orders youth mental health facility closed
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- After investigating reports of sexual abuse, state regulators are ordering the closure of a western Pennsylvania facility that treats children and teenagers diagnosed with mental health conditions....
Companies reach first union pact with security guards
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A group of security companies have agreed to the first-ever collective bargaining agreement covering hundreds of security guards who patrol dozens of buildings in Pittsburgh....
Bathroom fire forces evacuation at Philadelphia high school
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- No injuries were reported in a small fire that interrupted classes at a Philadelphia public high school....
Fan: Super Bowl ticket process violates consumer law
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A New Jersey man has asked a federal appeals court to revive a lawsuit against the NFL over the number of tickets sold to the public for last year's Super Bowl....
Amid FBI probe, Allentown bars donors from no-bid contracts
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Allentown's City Council has passed an anti-pay-to-play ordinance amid an FBI probe into city contracting....
Activist, former mayoral candidate gets prison for 911 calls
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A Pittsburgh community activist who finished a distant fourth in the 2013 Democratic mayoral primary has been sentenced to 3½ to 7 years in state prison for making more than 100 bogus 911 calls from his home....
PennEnvironment going forward with ArcelorMittal soot suit
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- An environmental activist group is suing ArcelorMittal for allegedly violating the Clean Air Act by showering nearby residents with soot and other pollutants from a western Pennsylvania coke plant on hundreds of occasions....
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A daily look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Thursday....
Police sergeant jailed for hiding computer files from feds
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia police have suspended a sergeant after a federal judge jailed him on a contempt charge for refusing to turn over personal computer files....
Pennsylvania college rescinds degree awarded to Bill Cosby
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) -- A university in northeastern Pennsylvania has become the latest school to rescind an honorary degree it granted Bill Cosby....
A tentative trade agreement with the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim nations has been reached. President Obama said that "Congress and the American people will have months to read every word" before he signs the deal. He further states the pact includes "the strongest commitments on labor and the environment of any trade agreement in history." Critics of the Trans-Pacific Partnership pounced quickly, saying the deal will lead to American Job loss.
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