Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Internet activists declared victory over the nation's big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband service to prevent companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic....
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'Jihadi John' identified as London-raised college grad
LONDON (AP) -- The world knows him as "Jihadi John," the masked, knife-wielding militant in videos showing Western hostages being beheaded by the Islamic State group. On Thursday he was identified as a London-raised university graduate known to British intelligence for more than five years....
Militants abduct more Christians, smash ancient artifacts
BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic State militants seized more Christians from their homes in northeastern Syria in the past three days, bringing the total number abducted by the extremist group to over 220, activists said Thursday....
US: China is expanding its South China Sea outposts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- China is expanding its outposts in the South China Sea to include stationing for ships and potential airfields as part of its "aggressive" effort to exert sovereignty, the U.S. intelligence chief said Thursday....
Black Madam: I've done 'thousands' of buttocks injections
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Gothic hip-hop artist who called herself "the Michelangelo of buttocks injections" testified at her murder trial Thursday that she got into "body sculpting" 20 years ago to help transgender friends and has since performed thousands of procedures....
Single mom arrested in bomb threat bank heist held for court
BELLEVUE, Pa. (AP) -- The case against single mother who police say tried to rob $40,000 from a Pennsylvania bank by claiming to have a bomb in her car at a drive-thru teller window is headed for court....
Woman accused of killing Ohio chief's brother to get autopsy
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- An autopsy is scheduled for a woman accused of killing the brother of Cleveland's police chief before shooting herself in the head on a Pennsylvania highway....
Pennsylvania House takes new stab at privatizing liquor sale
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- For the second time in two years, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Thursday sent a proposal to privatize the operations of much of the state-controlled wine and liquor store system, but it faces an uncertain fate and is challenged as a long-term fiscal loser for the state government....
Judge: Keeping Sandusky lawsuit in Philadelphia not a burden
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A judge presiding over a civil lawsuit against Penn State and ex-assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky by one of the accusers who testified in Sandusky's criminal child sex abuse trial says keeping the case in Philadelphia doesn't present a burden to potential witnesses or to the university....
Fog machine in art installation prompts false fire alarms
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Where there's smoke, there's fire. But fog signals art, as Pittsburgh firefighters are quickly learning....
US Steel to idle Gary Works coke plant, displacing 300
GARY, Ind. (AP) -- U.S. Steel has announced it will close the coke-making plant at its Gary Works, displacing about 300 workers....
Lawmakers renew push for measures to stop invasive carp
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- Members of Congress proposed legislation Thursday calling for additional obstacles to prevent Asian carp from reaching Lake Michigan through an Illinois waterway and a renewed push toward a permanent strategy for shielding the Great Lakes from the destructive fish....
500 commuters rescued from train stuck outside Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- About 500 passengers have been rescued from a disabled Philadelphia-area commuter train after an hour and a half without power or heat....
'Mental anguish' law opposed by cop-killer debated in court
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Prosecutors urged a federal judge Thursday to dismiss two challenges to a Pennsylvania law that opponents including convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal say violates prisoners' constitutional right to free speech....
As Congress debates on whether to fund the Department of Homeland Security with or without restrictions on the President Obama's Immigration actions -- Republican Congressman Keith Rothfus said on KQV liveline he would like to see restrictions on Homeland Security funding, while Democratic Congressman Mike Doyle said on the liveline he wants to see a clean bill without restrictions.
Should a federal appeals court scale back the 2006 ruling requiring tobacco companies to publicly admit that they deliberately deceived the American public?