Journalist held captive in Syria arrives in US
BOSTON (AP) -- Journalist Peter Theo Curtis returned home to the United States on Tuesday, two days after being freed by a Syrian extremist group that held him hostage for 22 months, his family said....
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Gaza cease-fire holds as sides weigh gains
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An open-ended cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip was holding Wednesday, as many people on both sides of the conflict wondered what was gained during 50 days of fighting....
Afghan candidate pulls out of election audit
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- One of two men vying to become the president of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah, pulled his observers Wednesday from an audit of the country's disputed election over concerns of widespread fraud in a move that throws the already contentious election into further crisis....
Govt-held Ukraine town hit by rebel shells
NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Separatist rebels shelled a town in southeastern Ukraine on Wednesday, raising fears they are launching a counter-offensive on government-held parts of the region, one day after the leaders of Ukraine and Russia met to discuss the escalating crisis....
Bound bodies of 2 men found in Pa. river; 3rd hurt
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Police say the bound bodies of two men have been found in a Philadelphia river and a third man who was stabbed is being treated at a hospital....
Philadelphia plans parade for Little League team
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Taney Dragons are getting the champion's treatment as the city of Philadelphia hosts a parade honoring the team's appearance in the Little League World Series....
3 struck by vehicle near Allentown Fair
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Two children and their grandfather are injured after being struck by a vehicle near the Great Allentown Fair....
2 arrested in slaying of Pa. man in Ocean City
OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) -- Ocean City Police have charged two men in the slaying of a Pennsylvania man....
Police: 2 Molotov cocktails left in W. Pa. garage
OIL CITY, Pa. (AP) -- Police say someone left two Molotov cocktails in the garage of a rural western Pennsylvania home....
Hancock County passes public smoking ban
NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. (AP) -- Smoking is no longer allowed in public places in Hancock County, despite the objections of some who worried a ban would set back the area's casino industry....
Doctor describes girl's injuries after abduction
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A 5-year-old girl abducted from her Philadelphia classroom suffered severe physical injuries from a sexual assault that required surgery, a doctor testified Tuesday....
Couple plead guilty in man's Craigslist killing
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A newlywed couple charged in the stabbing death of a stranger they lured through a Craigslist ad offering companionship pleaded guilty to murder on Tuesday and face mandatory sentences of life without parole....
Feds: Stolen gun was used to kill NYC violinist
WESTFIELD, N.Y. (AP) -- Federal authorities say two homeless men used a stolen gun to kill a New York City orchestra violinist after gaining entry to her western New York summer home by telling her they had run out of gas....
Kindergartener brings loaded gun to school
ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) -- Police and school officials say a kindergarten student brought a loaded gun to a Pittsburgh-area school....
More American companies are purchasing foreign businesses and reincorporating outside the U.S. to lower their taxes. Warren Buffet is financing Burger King's proposed inversion to buy Canada based Tim Hortons doughnut chain and relocate Burger King's headquarters from Miami to Toronto Canada. President Barack Obama has denounced inversion deals, calling for "economic patriotism and saying that companies that do enter into such transactions are "corporate deserters." Over the years, Buffet has been a vocal advocate for Obama, particularly backing Obama's effort to increase taxes on the rich and close tax loopholes.
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