Warehouse fire death toll climbs to 33, and includes teens
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The death toll from a fire that tore through a warehouse hosting a late-night dance party climbed to 33 on Sunday as firefighters painstakingly combed through rubble for others believed to still be missing and made the grim announcement that teenagers were among the dead....
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No more room for the dead as Syria's Aleppo is crushed
BEIRUT (AP) -- The old Aleppo cemetery filled up a year ago. The new one filled up last week. Now the dead are left in the besieged enclave's streets, buried in backyards and overwhelming the morgues....
Mainstream relief as leftist candidate wins in Austria
VIENNA (AP) -- Left-leaning Alexander Van der Bellen triumphed over his right-wing rival Sunday in the vote for Austria's presidency, a victory welcomed by moderate politicians across Europe as a blow against the populist forces looking to weaken the European Union....
Renzi quits; Italian populists seek quick vote to win power
ROME (AP) -- Italian voters dealt Premier Matteo Renzi a stinging defeat on his reforms referendum, triggering his resignation announcement and galvanizing the populist, opposition 5-Star Movement's determination to gain national power soon....
Green Party taking bid for election recount to federal court
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is taking her bid for a statewide recount of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election to federal court....
Mummers seek inclusive tone after insensitive displays
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Organizers of the Mummers Parade are hopeful that cultural education efforts will help the city's annual New Year's celebration be more respectful and inclusive following a string of racially and ethnically offensive displays....
Pittsburgh Symphony, idled by 55-day strike, resumes season
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Music has returned to Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh this weekend after a two-month orchestra strike that cost fans much of the fall season....
Police may seek arrests over Penn State celebration, damage
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Police in State College are weighing possible arrests after the celebration of Penn State's Big Ten championship caused minor property damage....
Report: FBI agent told statehouse sting targeted Democrats
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- An FBI agent has said an informant in a Pennsylvania statehouse sting told him he was discouraged from targeting Republicans in a case that brought down five Democrats....
Dispatchers go low-tech to find man with dementia
CHESTER, Pa. (AP) -- Emergency dispatchers near Philadelphia are being credited for helping rescuers reach a man with dementia by keeping him on the phone until they could hear their colleagues' sirens outside....
Democrats aim to rebuild the blue political wall in Midwest
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- With the dust now settled from the election, Democrats are looking to rebuild the political "blue wall" of traditionally Democratic upper Midwest and Great Lakes states that Republican Donald Trump captured with an appeal to white, working-class voters....
Post-election, Pitt course stresses need for civil discourse
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- In an age of Internet trolls, Twitter shaming, fake news and TV talking heads who shout each other down, discourse in America seems anything but civil....
Deadly police chase prompts debate over tire-slashing device
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A police chase that killed three people has Pennsylvania officials debating the use of tire-slashing devices to prevent suspects from fleeing during traffic stops....
More private college presidents top $2M in pay, study finds
BOSTON (AP) -- Presidents of eight private colleges in the U.S. were paid more than $2 million in 2014, the most ever to hit that mark, according to a new study....
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette wants the Michigan Supreme Court to halt a presidential recount in Michigan before it begins. In a court action filed today, Schuette argues Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who received just over 1% of the vote in Michigan, is not an aggrieved candidate entitled to a recount, and if allowed to proceed, the statewide hand recount could cost Michigan taxpayers millions of dollars.
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