Defense chief: Iraqis showed no will to fight at Ramadi
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Islamic State group's takeover of the provincial capital Ramadi is stark evidence that Iraqi forces lack the "will to fight," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a TV interview that aired Sunday. The harsh assessment raised new questions about the Obama administration's strategy to defeat the extremist group that has seized a strategically important swath of the Middle East....
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Gay couples awake to new Ireland, hope to wed by Christmas
DUBLIN (AP) -- Gay couples of Ireland woke up Sunday in what felt like a nation reborn, with dreams of wedding plans dancing in their heads....
Kids on their own among migrants who arrived in Indonesia
KUALA CANGKOI, Indonesia (AP) -- It was just the two of them, brother and sister, out on the open ocean with hundreds of other desperate migrants, mostly Rohingya Muslims fleeing their homes in Myanmar. For nearly three months, the siblings comforted each other when rolling waves thrashed their boat, when their empty bellies ached and when they were beaten for trying to stand up to stretch their legs....
Audiard's 'Dheepan' wins Palme d'Or in upset Cannes finale
CANNES, France (AP) -- The 68th Cannes Film Festival was brought to a surprising close Sunday with Jacques Audiard's Sri Lankan refugee drama taking the festival's coveted top honor, the Palme d'Or....
High-profile votes, fights preview Wolf's challenges in June
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- June is crunch time in the state Capitol and the challenges in front of Gov. Tom Wolf are becoming clearer in the Democrat's first go-round with budget negotiations....
Police: Woman accused of setting man on fire arrested
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A woman accused of having tied a man to a bed, doused him with a flammable substance and set him on fire before fleeing in his van was later arrested in a neighboring county, authorities said....
Police: Driver shot, other cars damaged in Pittsburgh tunnel
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Authorities in western Pennsylvania say a driver was hit by gunfire from another vehicle in a tunnel in Pittsburgh....
Carbon monoxide sends 8 people to hospital; 2 critical
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Authorities in southeastern Pennsylvania say a carbon monoxide leak sent eight people to the hospital, two of them in critical condition....
A sampling of efforts to fight blight in Appalachia
Efforts to rehabilitate vacant or dilapidated property have sprung up around Appalachia, with states in the region taking varying approaches....
Car crashes into farm field, killing 2, injuring 2
WILLIAMSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Authorities say a car traveling at high speed crashed into a central Pennsylvania farm field over the weekend, killing two people and severely injuring two others....
Vermont hosting Great Lakes scientists at not-so-great lake
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- Scientists at the University of Vermont still chuckle at the memory of Lake Champlain's brief listing as the sixth Great Lake, and they don't hold a grudge: those who spent years studying the not-so-great lake are hosting colleagues from across the globe eager to hear about the latest research about the world's largest bodies of fresh water....
Defendant gets married after homicide trial ordered
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A western Pennsylvania man got married about an hour after a judge held a preliminary hearing on criminal allegations against him and ordered him to stand trial for the death of a man whose body was found in a river in another state....
Man testifies in own defense in murder-for-hire case
YORK, Pa. (AP) -- A central Pennsylvania man accused of trying to hire someone to kill a male acquaintance of his wife says in his defense that he didn't want to kill anyone he just wanted the man beaten up....
Trial ordered in gas station attack on homeless man
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Another defendant, among six charged in an attack on a homeless man at a north Philadelphia gas station, has been ordered to stand trial....
Today is Memorial Day a federal holiday in the United States, remembering the people who died while serving in our country’s armed forces and which is observed every year on the last Monday in May. Formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers killed in battle. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials this day, particularly to honor those who have perished in military service. While for others see it as the start of summer and vacation season.
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