Clinton faulted on emails by State Department audit
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Clinton and her team ignored clear guidance from the State Department that her email setup broke federal standards and could leave sensitive material vulnerable to hackers, an independent audit has found. Her aides twice brushed aside concerns, in one case telling technical staff "the matter was not to be discussed further."...
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Israel's Netanyahu adds hard-liner to coalition
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu named one of Israel's most polarizing politicians as defense minister on Wednesday, solidifying his parliamentary majority at the risk of antagonizing the international community and his own military - and clouding already slim hopes for a resumption of peace efforts....
Little-known extremist cleric chosen to lead Afghan Taliban
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- A little-known extremist cleric was chosen Wednesday to be the new leader of the Afghan Taliban, just days after a U.S. drone strike killed his predecessor....
Freed Ukrainian pilot gets hero's welcome on return to Kiev
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- During the nearly two years that she was imprisoned in Russia, Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko became a national hero in absentia, lauded for her flinty defiance. On Wednesday she made a celebrated return to the country still embroiled in a fight against Moscow-backed separatists....
Judge: US man charged in Uganda counterfeit plot could flee
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- An American deported from Uganda and charged in a massive counterfeiting scheme is a major flight risk and will remain jailed until he stands trial, a federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled....
What a circus: Clowns beg lawmakers not to ban animal shows
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A public hearing on a proposed wild-animal entertainment ban that would keep circuses and similar shows out of the city ended up being a circus of sorts, complete with clowns who begged the City Council not to enact the measure....
Ukrainian who posed as student faces federal fraud charges
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A Ukrainian man accused of faking his name and age while attending a central Pennsylvania high school and having sex with an underage girl is now facing federal passport fraud and social security fraud charges....
Jon Stewart adopts paint-covered horse; ex-owner backs care
KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (AP) -- A horse adopted by Jon Stewart and his wife reported to have been shot more than 100 times by a paintball gun was instead used as a canvas for children's finger-painting parties, the former owner of the horse said....
1 dead, 1 injured after fall at popular hiking spot
JIM THORPE, Pa. (AP) -- Authorities say one person died and another was seriously injured following a fall at a popular eastern Pennsylvania hiking spot....
Jury mulling death penalty arguments in sisters' slayings
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A jury weighing whether a Pennsylvania man deserves the death penalty or life in prison for killing his next-door neighbors, two sisters of an Iowa state lawmaker, was asked to weigh the difference between boulders and bubbles....
School head gets 2 days to mull leave in teacher-sex scandal
PLUM, Pa. (AP) -- A district superintendent in suburban Pittsburgh has two days to consider taking paid leave while the school board investigates how he handled reports of inappropriate sexual relationships between teachers and students....
Montana power plant needs new operator by May 2018
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Owners of a coal-fired power plant in Montana say the company that keeps it running wants out within two years....
More gas stations can sell beer, despite looming court case
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is granting nine more licenses to businesses that sell gasoline. It's the latest step in loosening the hold on beer sales by bars and beer distributors....
Cosby lawyers outline defense as case heads to trial
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Bill Cosby's lawyers gave a blistering preview of the questions the actor's accuser will face at trial, as a judge refused to dismiss the sex-assault case at a preliminary hearing....
Officer Edward Nero the Baltimore cop who failed to buckle Freddie Gray into a seat belt before his 2015 spinal injury death was found not guilty of assault, misconduct and reckless endangerment, circuit judge Barry Williams ruled Monday. Nero, one of six officers charged in Gray's death, opted for a bench trial rather than a jury trial. Baltimore's Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake calling for patience and calm saying "police officers must be afforded the same justice system as every other citizen in this city, state and country."
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