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Obama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economy

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Declaring an end to "mindless austerity," President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Congress to throw out the sweeping budget cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits were spiraling out of control....
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Families plead for lives of IS hostages as swap hopes fade

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- The father of a Jordanian fighter pilot and the wife of a Japanese journalist held by the Islamic State group pleaded for their loved ones' lives after a possible prisoner swap wasn't carried out by a deadline of sunset Thursday....
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Gas blast wrecks Mexico children's hospital, at least 2 dead

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Injured and bleeding, mothers carrying infants fled from a maternity hospital shattered by a powerful gas explosion Thursday, and rescuers swung sledgehammers to break through fallen concrete hunting for others who might be trapped....
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Simultaneous attacks in Egypt's Sinai kill 26

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- Militants struck more than a dozen army and police targets in the restive Sinai Peninsula with simultaneous attacks involving a car bomb and mortar rounds on Thursday, killing at least 26 security officers....
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Survivalist pleads not guilty in trooper's ambush killing

MILFORD, Pa. (AP) -- A survivalist who spent more than a month on the run after authorities say he killed one Pennsylvania State Police trooper and wounded another in a late-night ambush pleaded not guilty Thursday, setting the stage for a trial at which prosecutors will seek to put him on death row....
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Man who died in 2012 gets reappointed to Pa. county board

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Officials in western Pennsylvania are trying to figure out how a man who's been dead for more than two years wound up being reappointed to a county industrial authority board....
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McCord stepping down as Pennsylvania treasurer after 6 years

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania state Treasurer Rob McCord is stepping down from the job after six years, although the Democrat who pumped $2.2 million of his own money into his unsuccessful run for governor gave no indication Thursday about his future plans....
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Delay sought in hearing over open records officer's status

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The Pennsylvania attorney general's office on Thursday asked for more time before a hearing about who should serve as director of the state Office of Open Records....
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Man in Connecticut gun scare gets probation in federal case

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A Connecticut man sentenced to two years in state prison last month for bringing a semiautomatic rifle and other firearms onto a college campus and causing a lockdown has received five years of probation in a related federal prosecution....
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Wolf bans new gas drilling leases on public land as promised

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Fulfilling a campaign pledge, Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday signed an order Thursday banning new drilling leases on public land, ending a short-lived effort by his Republican predecessor to expand the extraction of natural gas from rock buried deep beneath state parks and forests....
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2 found dead in Pittsburgh high-rise apartment, police say

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Two people have been found dead in a high-rise apartment building in Pittsburgh....
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Labor board again accuses UPMC of anti-union tactics

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The National Labor Relations Board has again accused the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center of engaging in anti-union tactics....
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Judge: Man charged in $2M business district fire incompetent

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A man charged with setting an apartment fire that spread and caused more than $2 million damage to several buildings in the main business district of a poor Pittsburgh suburb has been ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial....
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Long-awaited trial to open in Etan Patz missing-child case

NEW YORK (AP) -- The teenage stock clerk was just a name in a file for decades, one of many people police encountered while searching for a 6-year-old boy named Etan Patz. Thirty-five years later, Pedro Hernandez is going on trial in a case that shaped the nation's approach to missing children....
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Opinion Poll

KQV/Trib Total Media Listener Poll
Do you think the criteria to determine tax-exempt status of non-profits should be the responsibility of the General Assembly? <More Info>

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Yes:
59%
No:
41%
Total Votes: 19,491

Yesterday's Poll

Do you think Governor Corbett's appointment during his last week in office should be allowed to remain head of the State Office of Open Records?

Yes:
58%
No:
42%
Total Votes: 28,051

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