US vet Merrill Newman, 85, home from North Korea
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A tired but smiling 85-year-old U.S. veteran detained in North Korea for several weeks returned home Saturday to applause from supporters, yellow ribbons tied to trees outside his home and the warm embrace of his family....
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Few heirs apparent to Mandela's symbol of freedom
The passing of Nelson Mandela leaves a waning number of global figures representing freedom and resilience against oppression - and a changing world that makes it harder for anyone to approach Mandela's iconic power....
Massive crowds, world leaders to honor Mandela
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa expects overwhelming crowds and a host of world leaders to attend services honoring late President Nelson Mandela, though with the ceremonies only days away officials acknowledged Saturday they couldn't offer any specifics yet....
Mandela: icon, hero and flawed human
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) -- Force of nature. Father of all nations. A messiah of our times....
Police: Pa. newlyweds killed man from Craigslist
SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) -- A couple married for just three weeks lured a man to his death with a Craigslist ad because they wanted to kill someone together, police said....
For unions, Democrats' 2014 primary is a dilemma
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- In 2002, the clock hadn't even struck 12:01 a.m. before Pennsylvania's labor unions had given well beyond $1 million to Bob Casey, the rising star of the state Democratic Party who nevertheless went on to lose the gubernatorial primary to Ed Rendell six months later in a race that wasn't even close....
Corbett signals he won't push to hike minimum wage
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) -- Gov. Tom Corbett is signaling that he will not support an increase in Pennsylvania's minimum wage, saying he is worried about the impact on the state's economy....
Fracking waste fills WV landfills under new rule
McLEAN, Va. (AP) -- A memo released quietly by regulators earlier this year has carved a major loophole in West Virginia's rules restricting the amount of waste that can be accepted by the state's landfills, all with the intent to ease a burgeoning problem caused by the boom in gas drilling, environmentalists say....
Pa. Medicaid plan panned by health care advocates
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Health care advocates who began reading Gov. Tom Corbett's detailed proposal Friday to bring billions of federal health care dollars to Pennsylvania criticized it as unnecessarily punitive toward potential enrollees and laden with red tape....
Gene therapy scores big wins against blood cancers
In one of the biggest advances against leukemia and other blood cancers in many years, doctors are reporting unprecedented success by using gene therapy to transform patients' blood cells into soldiers that seek and destroy cancer....
Cold, snow arriving in Pa. after brief warm-up
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- After a brief warmup this past week, temperatures across Pennsylvania are cold in advance of a winter storm....
Pa. township takes title to British POW camp land
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A local government in south-central Pennsylvania took ownership Friday of a 47-acre parcel where a young American government held British prisoners during the 18th century Revolutionary War....
New mental exam sought in Kansas City airport hoax
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors are trying to figure out what to do with a schizophrenic Pennsylvania man accused of trying to take fake bombs through security at Kansas City International Airport on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks....
Pa. Pardons Board to mull 88-year-old's request
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania's Pardons Board has decided to make no immediate decision in the case of an 88-year-old woman who's been jailed for nearly half her life for masterminding the killing of a doctor in 1971....
Do you feel the Leagues punishment for Mike Tomlin is appropriate? <More Info>
The National Football League has fined Steelers coach Mike Tomlin $100-thousand dollars for interfering with a Baltimore kickoff return during their game Thanksgiving night. The League did NOT fine the Steelers but, because Tomlins actions affected a play on the field the Steelers may face a modification or forfeiture of draft picks after the final 2014 draft order is determined.
Do you think the 39-year prison sentence for David Kwiatkowski, a traveling medical technician convicted of infecting dozens of patients with hepatitis C, is too lenient, too harsh, or appropriate?