Syrian activists accuse Assad of new gas attacks
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a dozen activists, medics and residents on the opposition side....
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Obama offering Japan security, economic assurances
TOKYO (AP) -- Facing fresh questions about his commitment to Asia, President Barack Obama will seek to convince Japan's leaders Thursday that he can deliver on his security and economic pledges, even as the crisis in Ukraine demands U.S. attention and resources elsewhere....
Amid Russia warning, Ukraine is in a security bind
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Russia's foreign minister warned Wednesday that attacks on Russian citizens or interests in Ukraine would bring a firm response and drew a comparison to the circumstances that opened the war with Georgia in 2008....
Ex-Senegalese president to retry homecoming
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- A Senegalese party official says the former president plans to return home on Thursday after finally receiving permission for his plane to land for what was supposed to be his triumphant homecoming after two years abroad....
2 school stabbing victims released from hospitals
MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- Two students injured in a stabbing and slashing rampage at a western Pennsylvania high school have been released from the hospital....
Divers find body of missing woman in lake
NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) -- Emergency divers have recovered the body of a Pennsylvania woman whose boat capsized while she was fishing with her husband....
3 charged with sending chemical equipment to Syria
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- U.S. prosecutors have charged a Pennsylvania man and two foreign citizens with conspiring to illegally export chemical warfare detection devices and laboratory equipment to Syria, authorities said in a case that was under seal for 17 months until Wednesday....
Deliveryman shot by police may have feared robbery
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Police say a pizza deliveryman shot and wounded by plainclothes officers may have mistaken them for robbers....
Prosecutor: ID theft scheme cost US Treasury $10M
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A federal prosecutor in Pennsylvania said Wednesday that a massive identity theft and fake tax return scheme cost the U.S. Treasury an estimated $10 million....
Pa. township, firm settle suit over seismic tests
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A western Pennsylvania township has settled a lawsuit over seismic testing following a federal judge's ruling that it couldn't interfere with a Texas company using public roads for the tests....
Witness: Iraqi teens posed no threat before death
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. (AP) -- Two unarmed Iraqi brothers posed no threat as they herded cattle in a palm grove where a U.S. Army reconnaissance team was hidden one day seven years ago, a former soldier said Wednesday at a preliminary hearing....
Penn St. fans plan new statue of Joe Paterno
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- With one Joe Paterno statue in storage, fans of the late Penn State football coach are commissioning a new one to be placed across from the university....
Council hears pro, con testimony on parks drilling
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- County council members heard testimony for and against a proposal to drill for natural gas under a Pittsburgh-area park, with supporters touting the economic benefits and opponents worried about environmental damage....
Man accused of painting swastikas on building
WEST AMWELL, N.J. (AP) -- Authorities have accused a Pennsylvania man of painting swastikas and curse words on a building in New Jersey....
In an election year memo, James Carville and other political strategists tell Democratic candidates to avoid talking about the economic recovery. The advice comes at a time Democrats are working to maximize turnout, particularly among women, for the fall elections. The strategists say using the economy as a message was tested and beaten by a Republican strategy championed by Karl Rove.
Do you think the Administration decision to delay the pipeline indefinitely was due to environmental concerns or politically motivated concerns?