Pentagon: US, partners begin airstrikes in Syria
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. and five Arab countries launched airstrikes Monday night on Islamic State group targets in Syria, expanding a military campaign into a country whose three-year civil war has given the brutal militant group a safe haven....
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AP Exclusive: Brazil says no to global forest plan
NEW YORK (AP) -- Despite its critical role in protecting the Amazon rainforest, Brazil will not endorse a global anti-deforestation initiative being announced at the U.N. climate summit, complaining it was left out of the consultation process. A U.N. official disputed that claim....
Syria says Washington informed it before strikes
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- The Syrian foreign ministry said on Tuesday that the United States informed Damascus' envoy to the United Nations before launching airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria....
NATO's outgoing chief: 'We cut fat, built muscle"
BRUSSELS (AP) -- When Anders Fogh Rasmussen took over at NATO, the alliance was struggling to contain a growing insurgency in Afghanistan, and some predicted it would soon follow its Cold War foe, the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact, into the dustbin of history....
Tensions high as ambush suspect evades capture
CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) -- A 10-day manhunt for the survivalist accused of ambushing a Pennsylvania State Police barracks has narrowed to the rural area where he grew up and his parents still live, but the suspect has managed to elude capture despite the efforts of hundreds of law enforcement officials....
Corbett, Wolf joust over taxes, finances in debate
HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) -- Taxes, state government finances and education policy dominated the first debate in the Pennsylvania governor's race Monday night, as Republican Gov. Tom Corbett sought to raise questions about the viability of Democrat Tom Wolf's policy goals and Wolf attacked Corbett's handling of the economy and schools....
Girl, 15, shot, killed near Philadelphia hospital
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Police say a 15-year-old girl has died after she was shot during a disturbance near a Philadelphia hospital....
2 plead in union intimidation case in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Several Philadelphia ironworkers are pleading guilty in a labor intimidation case that involves the arson of a Quaker meeting house....
House signs off on Philly schools tax measure
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The state House of Representatives on Monday advanced a bill to provide crucial revenue for the cash-strapped Philadelphia School District....
Washington files lawsuit against online company
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington state's attorney general is suing a Philadelphia-based online company that he says used deceptive marketing tactics on millions of customers across the country....
PennDOT to award bulk bridge-building contracts
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is preparing to choose a private-sector team to replace at least 558 ailing state bridges and maintain them for 25 years as part of an innovative public-private partnership, an official said Monday....
New Pittsburgh mayor's budget includes tax hike
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's first proposed budget includes a half-mill property tax increase that will cost homeowners about $40 for each $100,000 their property is worth. That factors in discounts including homestead exemptions....
DA to seek death penalty in pregnant woman's death
SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) -- A prosecutor will pursue the death penalty against a western Pennsylvania man jailed on charges that he killed his pregnant girlfriend and her baby....
Easthampton man convicted of killing girlfriend
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) -- An Easthampton man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his girlfriend....
Mayor Bill Peduto's proposed budget for next year includes a half mill increase in the city's property tax. Peduto says the hike corrects a miscalculation that decreased property taxes last year by too much and helped create a 35 million dollar budget deficit this year. Peduto says the "slight" tax increase is the fiscally responsible thing to do.
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