Jury acquits leaders of Oregon standoff of federal charges
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A jury delivered an extraordinary blow to the government in a long-running battle over the use of public lands when it acquitted all seven defendants involved in the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in rural southeastern Oregon....
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A year on, Brazil valley waits for recovery from mine flood
BENTO RODRIGUES, Brazil (AP) -- Spreading below lush mountains, this valley is rich in mineral wealth, including veins of gold and one of the largest iron ore deposits in the planet, discoveries that turned the area into Brazil's mining country and the birthplace of one of the world's top producers of minerals....
Libya's navy says 90 migrants perished after boat fell apart
CAIRO (AP) -- The Libyan navy said on Thursday that at least 90 migrants are believed to have perished when their rickety boat started to fall apart in the Mediterranean Sea, after leaving the Libyan coast....
Countries OK world's largest marine reserve in Antarctica
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- The countries that decide the fate of Antarctica reached an historic agreement on Friday to create the world's largest marine protected area in the ocean next to the frozen continent....
The Latest: Jury awards ex-Penn St. assistant coach over $7M
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) -- The Latest on a former Penn State assistant football coach's defamation suit (all times local):...
Pennsylvanians to see higher health premiums, less choice
Some Pennsylvanians who obtain their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act will contend with steep rate hikes and fewer choices as they head into the annual open enrollment period, which begins Nov. 1....
Amtrak to pay $265M for Philadelphia crash that killed 8
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Amtrak will pay $265 million to settle claims related to a crash last year that killed eight people and injured more than 200 others when a speeding train derailed on a curve....
House wraps up, after votes on casinos and police shootings
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The Pennsylvania House of Representatives adjourned Thursday after a busy pre-election legislative agenda that included passing a bill that would allow casino-style gambling in Pennsylvania to expand to the internet and reinstate a provision that casinos pay tens of millions of dollars to host communities....
Diocese, priest deny claims sisters were abused as children
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania Catholic diocese and a priest are denying allegations by two sisters who say the priest repeatedly molested them as girls, including one at her First Communion party....
Feds: Pooper scooper pretended to be Secret Service agent
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A man whose company scoops up pet poop has been charged with flashing a fake Secret Service ID and badge during a traffic stop and using it to get the "government rate" for a hotel room....
Worth it? A faster transplant but a kidney with hepatitis C
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A bold experiment is giving some patients a chance at cutting years off their wait for a kidney transplant if they agree to a drastic-sounding option - getting an organ almost sure to infect them with hepatitis C....
Former township solicitor gets probation for stealing funds
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) -- An eastern Pennsylvania township's former solicitor was sentenced to four years' probation for stealing more than $105,000 of a developer's funds....
Pennsylvania college coaches reach contract deal sans strike
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Coaches at Pennsylvania's 14 state universities have reached a tentative contract agreement with the state's higher education system, avoiding a previously authorized walkout....
Altria to close 2 tobacco facilities affecting 580 workers
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Altria, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes, said Thursday that it will close manufacturing facilities in Pennsylvania and Illinois by early 2018, affecting about 580 workers....
Pa. House Bill 1947 which would have expanded statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse victims failed to come to a final vote as the Senate and House were unable to reach a compromise in Harrisburg. The bill had significant opposition from both the Catholic Conference and the Insurance Federation who argued the legislation would allow victims from decades ago to come forward and file civil suits potentially bankrupting institutions like Diocese of Johnstown-Altoona found guilty by a grand jury abusing hundreds of students over 40 years ago.
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