Death toll stands at 36 in Oakland warehouse fire
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Some people managed to text loved ones goodbye and "I love you" before they died in an Oakland warehouse fire that claimed three dozen lives, officials said, as heart-rending reports of victims' last moments emerged from the most lethal building fire in the U.S. in more than a decade....
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Ransomed: The freeing of 226 Christians from Islamic State
SAARLOUIS, Germany (AP) -- The millions in ransom money came in dollar by dollar, euro by euro from around the world. The donations, raised from church offerings, a Christmas concert, and the diaspora of Assyrian Christians on Facebook, landed in a bank account in Iraq. Its ultimate destination: the Islamic State group....
Putin's Russia seeks to project power with modern military
MOSCOW (AP) -- With an aircraft carrier deployed off Syria's shores and hundreds of new jets, missiles and tanks entering service each year, President Vladimir Putin can project Russian military power on a scale unseen since Soviet times....
Russia's men increasingly see army as good job, not dead end
YEKATERINBURG, Russia (AP) -- Increasingly, the young men of Russia say they see military service as an opportunity, not a dreaded obligation to avoid....
Fire sweeps through Philadelphia building, leaves 9 injured
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Firefighters caught a baby tossed to safety from a third-floor window as an early morning fire swept through a building that housed apartments and a business in Philadelphia's Frankford section, injuring nine people....
2 died in Interstate 380 crash
TOBYHANNA, Pa. (AP) -- Two people in a car are dead following a crash on Interstate 380 in Monroe County....
Filing: As guard lay dying, inmate stole gum from his pocket
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors say an inmate's killing of a guard at a federal prison in Pennsylvania was a calculated slaying during which the inmate paused to chew a piece of gum he took from the dying guard's pocket....
Police: Uber driver made unwanted sexual advances, charged
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Police in the Pittsburgh suburbs say an Uber driver has been charged with indecent assault and harassment for allegedly making unwanted sexual advances toward a female passenger....
The Latest: Michigan bill would make Stein pay recount costs
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The Latest on the presidential recount efforts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin (all times local):...
Police: Pennsylvania man robs grandmother during bank trip
BOSWELL, Pa. (AP) -- A western Pennsylvania man is jailed on charges he robbed his grandmother of $363 while taking a ride with her to a bank....
Man killed, bystander wounded in shooting outside laundry
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Police say a man was killed and a bystander was wounded in a shooting outside a laundromat in Philadelphia's Logan section....
Police investigating Satanic graffiti at Pennsylvania church
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) -- Police are investigating Satanic graffiti spray-painted onto a central Pennsylvania church....
Cops: Jailed Pennsylvania man shot friend who texted woman
READING, Pa. (AP) -- Police say an eastern Pennsylvania man jailed on charges he wounded his long-time friend did so because the victim had been texting the suspect's girlfriend....
Police identify 4 in unruly Penn State victory mob
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Police say they've identified four people who will eventually face charges as State College officers investigate property damage and possible rioting following Penn State's Big 10 Championship win....
Last Friday president-elect Donald Trump spoke to Taiwanese President, breaking decades of U.S. protocol, opening the door to potential trouble with China, which refuses to recognize the island as a separate nation. The phone call received was described as congratulatory, and is believed to be the first conversation between an American president and a Taiwanese leader since 1979, when U.S. diplomatic relations were terminated, no longer seen as an independent sovereignty. However Washington has sold $12 billion worth of arms and has an agreement to help defend Taiwan.
Is Senator Toomey right that federal funds should be withheld from sanctuary cities?