Obama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Declaring an end to "mindless austerity," President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Congress to throw out the sweeping spending cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits were spiraling out of control....
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Families plead for lives of IS hostages as swap hopes fade
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- The father of a Jordanian fighter pilot and the wife of a Japanese journalist held by the Islamic State group pleaded for their loved ones' lives after a possible prisoner swap wasn't carried out by a deadline of sunset Thursday....
Gas blast wrecks Mexico children's hospital, at least 2 dead
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Injured and bleeding, mothers carrying infants fled from a maternity hospital shattered by a powerful gas explosion Thursday, and rescuers swung sledgehammers to break through fallen concrete hunting for others who might be trapped....
Simultaneous attacks in Egypt's Sinai kill 25
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- Militants struck more than a dozen army and police targets in the restive Sinai Peninsula with simultaneous attacks involving a car bomb and mortar rounds on Thursday, killing at least 25 people, including civilians, officials said....
Survivalist pleads not guilty in trooper's ambush killing
MILFORD, Pa. (AP) -- A survivalist who spent more than a month on the run after authorities say he killed one Pennsylvania State Police trooper and wounded another in a late-night ambush pleaded not guilty Thursday, setting the stage for a trial at which prosecutors will seek to put him on death row....
Man who died in 2012 gets reappointed to Pa. county board
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Officials in western Pennsylvania are trying to figure out how a man who's been dead for more than two years wound up being reappointed to a county industrial authority board....
McCord stepping down as Pennsylvania treasurer after 6 years
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania state Treasurer Rob McCord is stepping down from the job after six years, although the Democrat who pumped $2.2 million of his own money into his unsuccessful run for governor gave no indication Thursday about his future plans....
Delay sought in hearing over open records officer's status
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The Pennsylvania attorney general's office on Thursday asked for more time before a hearing about who should serve as director of the state Office of Open Records....
Man in Connecticut gun scare gets probation in federal case
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A Connecticut man sentenced to two years in state prison last month for bringing a semiautomatic rifle and other firearms onto a college campus and causing a lockdown has received five years of probation in a related federal prosecution....
Wolf bans new gas drilling leases on public land as promised
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Fulfilling a campaign pledge, Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday signed an order Thursday banning new drilling leases on public land, ending a short-lived effort by his Republican predecessor to expand the extraction of natural gas from rock buried deep beneath state parks and forests....
2 found dead in Pittsburgh high-rise apartment, police say
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Two people have been found dead in a high-rise apartment building in Pittsburgh....
Labor board again accuses UPMC of anti-union tactics
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The National Labor Relations Board has again accused the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center of engaging in anti-union tactics....
Judge: Man charged in $2M business district fire incompetent
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A man charged with setting an apartment fire that spread and caused more than $2 million damage to several buildings in the main business district of a poor Pittsburgh suburb has been ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial....
Long-awaited trial to open in Etan Patz missing-child case
NEW YORK (AP) -- The teenage stock clerk was just a name in a file for decades, one of many people police encountered while searching for a 6-year-old boy named Etan Patz. Thirty-five years later, Pedro Hernandez is going on trial in a case that defined the nation's approach to missing children....
A Joint resolution proposed to amend the Pennsylvania constitution by giving the General Assembly authority to define who is or is not an "Institution of Purely Public Charity," has drawn criticism from the Peduto administration. Senate bill-4 would transfer power from local officials to the Pennsylvania General Assembly in determining what criteria must be satisfied to qualify for real estate tax exemption. Kevin Acklin, Chief of Staff to Mayor Peduto, says the bill disrupts the "status quo" and eliminates the city's ability to negotiate with its nonprofits in exchange for services.
Do you think Governor Corbett's appointment during his last week in office should be allowed to remain head of the State Office of Open Records?