Kerry back in Mideast to push peace talks
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Continuing a furious pace of shuttle diplomacy aimed at securing an elusive Israeli-Palestinian peace deal by spring, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry opened meetings Thursday in the Middle East on his ninth trip of the year to the region....
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Mexican Congress approves historic energy bill
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's Congress voted Thursday to open the country's moribund state-run oil industry to private investment after a raucous, 20-hour debate over the most dramatic energy reform in decades....
Interpreter at Mandela event: I was hallucinating
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The man accused of faking sign interpretation while standing alongside world leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela's memorial service said Thursday he hallucinated that angels were entering the stadium, has schizophrenia and has been violent in the past....
Putin defends Russian conservative values
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin cast Russia Thursday as a defender of conservative values against the "genderless and infertile" Western tolerance that he said equates good and evil....
Complete statewide Pa. school grade data released
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania school officials gave mixed reviews of their grades under a new system that state officials say will help parents, administrators and the public to assess and improve student achievement....
Pa. House OKs bill to allow $25 bounty on coyotes
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A bill that would authorize the Pennsylvania Game Commission to set a bounty on coyotes is advancing in the Legislature after winning the approval of the state House of Representatives....
Pa. DA: Charges coming in death of NYC student
Criminal charges are coming in the death of a New York City college student who was forced to run a gauntlet during a fraternity ritual, a northeastern Pennsylvania prosecutor said Thursday....
Philadelphia's hungry on rise, report says
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A national report on hunger and homelessness said the number of people needing emergency food from Philadelphia's pantries rose 7 percent over the last year, and that was before cuts in food stamps took effect last month, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Thursday....
Pittsburgh cops to offer domestic violence surveys
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- City police will soon begin giving victims of domestic violence an 11-question survey that seeks to predict the likelihood that they could be killed by their partner....
Work starts on Newtown-inspired 'Child's Requiem'
BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) -- Composer Steven Sametz has written dozens of pieces in his long and prolific career, perhaps none so personal as the one he's about to begin: a requiem for the victims of the schoolhouse massacre in Newtown, Conn....
Cops: Pa. worker took bribes for driver's licenses
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A former state driver's license examiner has been charged with taking bribes from immigrants, mostly from the Asian country of Bhutan, who were given licenses without having to pass driving tests....
Pittsburgh cops see 2 pizza robberies in 1 minute
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- In a city recently plagued by food delivery robberies, Pittsburgh police are dealing with something new: two pizza-related robberies in the same minute....
DA: How many of 5 DUIs count as 'first' offenses
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) -- A central Pennsylvania prosecutor must decide how many of a man's five drunken-driving arrests in the past 14 months count as "first" offenses....
Sandusky lawyer sued over $25,000 credit card debt
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- The ex-defense attorney for former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is now facing legal troubles himself....
Do you think it was a mistake for President Obama to shake the hand of Cuban leader Raul Castro even if it was spontaneous? <More Info>
Cuban-American lawmakers voiced disappointment over President Obama shaking the hand of Raul Castro during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, calling it a "propaganda coup" for the Cuban government. The Obama administration says this was NOT a pre-planned encounter and that the day was all about honoring Nelson Mandela.
Do you think installing automatic red light cameras at certain Pittsburgh intersections will result in fewer crashes?