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US, UN announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire to begin Friday morning, the United Nations and United States announced, although Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned there were "no guarantees" the lull in violence would bring an end to the 24-day-old Gaza war....
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US, UN announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire to begin Friday morning, the United Nations and United States announced, although Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned there were "no guarantees" the lull in violence would bring an end to the 24-day-old Gaza war....
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Gaza truce comes after days of pushing for a deal

NEW DELHI (AP) -- Hours past midnight Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was still working the phones, trying to come up with a cease-fire plan to stop the bloodshed in the Gaza Strip. He'd been pushing for a deal all day - in fact, for more than a week - and nailing down a final agreement was proving elusive....
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W. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- The death toll from the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 in West Africa as security forces went house-to-house in Sierra Leone's capital Thursday looking for patients and others exposed to the disease....
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Funding for Philly schools stalls in Capitol

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Funding to ensure that Philadelphia city leaders will allow the city's schools to open on time in September was thrown deeper into doubt Thursday after Republican House majority leaders canceled a planned voting session next week amid intra-GOP fights....
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Testimony, advocates clash at EPA coal hearings

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Union miners and others opposed to stricter pollution rules for coal-burning power plants proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency clashed inside and outside the city's federal building on the first of two days of public hearings on the new regulations....
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Lawmaker lauds Colorado's handling of marijuana

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania state senator who is charging a nearly $5,000 trip to taxpayers to see how Colorado is dealing with marijuana's legalization says it's home to a high-tech, high-paid industry and isn't a state full of "stoners."...
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1,100 layoffs planned at Alpha coal mines in W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- One of the nation's largest coal producers said Thursday it expects to lay off 1,100 workers at 11 southern West Virginia surface coal mines by mid-October, citing dismal markets and federal regulation....
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Coal dust limit to try to combat black lung

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The Obama administration's push to reduce black lung disease by limiting coal dust in mines will begin to take effect on Friday....
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Director of Penn State Blue Band retiring in 2015

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- The director of Penn State's renowned Blue Band is retiring....
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Network planned to bring shale power to East Coast

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- PPL Corp. said Thursday it wants to spend billions of dollars to build a 725-mile system of electric transmission lines that will bring energy from the booming Marcellus Shale natural gas fields to customers on the heavily populated Eastern Seaboard....
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Cracked rail caused 2012 Md. coal train derailment

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A coal train derailment that killed two Maryland college students was caused by a broken rail on a section of track being monitored by a railroad because of previous problems, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday....
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Sudan woman who faced death over faith lands in US

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- A Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence arrived Thursday in the United States, where she was welcomed first by the mayor of Philadelphia as a "world freedom fighter" and later by cheering supporters waving American flags in New Hampshire....
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AP PHOTOS: Mansion or shack? It's the $1M question

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Swimming pool with a hot tub. Four bedrooms and four-car garage. Granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances. That's what $ 1 million will buy you in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa....
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Opinion Poll

KQV/Trib Total Media Listener Poll
Do you approve or disapprove of the President's handling of the situation between Israel and the Palestinians? <More Info>

Approve:
Disapprove:
Disapprove:
72%
Approve:
28%
Total Votes: 7,679

Yesterday's Poll

Do you agree with five Pennsylvania congressmen that the NCAA penalties against Penn State as a result of the Jerry Sandusky scandal should be cancelled?

Yes:
75%
No:
25%
Total Votes: 7,573

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