Military plans would put women in most combat jobs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A top general says cultural, social and behavioral concerns may be bigger hurdles than physical fitness requirements for women looking to move into the military's special operations units....
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Syrian pound tumbles on US plans to arm rebels
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Many exchange shops closed in Damascus on Tuesday, fearing more chaos a day after the Syrian currency plunged to a new record low, reflecting growing fears in the capital following a U.S. decision to arm rebel groups fighting to topple President Bashar Assad's regime....
US, Taliban to start talks on ending Afghan war
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Taliban and the U.S. said Tuesday they will hold talks on finding a political solution to ending nearly 12 years of war in Afghanistan, as the international coalition formally handed over control of the country's security to the Afghan army and police....
A look at US-Taliban relations
Word that the Taliban and U.S. will hold formal talks to find a political solution to end nearly 12 years of war in Afghanistan comes after years of failed efforts at peace talks. A look at the evolution of U.S. relations with the Taliban:...
Top Pa. senator: Liquor bill still lacks support
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A top Republican state senator says legislation one of their members is writing to liberalize wine, beer and liquor sales in Pennsylvania doesn't yet have enough support to pass the chamber....
AP: PennDOT withholds funding plan from public
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The state Department of Transportation has built a website that compares competing plans to spend billions of dollars on highways and bridges in new transportation money under proposals being considered by the Legislature, but agency officials have refused to release similar information to the public, which will pay for the chosen projects....
Auditor: Payments take heavy toll on Pa. turnpike
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The cash toll for a cross-state trip on the Pennsylvania Turnpike is expected to reach about $50 by 2021, state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Tuesday as he urged lawmakers to halt the spiraling debt resulting from the massive contributions the turnpike is required to make toward the state's other transportation needs....
Suit: McDonald's wages put on costly debit card
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Would you like fees with that?...
How Pennsylvania fared on teacher quality report
The National Council on Teacher Quality released a provocative survey Tuesday that found a majority of teacher preparation programs in the U.S. are not adequately training aspiring educators. The study looked at 1,130 programs whose students represent 99 percent of traditionally trained teachers....
Union presents plan to save jobs at GE Erie plant
ERIE, Pa. (AP) -- Union officials have presented a plan to keep 950 jobs at a General Electric Transportation plant in Erie, but the company cast doubt on the proposal....
Concern over 2002 DC protest led to deal with Navy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The District of Columbia police department arranged to use U.S. Navy satellite communications and video equipment as it prepared for a large 2002 demonstration that resulted in about 400 arrests and multi-million-dollar legal settlements, according to emails, invoices and other documents that shed new light on the collaboration between law enforcement and the military....
Pa. man gets 38 months, probation for porn, threat
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A western Pennsylvania man who threatened to have a U.S. postal inspector gang raped and murdered for investigating him for child pornography possession was sentenced Tuesday to 38 months in prison....
Philly police: Child used in theft of wallet
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Police have released surveillance footage that shows a woman instructing a young girl to steal a wallet at a nail salon....
Police: Pa. cars may have been racing before crash
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Police in Allentown are investigating whether two cars may have been racing before a crash that killed three people in one vehicle....
Do you agree with the Supreme Court's decision that Arizona cannot require proof of citizenship when people register to vote? <More Info>
The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down one of the most far-reaching voter check laws in the country, ruling Arizona cannot require proof of citizenship when people register to vote.
Do you agree with the President's decision to send direct U.S. military support to the Syrian rebels?