Default fuels uncertainty, stock drop in Argentina
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's economy minister says he is willing to hold further talks with holdout investors whose claim for bond payments forced the South American country into its second default in 13 years....
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US, UN announce deal on Gaza cease-fire
NEW DELHI (AP) -- The United States and United Nations are announcing that Israel and Hamas have agreed to a humanitarian cease-fire to start Friday morning for 72 hours....
Abbas seeks broad support for war crimes charges
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Nearly a month into Israel's fierce assault on Hamas in Gaza, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is facing mounting domestic pressure to seek war crimes charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court....
Israel vows to destroy Hamas tunnels
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will destroy Hamas' tunnel network in the Gaza Strip designed for deadly attacks inside Israel, "with or without a cease-fire," as the military called up another 16,000 reservists to pursue its campaign against Palestinian militants in the densely-populated territory....
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....
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."...
1,100 layoffs planned at Alpha coal mines in W.Va.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Alpha Natural Resources 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....
Cigarette tax for Philly schools stalls in Capitol
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Republican majority leaders are scrapping plans for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to meet next week to act on legislation authorizing a cigarette sales tax in Philadelphia so its schools have enough money to open in September....
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....
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....
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....
Sudan woman who faced death over faith heads to US
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, which was later overturned, left Europe on Thursday for the United States, where she will make her new home....
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....
PennDOT contractor arraigned on $3.6M theft charge
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A Department of Transportation contractor stole $3.6 million in public funds by billing the state for work that was never done, state prosecutors said Thursday in what they described as an ongoing corruption probe of PennDOT's southeastern Pennsylvania district....
According to a recent Washington Post/ABC News Poll 52 percent of Americans disapprove of the president's handling of the situation between Israel and the Palestinians' compared with 39 percent who approve. Half of Americans disapprove of President Obama's handling of international affairs in general, compared with 46 percent who approve.
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