Popular Nevada governor looms over fight for Reid seat
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's decision to retire next year leaves no clear successor in his home state of Nevada, where a popular Republican governor appears reluctant to change jobs and the pending loss of Reid's clout in Washington is causing anxiety over who might replace him....
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Saudi Arabia blames 'technical failure' for Yemen jet crash
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Saudi Arabia on Saturday blamed a "technical fault" for forcing two of its pilots in an F-15 to eject over waters south of Yemen during a mission amid a bombing campaign targeting Shiite rebels in the country....
Italian court throws out Knox conviction once and for all
ROME (AP) -- Amanda Knox, who maintained that she and her former Italian boyfriend were innocent in her British roommate's murder through multiple trials and nearly four years in jail, was vindicated Friday when Italy's highest court threw out their convictions once and for all....
Marriage plans and writing occupy Amanda Knox
SEATTLE (AP) -- Despite the murder case hanging over her head, Amanda Knox tried to lead a normal life in the more than three years since she was freed from an Italian prison: She recently got engaged and has started writing theater reviews and other articles for a weekly paper in her hometown....
Authorities: Woman posed as lawyer for decade, named partner
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A woman used forged documents to pose as an estate lawyer for a decade and made partner at her small firm before her fraud was discovered, according to charges announced Friday....
Girl, 4, sneaks out, hops bus in search of 3 a.m. slushie
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A 4-year-old girl has grabbed her purple raincoat, slipped out of her house at 3 a.m. and hopped a Philadelphia bus in search of a snack....
Deer poachers plead guilty in York County case
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Six central Pennsylvania residents have been ordered to pay more than $23,000 in fines and costs stemming from a three-month deer poaching spree....
Pa. town using signs to shame residents into cutting lawns
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A councilwoman in a small Pennsylvania borough says they're wrong for approving a form of public shaming to make sure residents cut their lawns this summer....
Police surround home with bomb threat suspect, woman inside
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A man wanted for violating his probation after he was convicted of holding hostages by pretending to have a bomb at a bank in 2008 has surrendered after spending nearly eight hours refusing to come out of a western Pennsylvania residence surrounded by state police Friday....
Philadelphia schools to close day before Pope Francis' visit
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Public school students in Philadelphia will get a day off before Pope Francis comes to town....
Nearly 100 get food poisoning; officials won't say from what
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A "food source" sickened nearly 100 restaurant patrons in Philadelphia last month, but city and state health officials say Pennsylvania law bars them from disclosing what the food was or how it was contaminated....
Senate GOP eyes current workers as source of pension savings
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania's cold war over public pensions is heating up as Senate Republicans consider resurrecting a plan to pare future benefits for hundreds of thousands of current state and school employees....
Mom to murderer: You're 'going straight to hell'
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) -- A man convicted of strangling a pharmacist and his girlfriend was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole, after the mother of one victim called him a "useless waste of space and air" and declared, "You are going straight to hell."...
Ex-child welfare agency head guilty of stealing $68,000
ERIE, Pa. (AP) -- The former head of a county child welfare agency in northwestern Pennsylvania has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $68,000 by allegedly misusing agency vehicles and credit cards....
The U.S. is in the strange position of fighting ISIL alongside Iran while at the same time backing the Sunni campaign against Iran’s allies in Yemen. Our relationship with Israel is strained at best and there is chaos in Syria and Libya. James Jeffrey, who served as President Barack Obama’s ambassador to Iraq, claims we are in a free fall in the Middle East. Officials argue that the chaos is fueled by ethnic and religious forces largely beyond America’s control.
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