Streaming release of 'Interview' test for industry
ATLANTA (AP) -- Sony's "The Interview" has been a hacking target, a punchline and a political lightning rod. Now, with its release online at the same time it debuts in theaters, it has a new role: a test for a new kind of movie release....
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Father of pilot captured by IS pleads for release
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- The father of a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State group in Syria pleaded for his son's release on Thursday, reminding militants that his son shared the same faith as the ultraconservative group....
Afghans hope for change after bloody year
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- When Graeme Smith arrived in Afghanistan in 2005, he drove across the country from Kabul south to the Talban's former capital Kandahar on a newly paved road that cut travelling time from a bone-rattling 14 hours to just six....
Pope wishes Christmas hope and peace for Mideast
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis focused his concern on those weeping in the world this Christmas, singling out refugees, hostages and others suffering in the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine as he prayed for hope and peace Thursday....
Corbett leaves governorship with unsettled legacy
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The most notable elements of Gov. Tom Corbett's legacy may have been cemented on Election Day....
Dreaming of a white Christmas? Go West
NEW YORK (AP) -- If it's a white Christmas you're after, you'd better follow this familiar advice: Go West....
On pope visit checklist: lots of communion wafers
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A quick look at the to-do list of a city preparing for a papal visit:...
Teen wounded in violent Pa. spree out of hospital
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A suburban Philadelphia teenager is out of the hospital a week after he was wounded in a shooting, slashing and chopping frenzy that left his parents, sister and three other relatives dead....
Coroner: Suspect in 6 killings committed suicide
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A man believed to have killed his ex-wife and five of her relatives earlier this month in the Philadelphia suburbs killed himself with a combination of drugs after the slayings, authorities said....
Jury mulling case of woman who took dying man's dog
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Jurors will return after Christmas to resume deliberations in the trial of a western Pennsylvania woman charged with stealing a cancer-stricken man's dog and having it euthanized....
5 Eagles in Pro Bowl honored, but disappointed
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Jason Kelce, Connor Barwin and Darren Sproles are going to their first Pro Bowl one month after their season ends sooner than expected....
Philadelphia taxi firms file suit against Uber
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A group of 45 Philadelphia taxi companies have filed suit in federal court against Uber's ride-sharing service, calling the app-based enterprise unfair competition against medallion owners who have to operate under state laws and regulations....
Youth movement fueling Pittsburgh turnaround
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The play might not have happened in September. Stephon Tuitt might not have been ready. Vince Williams might not have even been on the field....
No charges against counselor in online threat case
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Prosecutors say a high school guidance counselor won't face charges in an online post threatening any protesters who stopped her son from getting to a Philadelphia Eagles game earlier this month....
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