Q&A: In Alabama, state court vs. federal courts. Who wins?
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Alabama Supreme Court is in a showdown with a federal judge who ruled that the state's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. The state's justices say they remain the authority on state law, at least until the U.S. Supreme Court settles the question of whether the U.S. Constitution gives gay couples nationwide a fundamental right to marry....
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UN: World eating too much sugar; cut to 5-10 percent of diet
LONDON (AP) -- New guidelines from the World Health Organization are enough to kill anyone's sugar high. The U.N. health agency says the world is eating too much sugar and people should slash their intake to just six to 12 teaspoons per day - an amount that could be exceeded with a single can of soda....
Coal mine blast kills at least 24 in war-torn east Ukraine
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- A rebel-held city scarred by months of conflict in eastern Ukraine suffered more tragedy Wednesday when a methane gas explosion in a coal mine killed at least 24 workers and left nine missing....
Official says China to boost military budget by 10 percent
BEIJING (AP) -- China's official military budget will grow by about 10 percent in the coming year, a legislative spokeswoman said Wednesday, amid unease among Beijing's neighbors about its growing might and territorial ambitions....
Wolf names 6 to Delaware River Port Authority board
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Gov. Tom Wolf is appointing six professionals to the board of the Delaware River Port Authority....
Prosecutors, lawmakers speak against death penalty hiatus
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Prosecutors and members of the Pennsylvania Legislature on Wednesday attacked Gov. Tom Wolf's decision to impose a moratorium on executions in a state that last carried out the death penalty in 1999....
Wolf defends budget, says he's solving decades-old problems
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Fresh off his first budget proposal to the Republican-controlled Legislature, Gov. Tom Wolf is questioning how Republican lawmakers can be so critical of its elements....
Sestak kicking off 2016 Senate campaign with walk across Pa.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Former Pennsylvania congressman Joe Sestak began a 422-mile walk across the state Wednesday to kick off his campaign to capture the U.S. Senate seat occupied by Republican Pat Toomey....
Student arrested while photographing cop takes suit to trial
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A college student arrested as he photographed a Philadelphia police encounter with a homeless woman said Wednesday he tried to be "a fly on the wall" until he was put in handcuffs....
Pennsylvania House passes bill to tweak charter school rules
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania's charter and cybercharter schools would obtain funding directly from the state Department of Education instead of through local districts as part of a package of changes that was passed Wednesday by the House....
Weather closes Penn State for first time in 8 years
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Penn State's main campus is closed for the first time in eight years due to icy roads and forecasts for more snow....
Man charged in death of grandma, 95, who tried to stop fight
NEWTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A suburban Philadelphia man is charged in the death of his 95-year-old grandmother after police say he beat her with a weighted sock when she tried stopping him from using it to attack his father....
DA: Charges in fatal 1970 hit-run halted by suspect's death
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Authorities in western Pennsylvania say they were close to filing homicide charges in a fatal hit-and-run from more than four decades ago, but no charges will be filed because the suspect has died....
Fraud trial of congressman's son delayed by pretrial appeal
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The fraud trial of a congressman's son won't start as scheduled next week after a federal appeals court agreed to consider his pretrial appeal....
Gov. Tom Wolf proposed more than $4 billion in taxes on income, sales and natural gas drilling to support new spending on schools and to cut property taxes as part of an effort to overhaul the way public education is funded. Included in his proposal is a flat tax increase on income from 3.07 percent to 3.7 percent.
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