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Charges, insults fly after Trump aide assails congresswoman

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House on Friday rushed to defend chief of staff John Kelly after he mischaracterized the remarks of a Democratic congresswoman and called her an "empty barrel" making noise. A Trump spokeswoman said it was "inappropriate" to question Kelly in light of his stature as a retired four-star general....
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Devastation in Raqqa raises questions about cost of victory

BEIRUT (AP) -- Kurdish-led forces on Friday declared victory over the Islamic State group in Raqqa, the former "capital" of its self-proclaimed caliphate where militants had terrorized the population for four years - setting up a climactic last stand for the extremists in the last vestiges of territory they control....
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Chinese power over North Korea? It's more myth than reality

BEIJING (AP) -- At first glance, it seems the perfect solution to the world's most dangerous standoff: Find a way to get China to use its enormous influence to force North Korea to abandon its nuclear bombs....
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Japan votes: Incumbent PM Abe appears headed to victory

TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's leader may have made the right call after all, if not for his country then for himself....
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Man who stabbed fellow students considers pleading guilty

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A man charged with stabbing 20 fellow students and a security guard at his suburban Pittsburgh high school three years ago will spend the weekend considering whether to plead guilty, his attorney and a prosecutor said Friday....
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Attorney General: Prosecutor influenced girlfriend's cases

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A 72-year-old Pennsylvania prosecutor obstructed justice and misused the power of his office by improperly intervening in criminal cases involving his 39-year-old heroin-using girlfriend, who is now in state prison on a check-forgery case, a state grand jury found....
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Ex-councilwoman's donation helps save 19 cats in house fire

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania town's fire department is praising an ex-councilwoman whose donation helped save the lives of 19 cats in a house fire....
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Florist's shop robbed while owner giving flowers to veterans

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania florist's shop has been robbed while the owner was away handing out free bouquets to veterans at a health center....
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Ex-prosecutor to sue Cosby accuser, alleging personal injury

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A former district attorney who declined to press sexual-assault charges against Bill Cosby in 2005 has filed the beginnings of a lawsuit against Cosby's accuser in Philadelphia....
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Judges tosses charge against pregnant woman who overdosed

BUTLER, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania judge has dismissed the most serious criminal charge against a woman who authorities say overdosed while pregnant....
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High school students protest over racist carved pumpkins

COATESVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- Several hundred students at a Pennsylvania high school walked out to protest the second race-related incident at the school in just over a week: a Facebook photo showing current and former students posing with pumpkins carved with racist symbols....
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Ex-Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams disbarred

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court disbarred Philadelphia's former top prosecutor, the latest blow to the jailed ex-district attorney who pleaded guilty in a bribery scandal earlier this year....
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Man who slit neck of girlfriend set to move out gets prison

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania man who flew into a rage when his girlfriend said she was moving out has been sentenced to prison for trying to slit her throat with scissors and hitting her with a hammer....
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Police: Newborn's dad sold heroin in hospital maternity ward

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania man has been jailed on charges he sold heroin in the hospital maternity ward room where people were visiting his newborn daughter....
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