Senate opens 'Obamacare' debate at last but outcome in doubt
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Prodded by President Donald Trump, a bitterly divided Senate voted, at last, Tuesday to move forward with the Republicans' long-promised legislation to repeal and replace "Obamacare." There was high drama as Sen. John McCain returned to the Capitol for the first time after being diagnosed with brain cancer to cast a decisive "yes" vote....
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Rights groups ask Duterte to retract threat to bomb schools
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Human rights groups asked the Philippine president Wednesday to retract a threat to order airstrikes against tribal schools he accused of teaching students to become communist rebels, warning such an attack would constitute a war crime....
Vatican Cardinal Pell faces Australian court on sex charges
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Silent but defiant, Cardinal George Pell made his first court appearance in Australia on Wednesday on charges of sexual abuse, vowing through his lawyer to fight the allegations that have rocked Rome and threatened the pope's image as a crusader against abusive clergy....
AP: Brazilians detail abuses by US church, shattered lives
SAO JOAQUIM DE BICAS, Brazil (AP) -- At the Word of Faith Fellowship churches in the Brazilian cities of Sao Joaquim de Bicas and Franco da Rocha, the signs of broken families are everywhere: parents separated from their children, siblings who no longer speak, grandparents who wonder if they will ever know their grandchildren....
Aide says congressman's opponent was paid to drop from race
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A former aide to a political challenger of a powerful U.S. representative admitted that she helped funnel the congressman's cash to her former boss in exchange for his withdrawal from a 2012 election, federal prosecutors said Tuesday....
Mayor of Allentown, Pennsylvania, under federal indictment
The mayor of Pennsylvania's third-largest city was charged Tuesday as part of a long-running federal corruption probe, according to his lawyer....
Donation helps Duquesne Law provide training for judges
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A $7.5 million grant will help Duquesne Law School lead an effort to improve continuing education programs for Pennsylvania's judges, district judges, senior judges and justices....
2 photographers arrested on top of 400-foot-tall bridge
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Two thrill-seeking photographers who climbed to the top of the nearly 400-foot-tall (122-meter-tall) Ben Franklin Bridge were arrested after setting off motion detectors during their middle-of-the-night ascent, officials said....
Artist uses Iraq refugees, war veterans in radio project
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- In 2016, an Iraqi-American artist sat down with Bahjat Abdulwahed - the so-called "Walter Cronkite of Baghdad" - with the idea of launching a radio project that would be part documentary, part radio play and part variety show....
Judge halts Sunoco pipeline work in eastern Pennsylvania
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- An environmental judge has ordered a two-week halt on horizontal drilling across Pennsylvania for construction of a natural gas pipeline pending a hearing next month....
Ex-Marine killed in Syria passionate about fight against IS
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A former Marine believed so strongly in the war against the Islamic State group that he secretly traveled to Syria, where he was killed this month while fighting for a Kurdish militia group....
Names of 2 of 3 killed in Pittsburgh-area crash released
BETHEL PARK, Pa. (AP) -- Authorities have released the names of two of the three people killed in the early morning crash of a car that hit a telephone pole in the Pittsburgh suburbs....
Police probing fire that destroyed, damaged camping vehicles
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. (AP) -- State police were continuing to investigate the cause of a fire that damaged or destroyed nine recreational vehicles at a western Pennsylvania campground....
US Steel reports 2Q profit, offers optimistic outlook
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- United States Steel Corp. shares jumped more than 9 percent after the steel maker said its second-quarter earnings rebounded from a loss and improved more than $300 million....
Charlie Gard a terminally ill eleven-month-old British baby, whose lengthy court battle over his end-of-life care has raised uncomfortable questions about family, autonomy and trust for institutions in public health systems. The London hospital treating Charlie concluded it would be in his "best interest" to remove him from a ventilator rather than suffer needlessly. Charlie's parents disagreed, wanting him to undergo experimental treatments in the U.S., but relinquished this week once their Supreme Court ruled he should be taken off life support.
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