New York cop killer had long rap sheet

Calls for peace come from across the spectrum as details about the shooter emerge.

about 3 hours ago

After Ottawa attack, a renewed focus on statehouse security

States show wide range of approaches to securing capitol buildings.

about 2 hours ago

Rape accusations follow him around campus and beyond

Columbia student Paul Nungesser for the first time addresses accusations of rape.

about 2 hours ago

Nation briefs: Lightning strike injures seven

PLUS: Obama selects Yates; Florida officer killed; Gas prices still falling; Good news from Brokaw.

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Florida police officer killed; shooting suspect in custody

Officer Charles Kondek, 45, was gunned down in Tarpon Springs, about 30 miles northwest of Tampa, after responding to a call around 2 a.m.

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  In this file April 5, 2011, file photo, Jami Cash, daughter of dead coal miner Michael Elswick, attends a vigil following the Upper Big Branch memorial service in Whitesville, W.Va., for the 29 coal miners killed in an explosion at the mine in Montcoal, W.Va.

U.S. coal mines nearing record low in worker deaths

Federal mine safety officials credit changes they've made since the Upper Big Branch disaster in April 2010.

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 In this December 2012 file photo, the former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, center, is crowned

Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia

The three-time world heavyweight champion, who is battling Parkinson's, is being treated by his team of doctors and is in stable condition.

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Ohio moves to make elections more competitive

A state legislative election proposal could have an indirect impact on congressional districts because they are drawn by state lawmakers.

1 day ago

Congress finishes up, its members still grumbling

Its modest achievements were overshadowed by partisan gridlock, investigations and sharp clashes capped by a government shutdown.

1 day ago

Mississippi attorney general retreats after lawsuit by Google

The company contends Mississippi’s Jim Hood was improperly influenced by Hollywood studios that are trying to crack down on pirated movies.

1 day ago

National Briefs: World War I memorial approved

Plus: Anthrax report issued; Record auto recalls; Bus crash hurts dozens; Negative Ebola test; Obamas start vacation.

1 day ago

 The driver of this truck was killed in 2008 when his rig overturned on Interstate 79.

Is that big rig road worthy?

Trucks have become safer to drive than ever. So why are they involved in so many accidents?

1 day ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Refusniks: some attorneys general play a new role, declining to enforce laws

Are attorneys general nationwide showing discretion, or abdication, when they refuse to uphold laws they deem unconstitutional?

1 day ago

 President Barack Obama speaks at his end-of-the-year news conference in Washington, D.C.

Obama pans Sony on 'The Interview'

The president spoke at his end-of-the-year press conference.

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Sony defends shelving of 'The Interview' after Obama criticism

Sony Pictures Entertainment’s chief executive on Friday rebuked the president’s comment that the company made a “mistake.”

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Obama downplays Keystone XL pipeline’s impact

President Barack Obama on Friday cast the Keystone pipeline project as important to Canadian oil producers.

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Panel to advise against penalty for CIA’s computer search

An inquiry into the CIA’s search of a Senate investigative panel’s computers will yield no disciplinary action.

2 days ago

 Bulletproof vests lie on each side of an NYPD patrol car as investigators work at the scene where two NYPD officers were shot in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Police said an armed man walked up to the officers sitting inside the patrol car and opened fire before running into a nearby subway station and committing suicide. Both police officers were killed.

Two NYC police officers killed in ambush shooting

An armed man walked up to two officers in a patrol car and opened fire, then ran into a subway station and committed suicide, police said.

1 day ago

 U.S. President Barack Obama announces a shift in policy toward Cuba while delivering an address to the nation.

Obama intends to lift several restrictions against Cuba on his own

President Barack will act as soon as next month to lift curbs on travel, commerce and financial activities with Cuba, despite congressional

3 days ago

Sony hacking 'merits an appropriate response,' White House says

The White House calls the Sony movie studios hacking “a serious national security matter.”

3 days ago

Report on White House security: Need higher fence, new leadership

Homeland Security panel decries Secret Service “starved for leadership.’’

3 days ago

Obama goes from midterm drubbing to checking off bucket list

Mr. Obama’s recent spree of actions shows he’s using his executive powers “to the hilt” to create a new paradigm.

3 days ago

Missouri sues 13 St. Louis suburbs over ‘predatory’ traffic fines

The state attorney general in Missouri has sued 13 St. Louis suburbs, saying they ignored a law limiting revenues derived from traffic

3 days ago

 Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps walks into a courthouse for a trial on drunken driving and other charges on Friday in Baltimore. Documents show that the 29-year-old was leaving Baltimore's Horseshoe Casino Sept. 30 when he was pulled over for speeding and crossing the centerline on a highway.

Gold medalist Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI

Phelps, 29, was sentenced to a year in prison, but the prison sentence is suspended. He must be on probation for a year and a half.

2 days ago

National briefs: Boston Marathon bombing case court date

Plus: Feds sue over inmates; ex-governor loses appeal; Obama pardons 12; illness outbreak response; car plows into crowd; high power bills?

3 days ago

Ten indicted in connection with Akron dog-fighting ring

Investigators discovered firearms, narcotics and more than $52,000 in cash.

3 days ago

 Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in April 2013.

Lawyer for Boston bombing suspect plans to seek trial delay

Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the April 2013 marathon.

3 days ago

McConnell aims to fight tighter coal regulations

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged Wednesday to do all he can to stop President Barack Obama’s coal plant regulations

4 days ago

Swap of Cuban who spied for U.S. is at the heart of exchange package

Key U.S. “intelligence asset” imprisoned in Cuba for nearly two decades was swapped for three Cuban spies.

4 days ago

Child agencies found failing

At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the United States in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities.

4 days ago

Report: Wealth gap widens

The wealth gap between middle- and upper-income households has widened to the highest level on record.

4 days ago

Congress ends feds’ ban on medical pot

Congress’ spending bill passage effectively ended federal ban on medical marijuana.

4 days ago

National briefs: 4 charged in chemical spill

Plus: Recount affirms GOP win; actor admits sex abuse; Alcatraz escape study; Johns Hopkins snafu; death penalty dropped; rapper is

4 days ago

Justices to Ariz: Issue driver’s licenses

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday let stand a ruling requiring Arizona to issue driver’s licenses to young immigrants spared

4 days ago

14 who worked for pharmacy held in fatal meningitis

BOSTON — Fourteen employees of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy were charged Wednesday in connection with a fungal meningitis outbreak

4 days ago

 Emiliano Cabrera is an undocumented immigrant from Honduras who is applying for legal protection under President Barack Obama's recent executive action. A 53-year-old construction worker who lives in Carnegie, Mr. Cabrera is shown here with his American-born daughter, Emily Cabrera Vindel, 8.

Obama’s executive action clouds long-term immigration changes

Will the president's immigration action lead to gridlock -- or will it trigger piecemeal progress?

5 days ago

 A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles Thursday.

NYC premiere of North Korea comedy 'The Interview' canceled after threats

The hackers warned people to stay away from cinemas showing the film and darkly reminded moviegoers of the Sept. 11 attacks.

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 Cuban students march in a street of Havana Wednesday after Washington released three Cuban spies -- heroes in Cuba-- who had been in a U.S. prison since 2001. The United States and Cuba brought their bitter Cold War stand-off towards a historic close Wednesday, agreeing to revive diplomatic ties and to ease a five-decade U.S. trade embargo.

Change in U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations ignites political debate over ties with communist nation

Obama administration officials had considered Alan Gross' imprisonment an impediment to improving relations with Cuba.

4 days ago

New York bans fracking after health report calls it unsafe

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the decision on whether to allow this kind of drilling in New York was up to New York’s environmental commissioner.

4 days ago

For GOP, Jeb Bush's decision to explore presidential bid scrambles 2016 field

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday that he is actively exploring a 2016 presidential run, shaking up the GOP field.

5 days ago

Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirms $151M ruling against Wal-Mart

The case concerns unpaid wages from work during breaks and in other circumstances.

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 Teachers and students listen to a live, nationally broadcast speech by Cuba's President Raul Castro today about the country's restoration of relations with the United States, at a school in Havana, Cuba.

Florida's Cuban-Americans rejoice at U.S. policy overhaul

Florida is home to roughly 80 percent of the country's Cuban-American population.

4 days ago

Threatening emails sent over Sony movie

Sony Pictures hackers threaten 9/11-style terror against theaters showing the studio’s new comedy, “The Interview.”

5 days ago

Nation briefs : Survey says teen e-cigarette use increasing

Plus: Apple wins suit; Mars rover finding; Obama pick confirmed; Alaska leasing ban.

5 days ago

Research shows Americans are still divided on immigration

Surveys done by the Pew Research Center show that three-quarters of Americans think the immigration system needs to undergo major changes.

5 days ago

Newtown families sue rifle manufacturer, distributor and seller for wrongful death

Newtown school shooting victims’ kin have sued the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle.

6 days ago

 Andrew Achilleos, a British citizen who is graduating from Carnegie Mellon University, hopes to get an H-1B visa to start a custom suit company in Pittsburgh.

H-1B work visa full of uncertainties for immigrants

The H-1B program: Is America shortchanging itself, or are we exploiting foreign-born students?

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 Pittsburgh Public Schools prepare for another year of the Summer Dreamers Academy in 2014.

Pittsburgh summer learning programs boost math scores, not other outcomes

The Wallace Foundation invested more than $50 million into the Rand study to determine how well the summer enrichment programs work.

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 "Congress’ lawmaking power is not subject to presidential supervision or control," Judge Arthur J. Schwab wrote of President Obama's immigration action.

Federal judge in Pittsburgh declares Obama's immigration action unconstitutional

U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab issued the opinion in a criminal case involving a Honduran man who re-entered the country illegally.

5 days ago

Police altering tactics after killings, protests

Amid racial tensions, police across the nation are changing procedures to curtail use of deadly force in a bid to ease public distrust and

6 days ago


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