Scranton police seek man in rape of girl, 14

Scranton detectives seek a man who traveled to Scranton from Tennessee to have sex with a 14-year-old girl he met on Facebook.

about 2 hours ago

Israel agrees to 12-hour 'pause' but reject's U.S. truce terms

Palestinian protests spread across West Bank, while U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry fails to win lasting halt to Gaza fighting.

about 3 hours ago

Report on ‘torture’ kept out of reach

Former CIA officials told they could read it, but then told they couldn’t.

about 3 hours ago

Russia increases cross-border intervention, Ukraine and U.S. say

Moscow’s intent appears to be to reverse gains by Kiev’s forces in rebel-held territory.

about 3 hours ago

 Armed police patrol at the Central railway station in Oslo, Norway, because of a possible terror attack by jihadists returning from Syria on Friday, the day after the country stepped up security.

Norwegian officials warn of terror attack prospect

Police on high alert because of intelligence about threat of jihadists returning there from Syria war.

about 3 hours ago

Peace Corp worker's death spurs queries about its medical services

China volunteer became brain-dead after acute gastrointestinal illness, but local care may have faltered.

about 3 hours ago

 Attorney Jonathan Schochor walks into his office in Baltimore in an undated photo. Johns Hopkins Hospital has agreed to a $190 million settlement with more than 8,000 patients of a gynecologist who secretly photographed and videotaped women’s bodies in the examining room with a pen-like camera he wore around his neck, lawyers said Monday, July 21. 2014. “All of these women were brutalized by this,” said the women’s lead attorney, Jonathan Schochor. “Some of these women needed counseling, they were sleepless, they were dysfunctional in the workplace, they were dysfunctional at home, they were dysfunctional with their mates. (AP Photo/Juliet Linderman)

Pelvic-picture victims must share trauma to win compensation

Settlement from Johns Hopkins Health System requires patients photographed during exams to describe the damage they’ve suffered.

about 3 hours ago

House vote would expand child tax credit to more middle-income families

Democrats and White House contend that bill’s provisions would provide aid higher-income families at the expense of the poorest ones.

about 3 hours ago

Executive action on immigration may provoke GOP impeachment bid, White House says

Presidential action on broad reforms later this summer will shape immigration policy for years, aide says.

about 3 hours ago

Con artist files 'suit' for Bernie Madoff

Con man may have conned court for another con man.

about 3 hours ago

 Central American immigrants await transportation to a U.S. Border Patrol processing center after crossing the Rio Grande from Mexico into the United States on Thursday near Mission, Texas.

Obama presses Honduran, Guatemalan and Honduran leaders to stem migrant tide

He urged the three presidents to persuade citizens not to undertake the perilous journey to the United States.

about 3 hours ago

National briefs: Measure would ‘unlock’ phones

Plus: Dade County mar­riage ban over­turned; Arrest in Kansas heat death; Kuwaiti may go free: Sen. Paul courts blacks

about 3 hours ago

World briefs: Beheadings cited in Syria

Plus: Russia-Iraq arms deal; 14 travelers executed in Afghanistan; S, Korea ferry sinking arrest; Black box recovered; Ebola hurting

about 3 hours ago

Planned changes to law stir worry

Updates to the state’s Right to Know law could be in the works in Harrisburg when legislators return in the fall.

about 3 hours ago

 Mike Harris, left, and Alden Galvin, employees of PwC Pittsburgh, jumped into the Allegheny River on Friday to raise money for Against Malaria Foundation. This is the seventh year the company took part in the event. It raised about $8,000 this year.

Accountants take plunge to raise funds for the Against Malaria Foundation

PwC Pittsburgh has participated in the event, called “Swim for Malaria,” for seven years now, and raised roughly $8,000 for the foundation.

about 2 hours ago

Obituary: Margaret Zemprelli / ‘A first-class model’ in 1940s

Ms. Zemprelli was most well known for her stints during the 1940s as a spokesmodel for Pennsylvania Telephone Co. and Rinso Detergent.

about 3 hours ago

 Richard Hendrickson, 101, shows equipment he uses to collect temperature and precipitation data for the National Weather Service.

Centenarian has logged weather since 1930

Long Island man has helped nation by recording weather since 1930.

about 3 hours ago

Port Authority standing pat on routes

Upcoming Port Authority service revisions will not include new routes, officials said Friday.

about 3 hours ago

Outbound Liberty Tunnel to reopen this afternoon

Painting will be finished earlier than expected.

about 2 hours ago

Police: Carjacked vehicle hits Philadelphia crowd, killing 2 children, critically injuring 3

Homicide Capt. James Clark said “something obviously went horribly wrong” and the vehicle went out of control and struck a group of people.

about 14 hours ago

 A hospital worker, far right, views police activity around the scene of a shooting Thursday at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, a suburb of Philadelphia in which a caseworker was killed.

Motive unclear in fatal hospital shooting near Philly

Authorities are attempting to determine why a patient fatally shot a caseworker and wounded a psychiatrist.

about 20 hours ago

 Stephanie McFeeters

Out-of-Towners: A transfixed visitor finds a new city worth a love story

A night at PNC Park is but one highlight of a first summer in Pittsburgh.

1 day ago

U.S. firms that merge with foreign ones to avoid taxes are 'deserters,' Obama says

The president says that firms that merge with overseas ones for tax avoidance are burdening middle-income families here.

1 day ago

Algerian jetliner carrying 116 aboard crashes in Mali, with no survivors

Soldiers find wreckage in semidesert area. Bad weather is blamed.

1 day ago

Human rights court in Europe faults Poland for aiding CIA prison torture

Court says Poland failed to investigate what happened to 2 terror suspects detained in its territory.

1 day ago

Islamic State targets 2 Syrian garrisons

Militants’ offensive shows it aims to expel Assad regime forces from areas it has declared as its caliphate.

1 day ago

  Arseniy Yatsenyuk

Ukraine coalition fails, and prime minister resigns

Kiev government collapse as U.S. officials cite evidence of Russia firing artillery across border into Ukraine.

1 day ago

Explosions in U.N. school courtyard in Gaza kill 15 Palestinians and wound about 200

Hamas said Israeli shells hit the school, while Israel said the blasts may have been errant or perhaps Hamas fire.

1 day ago

Aviation had one of its worst weeks ever

Cluster of air-related disasters spanned three continents.

1 day ago

Some ACA enrollees found varying subsidy amounts

Feds say those who experienced subsidy disparities likely erred in entering personal data.

1 day ago

 Fouad Massoum

Moderate Kurd chosen as Iraq's new president

Parliament vote for Fouad Massoum seen as compromise.

1 day ago

3 executions gone wrong in 6 months offer fodder for death-penalty foes

Opponents suggest lethal injections have too many risks now and are tantamount to cruel and unusual punishment.

1 day ago

 Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

Rep. Ryan offers new GOP plan to combat poverty

While consolidating multiple programs into a single grant, it mainly shifts anti-poverty efforts onto the states.

1 day ago

 President Barack Obama.

Obama mulls letting in hundreds of Honduran youths as refugees

Administration may screen minors and young adults in Honduras to see if they qualify to enter the United States on humanitarian grounds.

1 day ago

 Michael Abelson.

Obituary: Michael Abelson / Longtime music teacher in city schools

A lifelong teacher of music, Michael Abelson liked to keep people on their toes with his dry sense of humor.

1 day ago

World briefs: 2 Finnish aid workers killed

Plus: Iran detains 4 journalists; U.N. humanitarian aid; Sudanese Christian

1 day ago

PLUS: 9/11 defendant sidelined; 2 die in campground storm; Obama suit bid advances; senator's plagiarism flap; Ohio State band chief axed; prison for violin theft.

Plus: 2 die in storm; 9/​11 figure sidelined; Obama suit bid gains; Senator’s plagiarism flap; Band director axed; Prison for violin theft

1 day ago

Obituary: Robert Panara / A pioneer in the field of deaf studies

He also was a writer and poet, becoming the first deaf professor at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

1 day ago

Obituary: Henry Hartsfield Jr. / Flew on 3 NASA space shuttles

His death was announced by the space agency, which did not say where he died or specify the cause.

1 day ago

Obituary: Curt Gentry / Co-author of ‘Helter Skelter'

He teamed with Vincent Bugliosi to write the 1974 blockbuster about the Charles Manson murder case.

1 day ago

Obituary: Bobby Womack / Songwriter and musician

He turned a turbulent life into a resurgent career as a professional “soul survivor” from a bygone era.

1 day ago

 An official shows on a map an area where an Air Algerie plane is supposed to have went missing today.

Officials: Missing Air Algerie plane from West Africa has crashed

Air navigation services lost track of the plane 50 minutes after takeoff early today, officials said.

1 day ago

Pavement work to stall traffic on Marshall, Perrysville avenues today

The work will occur from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Monday.

1 day ago

National Briefs: Teen is killed in flight quest

PLUS: highway bill OK’d; Senate hopefuls clash; ex-charity chief sentenced; StubHub fraud revealed.

2 days ago

Overnight paving to affect Allegheny River Boulevard

Overnight paving will cause traffic restrictions on Allegheny River Boulevard starting Thursday night.

2 days ago

Former Nazi guard dies a day before extradition

A federal judge approved his extradition Wednesday, according to court records.

2 days ago

Feds to offer $10B in rural project loans

The fund will help pension funds, endowments, foundations and other institutions to invest in rural infrastructure markets.

2 days ago

Execution said to go awry

A condemned inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution by lethal injection Wednesday before he died.

2 days ago

 Hearses carrying coffins containing unidentified bodies from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 depart the airport Wednesday in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

First crash victims returned to the Netherlands, as Ukraine's pro-Russian rebels still shoot into skies

Two Ukraine military jets were downed by separatists in combat, even as a choreographed solemn ceremony played out on Dutch soil.

2 days ago

Feds want oil trains to get faster upgrades

Federal regulators, responding to derailments and spills, have specified a speedier upgrade timetable than was expected.

2 days ago


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