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Dashing hopes of a thaw in the frozen state budget talks, Pennsylvania's House speaker said Monday that he would not support taxes "of any kind" without a concession on liquor privatization, and raised the prospect of overriding Gov. Wolf's veto of a Republican spending plan.
Virtua Health Inc. sued the State of New Jersey on Monday to block a law, signed earlier this month by Gov. Christie, that transfers control of emergency medical services in Camden to Cooper University Hospital.
Boston's bid to host the 2024 Olympics was undercut by its own mayor, its skeptical public and, finally, leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee, who were tired of the city's ever-changing blueprint.
JUPITER, Fla. - The Coast Guard searched "aggressively" off the Florida coast and friends combed the shoreline yesterday for any sign of two teenage fishermen, described as experienced boaters, who went missing three days earlier after setting out for the Bahamas on a stormy afternoon.
CARROLLTON, Ga. - The gunman responsible for last week's deadly attack in a Louisiana movie theater was delivered by deputies to a hospital for a mental evaluation in 2008 after his family said he was a danger to himself and others.
WASHINGTON - The State Department on Monday took Malaysia and Cuba off its blacklist of countries failing to combat modern-day slavery, leaving the U.S. open to criticism that politics is swaying the often-contentious rankings in its annual human trafficking report.
WASHINGTON - The Boy Scouts of America, facing litigation, shrinking membership and sweeping acceptance of gay rights, voted on Monday to lift its ban on openly gay troop leaders and employees.
WASHINGTON - House Republicans rebuffed their Senate counterparts Monday over must-pass highway legislation, setting the two chambers on a collision course days ahead of a crucial deadline in the midst of the summer driving season.
Dashing hopes of a thaw in the frozen state budget talks, Pennsylvania's House speaker said Monday that he would not support taxes "of any kind" without a concession on liquor privatization, and raised the prospect of overriding Gov. Wolf's veto of a Republican spending plan.
Virtua Health Inc. sued the State of New Jersey on Monday to block a law, signed earlier this month by Gov. Christie, that transfers control of emergency medical services in Camden to Cooper University Hospital.
A professional poker player has countersued an Atlantic City casino that claimed he won $9.6 million by cheating at baccarat. Phil Ivey, who has won nine World Series of Poker bracelets, is alleging that the casino knew about defects in the cards and then destroyed evidence.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, stung by allegations that he received some $700 million in government money, on Tuesday fired the attorney general who had been investigating him and a deputy who has been among his most prominent critics.
JERUSALEM (AP) - The Israeli military says troops have moved into a contested West Bank settlement housing complex ahead of its scheduled demolition.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) - President Barack Obama is closing out a historic return to the land of his father's birth with a speech to the African Union.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Two of China's most storied winter Olympic athletes faced some tough questions Tuesday about Beijing bid's for the 2022 Winter Games - namely about air pollution and a lack of snow.
BAGHDAD (AP) - In the steamy Baghdad night, sweat poured down the faces of the Iraqi teens as they marched around a school courtyard, training for battle against the Islamic State group.
BAGHDAD (AP) - A quiet middle-class Shiite neighborhood in western Baghdad was transformed recently into a mini-boot camp, training teenagers for battle against the Islamic State group.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkey's energy minister says an explosion on a natural gas pipeline between Iran and Turkey caused a large fire and shut down the flow of gas.
TOKYO (AP) - Volkswagen overtook Toyota in global vehicle sales for January-June, the first time the German automaker has come out top in the intensely competitive tallies.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Malaysian PM axes deputy, sacks attorney general in purge of critics amid fund scandal.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - With Boston no longer in contention, IOC President Thomas Bach urged U.S. Olympic leaders on Tuesday to pick "the most appropriate city" as a substitute candidate for the 2024 Games. Two-time Olympic host Los Angeles could fit the bill perfectly, according to several IOC board members.
BANGKOK (AP) - Thai authorities are upset about being blacklisted by the U.S. for the second year in a row for failing to do enough to combat modern-day slavery.
BEIJING (AP) - Shanghai stocks were volatile Tuesday after falling the most in eight years the day before while other Asian markets also flitted between gains and losses.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - The International Olympic Committee executive board meetings have begun, setting the stage for Friday's vote to decide which city will host the 2022 Winter Games.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - When Estefanie Ferraz went to prison, she had been living as a woman for around a decade, had undergone more than half a dozen plastic surgeries including breast and cheek implants to enhance her feminine looks, and was saving up for a sex change operation.