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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.
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - A court in Libya's capital convicted a son of Moammar Gadhafi of murder and inciting genocide during the country's 2011 uprising on Tuesday, sentencing him to death in absentia.
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - A Nigerian official says newly elected President Muhammadu Buhari will make his first official visit to one-time enemy Cameroon Wednesday to ease tensions and bolster support for a regional army to fight the Boko Haram Islamic uprising spilling across borders.
BEIJING (AP) - A timeline of government measures aiming at curbing a slide in share prices after China's main market index peaked June 12 and fell sharply in the following weeks:
BRUSSELS (AP) - NATO's secretary-general said Tuesday that the alliance "stands in strong solidarity with our ally Turkey," as ambassadors gathered for a rare emergency meeting about the threat faced by a member.
LONDON (AP) - Scientists and tech experts - including Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak - are warning of a global arms race with weapons using artificial intelligence.
BEIJING (AP) - China's stock market tumbled this week despite a massive government intervention aimed at halting a slide in prices that began last month following an explosive rise. On Monday, the Shanghai Composite Index suffered its biggest daily fall since 2007. Here's what the sell-off means for China economy and other countries.
MADRID (AP) - Authorities in northeastern Spain say they have brought under control a major blaze that was Catalonia's biggest wildfire in three years.
BRUSSELS (AP) - The Latest from NATO meeting on Islamic State group and related developments (all times local):
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - The managers of a wildlife park in Rwanda say seven lions transported from South Africa have been released into the park after weeks of quarantine, another step in a plan to restore the country's lion population after it was wiped out following Rwanda's 1994 genocide.
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) - Moldova's president has designated a lawmaker to form the next government, after the previous nominee failed to secure agreement from all parties in the pro-European alliance.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Bahraini authorities say two policemen have been killed and six injured in a bomb attack south of the capital.
MADRID (AP) - The Spanish foreign ministry has summoned the Venezuelan ambassador to once again protest comments by Venezuela's president against Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - An Iranian news agency is quoting the lawyer of a detained Washington Post reporter as saying her client should be freed in the wake of the nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and world powers.
JERUSALEM (AP) - The Israeli military says troops have moved into a contested West Bank settlement housing complex ahead of its scheduled demolition.