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Most state employees can thank the calendar and the governor for a last-minute holiday gift: No work Friday. The governor's Office of Administration announced Monday that nonessential employees under the governor's auspices would not have to work the day after Christmas.
News that the controversial comedy movie “The Interview” will be shown on Christmas Day is dredging up a rather complicated, and confused...
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's governor is giving non-essential state government workers something they may not have expected - an extra day off this holiday season.
HONOLULU (AP) - President Barack Obama is applauding Sony Pictures Entertainment's decision to screen its film "The Interview" in a limited number of theaters.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge on Tuesday night rejected an Arizona sheriff's lawsuit seeking to halt President Barack Obama's plan to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation.
DENVER (AP) - Colorado was the first state to legalize recreational marijuana sales. Now the state's voters may consider a ballot measure to allow pot smokers to carry a concealed firearm.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate report on the CIA's interrogation program and the spy agency's official response clash on almost every aspect of the long-secret operation, including the brutality and effectiveness of its methods and the agency's secret dealings with the Bush White House, Congress and the media. Both reports largely agree on one major CIA failure: the agency's mismanagement of the now-shuttered program.
HARRISBURG - 'Tis the season to be . . . hoppy. Consider it a holiday gift of sorts from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, which has made it officially legal to get a six-pack - or two - delivered to your front door when ordering food.
Thirty-five years after she broke out of a New Jersey prison, Joanne Chesimard is at the center of the debate over President Obama's move to reestablish relations with Cuba.
NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm admitted Tuesday to federal tax evasion, pleading guilty to charges he had fought as he won re-election in November, but he remained determined to stay in office even with his sentencing now looming.
Gov. Christie slammed President Obama’s leadership repeatedly during an hourlong interview Monday on statewide television, taking aim at the president’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba as well as his response to Sony’s withdrawal of a film following hacker threats.
HAVANA (AP) - Cuba said Monday that it has a right to grant asylum to U.S. fugitives, the clearest sign yet that the communist government has no intention of extraditing America's most-wanted woman despite the warming of bilateral ties.
The Philadelphia assistant district attorney who has served as a liaison between the law enforcement and lesbian and gay communities is moving to City Hall.
HONOLULU (AP) - President Barack Obama is applauding Sony Pictures Entertainment's decision to screen its film "The Interview" in a limited number of theaters.
WASHINGTON (AP) - For as often as Democrats attack the conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch for their heavy spending on politics, it's actually the liberal-minded who shelled out the most cash on the just completed midterm elections.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Big-dollar donors helped inject hundreds of millions into the 2014 midterm federal elections. A look at some of the biggest donors of the election cycle:
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - It's after 9 p.m. on a Sunday night in late November and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is deep into a conference call talking about nuclear weapons and Iran.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans have the Senate majority now and are set to challenge President Barack Obama and the Democrats on Capitol Hill this January. But a much tougher election map two years from now could force the GOP back into the minority.
HONOLULU (AP) - President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not one of war, against a movie company.
HOUSTON (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush has been taken to a Houston hospital after experiencing a shortness of breath.