Thursday, May 28, 2015

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One Philadelphia voter wanted Mickey Mouse on City Council, while another supported the famous rodent's longtime sweetheart, Minnie, for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Gov. Christie on Thursday disavowed the controversial Common Core education standards he once supported and directed his education commissioner to consider developing New Jersey-specific goals.
The developers who hope to transform the now largely empty Gallery at Market East into a destination retail center made their pitch to City Council on Thursday for legislation needed to get the project going, but in the end they were waylaid by two other concerns: a living wage and making the previous occupants whole.
Rick Santorum and Joe Paterno are back in the news because, well, some merry-go-rounds never stop.
City Controller Alan Butkovitz said that giving developers tax relief would yield more revenue.
Assemblyman Paul Moriarty, who has been victimized himself, is trying to get penalties stiffened for people who send SWAT teams to strangers’ houses.
A Pennsylvania newspaper has apologized for printing a Memorial Day letter to the editor that called for a "regime change" and the execution of President Obama.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina legislators have agreed to give some court officials the option to refuse to carry out same-sex marriage duties based on religious objections.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The two former allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie under indictment for their alleged roles in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal want access to materials from an investigation that cleared Christie of wrongdoing.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A 2-year-old loan program that was supposed to lend as much as $40 million to struggling homeowners and businesses in this cash-strapped resort city has given out nothing and has instead led to a federal lawsuit.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Lindsey Graham, about to enter the crowded GOP field of presidential hopefuls, has announced he's retiring from the Air Force Reserve.
One day after a heated hearing between City Council and school district officials, on Wednesday parents, teachers and advocates had their turn and delivered a straightforward message to Council: We need more funding.
EXETER, N.H. (AP) - George Pataki, the 9/11-era New York governor who achieved electoral success as a Republican in a heavily Democratic state, announced his candidacy for the presidential nomination Thursday, offering himself as a unifying figure in a divided nation.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Election review shows Matt Bevin holding 83-vote lead in Kentucky's GOP primary for governor.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Supporters of former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley announced the formation a super PAC on Thursday to raise money to help his expected presidential campaign.
EXETER, N.H. (AP) - George Pataki, the 9/11-era New York governor who achieved electoral success as a Republican in a heavily Democratic state, announced his candidacy for the presidential nomination Thursday, offering himself as a unifying figure in a divided nation.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - When Marco Rubio attends his 44th birthday party and fundraiser at the home of the host of the "Pawn Stars" reality show Thursday, it won't be his first birthday in Las Vegas.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Former New York Gov. George Pataki plans to say Thursday whether he's running for the Republican presidential nomination. Here's a snapshot of things to know about him.
MIAMI (AP) - President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the relatively short amount of time he has left in office "really concentrates the mind."
CABOT, Pa. (AP) - Conservative culture warrior Rick Santorum launched a 2016 White House bid on Wednesday, vowing to fight for working-class Americans in a new election season that will test his influence - and focus on social issues - in a changing Republican Party.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A look at where former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum stands on some key issues as he opens his race for the Republican presidential nomination:
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton says pay equity between men and women, more generous parental leave policies and a higher minimum wage are not issues of importance merely to women but concerns that go to the heart of why it's "hard to get ahead and stay ahead in America."
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky election officials are preparing to review the results of the state's Republican primary for governor.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Might Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina be shadowing Hillary Rodham Clinton's Democratic campaign?
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator who won the 2012 Iowa caucuses by a hair, is widely expected to enter the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on Wednesday. Here are some key things to know:
SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a proposal aimed at closing a loophole in state privacy laws that recently let a man go unpunished after he took photographs up a teenager's skirt.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Wearing a brown plaid coat worn by John Wayne in 1945's "Flame of Barbary Coast," Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has declared a day in honor of the quintessential screen cowboy.
Marijuana is legal in Washington D.C. Voters approved the law last fall by a margin of nearly 70 percent. The measure didn’t allow for retail stores but residents can grow up to six plants and possess up to two ounces.