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Published: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 02:14:45 GMT2017-09-26T02:14:45Z

 



Fake news a big hit for rural South Jersey 'funny paper'

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 02:14:45 GMT2017-09-26T02:14:45Z

Ken Camp's formula for his 20,000-circulation South Jersey DEVILer: "Light comedy in the front, centerfolds and more risque stuff in the middle, and the dirty stuff goes in the back."



'You're it,' Pa. told of Russian election hacking attempt

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 02:13:47 GMT2017-09-26T02:13:47Z

Secretary of State Pedro Cortes said that based on the limited information federal authorities gave him late last week, the hackers tried to "scan" the state's election data to see whether there were ways to penetrate the system.



Gowdy joins Democrats in probing Trump administration's use of personal email

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 01:26:58 GMT2017-09-26T01:26:58Z

The letters, sent from Chairman Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.) to White House counsel Don McGahn and the leaders of two dozen federal departments and agencies, demand answers to inquiries about the use of nonofficial email and other messaging accounts to conduct official business. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D., Md.), the ranking Democrat on the panel, also joined the request.



Collins' opposition all but kills GOP health care drive

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 01:18:17 GMT2017-09-26T01:18:17Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - The last-gasp Republican drive to tear down President Barack Obama's health care law essentially died Monday as Maine Sen. Susan Collins joined a small but decisive cluster of GOP senators in opposing the push.



GOP, White House eye deep cuts to corporate tax rate

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:45:10 GMT2017-09-26T00:45:10Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House and congressional Republicans are finalizing a tax plan that would slash the corporate rate while likely reducing the levy for the wealthiest Americans, with President Donald Trump ready to roll out the policy proposal at midweek.



For Rick Santorum, a haircut, a health bill and a return to the national fray

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:32:40 GMT2017-09-26T00:32:40Z

Despite having no formal office, the polarizing former Sen. Rick Santorum is in the middle of the latest GOP push to roll back the Affordable Care Act. With a critical deadline looming, he'll be back on Capitol Hill Monday to testify about the plan, continuing to play a role in the national debate more than a decade after losing his Senate seat.



Trump administration faces pressure to speed up recovery efforts in Puerto Rico

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:19:47 GMT2017-09-26T00:19:47Z

For people in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, help is arriving glacially. In interviews, some have questioned why there's so little sign, or no sign at all, of government agencies.



Senate narrowly backs Trump pick for labor board

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 23:13:29 GMT2017-09-25T23:13:29Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate narrowly has confirmed President Donald Trump's choice for the National Labor Relations Board.



Former US Rep. Joseph McDade of Pennsylvania dies at 85

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 23:00:13 GMT2017-09-25T23:00:13Z

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Joseph M. McDade, an 18-term Republican congressman who was known for bringing federal dollars home to his northeastern Pennsylvania district and who was acquitted in 1996 on a bribery charge, has died. He was 85.



Philly's tax appeal board meets more, gets ready for 2018 rush

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:35:08 GMT2017-09-25T22:35:08Z

The Board of Revision of Taxes is back from vacation and busier than usual. The board, which has been criticized in the past for only holding hearings twice a week, is meeting four times week through at least the end of the year to clear a backlog of appeals and get ready for an expected flood of new appeals.



Russian operatives used Facebook ads to exploit divisions over black political activism and Muslims

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:37:24 GMT2017-09-25T21:37:24Z

The Russian campaign - taking advantage of Facebook's ability to simultaneously send contrary messages to different groups of users based on their political and demographic characteristics - also sought to sow discord among religious groups.



Testimony: Menendez donor's rep 'threatened' US official

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:33:53 GMT2017-09-25T21:33:53Z

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - When a wealthy donor to Sen. Bob Menendez asked government officials for help in a contract dispute and was rebuffed, the donor's representative responded with bluster and threats, claiming he had political connections that could "cause a lot of problems," a U.S. Commerce Department official testified Monday.



Revised health-care bill would help Alaska and Maine - home of two holdout senators

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:02:41 GMT2017-09-25T21:02:41Z

The new draft, due for release on Monday, comes after Republican senators from across the political spectrum distanced themselves from the latest effort on Sunday.



Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. says his dog celebration was response to Trump

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 20:52:01 GMT2017-09-25T20:52:01Z

Apparently, the routine was more clever than most originally thought.



A monument at last for Octavius Catto, who changed Philadelphia

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 20:16:07 GMT2017-09-25T20:16:07Z

Teacher, ball player, civil rights activist, Catto was assassinated for his efforts in 1871. His statue is the first on Philadelphia public property to recognize a specific African American.



Violence in US rises for second straight year

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:45:11 GMT2017-09-25T19:45:11Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Violent crime in America rose in 2016 for the second straight year, driven by a spike in killings in some major cities, but remained near historically low levels, according to FBI data released Monday.



'Rock bottom': Weiner gets 21 months in prison for sexting

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:36:07 GMT2017-09-25T19:36:07Z

NEW YORK (AP) - Anthony Weiner's sexting compulsion cost him his seat in Congress, his shot at becoming New York mayor and his marriage, and may have even denied Hillary Clinton the presidency. On Monday, it cost him his freedom.



Supreme Court postpones hearing on Trump's travel ban

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:12:18 GMT2017-09-25T18:12:18Z

In an order issued Monday, the justices asked for new briefs about whether the third rendition of the travel ban means there is nothing left for the court to decide.



Sixers' Jerryd Bayless criticizes Trump for anthem comments

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:06:03 GMT2017-09-25T18:06:03Z

"I think what he's done is self-explanatory," the backup guard says.



Melania Trump begins to embrace the first lady's platform - finally

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:41:11 GMT2017-09-25T17:41:11Z

She is carving out a profile for herself separate from her husband's persona and following her own interests.



McCain calls brain cancer prognosis 'very poor'

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:36:10 GMT2017-09-25T17:36:10Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Sen. John McCain says doctors have given him a "very poor prognosis" as he battles brain cancer.



How easy is it to skirt Pa. gun laws? A rural murder case

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:00:34 GMT2017-09-25T16:00:34Z

FAWN GROVE, Pa. (AP) - In the middle of the night, Saybah Harris received a text message.



In Pa. school-funding maze, formula for equity elusive

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:54:12 GMT2017-09-25T15:54:12Z

After decades, Pennsylvania finally has a formula for distributing money to its schools. But the state's neediest districts, such as Reading's, might take years to catch up.



Comcast, AmerisourceBergen, Campbell Soup: Which politicians get the corporate money?

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:52:39 GMT2017-09-25T15:52:39Z

In this age of Twitter politics and presidential company-shaming, which political candidates and issues do those firms and others support with contributions?



Spokesman says GOP Sen. Rand Paul opposes party's health care bill despite revisions, latest blow to Republican hopes

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:26:23 GMT2017-09-25T15:26:23Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Spokesman says GOP Sen. Rand Paul opposes party's health care bill despite revisions, latest blow to Republican hopes.



Obama tried to give Zuckerberg a wake-up call over fake news on Facebook

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:26:44 GMT2017-09-25T12:26:44Z

The company's investigation at first feared a Russian hack. It then uncovered a sweeping disinformation campaign brought by shadowy accounts.



Trump embroils NFL Sunday in protest controversy

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:05:35 GMT2017-09-25T12:05:35Z

Arriving on a fall Sunday, when so much of the country devotes itself to forgetting real-world worries and rallying behind the home team, the protests represented one of the most sweeping and visible statements yet opposing the president.



Corruption case against Pa. lawmaker delayed for years

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:23:13 GMT2017-09-25T11:23:13Z

The delay, veteran lawyers say, is almost unprecedented, particularly in a corruption case involving a sitting elected official accused of abusing her office.



WWII vet, 97, takes a knee in support of anthem protests

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:16:46 GMT2017-09-25T11:16:46Z

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - On a day when NFL teams grabbed the nation's attention by coordinating demonstrations during the national anthem, a 97-year-old World War II veteran went viral with a solitary show of support for the protests.



Jared Kushner used private email account for some White House business

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:23:05 GMT2017-09-25T10:23:05Z

The senior Trump adviser and son-in-law used a private email account as the president criticized Hillary Clinton.



Republicans make desperate bid to save health care bill

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 04:45:09 GMT2017-09-25T04:45:09Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican opposition to the GOP health care bill swelled to near-fatal numbers Sunday as Sen. Susan Collins all but closed the door on supporting the last-ditch effort to scrap the Obama health care law and Sen. Ted Cruz said that "right now" he doesn't back it.



Trump replaces travel ban with new restrictions

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 02:45:05 GMT2017-09-25T02:45:05Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Citizens of more than half a dozen countries will face new restrictions on entry to the U.S. under a proclamation signed by President Donald Trump on Sunday that will replace his expiring travel ban.



America, we need to talk about this 'police riot' in a major U.S. city | Will Bunch

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 22:42:09 GMT2017-09-24T22:42:09Z

Militarized cops chanting that they "own" the streets of St. Louis is one more alarming step toward a police-state regime in Donald Trump's America.



She's one angry state rep - and for good reason

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:27:40 GMT2017-09-24T19:27:40Z

Montco Rep. Kate Harper candidly dishes on the woes of Harrisburg - and even suggests it might be time for a coup.



About two dozen players kneel for national anthem in London

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 15:58:26 GMT2017-09-24T15:58:26Z

LONDON (AP) - About two dozen players, including Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs and Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette, took a knee during the playing of the national anthem before the start of the teams' game at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.



Trump's comments about anthem, Curry inflame sports stars

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 15:01:16 GMT2017-09-24T15:01:16Z

SOMERSET, N.J. (AP) - President Trump denounced protests by NFL players and rescinded a White House invitation for NBA champion Stephen Curry in a two-day rant that targeted top professional athletes and brought swift condemnation from league executives and star players alike on Saturday.



The mysterious group that's picking Breitbart apart, one tweet at a time

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 12:16:15 GMT2017-09-24T12:16:15Z

Sleeping Giants is anonymous, but its approach to killing Breitbart's advertising has been effective.



North Korea: Trump insult makes attack on U.S. 'more inevitable'

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 02:57:28 GMT2017-09-24T02:57:28Z

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - North Korea's foreign minister told world leaders Saturday that U.S. President Donald Trump's insult calling leader Kim Jong Un "rocket man" makes "our rocket's visit to the entire U.S. mainland inevitable all the more."



NFL commissioner, players' union angrily denounce Trump

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 01:42:31 GMT2017-09-24T01:42:31Z

SOMERSET, N.J. (AP) - The National Football League and its players' union on Saturday angrily denounced President Donald Trump for suggesting that owners fire players who kneel during the national anthem and that fans consider walking out in protest "when somebody disrespects our flag."



Computer shutdowns at HHS will cut into ACA sign-ups

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 20:57:12 GMT2017-09-23T20:57:12Z

HHS says the shutdowns are for "site maintenance," but this has never been done before.



At rally for Sen. Strange, Trump vents frustrations on multiple fronts

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 18:44:19 GMT2017-09-23T18:44:19Z

President Donald Trump spent the first 25 minutes of a Friday night campaign rally explaining and defending his decision to endorse the Republican establishment's pick for the Alabama Senate race.