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Published: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:01:46 GMT2016-09-29T17:01:46Z


McConnell: Congress should discuss fixes to 9/11 law

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:01:46 GMT2016-09-29T17:01:46Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate's top Republican Thursday warned that legislation enacted over President Barack Obama's veto to allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts may have "unintended ramifications" and that lawmakers should discuss fixes to the measure.

House lawmakers heap blistering criticism on Wells Fargo CEO

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:00:14 GMT2016-09-29T17:00:14Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Angry lawmakers heaped another round of blistering criticism on Wells Fargo's CEO, pressing Thursday for details about what senior managers knew about allegedly illegal sales practices and when any concerns were disclosed.

Obama saw override coming, but still it stung

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:00:13 GMT2016-09-29T17:00:13Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House saw it coming, but still it stung.

Enabler or family defender? How Hillary Clinton responded to husband’s accusers

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:58:23 GMT2016-09-29T16:58:23Z

Hillary Clinton has wrestled with allegations surrounding her husband's infidelities for much of their 40-year marriage, including a sexual harassment lawsuit, a grand jury investigation and an impeachment vote centered on his untruthfulness about a relationship with a White House intern.

Clinton vows to retaliate against foreign hackers

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:40:35 GMT2016-09-29T16:40:35Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Clinton is vowing anew to respond to foreign hacking the same as any other attack against the United States. When she openly blamed Russia for recent U.S. cyber break-ins, Donald Trump wondered whether to blame overseas governments or overweight hackers working from home.

3 states sue to block US ceding control of Internet group

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:36:19 GMT2016-09-29T16:36:19Z

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Three conservative states are suing the Obama administration in an attempt to block the U.S. government from ceding oversight of some of the internet's core systems.

Report says Obama administration failed to follow health law

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:34:06 GMT2016-09-29T16:34:06Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nonpartisan investigative agency of Congress says the Obama administration failed to follow the president's health care law in a $5 billion dispute over compensating insurers for high costs from seriously ill patients.

Clinton visits Iowa as early voting gets underway

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:27:07 GMT2016-09-29T15:27:07Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - With early voting poised to play a bigger role in this year's election, Hillary Clinton was urging voters in Iowa to start casting ballots on Thursday, more than five weeks before Election Day.

PPA names interim replacements for Fenerty

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:18:39 GMT2016-09-29T15:18:39Z

The Philadelphia Parking Authority's board chairman denounced the "inexcusable conduct" of its former executive director and named two interim replacements at Thursday morning's board meeting.

Administration touts paid sick leave for govt contractors

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:16:13 GMT2016-09-29T15:16:13Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is highlighting new steps to help average working people, including paid sick leave for some.

Why is Trump obsessed with women and their weight?

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:45:02 GMT2016-09-29T14:45:02Z

Donald Trump has a serious weight problem: He can't seem to stop criticizing the girth of others.

Saudi Arabia may still fight back against 9/11 lawsuit bill

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:32:41 GMT2016-09-29T14:32:41Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Saudi Arabia's lobbying and warnings to Congress were not enough to blunt the passing of legislation allowing families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the kingdom for the attacks.

Did landmark laws from Congress enable high drug prices?

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:26:55 GMT2016-09-29T14:26:55Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers are venting outrage over high prescription drug costs, but if Congress is looking for culprits, it might want to look in the mirror.

Brain freeze? Gary Johnson can't name favorite world leader

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:24:36 GMT2016-09-29T14:24:36Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Call it a brain freeze, another "Aleppo moment," or a mere campaign stumble, but Gary Johnson has stumbled again in his quixotic presidential campaign.

FBI director: More 'attempted intrusions' in voter databases

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:18:31 GMT2016-09-29T14:18:31Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - FBI Director James Comey told Congress on Wednesday there have been additional "attempted intrusions" in voter registration databases beyond what was previously known, and that the agency is looking "very, very hard" at Russian hackers who may try to disrupt the U.S. election.

After subpoena, VA turns over documents on costly hospital

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:16:50 GMT2016-09-29T14:16:50Z

DENVER (AP) - The Veterans Affairs Department turned over documents to Congress on Wednesday in response to a subpoena demanding information about how the cost of a Denver-area VA hospital soared more than $1 billion over budget.

DIVIDED AMERICA: Minorities hopeful, whites sour on future

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:12:06 GMT2016-09-29T14:12:06Z

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Consider two women in their 70s, both residents of the Kansas City area. One is white and affluent; the other is black and working class.

Trump's old military prep school looks overseas for renewal

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:11:15 GMT2016-09-29T14:11:15Z

CORNWALL-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. (AP) - While Donald Trump talks tough about dealing with China, his old military prep school is building bridges to that country.

Governor to approve state-run retirement for private workers

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:08:17 GMT2016-09-29T14:08:17Z

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled to sign legislation Thursday to automatically enroll nearly 7 million people in a retirement savings account, an attempt to address growing fears that many workers will be financially unprepared to retire.

Early votes: High interest buoys Clinton in key states

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:59:50 GMT2016-09-29T13:59:50Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - More people are seeking or casting early ballots in the critical states of North Carolina and Florida than at this point in 2012, with Hillary Clinton the likely beneficiary, as early voting shows signs of surging nationwide.

Supreme Court to hear case over deportations

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:58:34 GMT2016-09-29T13:58:34Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court will take up the Obama administration's appeal of lower court rulings making it harder to deport immigrants who've been convicted of crimes.

Trump planning central Pennsylvania rally for Saturday

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:51:09 GMT2016-09-29T13:51:09Z

MANHEIM, Pa. (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump plans to hold a rally in central Pennsylvania on Saturday.

FBI director again defends integrity of Clinton email probe

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:49:23 GMT2016-09-29T13:49:23Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican lawmakers may question the decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton for using a private email server as secretary of state, but they should not question the investigation's thoroughness, FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday as he again defended the agency's actions.

France and Britain just beat Donald Trump to building a border wall

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:15:08 GMT2016-09-29T12:15:08Z

CALAIS, France — So far, Donald Trump's plan to build a wall along the Mexican border is all talk. Last week, France and Britain actually began building one along theirs.

Donald Trump on Alicia Machado: 'I Saved Her Job'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:00:55 GMT2016-09-29T12:00:55Z

Obama hopeful national anthem protests spark a conversation

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:49:45 GMT2016-09-29T11:49:45Z

FORT LEE, Va. (AP) - Asked by a service member to weigh in on some NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, President Barack Obama said Wednesday he hoped the controversy would spark Americans to listen to others' concerns and not just go into separate corners.

Parking boss resigns over scandal — and he has a big pension coming

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:40:45 GMT2016-09-29T11:40:45Z

The head of the Philadelphia Parking Authority resigned Wednesday after two sexual-harassment scandals and mounting criticism of how the agency handled the complaints.

Cuba rejects Trump's call for negotiations on human rights

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:32:45 GMT2016-09-29T11:32:45Z

HAVANA (AP) - A top Cuban diplomat on Wednesday rejected Donald Trump's threat to undo detente with Cuba unless the single-party government meets the Republican presidential candidate's demands.

Wolf: Time for Pa. to 'take a stand' against opioid crisis

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:33:33 GMT2016-09-29T05:33:33Z

HARRISBURG - In a sometimes personal speech, Gov. Wolf urged legislators Wednesday to help him enact a half-dozen measures that he hopes would slow the opioid epidemic that last year took nearly 3,500 lives across the state.

Michelle Obama: Vote! 'It's not enough to come to a rally and post some selfies'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:33:32 GMT2016-09-29T05:33:32Z

Michelle Obama urged young people to get out the vote for Hillary Clinton during a speech Wednesday at La Salle University, telling them their votes could be crucial for the Democratic presidential nominee.

NJ political surprise: A front-runner in governor race drops out

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:33:31 GMT2016-09-29T05:33:31Z

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, once considered a favorite for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 2017, announced Wednesday that he would not run, jolting a race that has been underway at least since Gov. Christie won reelection in 2013.

Wildstein: Christie press secretary told of retaliatory bridge scheme

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:33:11 GMT2016-09-29T05:33:11Z

NEWARK, N.J. - The former Port Authority official who plotted the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge in September 2013 testified Wednesday that he told Gov. Christie's press secretary a couple of months later that the traffic jams had been implemented to punish a mayor who had refused to endorse Christie's reelection campaign.

Law unfairly gave shale drillers 'special' treatment, Pa. Supreme Court rules

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:33:09 GMT2016-09-29T05:33:09Z

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has decided that Act 13, the state Legislature's 2012 attempt to accommodate the shale gas industry, is an unconstitutional "special law" that benefits specific groups or industries.

Council bill would bar employers from seeking salary history

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:31:24 GMT2016-09-29T05:31:24Z

Aiming to close the pay gap between men and women, Philadelphia City Council will consider barring employers from asking applicants how much they made in previous jobs.

For Wolf, opioid crisis offers chance to flex political muscle

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:31:22 GMT2016-09-29T05:31:22Z

HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf has called it a public health crisis and an epidemic, crisscrossing Pennsylvania for more than a year to participate in roundtables and work sessions on how to combat prescription drug and heroin addiction.

Bridgegate testimony: Christie seemed to approve of retaliation against mayors

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 04:00:11 GMT2016-09-29T04:00:11Z

NEWARK, N.J. - New Jersey's highest-ranking executive appointee at the Port Authority told Gov. Christie at a 9/11 commemorative event in 2013 that there were massive traffic jams in Fort Lee and that the governor would be "pleased to know" the agency was not returning the mayor's phone calls, the architect of the plot testified Tuesday.

Congress clears stopgap spending bill, $1.1B to fight Zika

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:09:05 GMT2016-09-29T02:09:05Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Averting an election-year crisis, Congress late Wednesday sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep the government operating through Dec. 9 and provide $1.1 billion in long-delayed funding to battle the Zika virus.

Despite harsh reviews, Trump resists new debate approach

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:36:07 GMT2016-09-29T01:36:07Z

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Unmoved by harsh debate reviews, a defiant Donald Trump renewed his attacks against a former Miss Universe winner on Wednesday, showing no sign of making big changes to his message or debate preparation before his second faceoff with Hillary Clinton. The outspoken Republican nominee instead pressed ahead with an aggressive strategy focused on speaking directly to his white, working-class loyalists across the Midwest.

US soda-tax battle bubbles up in San Francisco Bay Area

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:18:08 GMT2016-09-29T01:18:08Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The national fight over sugary soda is bubbling up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where voters in November will consider a tax on the drinks that many health experts say contribute to diabetes, obesity and tooth decay.

Alec Baldwin's very big deal: Playing Donald Trump on 'SNL'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:41:43 GMT2016-09-29T00:41:43Z

NEW YORK (AP) - "Saturday Night Live" has made a YUGE decision: It has chosen Alec Baldwin to impersonate GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

House OKs plan for $170 million to fix Flint water system

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:36:08 GMT2016-09-28T22:36:08Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House easily approved an election-year plan Wednesday to provide $170 million to help Flint, Michigan, rebuild its lead-poisoned water system, as Congress moved toward addressing a public health catastrophe that became an acrimonious partisan dispute.

Senate passes bills designed to limit municipal debt risks

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:23:59 GMT2016-09-28T22:23:59Z

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Legislation to tighten the rules around borrowing by Pennsylvania's municipalities has the unanimous approval of state senators in an effort to avoid a repeat of its capital city's near-bankruptcy.

Court: Law banning people's ballot photos unconstitutional

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:23:15 GMT2016-09-28T22:23:15Z

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A state law that prohibits voters from posting photos of their ballots online suppresses a large swath of political speech and is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday.

Congress rebukes Obama, overrides veto of 9/11 legislation

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:00:21 GMT2016-09-28T22:00:21Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a resounding rebuke, Democrats joined with Republicans Wednesday to hand Barack Obama the first veto override of his presidency, voting overwhelmingly to allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts for its alleged backing of the attackers.

Clinton and Sanders sell young voters eying third-parties

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:45:10 GMT2016-09-28T21:45:10Z

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) - Appealing to elusive young voters, Hillary Clinton turned to former primary adversary Bernie Sanders on Wednesday to connect with millennials drawn to third-party candidates threatening to act as spoilers in the 2016 campaign.

Pending high court decision, Menendez trial set for 2017

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:06:57 GMT2016-09-28T21:06:57Z

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A federal judge in New Jersey has set a September 2017 trial date for U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez on bribery and fraud charges.

I sold Trump $100K worth of pianos for his Atlantic City casino. Then he stiffed me.

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:55:19 GMT2016-09-28T20:55:19Z

At Monday night's debate, Donald Trump was called out for stiffing the people who work for him.

FactCheck: Donald Trump's stump speech

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:00:54 GMT2016-09-28T20:00:54Z

Penn State offers course focusing on Trump ahead of election

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:33:17 GMT2016-09-28T18:33:17Z

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Penn State is dedicating an entire course this fall to one person: Donald Trump.