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City: Fire left Philadelphia building ‘imminently dangerous’

By Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — City officials say an early morning fire at a building in Philadelphia's Old City has left the structure "imminently dangerous." David Perri, commissioner of the Department of Licenses and Inspections, said the property appeared to be a "total ...

Australian firm acquires The Mall at Robinson

By Associated Press PITTSBURGH — An Australian investment firm has acquired The Mall at Robinson, one of the larger retail venues in the Pittsburgh area. Cleveland-based Forest City Realty Trust said Monday that it had completed the previously announced sale of its interest in the mall to ...

TODAY IN 1968

By The Associated Press Today in History On Feb. 19, 1968, the children's program "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," created by and starring Fred Rogers, made its network debut on National Educational Television, a forerunner of PBS, beginning a 31-season run. On this date: In 1473, ...

Candidates in PA House race oppose weapons ban

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN Associated Press PITTSBURGH — In the year's first congressional race, Republican and Democratic candidates in suburban Pittsburgh said Monday they oppose banning weapons like the semi-automatic rifle used in Florida last week to kill 17 students and teachers at a high ...

Pennsylvania’s new congressional map could boost the Democrats’ goal

By MARC LEVY Associated Press HARRISBURG, — Pennsylvania's high court issued a new congressional district map for the state's 2018 elections on Monday, potentially giving Democrats a boost in their quest to capture control of the U.S. House unless Republicans are able to stop it in ...

Trump endorses Romney for Senate bid in Utah

By Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is endorsing Mitt Romney in Utah's Senate race, another sign that the two Republicans are burying the hatchet after a fraught relationship. The GOP's presidential nominee in 2012, Romney announced last week he would seek the ...

Kentucky 2030? Could Korea export its rural Olympic gamble?

JEONGSEON, South Korea — A coal mine stands on the mountain exactly as it was the day it was abandoned, now a rusting relic of blue-collar glory lost to a globalized world. It towers over this Korean coal community that is much like its American counterparts: poor, aging, hollowing out ...

NBC searches for 2018 Winter Olympics clips to go viral

STAMFORD, Conn. — In a room lined with computer terminals buzzing all night during the Olympics, an intern raises a hand. He’s spotted an amusing piece of film footage of a dropped walkie-talkie skittering down a mountain closed to competition because of bad weather, eluding the grasp of a ...

Gut funding for climate science, boost fossil fuels

By MICHAEL BIESECKER Associated Press WASHINGTON— The Trump administration is targeting federal funding for studying and tracking climate change while boosting the continued burning of planet-warming fossil fuels. The White House's 2019 spending plan seeks to reduce or eliminate ...

For school shooting suspect, main question is life or death

By CURT ANDERSON AP Legal Affairs Writer FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The evidence against the Florida school shooting suspect is so overwhelming, the only question left for the courts if he is convicted is whether he will be sentenced to death or spend the rest of his life in ...

Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in U.S. elections: the post office. Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads to sway the U.S. presidential campaign, Facebook's global politics and government outreach ...

That ain’t good English

Dear Annie: I have been attending a local church for about a year, and although I am very shy, I have come to care a great deal about some of the people, especially my pastors. I have noticed that on the church’s official website, there are quite a few typos and oddly structured sentences. I ...

Today in history

By The Associated Press On Feb. 19, 1968, the children's program "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," created by and starring Fred Rogers, made its network debut on National Educational Television, a forerunner of PBS, beginning a 31-season run. On this date: In 1473, astronomer Nicolaus ...

Penn State students raise $10.1 million in dance marathon

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Hundreds of hardy Penn State students raised more than $10.1 million for pediatric cancer patients in the annual 46-hour dance marathon known as Thon. The $10,151,663.93 total was announced Sunday afternoon at the conclusion of the Penn State Interfraternity ...

Trump criticizes FBI over the handling of shooter tip

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out at the FBI Saturday night, saying the agency "missed all of the many signals" sent by the suspect in the Florida school shooting and arguing they are "spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump ...

Main question is life or death

By CURT ANDERSON AP Legal Affairs Writer FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The evidence against the Florida school shooting suspect is so overwhelming, the only question left for the courts if he is convicted is whether he will be sentenced to death or spend the rest of his life in ...

Cities pitching diversity in efforts to lure businesses

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press Some cities and regions are highlighting racial diversity along with positive business climates, competitive tax rates and available land in pitches to lure tech companies and high-paying jobs to town. Places such as Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and ...

7.2 earthquake damages homes, but Mexico avoids major destruction

By PETER ORSI Associated Press MEXICO CITY — Mexico escaped major destruction from a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that jolted southern and central parts of the country, authorities said Saturday, though 13 people were killed in the crash of a helicopter sent to assess the damage. A ...

Trump visits hospital

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the school shooting that killed 17 people in Florida . President Donald Trump has met with victims of a school shooting who are recovering at a Florida hospital. He's praising the "incredible" work of doctors, nurses and first responders who helped ...

All 65 aboard plane feared dead in crash in southern Iran

By NASSER KARIMI and JON GAMBRELL Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran — An Iranian airplane brought back into service only months ago after being grounded for seven years crashed Sunday in a foggy, mountainous region of southern Iran, and officials feared all 65 people on board were ...