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Obama hopes to replicate CCAC job training efforts across United States

By Mike Wereschagin 7:41 a.m.
In another endorsement of Western Pennsylvania’s post-industrial recovery, President Obama on Wednesday called the Community College of Allegheny County “an outstanding model” of job creation worthy of national replication. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden used CCAC’s West Hills Center, …

1986 Warhol self-portraits up for sale

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Works by Pennsylvanian artists Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons are among the highlights at auction next month. Sotheby’s is offering a 1986 …

AC/DC not disbanding, lead singer Brian Johnson says

By The Los Angeles Times
AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson has told a British newspaper that rumors of the band’s impending breakup are only that. “We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver,” Johnson told the U.K.’s Telegraph. “We’re going to pick up some …

Recovery expert believes wreckage of missing plane located

By USA Today
The head of a water wreckage recovery firm says he believes searchers have essentially found the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 but are waiting for photographic proof before announcing it. “I think essentially they have found the wreckage site,” …

Census director defends changes, denies questions altered to inflate Obamacare success

By The Washington Post
The director of the Census Bureau said he is confident that changes in the wording of survey questions on health insurance will not diminish its ability to measure the effect of the Affordable Care Act. John H. Thompson, responding to …

Denver wife killed 12 minutes into 911 call, sparking inquiry

By The Associated Press
DENVER — Authorities were investigating on Wednesday whether Denver police responded quickly enough to a woman who was fatally shot at least 12 minutes into a 911 call in which she said her husband was hallucinating and asking her to …

Brutal CIA tactics deemed ‘valuable’ despite findings of leaked Senate report

By McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON — The CIA’s former top lawyer disputes Senate findings that the spy agency lied about its brutal interrogations of terrorists, insisting the tactics produced useful intelligence and flatly denying that the CIA misled the Bush administration, Congress and the …

Hoax bomb case causes concerns  in Boston

By From Wire Reports
BOSTON — The arrest of a man with a rice cooker in his backpack near the Boston Marathon finish line led police to step up patrols on Wednesday, while organizers sought to assure the city and runners of a safe …

Tea Party flap averted fraud probe by IRS, Justice, emails show

By USA Today
The very day before Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner made her fateful apology for the targeting of Tea Party groups last year, the agency and the Justice Department were in early talks to investigate tax-exempt political groups for possible …

Obama, House Republicans trade accusations in thwarting immigration reform

By Reuters
WASHINGTON — Partisan bickering over immigration reform legislation intensified on Wednesday as President Obama and House Republicans accused each other of standing in the way of progress a year after bipartisan Senate legislation was introduced. On the one-year anniversary of …

Federal judge strikes down North Dakota abortion ban

By The Los Angeles Times
North Dakota’s law banning abortions after 6 weeks of pregnancy is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday, striking down what critics had called the nation’s most extreme limit on the procedure. The law, which was approved last year but …

World News

Death toll in South Korean ferry sinking likely to drastically climb

By The Associated Press 7:41 a.m.
MOKPO, South Korea — Fears rose on Thursday for the fate of 289 passengers still missing more than 24 hours since their ferry flipped onto its side and filled with water off the southern coast of South Korea. Coast guard …

Middle East

Los Angeles gangsters on Syria’s battlefield a rarity, experts assure

By Carl Prine
Flaunting high-caliber rifles, dozens of tattoos and the nicknames “Wino” and “Creeper,” the two bragging men look like those in many other homemade videos of …

Betsy Hiel

Nearly 28 years after Chernobyl disaster, life goes on in ‘exclusion zone’

By Betsy Hiel
CHERNOBYL, Ukraine — Misha Tefflenko’s family of eight fled the village of Fabrykivka in 1993, when radiation levels rose too high. They and 300 other …