Pennsylvania state police defend fitness test

07/30/2014 03:20 PM EDT
HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — The head of the Pennsylvania State Police urged the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to withdraw a new lawsuit that claims the agency's physical fitness standards for recruits discriminate against women. 
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6 Philadelphia officers charged in corruption case
07/30/2014 05:12 PM EDT - PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Six city narcotics officers used gangland tactics to shake down drug dealers, relying on guns, badges, beatings and threats to extort huge piles of cash and cocaine, federal authorities charged in an indictment Wednesday. Full Story

Terror threats at chemical plants underestimated
07/30/2014 05:12 PM EDT - WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America's densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers particularly vulnerable to terrorists, congressional investigators say. Full Story

US sues Pennsylvania over police fitness tests
07/30/2014 01:56 AM EDT - HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania State Police, one of the nation's largest forces, is faced with ending the physical fitness tests it gives to applicants for state trooper positions or defending in court a practice that the federal government says illegally discriminates against women. Full Story

Last crew member of Enola Gay dies in Georgia
07/29/2014 08:16 PM EDT - ATLANTA (AP) — The last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, hastening the end of World War II and forcing the world into the atomic age, has died in Georgia. Full Story

APNewsBreak: Defense to oversee plagiarism probe
07/29/2014 06:56 PM EDT - HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Department of Defense has taken the unusual step of overseeing a plagiarism investigation being conducted by the U. Full Story

Pennsylvania town gets wet yet again on Rain Day
07/29/2014 03:58 PM EDT - WAYNESBURG, Pa. (AP) — It's just a sprinkle, but it counts enough for people in a southwestern Pennsylvania town to celebrate Rain Day. Full Story

Govt fails to vet chemical plants with terror risk
07/29/2014 03:01 PM EDT - WASHINGTON (AP) — The government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at a higher risk for a terror attack and has underestimated the threat to densely populated cities, congressional investigators say. Full Story

Clean-air rules assailed as too much, too little
07/29/2014 05:59 PM EDT - DENVER (AP) — Hundreds of people across the country lined up Tuesday to tell the Environmental Protection Agency that its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not far enough. Full Story

2 arraigned, denied bail in deadly Pa. carjacking
07/29/2014 08:58 AM EDT - PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two men accused of carjacking a woman in north Philadelphia and plowing into a family selling fruit on a street corner, killing three children, have been ordered held without bail. Full Story

Grandma thanks Idaho trooper for traffic stop

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A woman who got a speeding ticket while on a recent vacation to Idaho wrote a note to the Idaho State Police thanking the trooper for the kindness he showed her grandchildren during the stop. Full Story
'Flower Drum Song' lead James Shigeta dies at 85

LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Shigeta, who played the lead in the 1961 movie musical "Flower Drum Song" and had a small role in the first "Die Hard," has died. Full Story