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Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole stands on the mound after loading the bases against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of their baseball game Monday, June 1, 2015, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Cole strikes out season-best 9 as Pirates beat Giants

Gerrit Cole struck out a season-best nine to win his third straight start, Neil Walker hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the fifth after a pair of called strikeouts, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants 4-3 on Monday night. Andrew McCutchen had two likely hits stolen by ...

NY tribe opens 'Wizard of Oz'-themed strip mall casino

With new competition looming, a New York Indian tribe is expanding its gambling business with a small "The Wizard of Oz"-themed casino in a strip mall near Syracuse. The Yellow Brick Road Casino on Indian land near a Chittenango grocery store is modest compared with the Oneidas' sprawling Turning Stone ...

FILE - In this May 27, 2015 file photo provided by the Metropolitan Transit Authority, workers repair a section of cable that was severed by vandals who stole 500 feet of copper cable from train tracks along the A train subway line south of Howard Beach, in the Queens borough of New York. The crime forced the MTA to suspend train service entirely in the area and replace it with shuttle buses. The theft that shut down the subway’s biggest line and snarled the commute for 100,000 people is only the latest example of a troubling trend on railways nationwide that has soared along with the price of copper. (Metropolitan Transit Authority, Marc A. Hermann via AP, File)

Copper thefts from the rails rise with price of the metal

Longtime New York City subway cops have seen copper thefts before, but last week's heist on a stretch of open-air tracks was particularly brazen: 500 feet of inch-thick cable stripped from the rails in the middle of the night. The theft that shut down parts of the subway's biggest lines ...

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Mother of American hostage released in Yemen says he's ok

The mother of an American hostage released by Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen says her son suffered a back injury and is still in shock, but that he's doing well considering the ordeal. Freelance journalist Casey Coombs, 33, is stable in a hospital in Oman and is expected to return ...

AP Source: Devils to hires John Hynes as head coach

New Jersey general manager Ray Shero has reached into his ties with the Pittsburgh Penguins to pick the Devils' next head coach, John Hynes, a person with knowledge of the hiring told The Associated Press on Monday night. Shero has chosen the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coach to run the once-proud team that ...

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2015, file photo, Ellen Pao leaves the Civic Center Courthouse during a lunch break in her trial in San Francisco. The woman at the center of a high-profile gender bias lawsuit against an elite Silicon Valley venture capital firm filed an appeal on Monday, June 1, 2015, of a jury verdict against her. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Woman behind Silicon Valley sex bias suit appealing verdict

A woman at the center of a high-profile gender bias lawsuit against an elite Silicon Valley venture capital firm filed an appeal on Monday of a jury verdict against her. Alan Exelrod, an attorney for plaintiff Ellen Pao, filed the two-page notice of appeal in San Francisco Superior Court. There ...

FILE - In this photo taken Wednesday, July 17, 2013, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina employee Lew Borman, left, helps a customer outside a trailer at the downtown farmer's market in Raleigh, N.C. Dozens of health insurers say higher-than-expected care costs and other expenses blindsided them this year, and they’re going to have to hike individual insurance prices well-beyond 10 percent for 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Many health insurers go big with initial 2016 rate requests

Dozens of health insurers say higher-than-expected care costs and other expenses blindsided them this year, and they're going to have to hike premiums for individual policies well-beyond 10 percent for 2016.             The proposed double-digit hikes would apply to plans sold on the health insurance exchanges created under President Barack ...

FILE - In this April 28, 2015, file photo, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Judiciary Committee on oversight of the department. Johnson on Monday, June 1, 2015, directed the Transportation Security Administration to revise airport security procedures, retrain officers and retest screening equipment in airports across the country. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

Homeland to revise airport screening; TSA head reassigned

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Monday reassigned the leader of the Transportation Security Administration and directed the agency to revise airport security procedures, retrain officers and retest screening equipment in airports across the country. The TSA's acting administrator, Melvin Carraway, is being reassigned to a different job in the ...

California farmers submit plans to save water under deal

Dozens of farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta submitted plans Monday to the state saying they intend to plant less thirsty crops and leave some fields unplanted to meet voluntary water conservation targets amid the relentless California drought, officials said. The farmers — with the strongest water rights in ...

A pedestrian walks past the Dirksen Federal Courthouse, Monday, June 1, 2015, in Chicago where former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is scheduled to make his first court appearance Thursday on allegations he agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to someone from the Illinois town where he was once a teacher and coach. (AP Photo/Christian K. Lee)

Hastert to appear before judge who donated to campaign

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is set to make his first court appearance in his hush-money case on Thursday, when he is expected to enter a plea before a federal judge who previously donated $1,500 to the then-Illinois congressman's re-election campaign. The arraignment for Hastert, a Republican who was ...

On video, theater gunman says killings got him 'value units'

James Holmes believes he gained a specific amount of self-worth for each of the 12 people he killed in a Colorado movie theater, but he regrets that one of the victims was a child, according to a videotaped conversation between Holmes and a psychiatrist played in court Monday. In a ...

This Feb. 2011 photo shows decorated Iraq War veteran Roy Murry. Murry's estranged wife, Amanda, told authorities her husband suffered from post-traumatic stress and was becoming increasingly delusional, according to court documents released Monday, June 1, 2015. Murry remained in custody after surrendering to authorities on Saturday, four days after the home of his wife's family was set on fire near Colbert, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said. (Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review, via AP)

Records: Wife suspected war vet husband of killing relatives

A decorated Iraq War veteran arrested in the killing of his estranged wife's mother, stepfather and brother suffers from post-traumatic stress and had been increasingly delusional, his wife told authorities in court documents released Monday. Amanda Murry also told sheriff's deputies that her husband, Roy H. Murry, 30, of Lewiston, ...

State House Republicans push Wolf taxes to unanimous defeat

A measure combining all of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed tax increases went down unanimously Monday in the state House, but Republicans and Democrats had much different reasons for voting against it. Republicans brought up their own tax amendment to make a point about the viability of the spending plan ...

Trial opens in slaying of mother of 6 outside Pittsburgh bar

A western Pennsylvania man is on trial on murder charges in the second case this year — this time in the slaying of a mother of six gunned down outside a Pittsburgh bar more than two years ago. Opening statements were delivered Monday in Allegheny County Court in the trial ...

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