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Pruitt tells miners `regulatory assault’ is over

SYCAMORE, Pa. (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told dozens of Pennsylvania coal miners Thursday that the “regulatory assault” on their industry is over, and that the environment can be protected without hurting business. “We’re going to do it the ...

Ex-Penn State president guilty on one count of child endangerment

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State president Graham Spanier was convicted Friday of hushing up suspected child sex abuse in 2001 by Jerry Sandusky, whose arrest a decade later blew up into a major scandal for the university and led to the firing of beloved football coach Joe ...

Spanier’s defense rests without calling any witnesses

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The criminal case against former Penn State president Graham Spanier, accused of acting illegally in handling a 2001 complaint about Jerry Sandusky showering with a boy, will soon be in jurors’ hands after his attorneys declined to put on any evidence Thursday, ...

2 kids burned by drink at buffet are released from hospital

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Officials say two children severely sickened after drinking what they believed to be apple juice at a Chinese buffet have been released from a Pennsylvania hospital. The 10-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl were taken March 3 to Penn State Hershey Medical Center after ...

Boy, 5, choked by dog pulling on his scarf in snow has dies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 5-year-old Pennsylvania boy has died days after he was choked when the family dog pulled on his scarf as they played in the snow. The Philadelphia coroner’s office says John Bruno died Saturday at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he had been under heavy ...

2 ex-officials set to testify against ex-Penn State leader

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Two former Penn State officials who struck plea deals with prosecutors are expected to testify against ex-university president Graham Spanier at a child endangerment trial linked to the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Prosecutors picking jurors Monday in Spanier’s trial said ...

Casey asks ethics office to assess Trump’s foreign deals

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Bob Casey asked a government ethics office Monday to assess whether President Donald Trump’s business dealings make his administration vulnerable to conflicts of interest. “President Trump has exposed his administration to possible conflicts of interest ...

2 ex-Penn State officials plead guilty in child-sex scandal

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Two former Penn State administrators admitted Monday to mishandling child-sex allegations against Jerry Sandusky, pleading guilty more than five years after the scandal rocked the university and led to the downfall of football coach Joe Paterno. Tim Curley, a ...

Husband: Tub drowning suspect said she drove over their sons PITTSBURGH (AP) — A woman charged with drowning her two youngest sons in a bathtub had days earlier told her husband she wanted to surrender to police for purposely running over the boys the year before, but her husband talked her ...

Pennsylvania sues IBM over $170M jobless claims contract

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration sued International Business Machines Corp. on Thursday, saying the company failed to deliver on a 2006 contract to replace an outdated system of processing unemployment claims. The lawsuit said the technology and consulting ...

Jury selection begins in trial of suspect in barracks ambush WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — As jury selection began Thursday in the capital murder trial of an anti-government sharpshooter charged in the 2014 ambush slaying of a Pennsylvania State Police trooper, a prosecutor vowed to seek justice ...

Construction unearths centuries-old coffins in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Construction crews working on an apartment building in Philadelphia’s historic district got a shock last month when their backhoes started hitting coffins and unearthing fully intact human remains. Now, forensic scientists and students at Rutgers University-Camden are ...

Man convicted of not filing taxes over `mark of the beast’

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been convicted of failing to file his income tax returns for 21 years because he considered using a Social Security number akin to using the “mark of the beast” spelled out in the Bible. James Schlosser, who lives in the town of Bird-in-Hand, ...

Agency takes lye from Chinese restaurant after kids sickened

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — State health inspectors said Tuesday they were testing crystal lye taken from a Chinese buffet where two children were severely sickened after drinking what they believed to be apple juice. A Department of Agriculture inspection found violations but no imminent health ...

Wolf says any gambling expansion must mean new revenue

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf isn’t ruling out any particular kind of casino-style gambling expansion under consideration by lawmakers, but he says tax revenue to the state can’t be a zero-sum game. Wolf said Tuesday that he’ll look for a gambling expansion that ...

Battle looms over Bill Cosby’s testimony on drugs and sex

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The next battle in the criminal case against Bill Cosby will be whether prosecutors can use his lurid deposition testimony about giving pills and alcohol to a string of women before sex — material that may be disallowed at his trial since the judge ruled most of the ...

On eve of trial, mother of ambushed trooper seeks justice

MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — Bryon and Darla Dickson long to see their son walk through the door. But they know that can’t happen, not in this lifetime. Not after Eric Frein, according to prosecutors, ambushed the state police corporal in hopes of sparking “revolution.” The couple’s faith ...

3-week-old hospitalized, parents jailed on abuse charges

OSCEOLA MILLS, Pa. (AP) — A 3-week-old girl remains hospitalized with broken legs and other injuries as state police have jailed her parents on assault and child endangerment charges. Authorities say the girl remains at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville Monday, while 32-year-old Aaron ...

Cyberattack still idling Pennsylvania Senate Democrats

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s top state Senate Democrat says no ransom has been paid to resolve a “ransomware” cyberattack on caucus computers that’s being investigated by the FBI. Senate Democrats’ computer network remained inaccessible Monday, three days after the attack ...

Jerry Sandusky transferred to a medium-security prison

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been moved from a maximum-security prison to a medium-security facility in western Pennsylvania. State prison officials say the 73-year-old was initially assigned to the State Correctional Institution-Greene ...