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US judge rejects Green Party’s Pennsylvania recount case

A federal judge on Monday issued a stinging rejection of a Green Party-backed request to recount paper ballots in Pennsylvania’s presidential election, won narrowly by Republican Donald Trump, and scan some counties’ election systems for signs of hacking. In his 31-page decision, U.S. ...

Teen was on Facebook Live during crash that killed her, pal

TOBYHANNA, Pa. (AP) — An 18-year-old girl was live-streaming herself as she drove along a Pennsylvania highway in the moments before the crash that killed her and a passenger. State police say Brooke Miranda Hughes was broadcasting live video on Facebook while driving slowly in the right ...

Pennsylvania fights Green Party recount bid in federal court

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Calling it a “fishing expedition,” Pennsylvania election officials on Thursday asked a federal judge to throw out a Green Party-backed lawsuit that seeks a recount of paper ballots cast in the Nov. 8 presidential election and an inspection to determine whether ...

Day care worker says she canát explain cursing kids video

Associated Press Coaxed by an adult off camera, small children gleefully use filthy language in a 22-second video shot at a Pennsylvania day care, posted on Facebook and viewed nearly 170,000 times since October. Prosecutors on Thursday filed a corruption of minors charge against the ...

Teen boy held on charges he shot sleeping mom, brother

NEW STANTON, Pa. (AP) — A 14-year-old boy is accused of shooting his mother and 8-year-old brother once each in the forehead as they slept and calling 911 to insinuate his father did it, Pennsylvania state police said Thursday. Jacob Remaley called 911 just before 7 a.m. Wednesday, saying ...

Cardinal apologizes to man who brought abuse claim in 1988

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former Roman Catholic bishop of Pittsburgh who now heads the Washington archdiocese has apologized for initially voicing doubts about a seminarian’s claims in 1988 that as a young boy he had been sexually abused by a priest. Cardinal Donald Wuerl says Tim Bendig, who is ...

Judge blocks precinct recounts in Montgomery County

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Montgomery County judge is rejecting Green Party-backed requests for recounts of presidential election results in about 78 precincts. Judge Bernard Moore gave no immediate reason for the rejection Wednesday. Lawyers for the Republican Party and the county argued ...

Judge adds $5M to McQueary’s $7M verdict against Penn State

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday awarded more than $5 million to a former Penn State assistant football coach over his treatment by the university following Jerry Sandusky’s arrest on child molestation charges five years ago. Judge Thomas Gavin ruled in favor of Mike ...

DA: Philadelphia officer shot son in dispute over family car

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia police officer has been charged with shooting his son in the back during a dispute over the use of the family car. Officer Dorion Young has been charged with attempted murder and other counts in the Labor Day shooting. District Attorney Seth Williams says ...

Police: Package bomb targeted man in Philadelphia apartment

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A bomb stuffed inside a padded envelope exploded in a downtown apartment early Tuesday when a man opened the package, apparently thinking it contained medicine, police said. The victim was hospitalized with hand and chest injuries. Federal agents and the city bomb squad ...

Prosecutor on offensive emails: Justice wasn’t undermined

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — There’s no evidence that government employees, including investigators and judges, who swapped sexually explicit and offensive material for years through office email undermined the administration of justice, Pennsylvania’s attorney general said Tuesday in releasing ...

Wolf vetoes bill on when to ID cops involved in deadly force

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is vetoing legislation that would have restricted the situations in which police officers are identified after firing their weapon or using force that results in death or serious injury. Wolf rejected the legislation Monday, after it passed ...

Judge handling Sandusky’s appeal removes himself from case

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The judge who has presided over Jerry Sandusky’s criminal case for five years issued a sternly worded order on Friday removing himself from the former Penn State assistant coach’s appeal. Judge John Cleland said he was taking himself off the case because ...

New law lets Pennsylvanians hide some old criminal records

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania residents with minor criminal convictions that are at least a decade old have begun applying to seal those cases from public view under a new state law. Interest has varied widely, with more than 1,000 people attending a set of free legal clinics on the ...

Wolf signs law to allow beer distributors to sell smaller quantities

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Big changes are coming to beer sales in Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation Tuesday that will allow the state’s more than 1,000 beer distributors to sell suds in any quantity. That includes individual 32-ounce bottles, four-packs, six-packs and ...

PA facing $1.7B shortfall, fiscal office says

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania state government received sobering fiscal news Tuesday, as the Legislature’s independent budget analyst projected more big deficits are looming, including a shortfall this year. The Independent Fiscal Office’s director, Matthew Knittel, said a ...

Pittsburgh-based US attorney and Obama nominee resigning

PITTSBURGH (AP) — U.S. Attorney David Hickton, a Democrat and President Barack Obama nominee, is resigning as federal prosecutor for western Pennsylvania. His resignation, announced Monday, takes effect Nov. 28. A turnover among U.S. attorneys is customary when a person of another ...

Man who beat girlfriend at casino sues over excessive drinks

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who spent four years in prison for beating his girlfriend at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem is suing the casino for allegedly serving him too many free drinks before the assault. Nicholas Mullins, 31, is still on probation for the January 2012 ...

School district wants transgender students’ case dismissed

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania school district wants a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by three transgender students challenging a rule requiring students to use either unisex restrooms or those corresponding to their biological sex. The Pine-Richland High School students, two ...

Death of man after Pittsburgh Steelers game investigated

BALDWIN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in western Pennsylvania are investigating the death of a Pittsburgh-area man after some kind of incident following the Pittsburgh Steelers game. Pittsburgh police said detectives started investigating after Allegheny County police informed them of the ...