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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 ...

13 charged in riot after PSU beat Ohio State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in central Pennsylvania have charged 13 people in connection with disturbances following Penn State’s upset over No. 2 Ohio State last month. Police in State College said Monday that charges filed in district court included felony counts of riot, ...

Penn State pays out $93 million to 33 Sandusky victims

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (AP) — Penn State's latest audited financial statements show it has settled with one more sexual-abuse accuser of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, bringing the total payout to $93 million to 33 people. The statements cover the fiscal year that ended June ...

Lawyer: Priest downloaded child porn but didn’t contact kids

EMMAUS, Pa. (AP) — A lawyer for a Roman Catholic priest in Pennsylvania says his client downloaded and viewed child porn but he says “the important thing” is the priest never tried to contact any children. Attorney John Waldron says Monsignor John Stephen Mraz, of Bethlehem, has waived ...

GOP call for statewide Pennsylvania poll watchers is denied

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In a scathing rebuke, a federal judge on Thursday denied the Pennsylvania Republican Party’s effort to allow poll watchers from anywhere in the state monitor precincts on Election Day. Eastern District of Pennsylvania Judge Gerald J. Pappert said the state GOP’s ...

Feds investigating Sandusky fine Penn State a record $2.4M

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Federal officials looking into how Penn State handled complaints about Jerry Sandusky slapped the school with a record $2.4 million fine on Thursday, saying it violated requirements about reporting campus crimes and warning people if their safety is threatened. The ...

Bill Cosby’s attorneys want accusers’ memories tested

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby’s lawyers accused prosecutors Monday of trying to use the “tainted, unreliable memories of women, now in their senior years” to build their sexual assault case against him and will seek competency hearings on any accusers allowed to testify. Prosecutors ...

DA: Man who had kids with 14-year-old abused her 5 sisters

FEASTERVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man accused of fathering two children with a 14-year-old girl gifted to him by her parents was charged Monday with sexually assaulting five other girls in that family, calling them his wives. Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub announced ...

Student accused of putting bleach in pregnant woman’s water

MILLERSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania university student accused of having put bleach in his pregnant girlfriend’s water in an attempt to harm her fetus has been charged with attempted murder, authorities said. Theophilous Washington, 20, of Washington, D.C., a junior at Millersville ...

Big second half helps No. 24 Nittany Lions romp

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Saquon Barkley ran for 207 yards and two touchdowns, Trace McSorley threw three scoring passes, and No. 24 Penn State used a 24-point third quarter as the centerpiece of its 62-24 victory against Purdue on Saturday. The Nittany Lions (6-2, 4-1 in the Big Ten) ...

Freight train hits another head-on, injuring 2 workers

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Two freight trains crashed head-on Friday morning outside Philadelphia, knocking one locomotive off the tracks and injuring two crew members. The CSX trains remained upright following the crash in Chester Township, about 15 miles from Philadelphia. The trains had been ...

Amtrak to pay $265M for Philadelphia crash that killed 8 P

HILADELPHIA (AP) — Amtrak will pay $265 million to settle claims related to a crash last year that killed eight people and injured more than 200 others when a speeding train derailed on a curve. The settlement allows victims to have their awards in hand by June instead of waiting years for ...