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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 ...

Jury hands McQueary $7.3M in defamation case

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A jury awarded a former Penn State assistant football coach $7.3 million in damages Thursday, finding the university defamed him after it became public that his testimony helped prosecutors charge Jerry Sandusky with child molestation. Jurors deliberated for about ...

Classes resume at 14 Pennsylvania-owned universities

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Classes have resumed for more than 100,000 students who attend Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities. Classes resumed Monday after the union representing more than 5,000 faculty members and coaches reached a tentative contract agreement Friday with the State ...

Ex-attorney general gets 10 to 23 months in jail for perjury

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Former Attorney General Kathleen Kane was sentenced Monday to 10 to 23 months in jail for illegally disclosing details from a grand jury investigation to embarrass a rival and lying about it under oath. Kane was also sentenced to eight years of probation by a ...

One killed as storms, floods batter Pennsylvania

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Freak storms packing up to 100 mph winds hit Pennsylvania early Friday, sending floodwaters into hundreds of homes and causing a pipeline rupture that dumped more than 50,000 gallons of gasoline into a stream, threatening drinking water supplies. One man was killed ...

Tentative deal ends strike by university professors

HARRISBURG (AP) — The union representing striking professors at 14 Pennsylvania state universities reached a tentative contract agreement Friday and immediately ended a walkout that was in its third day. Both sides thanked Gov. Tom Wolf for helping to end the impasse, which had disrupted ...

State official says PA elections can’t be hacked

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is immune from any allegation of voter fraud by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, the state’s top elections official declared Thursday, and Pennsylvania’s voting machines and tabulating systems can’t be hacked because they aren’t ...

Former PSU coach recalls learning of Sandusky complaint

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Jurors heard Thursday that a former Penn State head football coach testified that Mike McQueary told him years before Jerry Sandusky’s arrest that he had made a complaint about Sandusky to university administrators. The deposition by Tom Bradley was read during the ...

No official talks held Thursday in strike by professors

The Associated Press Pennsylvania’s higher education system said it had no official contract talks with its union Thursday, but said negotiators still were looking for a way forward during the second day of strikes by faculty members across 14 state universities. Kenn Marshall, ...

Ex-Penn State official denies McQueary lost job over Sandusky

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Jurors in a defamation and whistleblower lawsuit were read testimony Wednesday by a former Penn State athletic director who denied a claim by a main witness against Jerry Sandusky that he was terminated as an assistant football coach because of his role in the child ...

Ex-airline manager tied to 9/11 sentenced in child-sex case

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former American Airlines operations manager who learned of the first Sept. 11 hijacking before the jet struck the World Trade Center has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for trying to have sex with a child during a business trip to Pittsburgh last year. Ray Howland, ...

Senate bill opens door to police body cameras but restricts access

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Legislation approved by the Pennsylvania state Senate on Wednesday would let police departments across the state refuse public requests for copies of video recordings by officers, unless a court orders the release. The bill sets a sweeping policy to exempt recordings ...

Professors at 14 state universities strike

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Professors at 14 state universities went on strike Wednesday, disrupting classes mid-semester for more than 100,000 students after contract negotiations hit an impasse. Members of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties went on strike ...

Solar-powered plane’s latest leg: Ohio to Pennsylvania

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A solar-powered airplane has taken off from the Ohio hometown of America aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright on the latest leg of its journey around the world. The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 took off from Dayton International Airport just after 4 a.m. ...

Cosby lawyers outline defense as case heads to trial

MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby's lawyers gave a blistering preview of the questions the actor's accuser will face at trial, as a judge refused to dismiss the sex-assault case at a preliminary hearing. The defense ...

Bill Cosby due in court in Pennsylvania sex-assault case

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby is due in Pennsylvania court Tuesday morning for a key hearing in his criminal sex-assault case. The preliminary hearing will determine whether prosecutors have enough evidence to send the 78-year-old entertainer to trial. Cosby is accused of drugging ...