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Officer pleads guilty for using seized Porsche as prom ride
Officer pleads guilty for using seized Porsche as prom ride

Prosecutors say a former Philadelphia police officer charged with taking a Porsche SUV from an impound lot and using it for his stepdaughter's prom has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to a year of probation. James...

Tiny community struggles to find residents to help run it

Tiny community struggles to find residents to help run it

A 44-acre central Pennsylvania community with fewer than 90 residents faces the possibility of being absorbed by an adjacent city because there isn't enough citizen interest to keep its government functioning. No one...

PA governor to follow through on plan to close state prison

PA governor to follow through on plan to close state prison

Gov. Tom Wolf says he'll follow through on his plan to close another state prison. Wolf's administration made the announcement Friday after it carried out the required hearings on its plan. The move was announced...

Lawyer accused of stabbing fiance, a fellow public defender

Lawyer accused of stabbing fiance, a fellow public defender

Police say a public defender in Allegheny County stabbed her fiance, a fellow public defender, after a night of drinking earlier this week. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said 31-year-old Elizabeth LaForgia was charged by...

Pennsylvania state universities offer retirement incentive

Pennsylvania state universities offer retirement incentive

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The 14 Pennsylvania state universities hope to reduce the size of their faculties by offering an incentive for professors eligible for retirement. PennLive reports that the State System of Higher...

Teenage boy charged in murders of his foster mother, man

Teenage boy charged in murders of his foster mother, man

A Philadelphia teenager has been charged with the slayings of his foster mother and a man who authorities say were both “brutally tortured and murdered." The 17-year-old is charged with murder in the stabbing death of...

Groom accused of sexual assault at reception gets probation

Groom accused of sexual assault at reception gets probation

A judge in Pennsylvania has sentenced a New Jersey man accused of sexually assaulting a teenage waitress at his wedding reception to probation. Matthew Aimers of Willingboro, New Jersey, pleaded guilty Thursday to indecent...

Officials: Row house explosion caused by crack in gas main

Officials: Row house explosion caused by crack in gas main

Officials say the explosion that left two people dead and destroyed five row houses in Philadelphia last month was caused by a crack in a gas main. Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel says at a news conference Thursday that an...

Pipeline firm to pay another $2M fine in Pennsylvania

Pipeline firm to pay another $2M fine in Pennsylvania

A Texas-based pipeline giant that is heavily penalized in Pennsylvania has agreed to pay another $2 million in fines for spilling drilling fluids into a reservoir during construction on a 350-mile multibillion-dollar...

Man in GoFundMe scheme pleads not guilty to federal charges

Man in GoFundMe scheme pleads not guilty to federal charges

A New Jersey man who authorities said was the ringleader in a scheme that raised more than $400,000 with a bogus tale involving a homeless veteran has pleaded not guilty to federal charges. Mark D'Amico appeared in...

Study: Spotted lanternfly costing Pennsylvania $50M annually

Study: Spotted lanternfly costing Pennsylvania $50M annually

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press

Man in GoFundMe scam pleads not guilty in federal court

Man in GoFundMe scam pleads not guilty in federal court

A New Jersey man who authorities said was the ringleader in a GoFundMe scam that raised more than $400,000 with a bogus tale involving a homeless veteran has pleaded not guilty to federal charges. Mark D'Amico appeared...

Toomey says Senate trial should be fair, mum on witnesses

Toomey says Senate trial should be fair, mum on witnesses

Pennsylvania's Republican U.S. Sen Pat Toomey says the Senate should conduct a fair impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, but he gave no indication of whether he'd support calling witnesses. Toomey said in a...

Gambling revenue in Pennsylvania hits new record high

Gambling revenue in Pennsylvania hits new record high

Pennsylvania's commercial casinos reached a new high in revenue last year, a record boosted by an aggressive new expansion of gambling authorized in 2017. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said Thursday that...

Gov. Wolf mixes state work with personal time in Israel trip

Gov. Wolf mixes state work with personal time in Israel trip

Pennsylvania's governor is back in the United States after an unannounced trip to Israel that mixed personal travel with state business. Wolf's office said the second-term Democrat returned Thursday. A spokesman...

Wisconsin college students part of Democrats' campus push

Wisconsin college students part of Democrats' campus push

Democrats know that to defeat President Donald Trump they need to do a better job motivating young voters like University of Wisconsin junior David Pelikan. He's one of about 40 students being trained this week to...

Education agency awards $1M to fight campus sexual assault

Education agency awards $1M to fight campus sexual assault

Pennsylvania officials are doling out nearly $1 million in grants to prevent and respond to sexual assault at 36 colleges and universities. The Education Department on Thursday announced the recipients under the state...

Philadelphia shootings leave 1 dead, 5 others hospitalized

Philadelphia shootings leave 1 dead, 5 others hospitalized

Authorities say a series of shootings in Philadelphia has left one man dead and five other people hospitalized, including some in critical condition. The shootings occurred over a two-hour period on Wednesday, starting...

Man dies after he was found shot in a Philadelphia driveway

Man dies after he was found shot in a Philadelphia driveway

A man found shot in a driveway in Philadelphia has died. Police discovered the 27-year-old with three gunshot wounds to the stomach early Thursday in the city's Overbrook section. Police believe he was targeted. He was...

Bloomberg campaign hiring ahead of Pennsylvania primary

Bloomberg campaign hiring ahead of Pennsylvania primary

Michael Bloomberg's presidential campaign has begun hiring staff in Pennsylvania, a late primary state where his chief competitors for the Democratic Party's nomination have some inroads. Campaign officials said...

Crafting for critters: Australian fires prompt global effort

Crafting for critters: Australian fires prompt global effort

Thousands of crafters worldwide are churning out swaddling wraps for bats, hanging enclosures for kangaroos, and cozy pouches for wallabies. They hope to help wildlife harmed in the Australian wildfires. But there's...

Lawmakers back institutions for disabled over plan to shut 2

Lawmakers back institutions for disabled over plan to shut 2

A fight to block Gov. Tom Wolf from closing two state centers for the intellectually disabled produced a second large majority in Pennsylvania's Legislature. The state House of Representatives voted 139-55 on Wednesday...

State says plant cleanup money coming, but some skeptical

State says plant cleanup money coming, but some skeptical

BILLINGS, Mont. - Montana regulators say they expect to have $400 million in bonds in place by July to cover future cleanup costs at the Colstrip power plant. But state lawmakers expressed skepticism over that time frame...

State House votes to stop drivers' use of handheld phones

State House votes to stop drivers' use of handheld phones

The Pennsylvania House is voting to expand the state's ban on texting while driving to also prohibit motorists from using handheld devices to make phone calls. The chamber voted Wednesday 120 to 74 for the ban, but...

Police: Woman found slain in bathtub, youth to be questioned

Police: Woman found slain in bathtub, youth to be questioned

Police say a woman was found slain in the bathtub of her north Philadelphia home, and a teenager recently placed in foster care in her home is to be questioned. Officers responding to the home in the Germantown...

Man sentenced for online threat made to Ohio high school

Man sentenced for online threat made to Ohio high school

A Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for an online threat to an Ohio high school that led hundreds of students to miss classes in 2018. Russell Miley-Cruz, of Scranton, also received three...