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Report finds improvements in Chesapeake Bay’s overall health

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Water clarity in the Chesapeake Bay is the best it’s been in decades, and native rockfish, oyster and blue crab populations are rebounding as the overall health of the nation’s largest estuary improves, a report released Thursday found. The Chesapeake Bay ...

Hundreds honor state trooper killed on job

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Hundreds paid tribute Thursday to a young Pennsylvania state trooper killed in the line of duty after only about a year on the force. At a funeral at the Blair County Convention Center, Trooper Landon Weaver, 23, was remembered as a hero and Gov. Tom Wolf expressed ...

Mother who threw baby off bridge pleads guilty, gets prison

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A mother pleaded guilty Friday to throwing her baby off a bridge into an eastern Pennsylvania river, telling the judge she wanted her 20-month-old son to go to heaven. “I dropped him, yes,” 21-year-old Johnesha Perry told Lehigh County Judge Kelly Banach, “because ...

59 vehicles in Pennsylvania pileup on snowy, slick I-80

DUBOIS, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation says 59 vehicles crashed in a snowy pileup along a western Pennsylvania highway, and three people were hurt. PennDOT spokesman Jim Carroll says 22 tractor-trailers and 37 cars are involved in the crash on Interstate 80 in ...

Ex-Philadelphia congressman gets 10 years for corruption

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah was sentenced Monday to a 10-year prison term by a judge who said he was “astonished” that a veteran legislator would steal government and charity funds to pay his son’s debts and buy a vacation home. Fattah, a Democrat who was born ...

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 ...