Suit: Practice, hospital covered for pedophile pediatrician

U.S. 05/15/19, 09:59

A civil suit says a Pennsylvania pediatric practice knew that one of its physicians was a threat to molest young patients but covered it up. The suit says Laurel Pediatric Associates in Johnstown knew at least two decades ago that Dr. Johnnie Barto's patients were in "serious danger," but allowed him ...

Judge: Cosby’s actions ‘distinctive,’ became ‘a signature’

U.S. 05/14/19, 16:48

The Pennsylvania judge who presided over Bill Cosby's sex-assault case says he let five other accusers testify at Cosby's retrial because they showed his actions were "so distinctive" they became "a signature."A jury last year convicted Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004 after hearing from her ...

Maker of OxyContin gets hit with another state lawsuit

U.S. 05/14/19, 13:44

Pennsylvania's state attorney general filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing the company that makes OxyContin of fueling the opioid epidemic, making it at least the 39th state to make such a claim against Purdue Pharma.Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced the lawsuit against Connecticut-based Purdue. Pennsylvania is one of the states hardest ...

Pennsylvania primary features a couple high-profile matchups

U.S. 05/12/19, 09:14

Pennsylvania's primary election will decide nominees or officeholders for several high-profile offices, including mayor of the nation's sixth largest city and one of the state's 18 members of the U.S. House. Pennsylvania's primary election is May 21. It features primary elections for Philadelphia mayor and two statewide appellate court seats. It also ...

Pennsylvania college to no longer allow frats, sororities

U.S. 05/10/19, 13:56

Fraternities and sororities will no longer be allowed at Swarthmore College.School President Valerie Smith made the announcement Friday.It comes after the only two fraternities at the private liberal arts college in suburban Philadelphia decided to disband amid outrage over internal documents from one of the organizations. They contained derogatory comments ...

11 lucky ducks rescued after falling through sewer

U.S. 05/07/19, 13:49

Nearly a dozen lucky ducks have been rescued by eastern Pennsylvania firefighters after falling through a sewer grate and out of sight of their distressed mother.Emergency workers were called Tuesday morning to a street in Catasauqua, an Allentown suburb. A neighbor had witnessed 11 of 12 baby ducks drop into ...

Protesters chant ‘stop taking bribes’ in Pennsylvania House

U.S. 05/06/19, 16:14

Demonstrators chanted "stop taking bribes" and threw dollar bills from a balcony in Pennsylvania's House chamber Monday as part of a protest over state law that does not limit the value of gifts that lawmakers may accept from lobbyists and others.Capitol police officers led the demonstrators out shortly after they ...

Gun rights activists fill state Capitol for gun rights rally

U.S. 05/06/19, 16:12

Gun rights advocates packed the rotunda of the Pennsylvania Capitol on Monday for an annual Second Amendment rally, pushing their legislative priorities and cheering a call for the Pittsburgh mayor's impeachment.Gun owners roared when the event's organizer, Republican Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, announced that he will ask fellow lawmakers to support ...

Pennsylvania police honor 4 who died on duty in 2018

U.S. 05/06/19, 15:29

Police from around Pennsylvania are honoring four members of law enforcement who were killed or died last year from injuries sustained while on duty.Monday's ceremony in the Forum auditorium adjacent to the state Capitol was attended by Gov. Tom Wolf, Attorney General Josh Shapiro and other top state officials.The Fraternal ...

US Steel plows $1B into western Pennsylvania operations

U.S. 05/02/19, 10:41

U.S. Steel will invest more than $1 billion on state-of-the-art facilities in western Pennsylvania that it says will improve its steelmaking efficiency and reduce emissions at its Mon Valley Works operations.The company says new casting and rolling technology at its Edgar Thompson Plant will allow it to combine thin slab ...

Update: Lawyers rebuff prosecutor on tossed Spanier case

U.S. 05/01/19, 15:56

The Latest on a judge's decision to throw out the conviction of former Penn State President Graham Spanier (all times local):4:55 p.m.Lawyers for former Penn State President Graham Spanier say they're stunned by the comments from Pennsylvania's attorney general vowing to appeal a federal judge's decision to vacate his child ...

Workers rally at Capitol amid debate over nuclear power bill

U.S. 05/01/19, 15:50

Hundreds of nuclear power plant workers rallied at Pennsylvania's Capitol amid hearings on legislation to charge ratepayers more to subsidize nuclear power.Workers from Pennsylvania's five plants repeated warnings Wednesday that their jobs and future are endangered amid a flood of low-cost natural gas into competitive electricity markets.Pennsylvania is the No. ...

Pennsylvania college’s fraternities disband amid protests

U.S. 05/01/19, 07:41

The only two fraternities at Swarthmore College have decided to disband amid outrage over documents containing derogatory comments about women and the LGBTQ community and jokes about sexual assault.The decisions to disband Delta Upsilon and Phi Psi at the private liberal arts college in suburban Philadelphia were announced in social ...

Update: Trump says union members ‘love’ him, mocks Biden

U.S. 04/29/19, 11:04

The Latest on former Vice President Joe Biden and his 2020 campaign (all times local): Noon President Donald Trump is claiming support from rank-and-file union members as Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden prepares to address an organized labor crowd in Pennsylvania. Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is shown after ...

Biden opens with pitch to labor in battleground Pennsylvania

U.S. 04/29/19, 11:01

By picking Pennsylvania for his first campaign speech of the presidential race, Joe Biden is signaling he hopes to own what may be the 2020 election's toughest battleground. Planting a flag in Pennsylvania makes sense for the longtime former senator from Delaware: He was born in Pennsylvania, has numerous ties to ...

Ex-mayor in federal pay-to-play scheme faces sentencing

U.S. 04/24/19, 05:06

A former Pennsylvania mayor convicted of exchanging public works contracts for campaign contributions is set to be sentenced as part of a federal pay-to-play investigation that led to raids of two city halls a week apart.Vaughn Spencer, the Democratic mayor of Reading from 2012 until his failed reelection bid in ...

As suburbs roar, Pennsylvania Democrats pick top 2020 target

U.S. 04/19/19, 10:36

To understand Pennsylvania's fast-changing political geography, look no further than Tom Killion. After Democrats recently flipped six state Senate seats in the suburbs of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Killion is one of the chamber's last Republicans standing in those areas — and target No. 1 for Democrats in 2020. That's when Pennsylvania will ...

Pennsylvania government watchdog to probe teen’s murder

U.S. 04/17/19, 16:50

A Pennsylvania state government watchdog agency has launched an investigation into the horrific case of a 14-year-old girl who had extensive contact with the child welfare system before her 2016 rape, torture and murder, a lawmaker who requested the review announced Wednesday.The Office of State Inspector General has agreed to ...

Pennsylvania to close popular hiking trail, citing safety

U.S. 04/16/19, 16:20

Jacqueline Zito spends as much time as she can on the Glen Onoko Falls Trail — one of the most scenic and well-known hiking paths in all of Pennsylvania — and was eager to get back out there after recent cancer surgery. "The Glen is my best friend," she said Tuesday, ...

Eastern hellbender voted Pennsylvania’s official amphibian

U.S. 04/16/19, 14:49

Pennsylvania is getting an official amphibian, a nocturnal, unsightly salamander that's sometimes known as a snot otter, lasagna lizard or mud devil. The House voted 191-6 Tuesday to grant the honor to the Eastern hellbender, which can grow to be more than 2 feet (a half meter) long and is battling ...