Pennsylvania News

Trooper's life explored as jurors weigh death for his killer By MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — Jurors are learning about the life of a state police trooper gunned down in a 2014 ambush as they weigh a potential death sentence for his killer. Bryon Dickson's sister ...

Penn State launches new research effort to help abused kids

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A new research program at Penn State aims to improve the health of neglected and abused children and test an innovative approach to screen kids for head injuries. Penn State said Tuesday it will establish the Center for Healthy Children at its main campus, supported by ...

Penn State police probing videos, pictures of dorm showers

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (AP) — Penn State police say they're investigating two incidents in which people took pictures or videos of students in dormitory showers. Police say the invasion of privacy incidents occurred about 9:40 p.m. Sunday and 12:45 a.m. Monday in Thompson Hall. Police didn't ...

Judge tosses charge against pastor in faith-healing death

BERNVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday ruled there was insufficient evidence to charge the leader of a church that rejects modern medicine, but prosecutors said they would try again to bring him to trial in the pneumonia death of his granddaughter. Prosecutors want to hold the Rev. ...

Survivalist convicted of killing trooper in sniper ambush

MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who hid in the forest under cover of night and opened fire with a sniper’s rifle was convicted of capital murder Wednesday in the ambush slaying of a state police trooper he targeted at random in hopes of sparking a revolution. A jury convicted Eric ...

Mother pleads guilty in death of son, 3; agrees to testify

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — A woman charged in the beating death of her young son has pleaded guilty to murder and agreed to testify against her former boyfriend in his upcoming capital murder trial. Jillian Tait also pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit murder and child ...

Lt. governor apologizes for angry remarks amid investigation

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor apologized Wednesday in the face of an investigation by the inspector general’s office, but provided scant details about what he feels he did wrong. Democratic Lt. Gov. Mike Stack said he has said “things in anger or stress or ...

Pruitt tells miners `regulatory assault’ is over

SYCAMORE, Pa. (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told dozens of Pennsylvania coal miners Thursday that the “regulatory assault” on their industry is over, and that the environment can be protected without hurting business. “We’re going to do it the ...

Steelers chairman Dan Rooney dies

The Associated Press Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, one of the NFL’s most influential and popular executives, has died. He was 84. Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said Rooney died Thursday. No further details were immediately available. Rooney took over operation of the team ...

Ex-Penn State president guilty on one count of child endangerment

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State president Graham Spanier was convicted Friday of hushing up suspected child sex abuse in 2001 by Jerry Sandusky, whose arrest a decade later blew up into a major scandal for the university and led to the firing of beloved football coach Joe ...

Spanier’s defense rests without calling any witnesses

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The criminal case against former Penn State president Graham Spanier, accused of acting illegally in handling a 2001 complaint about Jerry Sandusky showering with a boy, will soon be in jurors’ hands after his attorneys declined to put on any evidence Thursday, ...

2 kids burned by drink at buffet are released from hospital

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Officials say two children severely sickened after drinking what they believed to be apple juice at a Chinese buffet have been released from a Pennsylvania hospital. The 10-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl were taken March 3 to Penn State Hershey Medical Center after ...

Boy, 5, choked by dog pulling on his scarf in snow has dies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 5-year-old Pennsylvania boy has died days after he was choked when the family dog pulled on his scarf as they played in the snow. The Philadelphia coroner’s office says John Bruno died Saturday at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he had been under heavy ...

2 ex-officials set to testify against ex-Penn State leader

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Two former Penn State officials who struck plea deals with prosecutors are expected to testify against ex-university president Graham Spanier at a child endangerment trial linked to the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Prosecutors picking jurors Monday in Spanier’s trial said ...

Casey asks ethics office to assess Trump’s foreign deals

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Bob Casey asked a government ethics office Monday to assess whether President Donald Trump’s business dealings make his administration vulnerable to conflicts of interest. “President Trump has exposed his administration to possible conflicts of interest ...

2 ex-Penn State officials plead guilty in child-sex scandal

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Two former Penn State administrators admitted Monday to mishandling child-sex allegations against Jerry Sandusky, pleading guilty more than five years after the scandal rocked the university and led to the downfall of football coach Joe Paterno. Tim Curley, a ...

Husband: Tub drowning suspect said she drove over their sons PITTSBURGH (AP) — A woman charged with drowning her two youngest sons in a bathtub had days earlier told her husband she wanted to surrender to police for purposely running over the boys the year before, but her husband talked her ...

Pennsylvania sues IBM over $170M jobless claims contract

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration sued International Business Machines Corp. on Thursday, saying the company failed to deliver on a 2006 contract to replace an outdated system of processing unemployment claims. The lawsuit said the technology and consulting ...

Jury selection begins in trial of suspect in barracks ambush WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — As jury selection began Thursday in the capital murder trial of an anti-government sharpshooter charged in the 2014 ambush slaying of a Pennsylvania State Police trooper, a prosecutor vowed to seek justice ...