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Ex-doctor gets 6½ years for explicit pics of 15-year-old

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former physician who lost his medical license over a sex-for-pills case in 2002 has been sentenced to 6½ years in prison for trying to obtain explicit cellphone pictures of a 15-year-old girl. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab imposed the sentence that had ...

Outpouring of community help for vandalized Jewish cemetery

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Dozens of volunteers from various faiths helped clean up a Jewish cemetery on Tuesday after scores of tombstones were toppled by vandals, as people from as far as Boston came to Philadelphia to rake leaves, help document the damage and pray for peace. Police have not ...

Conspiracy charge added against Penn State ex-administrators

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge on Thursday allowed prosecutors to add a conspiracy charge against three former Penn State administrators, increasing their possible penalty if convicted of crimes for their handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. Judge John ...

Refugees of a certain age seek mainstream high schools

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — The handiwork posted outside a small classroom in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish country hints at the ambition of the refugees studying at Phoenix Academy. I come from Africa and want to be an economist. I come from Tanzania and want to be a teacher. I come from ...

10 Commandments moved from public school to Catholic school

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. (AP) — A Ten Commandments monument will be moved from a western Pennsylvania high school to a Catholic grade school due to an atheist’s lawsuit. The New Kensington-Arnold School District earlier this week agreed to pay $164,000 in legal fees to settle the suit by the ...

Penn State fires women’s gymnastics coach; no reason given

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State women’s gymnastics coach has been fired. Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour says Jeff Thompson was fired on Thursday. Two assistants will take over interim head coaching duties while the university searches for a new coach. A Penn State news ...

Witness intimidation prompts Philly courts to ban cellphones

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia court officials are banning cellphone use by most people in the courthouse in an effort to curb witness intimidation. The First Judicial District says that members of the public entering the courthouse in downtown Philadelphia will be required to turn off ...

Judge bars several accusers from testifying at Cosby’s trial

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In a major break for Bill Cosby, a judge ruled Friday that just one of the comedian’s multitude of other accusers can testify at his trial to bolster charges he drugged and violated a woman more than a decade ago. The 79-year-old TV star is set to go on trial in June, ...

Man charged with Capitol vandalism

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A 27-year-old-man faced burglary, vandalism and resisting arrest charges after he allegedly broke into the ornate Pennsylvania Capitol building following a night of drinking, damaged signs and sprayed fire suppressant around Senate corridors. Capitol Police identified ...

Son of Jerry Sandusky arrested on child sexual abuse charges

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — One of Jerry Sandusky’s sons was arrested Monday on multiple sexual offense charges involving children, more than five years after the former Penn State assistant coach was himself first arrested. Jeffrey S. Sandusky, 41, a stalwart supporter who attended many of his ...

Student dead after frat fall; help not called for 12 hours

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Penn State University fraternity did not summon paramedics for a student who fell down a stairwell until about 12 hours after the incident. He later died. Authorities say 19-year-old Timothy Piazza of Lebanon, New Jersey, died Saturday at Hershey ...

DA: Handyman kept `perverse shrine’ to serial child rape

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a Pennsylvania handyman accused of serial child rape kept a “perverse shrine” in his trailer — 1,000 pairs of used girl’s underwear — and documented his crimes in hundreds of disturbing, graphic images and writings. Fifty-eight-year-old ...

Wolf seeks cuts, revenues to plug $3B budget gap

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf asked lawmakers Tuesday to help fill a $3 billion projected deficit by imposing a tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas production and signing off on potentially touchy cuts in spending, including transportation aid to schools. The Democratic governor also ...

Pennsylvania man admits he conspired to help Islamic State

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A 20-year-old Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty Monday to trying to help the Islamic State group and to tweeting out a list that identified and targeted people serving in the U.S. military. Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz faces the potential of up to 25 years and a $500,000 fine ...

Prosecutor: Men in animal costumes raped child repeatedly

WARMINSTER, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania boy told state prosecutors that he was forced to dress as “Tony the Tiger” at perverse fetish parties in which he was repeatedly sexually abused by men dressed in animal costumes. Prosecutors said the 14-year-old’s allegations paint a horrifying ...

Gang member claims he killed man who sexually assaulted him

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A gang member testified Monday that he was ending a four-day drug binge when his friend sexually assaulted him, leading the defendant to tie up the man, kill him and then record videos in which he gloated over the body. Jeffrey Knoble, 27, took the stand in his own defense ...

Wolf closing Pittsburgh State Prison will save $80M annually

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Wolf administration said Thursday it will close Pittsburgh State Prison to save money at a time when inmate numbers are dropping and the state faces a huge budget deficit, but has opted against an earlier plan to also shut down a second facility. Corrections ...

DA: Killing of suspect in trooper’s murder appears justified

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A preliminary review indicates police were justified last month when they fatally shot a man suspected of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper, a prosecutor said Friday. Huntingdon County District Attorney David Smith said he is not sure when his review of facts ...

Maintenance workers killed by train on drugs

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal safety officials say both maintenance workers killed by an Amtrak train in April near Philadelphia were on drugs when the crash happened. Toxicology reports released Thursday show backhoe operator Joseph Carter Jr. had cocaine in his system and supervisor Peter ...

Top court reviews free speech case of man’s anti-police rap

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s highest court is reviewing the conviction of a Pittsburgh man for making threats against police in a rap song after he was charged with drug offenses. The Supreme Court on Monday said it would take up an appeal by Jamal Knox, who argues his song, which ...