Pennsylvania News

13 charged in riot after PSU beat Ohio State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in central Pennsylvania have charged 13 people in connection with disturbances following Penn State’s upset over No. 2 Ohio State last month. Police in State College said Monday that charges filed in district court included felony counts of riot, ...

Penn State pays out $93 million to 33 Sandusky victims

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (AP) — Penn State's latest audited financial statements show it has settled with one more sexual-abuse accuser of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, bringing the total payout to $93 million to 33 people. The statements cover the fiscal year that ended June ...

Lawyer: Priest downloaded child porn but didn’t contact kids

EMMAUS, Pa. (AP) — A lawyer for a Roman Catholic priest in Pennsylvania says his client downloaded and viewed child porn but he says “the important thing” is the priest never tried to contact any children. Attorney John Waldron says Monsignor John Stephen Mraz, of Bethlehem, has waived ...

GOP call for statewide Pennsylvania poll watchers is denied

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In a scathing rebuke, a federal judge on Thursday denied the Pennsylvania Republican Party’s effort to allow poll watchers from anywhere in the state monitor precincts on Election Day. Eastern District of Pennsylvania Judge Gerald J. Pappert said the state GOP’s ...

Feds investigating Sandusky fine Penn State a record $2.4M

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Federal officials looking into how Penn State handled complaints about Jerry Sandusky slapped the school with a record $2.4 million fine on Thursday, saying it violated requirements about reporting campus crimes and warning people if their safety is threatened. The ...

Bill Cosby’s attorneys want accusers’ memories tested

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby’s lawyers accused prosecutors Monday of trying to use the “tainted, unreliable memories of women, now in their senior years” to build their sexual assault case against him and will seek competency hearings on any accusers allowed to testify. Prosecutors ...

DA: Man who had kids with 14-year-old abused her 5 sisters

FEASTERVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man accused of fathering two children with a 14-year-old girl gifted to him by her parents was charged Monday with sexually assaulting five other girls in that family, calling them his wives. Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub announced ...

Student accused of putting bleach in pregnant woman’s water

MILLERSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania university student accused of having put bleach in his pregnant girlfriend’s water in an attempt to harm her fetus has been charged with attempted murder, authorities said. Theophilous Washington, 20, of Washington, D.C., a junior at Millersville ...

Big second half helps No. 24 Nittany Lions romp

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Saquon Barkley ran for 207 yards and two touchdowns, Trace McSorley threw three scoring passes, and No. 24 Penn State used a 24-point third quarter as the centerpiece of its 62-24 victory against Purdue on Saturday. The Nittany Lions (6-2, 4-1 in the Big Ten) ...

Freight train hits another head-on, injuring 2 workers

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Two freight trains crashed head-on Friday morning outside Philadelphia, knocking one locomotive off the tracks and injuring two crew members. The CSX trains remained upright following the crash in Chester Township, about 15 miles from Philadelphia. The trains had been ...

Amtrak to pay $265M for Philadelphia crash that killed 8 P

HILADELPHIA (AP) — Amtrak will pay $265 million to settle claims related to a crash last year that killed eight people and injured more than 200 others when a speeding train derailed on a curve. The settlement allows victims to have their awards in hand by June instead of waiting years for ...

Jury hands McQueary $7.3M in defamation case

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A jury awarded a former Penn State assistant football coach $7.3 million in damages Thursday, finding the university defamed him after it became public that his testimony helped prosecutors charge Jerry Sandusky with child molestation. Jurors deliberated for about ...

Classes resume at 14 Pennsylvania-owned universities

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Classes have resumed for more than 100,000 students who attend Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities. Classes resumed Monday after the union representing more than 5,000 faculty members and coaches reached a tentative contract agreement Friday with the State ...

Ex-attorney general gets 10 to 23 months in jail for perjury

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Former Attorney General Kathleen Kane was sentenced Monday to 10 to 23 months in jail for illegally disclosing details from a grand jury investigation to embarrass a rival and lying about it under oath. Kane was also sentenced to eight years of probation by a ...

One killed as storms, floods batter Pennsylvania

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Freak storms packing up to 100 mph winds hit Pennsylvania early Friday, sending floodwaters into hundreds of homes and causing a pipeline rupture that dumped more than 50,000 gallons of gasoline into a stream, threatening drinking water supplies. One man was killed ...

Tentative deal ends strike by university professors

HARRISBURG (AP) — The union representing striking professors at 14 Pennsylvania state universities reached a tentative contract agreement Friday and immediately ended a walkout that was in its third day. Both sides thanked Gov. Tom Wolf for helping to end the impasse, which had disrupted ...

State official says PA elections can’t be hacked

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is immune from any allegation of voter fraud by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, the state’s top elections official declared Thursday, and Pennsylvania’s voting machines and tabulating systems can’t be hacked because they aren’t ...

Former PSU coach recalls learning of Sandusky complaint

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Jurors heard Thursday that a former Penn State head football coach testified that Mike McQueary told him years before Jerry Sandusky’s arrest that he had made a complaint about Sandusky to university administrators. The deposition by Tom Bradley was read during the ...

No official talks held Thursday in strike by professors

The Associated Press Pennsylvania’s higher education system said it had no official contract talks with its union Thursday, but said negotiators still were looking for a way forward during the second day of strikes by faculty members across 14 state universities. Kenn Marshall, ...