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Cosby lawyers ask appeals court to toss the #MeToo conviction

HARRISBURG (AP) — A Pennsylvania appeals court on Monday questioned why actor Bill Cosby never got a supposed non-prosecution agreement in writing as his lawyers asked the panel to overturn his sexual assault conviction. Cosby, 82, is serving a three- to 10-year prison term for drugging and ...

State clergy abuse hotline fielded 1,900 calls in first year

HARRISBURG (AP) — Investigators are working their way through accusations from 1,862 calls made to a clergy abuse hotline in the 12 months since a landmark grand jury report exposed decades of child abuse within Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic dioceses, the state attorney general said ...

Cash welfare program ends

HARRISBURG (AP) — Payments have ended under a Depression-era program that provided about $200 a month to poor or disabled Pennsylvanians, while a state court rejected an effort to keep the payments continuing during a legal challenge. The program known as general assistance ended Thursday ...

Gas company takes blame for explosion

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A gas company is taking the blame for an explosion near Pittsburgh that reduced a home to a pile of rubble and injured five people. Columbia Gas on Thursday said they failed to install a key piece of equipment in the home while workers nearby upgraded a gas main. Workers ...

Judge vows quick action in improperly filed criminal cases

Erie County’s top judge said Friday he is working to unwind hundreds of improperly filed criminal cases, a day after the release of a report highlighting a former district judge’s practice of handling civil debt collection as theft. The auditor general’s report said a former district ...

Pa.’s absentee ballot rules mean many of the votes arrive late

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Comparatively tight deadlines for absentee ballots mean Pennsylvania’s mail-in votes arrive too late to be counted far more often than the national average, a newspaper reported Friday. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that 4.2% of the state’s absentee ballots got ...

Man sought in Pennsylvania slaying arrested in Colorado

EASTON (AP) — A man being sought in the shooting death of his wife in eastern Pennsylvania has been arrested in Colorado, police said. Edgar Himel was taken into custody at about 1 a.m. Saturday by police in Sterling, Colorado, and is being held pending extradition to Pennsylvania, Palmer ...

State lawmakers report $83K in travel on annual ethics disclosures

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania state lawmakers’ newly filed ethics forms show they accepted more than $83,000 in free trips last year and collected a variety of gifts, booze and free meals. That’s just the value that lawmakers reported, and they are not required to disclose everything ...

2 tornadoes confirmed; some damage reported

BLACK LICK (AP) — Weather officials have confirmed that two tornadoes touched down in western Pennsylvania over the weekend, causing some damage to property but no reported injuries The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh says an EF-1 tornado with maximum winds estimated at 90 mph ...

Fraternity occupied by protesters

Student protesters at Swarthmore College occupied an on-campus fraternity house Monday following the leak of documents purportedly describing some members’ derogatory comments and sexual assault jokes. The demonstration is aimed at shutting down the Phi Psi chapter at the private liberal ...