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Campaign records shield lawmakers’ lavish spending

HARRISBURG (AP) — Lax campaign finance rules allow Pennsylvania state lawmakers to shield spending on food, booze and travel from public scrutiny, and officials often report them as simply credit card payments or expense reimbursements, a report published Tuesday concluded. A yearlong ...

Synagogue plans to reopen after deadly shooting

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Leaders of the Pittsburgh synagogue where worshippers were fatally shot last year want to rebuild and renovate the building, turning it into what they hope will be a “center for Jewish life in the United States” and a symbol against hatred. On Friday, they outlined ...

Pa. expanding tax to more out-of-state corporations

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania will start collecting corporate income taxes from companies that don’t have offices, employees or property in the state, making it one of the last states to target such companies. Pennsylvania announced the change starting in the 2020 tax year through a ...

Another Philadelphia shooting wounds two

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two more people were wounded, one critically, in the same section of Philadelphia on Monday where six people ranging in age from 14 to 27 were wounded the evening before by gunfire during another violent weekend in the city. Police said the latest shots reported shortly ...

Small plane lands in Susquehanna River

MIDDLETOWN (AP) — A small plane on approach to a Pennsylvania airport landed instead in a shallow section of the Susquehanna River a few miles from the Three Mile Island nuclear power station. Susquehanna Regional Airport Authority executive director Tim Edwards said the pilot and the ...

Man given life sentence for ’72 Turnpike killing

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a man accused of killing a motorist along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in 1972 wrote a piece published by a biker magazine in the 1980s about a gunman surprising a motorist. State police charged 75-year-old Larry Joseph Via on Friday with the death of ...

Governor to take the Tree of Life mezuzah to Holocaust statues

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — When Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf visits Holocaust memorials in Lithuania and Poland, he will carry the mezuzah that was on the office door of Rabbi Jeffrey Myers when a gunman burst into Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue last year and killed 11 people. Wolf said ...

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 ...