Pennsylvania News

Bystander rape-prevention programs face questions

By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Training programs around the country are trying to teach bystanders to stop sexual assault, and now is when they have to be especially alert. Campus sexual assault reports are so common at the beginning of the fall semester, college ...

Sunoco reaches settlement on natural gas pipeline

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — State officials, environmental groups and the owners of a cross-state natural gas pipeline in Pennsylvania have reached an agreement to allow drilling to continue while providing protections to the public. In the settlement, made public Tuesday, Sunoco Pipeline LP ...

SWAT team OK after suspected fentanyl exposure during raid

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Eighteen members of a SWAT team are OK after they were exposed to a deadly chemical during a raid early Wednesday, Pittsburgh police said. As the SWAT team entered the West End home, a table covered with powered drugs was overturned, sending what authorities believed to be ...

Pennsylvania liquor stores to increase prices on 422 items

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania’s system of state-owned liquor stores said Wednesday it will deploy its new authority to decide what prices to charge by increasing the cost of 422 items at the end of this month. The Liquor Control Board said 393 of the increases will amount to $1 per ...

Town evacuated after freight train derails, catches fire in PA

HYNDMAN, Pa. (AP) — Nearly three dozen cars of a freight train carrying hazardous materials careened off the tracks in a small Pennsylvania town Wednesday, igniting fires in some rail cars and a garage and forcing emergency officials to evacuate the whole town. No injuries were reported. At ...

DA: Evidence but no remains found in farm search for 4 men

By MARYCLAIRE DALE and ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE, Associated Press Police have recovered "important" evidence but no human remains as they methodically search a large Pennsylvania farm this week for clues to the disappearance of four young men believed to be victims of foul play. A county prosecutor ...

High-rise apartment fire in Pittsburgh leaves 1 woman dead

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A high-rise apartment fire in downtown Pittsburgh early Monday has left one woman dead, and two residents and two firefighters needing medical treatment, the fire chief said. Arson and homicide investigators were at the scene to determine the cause of the blaze that forced ...

18 frat members, frat, charged in Penn State student’s death

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A Penn State University fraternity pledge had toxic levels of alcohol in his body and was badly injured in a series of falls, authorities said Friday in announcing criminal charges for his death against 18 members of the organization and the fraternity itself. Centre ...

Pennsylvania-based Sheetz wants to hire 3,400 more workers

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania-based Sheetz convenience store chain wants to hire 3,400 full- and part-time workers at its 550 shops. Open interviews for the jobs begin Wednesday. The Altoona-based chain also has stores in Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and West ...

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 ...

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 ...