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Aide to ex-mayor accused of stealing $20K from Philadelphia

Nov. 13, 2018 3:27 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A top aide to a former Philadelphia mayor is accused of stealing more than $20,000 in city funds to buy clothing, pay for vacations and take over 500 Uber rides. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Tuesday that public corruption charges have been filed against Desiree...

Voters sue Pennsylvania officials over absentee ballot rules

Nov. 13, 2018 3:17 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A new lawsuit claims Pennsylvania sends out absentee ballots too late, preventing some people from being able to return them in time to be counted. The lawsuit by the ACLU and nine voters was filed Tuesday in Commonwealth Court against the governor, top elections officials and the...

Man acquitted of father-in-law's slaying, ordered committed

Nov. 13, 2018 2:59 PM EST

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been acquitted by reason of insanity in the shooting death of his elderly father-in-law last year. LNP newspaper reports that a Lancaster County judge ruled Tuesday after a brief nonjury trial that 66-year-old Clifford Hafer was unable to distinguish right from...

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell a no-show as deadline approaches

Nov. 13, 2018 2:32 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Le'Veon Bell watch is almost over for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The star running back has until 4 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon to sign his one-year franchise tender and be eligible to play this season. Coach Mike Tomlin says the AFC North-leading Steelers (6-2-1) have not heard from Bell....

Cutler chosen to succeed Reed as state House majority leader

Nov. 13, 2018 1:32 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans in the Pennsylvania House turned to a six-term member from Lancaster County on Tuesday to serve as their majority leader during the legislative session that starts in January. Meeting behind closed doors, the House GOP caucus elected Rep. Bryan Cutler to the critical job,...

Renowned former drum corps leader charged with sex assault

Nov. 13, 2018 1:21 PM EST

The longtime former leader of a champion Pennsylvania-based drum and bugle corps was charged Tuesday with sexually assaulting two women. George Hopkins, 62, led The Cadets to renown and a slew of national and world championships. He resigned from the Allentown-based group after The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily...

Claims process opens for victims of clergy sex abuse

Nov. 13, 2018 1:11 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Victims of child sexual abuse by clergy in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia can begin filing claims as part of a victim compensation fund. Claims administrators said Tuesday they sent 342 packets to survivors who had previously reported credible allegations. They say the...

Former seminarian speaks out about Denver seminary abuse

Nov. 13, 2018 12:39 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A Catholic priest from Denver accused of sexually abusing an adult seminary student was temporarily placed in a parish after officials learned of the allegations over a decade ago but later removed. The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported on the case Monday after former seminarian Stephen...

FOP sues district attorney's office over problem cops list

Nov. 13, 2018 11:42 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's police union has filed a lawsuit over a district attorney's office list of officers who prosecutors have tried to keep off the witness stand because of alleged wrongdoing. Mayor Jim Kenney, District Attorney Larry Krasner, Police Commissioner Richard Ross are all named in...

Firefighter hurt in fall from roof while battling house fire

Nov. 13, 2018 7:28 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A firefighter battling a house fire in Philadelphia was injured after falling off a roof. The fire at the two-story rowhome was reported around 3 a.m. Tuesday. Authorities say the firefighter fell about 20 feet and suffered a head injury. The firefighter was hospitalized in stable...