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Philadelphia mayor engaged to girlfriend of several years

Jan. 28, 2020 1:26 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced he is engaged to his girlfriend. Kenney and his girlfriend of several years, Letitia Santarelli, got engaged in December, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Monday. The couple has not set a date for the ceremony. Kenney said in a statement...

Contractor charged in murder of man found in burning vehicle

Jan. 28, 2020 1:04 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities say a roofing contractor has been charged in the murder of a man whose body was found in a burning Jeep in south Philadelphia a week ago. Prosecutors on Tuesday announced charges against 39-year-old Luis Cruz, alleging that a dispute over work done on the victim's home led...

Michael Briggs of Philadelphia takes a photo at a small memorial left in remembrance to Kobe Bryant at the entrance of the Bryant Gymnasium at Lower Merion High School, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in Wynnewood, Pa.  The 41-year-old Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among nine people who died in the crash in Calabasas in foggy weather conditions Sunday morning. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

Kobe Bryant and Philly: From hero to traitor to beloved

Jan. 28, 2020 10:33 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jeered like a traitor just a few miles from the high school where he won a state title, Kobe Bryant stewed on the bench as the final minutes of the 2002 All-Star game ticked away. Nearly every fan in Philadelphia had booed the hometown guy whenever he touched the ball. Never one to...

New Jersey and Pennsylvania cops dismantle gun ring

Jan. 28, 2020 6:13 AM EST

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Officials said they dismantled a Philadelphia-based gun ring that peddled weapons and drugs in Camden. New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Monday announced officers recovered 36 guns and 20 ounces of methamphetamine between March...

Officials: Gun that killed child in mother's arms recovered

Jan. 27, 2020 4:01 PM EST

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — An AK-47 rifle used in a Philadelphia shooting last fall that claimed the life of a child who was in her mother's arms has been recovered in New Jersey, authorities said. Gunshots into a Kensington home on Oct. 20 killed 2-year-old Nikolette Rivera and wounded her mother and a...

President Donald Trump pauses as he walks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Trump rally on Jersey shore shows loyalty beyond heartland

Jan. 27, 2020 3:05 PM EST

WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump is holding his next rally in a county with almost no factory jobs to save, a reliance on immigrant workers and an economy built in part by coastal elites who summer there. Cape May County on the southern tip of New Jersey reflects just how much loyalty Trump...

Man pleads guilty in mysterious explosions near Philadelphia

Jan. 27, 2020 12:47 PM EST

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to charges in a series of mysterious explosions the past three months in suburban Philadelphia. Thirty-two-year-old David Surman Jr. pleaded guilty in Bucks County Court on Monday to conspiracy to possess and possession of weapons of mass destruction,...

Authorities: Stolen tow truck hits multiple vehicles; 1 hurt

Jan. 27, 2020 9:46 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A person driving a stolen tow truck struck a van and several parked cars on a Philadelphia street, leaving the van driver hospitalized, authorities said. The person driving the tow truck fled the scene on foot after the crash occurred around 11:30 p.m. Sunday and remained at large...

FILE - In this April 13, 2016, file photo, a giant banner congratulating Kobe Bryant is draped around Staples Center before his last NBA basketball game in downtown Los Angeles. Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Kobe Bryant's death leaves NBA players, others in shock

Jan. 26, 2020 10:03 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Kobe Bryant authored some of his most memorable moments at Madison Square Garden and made himself a centerpiece of the Lakers-Celtics rivalry. Bryant was remembered for that and so much more Sunday after the five-time NBA champion, his teenage daughter and seven others were killed in a...

Rating Super Bowls: Classics, Memorables and Duds

Jan. 26, 2020 12:31 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Not all Super Bowls are super. Some are classics, some are memorable but not quite fit for total greatness. Some have elements making them noteworthy, but otherwise won't make many championship scrapbooks (except with fans of the winners). And some are outright duds. Here's a look at America's...