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Cause sought after fire in Philadelphia apartment building

Feb. 18, 2018 1:09 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Fire investigators are seeking the cause of an early morning blaze that tore through a six-story apartment building in Philadelphia's Old City. Authorities say scores of people, including guests of a hotel, were evacuated after the alarm was sounded shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday. Fire...

At museum, current and ex-inmates create art and futures

Feb. 18, 2018 12:44 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — As a child, Russell Craig spent time in the 1990s locked up at Philadelphia's Youth Study Center for truancy. It was a stubby, bleak dose of reality interrupting a touristy stretch of museums, monuments and splashing fountains along Philadelphia's grandest boulevard, the Benjamin...

Cities pitching diversity in efforts to lure businesses

Feb. 18, 2018 10:30 AM EST

Some cities and regions are highlighting racial diversity along with positive business climates, competitive tax rates and available land in pitches to lure tech companies and high-paying jobs to town. Places such as Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Detroit are touting their populations of people of color to chief...

Northeast braces for snowstorm before spring-like weather

Feb. 17, 2018 8:59 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Northeast is awaiting temperatures next week that will feel more like spring than winter. But before that, as much as 7 inches of snow is expected to fall on New York City and surrounding areas this weekend. Parts of New Jersey could get up to 8 inches, and Philadelphia up to 3. Bob...

Lessons from the past as immigrants take church sanctuary

Feb. 17, 2018 3:04 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bruce Beyer says claiming sanctuary in a church can be a powerful protest tactic, guaranteed to generate lots of publicity. But nobody should think that moving into a church — as a Mexican family of five has done in Philadelphia, to avoid deportation — will ultimately...

Couturier's OT goal lifts Flyers past Blue Jackets, 2-1

Feb. 16, 2018 10:34 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers were glad to finally end their long losing streak in Columbus. Sean Couturier scored 1:52 into overtime to lift the Flyers to a 2-1 victory Friday night, snapping a stretch of 11 consecutive losses on the Blue Jackets' home ice. Wayne Simmonds also scored for...

Philadelphia DA files second lawsuit against opioid makers

Feb. 16, 2018 6:27 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's district attorney says he has filed a lawsuit against 10 different pharmaceutical companies, claiming the companies have helped fuel the city's opioid crisis through deceptive marketing. District Attorney Larry Krasner's lawsuit announced Thursday follows a lawsuit filed...

Kept out: Loophole in law for the poor spurs gentrification

Feb. 16, 2018 6:21 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jonathan Jacobs had almost no savings, a modest income and a credit report marred by a disputed cellphone bill. But he easily bought a newly renovated row house in Point Breeze, a South Philadelphia neighborhood that's historically African American. "It took about 15 minutes" to fill...

Philadelphia DA drops 50 marijuana possession cases

Feb. 15, 2018 4:33 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's new district attorney says he's recently dropped more than 50 marijuana possession cases. Top prosecutor Larry Krasner told reporters Thursday that his office tossed the cases earlier this week after noticing a spike in marijuana arrests. Krasner says he felt it was the...

Simmons, Mitchell and young NBA phenoms set for Rising Stars

Feb. 15, 2018 12:35 PM EST

Ben Simmons thought he should be an All-Star by now. Yet each time Commissioner Adam Silver needed to tab an injury replacement from the Eastern Conference, he looked in another direction, to Simmons' disappointment. Simmons expressed disappointment he didn't get the call. Be patient, rookie. Simmons will likely...