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The Latest: Union official criticizes social media probe

Jun. 19, 2019 10:43 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on Philadelphia police officers' social media posts (all times local): 10:40 p.m. A Philadelphia police union official says Police Commissioner Richard Ross' comments about expecting officers to be fired over social media posts are "premature and irresponsible" without a...

72 officers off streets amid probe into social media posts

Jun. 19, 2019 9:58 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police Commissioner Richard Ross says 72 Philadelphia police officers have been placed on administrative duty amid an initial investigation into a national group's accusation of officers in at least five states posting racist and anti-Muslim comments on social media. Ross said he...

Divided House votes to end $54M cash welfare program

Jun. 19, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans in the state House voted Wednesday to end a Pennsylvania cash welfare program, a year after it was revived following a court decision. The Republican-majority House voted 106-95 to eliminate the $54 million in payments, bundled in the bill with a subsidy for Philadelphia...

Flyers' 'win-now' offseason continues with Hayes signing

Jun. 19, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

Kevin Hayes watched with significant interest as the Philadelphia Flyers made moves to get better right away. Then he signed on the dotted line for the long term to add to those efforts. Hayes signed a $50 million, seven-year contract with the Flyers on Wednesday that's worth $7.14 million a season. The...

Follow the money: Salary cap could spawn NHL trade frenzy

Jun. 19, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

Matt Niskanen wasn't totally shocked when the Washington Capitals traded him to Philadelphia last week. One look at their salary cap picture explained it. "I know what kind of situation Washington was in, so I knew there was a possibility," he said. General managers say there is more trade chatter now than at any...

Staggering drug bust shows traffickers turning to East Coast

Jun. 19, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

If drug interdiction can be compared to a giant game of whack-a-mole, federal law enforcement officials delivered one mighty wallop this week when they raided a container ship at Philadelphia's port and discovered a staggering amount of cocaine. Hidden inside seven shipping containers were 33,000 pounds (15,000...

Electrical problems cause multiple rail delays, suspensions

Jun. 19, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A series of electrical problems has caused delays and service suspensions for trains on the northeast corridor through New York. Amtrak says an overhead power problem between Trenton and Philadelphia on Wednesday morning caused train stoppages between Philadelphia and New York. Three...

The Latest: 2 charged in huge cocaine bust at Philly port

Jun. 18, 2019 10:06 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on a large seizure of cocaine from a container ship in Philadelphia (all times local): 6:35 p.m. Two members of a container ship's crew face federal drug charges after agents raided their vessel at a Philadelphia port and seized about 33,000 pounds (15,000 kilograms) of...

33K pounds of cocaine seized in one of biggest US drug busts

Jun. 18, 2019 7:49 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — U.S. authorities seized 33,000 pounds, or 15,000 kilograms, of cocaine from a ship at Philadelphia's port in what they described as one of the largest drug busts in American history. They said the haul could have been worth more than $1 billion on the street. The U.S. attorney's office...

Sharks re-signing Karlsson sets table for busy NHL offseason

Jun. 18, 2019 7:41 PM EDT

Erik Karlsson had no wanderlust to test the free agent market before re-signing in San Jose. "I never thought outside that box," Karlsson said. "I'm happy that it didn't get to that." A handful of other teams aren't so happy because the two-time Norris Trophy-winning defenseman would have been the best...