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No-contest plea, probation, in crash that killed 2 teens

Jul. 14, 2020 2:17 PM EDT

LITITZ, Pa. (AP) — A woman has been sentenced to probation after pleading no contest to involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment in a crash in Pennsylvania that killed two high school students almost two years ago. Debra Slaymaker-Walker, 64, appeared Tuesday in Lancaster County court to enter...

DA: Man charged with kidnapping Amish woman feared 'harmed'

Jul. 11, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A man is charged with kidnapping an Amish woman who disappeared in Pennsylvania several weeks ago and remains missing — but investigators believe she “was harmed following her abduction," prosecutors said Saturday. Justo Smoker, 34, of Paradise was arrested Friday and...

Pence's Pennsylvania plan includes fundraiser, police union

Jul. 6, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence will travel again to Pennsylvania this week, dropping in on an important presidential battleground state on Thursday. Pence will take a bus tour from Lancaster to Philadelphia, including taking part in a roundtable discussion at Rajant Corp., a suburban...

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden, center, speaks to Stacie Ritter, right, and her son, Jan, during a meeting with families who have benefited from the Affordable Care Act, Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Lancaster, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Dueling Trump-Biden events offer contrasting virus responses

Jun. 26, 2020 9:29 AM EDT

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A presidential campaign that has largely been frozen for several months because of the coronavirus is looking a bit more like those from other years. President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden swung through critical battleground states, presenting starkly different...

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden, center, speaks to Stacie Ritter, right, and her son, Jan, during a meeting with families who have benefited from the Affordable Care Act, Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Lancaster, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Dueling Trump-Biden events offer contrasting virus responses

Jun. 25, 2020 10:33 PM EDT

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A presidential campaign that has largely been frozen for several months because of the coronavirus took on a degree of normalcy on Thursday when President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden swung through critical battleground states presenting starkly different visions...

State Rep. Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster County, addresses the House after being elected to serve as Pennsylvania House Speaker, Monday, June 22, 2020. He fills a post vacated last week by Mike Turzai, who resigned his House seat to take a job in the private sector. (Dan Gleiter/The Patriot-News via AP)

House votes to make Republican Rep. Cutler its next speaker

Jun. 22, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House turned to a seven-term Republican member Monday to become its next speaker, elevating him to the chamber's top job a week after his predecessor stepped down in mid-term. The vote for Rep. Bryan Cutler of Lancaster County made him the House's presiding officer,...

Independent Atlantic League cancels season due to virus

Jun. 19, 2020 7:17 PM EDT

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — The independent Atlantic League won’t be able to play this season because of the coronavirus pandemic, and its Sugar Land Skeeters will host a four-team circuit whose managers are to include Roger Clemens, Pete Incaviglia and Greg Swindell. The Atlantic League said Friday that...

Man who set up Kenya orphanage pleads to sex abuse charges

Jun. 15, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man accused by federal authorities of preying on children under the guise of missionary work at an orphanage he established in Kenya has pleaded guilty to sexually molesting four girls. Gregory Dow, 61, of Lancaster pleaded guilty Monday in a federal court hearing to...

In this Monday, June 1, 2020, file photo, protesters march through the streets of Mount Vernon, Ohio. A group of college students organized the event to stand in solidarity with other protests across the nation spurred by the death of Floyd George in Minneapolis and of other African Americans. Far from the industrial north’s urban centers, hundreds of protests over black injustice have cropped up in small cities in rural areas.  (Joshua Morrison/Mount Vernon News via AP, File)

Protests in Trump country test his hold in rural white areas

Jun. 13, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

In the lake country 200 miles (320 kilometers) northwest of Detroit, hundreds danced, prayed and demanded racial justice in Cadillac, a Michigan town that was long home to a neo-Nazi group. It was not an isolated scene. In eastern Ohio, even more demonstrated in rural Mount Vernon, a town with its own current of...

This is Keystone Amish School in Gap, Pa. May 29, 2020. Local experts in Amish and Old Order Mennonite culture say most, if not all, of the 250-or-so area Amish-run schools closed in accordance with Gov. Wolf's order to close schools in mid-march. (Alex Geli/LNP/Lancasteronline via AP)

Amish schools: ‘Distance learning’ involves paper and pencil

Jun. 6, 2020 9:49 AM EDT

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — In mid-March, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf ordered all Pennsylvania schools to close, prompting an abrupt shutdown of the state’s public and private schools – and, it turns out, Amish one-room schoolhouses. Local experts in Amish and Old Order Mennonite culture say most,...