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Refinery fire probe continues; no health concerns found

Jun. 25, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Officials say it will take some time to determine the cause of last week's fire and explosion at a Philadelphia refinery, but nothing of concern to public health has been found. Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel says investigators haven't been able to go to some areas at the Philadelphia...

Woman uses shovel to kill cobra slithering on her patio

Jun. 25, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

FAIRLESS HILLS, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman used a shovel to kill a cobra she saw slithering on the patio of her apartment. Kathy Kehoe said the squawking of some blue jays outside her unit caught her attention Monday. When she looked outside, she saw a 4 to 5-foot-long serpent. The 73-year-old Kehoe...

Cosby files appeal over testimony from other women accusers

Jun. 25, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Comedian Bill Cosby has filed a lengthy appeal of the sex assault conviction that landed him in prison and says the judge allowed testimony from other women accusers that wasn't relevant. Cosby's lawyers say the accounts from the five other women were "strikingly dissimilar" to that...

State GOP chair resigns after complaint by female candidate

Jun. 25, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Republican Party chairman is stepping down following a published report that he had traded sexually charged text messages with a Philadelphia City Council candidate and also sent her an explicit photo of himself. Val DiGiorgio's resignation was announced Tuesday by the...

Teacher who stopped student shooter honored as Carnegie Hero

Jun. 25, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A high school teacher who subdued a gun-wielding student as he opened fire in the school cafeteria is one of 18 people being honored with Carnegie Medals for heroism. The Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Hero Fund Commission announced the award winners on Monday. In September 2017, a student...

House budget debate turns into floor fight over minimum wage

Jun. 25, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A debate in Pennsylvania's House of Representatives over a just-unveiled $34 billion compromise budget plan is turning into a floor fight over whether Democrats can criticize the package for lacking a minimum wage increase. Tuesday's scheduled vote is on a spending plan agreed to by...

Fire escape balcony collapse critically injures 2 men

Jun. 25, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities say the collapse of a fire escape balcony at a west Philadelphia apartment complex sent two men to the hospital with critical injuries. Police say the victims were on the third-floor rear balcony when it collapsed shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday. Police say a 36-year-old man...

Philadelphia police outline new transgender policy

Jun. 25, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police must use a person's chosen name and pronoun when interacting with someone who is transgender, regardless of what is listed on their government-issued identification card. The change is part of a new police department policy announced Tuesday that addresses how police...

Fire officials: 12 injured in Philadelphia house fire

Jun. 25, 2019 9:32 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Fire officials say 12 people, including children, were injured trying to escape a house fire in Philadelphia. Two are reported in critical condition. The fire broke out early Tuesday in a three-story home in the city's Logan section. Authorities say some of the people were injured...

Authorities: Man built bomb to warn about alien threat

Jun. 25, 2019 8:02 AM EDT

MYERSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a man who allegedly placed a homemade bomb in a parking lot behind a Pennsylvania hotel told them he did it to warn police about aliens bent on destroying the planet. State troopers responded to the Bahney House in Myerstown on Sunday. They discovered a suspicious...