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AP: Catholic boards hailed as fix for sex abuse often fail

Nov. 21, 2019 6:52 PM EST

Facing thousands of cases of clergy sex abuse, U.S. Catholic leaders addressed their greatest crisis in the modern era with a promised reform: Mandatory review boards. These independent panels with lay people in each diocese would review allegations fairly and kindly. And they would help bishops ensure that no...

Eagles took Nick Foles because Seahawks chose Russell Wilson

Nov. 21, 2019 6:29 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Russell Wilson nearly ended up in Philadelphia instead of Nick Foles. Former Eagles coach Andy Reid wanted to select Wilson in the 2012 NFL draft but Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider beat him to it. So Reid took Foles 13 picks later. Both quarterbacks ended up winning...

2 police officers, transit worker charged in separate cases

Nov. 21, 2019 5:37 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Officials say two Philadelphia police officers and a transit authority employee have been charged in two separate investigations. The city’s district attorney’s office announced the charges Thursday. Narcotics officer Charles Myers was charged with perjury, records...

Ex-inmate designing Philadelphia mural on mass incarceration

Nov. 21, 2019 4:27 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man sent to prison for life at 17 has been chosen for an arts residency housed at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and will design a public mural that condemns mass incarceration. James “Yaya” Hough, 45, of Pittsburgh, is one of the hundreds of...

Dillon hired as Phillies new hitting coach under Girardi

Nov. 21, 2019 1:38 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joe Dillon has been hired as hitting coach for the Philadelphia Phillies under new manager Joe Girardi. Dillon served as assistant hitting coach for the Washington Nationals for the past two seasons and previously spent two seasons as the minor league hitting coordinator for the Miami...

Police officer wounded in gunfire exchange with man

Nov. 21, 2019 1:29 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities in Philadelphia say at least one man exchanged gunfire with police as he was getting off a bus and an officer suffered a graze wound. The shooting happened Thursday morning right outside a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority bus in the city’s...

Simmons hits 1st career NBA 3-pointer in 76ers’ victory

Nov. 20, 2019 11:13 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ben Simmons wore a “Sesame Street” sweatshirt in the locker room, the classic characters lined up on the familiar street. The theme seemed appropriate for 76ers fans, because it was finally time to count Simmons’ 3-pointers. One! One 3-pointer for Ben Simmons! "Hold...

Pennsylvania lawmakers near finish on church scandal bills

Nov. 20, 2019 11:08 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s Legislature moved closer Wednesday night to settling a yearslong battle over lifting criminal and civil statutes for child sexual abuse crimes in a debate growing out of Roman Catholic Church scandals. The Republican-controlled state Senate voted to dramatically...

Senate sends fight over Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to House

Nov. 20, 2019 6:52 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Legislation to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage for the first time since 2009 passed the state Senate on Wednesday against a deadline to stall Gov. Tom Wolf’s move to substantially expand overtime pay eligibility. The Republican-controlled Senate approved the bill,...

Court: Man charged with child porn can withhold his password

Nov. 20, 2019 6:43 PM EST

A man charged with child pornography does not have to give police his computer password and risk incriminating himself, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Wednesday on an issue that has divided courts across the country. Defendant Joseph Davis has been in the Luzerne County Jail for four years while lawyers...