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Senators OK bill to toughen penalties for repeat DUI drivers

Jan. 28, 2020 5:32 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The state Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed legislation to substantially increase penalties for motorists who have multiple DUI convictions to end what the bill's sponsor called Pennsylvania's “revolving door system” for the most serious drunk drivers. The bill...

Firm says Wawa customers' hacked credit card info being sold

Jan. 28, 2020 5:30 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Convenience store giant Wawa Inc. said Tuesday it is responding to reports that hacked information from its customers' credit cards may be being sold on the dark web. The company said in a news release that customers who may be affected can obtain free credit monitoring and identity...

Lawmakers OK ending election of state's lieutenant governor

Jan. 28, 2020 4:36 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A measure to amend the constitution in Pennsylvania and let each political party's gubernatorial nominee choose who will serve under them as lieutenant governor cleared a first hurdle Tuesday. The Republican-controlled Senate voted 46 to 2 for a constitutional amendment that would...

Pennsylvania governor has $2.2M to help Democrats win seats

Jan. 28, 2020 4:35 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf is renewing his push for his top priorities that have stalled in Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled Legislature, and the Democrat will have at least a couple million dollars to spend in this year's legislative elections to try to improve his chances. Wolf's campaign...

This undated photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows Luis Cruz. Prosecutors on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, announced charges against roofing contractor Luis Cruz in the murder of 43-year-old Joslyn Morgan, whose body was found in a burning Jeep in south Philadelphia on Jan. 21. (Philadelphia Police Department via AP)

Contractor charged in murder of man found in burning vehicle

Jan. 28, 2020 4:33 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities say a roofing contractor has been charged in the murder of a man whose body was found in a burning Jeep in south Philadelphia a week ago. Prosecutors on Tuesday announced charges against 39-year-old Luis Cruz, alleging that a dispute over work done on the victim's home led...

Atlantic City pier sold, return of gambling to Showboat eyed

Jan. 28, 2020 4:00 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Five years after a Philadelphia developer bought an Atlantic City shopping and entertainment pier from Caesars Entertainment, he's selling it back to them so he can concentrate on his plan to return gambling to the former Showboat casino. Bart Blatstein told The Associated Press...

No retrial on counts tossed in courthouse kickback case

Jan. 28, 2020 3:32 PM EST

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say they will not retry a former northeastern Pennsylvania judge on some charges thrown out by a federal appeals court in what authorities said were juveniles wrongly sent to a detention center. Defense attorneys say they will seek a reduction in the prison...

FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2019, file photo, former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, center, arrives at the Centre County Courthouse to be resentenced in Bellefonte, Pa. Jerry Sandusky's legal effort to have his decadeslong child molestation sentence reduced will be the subject of a hearing Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in a Pennsylvania courtroom. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Judge rejects Sandusky's latest request for shorter sentence

Jan. 28, 2020 2:19 PM EST

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A judge flatly rejected Jerry Sandusky's latest request to have his 30- to 60-year child molestation sentence reduced during a brief hearing Tuesday. Judge Maureen Skerda said she purposely fashioned the prison term to have an impact on the former Penn State assistant football coach...

Philadelphia mayor engaged to girlfriend of several years

Jan. 28, 2020 1:26 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced he is engaged to his girlfriend. Kenney and his girlfriend of several years, Letitia Santarelli, got engaged in December, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Monday. The couple has not set a date for the ceremony. Kenney said in a statement...

Toxicology tests ordered in deaths of 2; foul play ruled out

Jan. 28, 2020 11:37 AM EST

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say more tests will be needed to determine the cause of death of two men whose bodies were found in a Pennsylvania home over the weekend, but foul play wasn't involved. The (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat reports that the Cambria County coroner has ordered toxicology tests...