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July 10, 2013

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ACLU SUES TO OVERTURN PENNSYLVANIA LAW DEFINING MARRIAGE AS CIVIL CONTRACT BETWEEN ONE MAN, ONE WOMAN

The lawsuit filed on behalf of 23 men, women and children seeks to overturn the 1996 law in Pennsylvania, the only northeastern state that doesn't allow same-sex marriage or civil unions.

LONG-DELAYED PRELIMINARY HEARING FOR THREE FORMER PENN STATE ADMINISTRATORS SET TO BEGIN JULY 30

Former president Graham Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, a retired vice president, are charged with covering up child-sex abuse complaints against since convicted ex-assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

PHILADELPHIA DOCTOR SERVING LIFE FOR KILLING THREE BABIES AT ABORTION MILL PLEADS GUILTY TO RUNNING PILL MILL, TOO

Dr. Kermit Gosnell acknowledged distributing more than 1.3 million painkiller pills without proper prescriptions before a raid three years ago. He's already serving life in prison for the babies' murders, so his attorneys say any additional drug sentence is "moot."

HOUSE LABOR & INDUSTRY, URBAN AFFAIRS COMMITTEES HEAR TESTIMONY ON NEW CONSTRUCTION CODE MANDATES

The changes are meant to address problems found in the wake of a building that collapsed during demolition in Philadelphia last month, killing six people. One provision would require all demolition permit applicants to obtain $1 million in liability insurance; another would require that licensed architects or building engineers prepare all applications.

THE FOG IS FINALLY ROLLING IN ... TO THE HOCKEY HALL OF FAME

The late Fred Shero — nicknamed "The Fog" when he led the Philadelphia Flyers to Stanley Cup championships in 1974 and 1975 — has been inducted posthumously. Shero's son, Ray, is the general manager of the cross-state rival Pittsburgh Penguins.

 

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  • 4-year-old killed by van after dad’s funeral, police say

    Police in southeastern Pennsylvania say a 4-year-old boy was struck and killed by a passing van hours after returning from his father’s funeral.

    April 14, 2014

  • Woman gets 6 to 12 years in infant kidnapping

    A Pittsburgh area woman was sentenced to six to 12 years in prison after she was convicted of kidnapping an infant by luring the mother to a Fayette County motel with a phony story about a commercial photo shoot for disposable diapers.

    April 11, 2014

  • APTOPIX High School Stabbings.jpg Lawyer: Evaluate stabbing suspect’s mental health

    The attorney for a 16-year-old accused of stabbing 21 other students and a security guard at their high school said Thursday he wants to have a mental health expert evaluate the boy and hopes to have the case moved to juvenile court.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Obamas send prayers to school stabbing victims

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are sending their thoughts and prayers to the victims of a stabbing spree at a Pennsylvania high school.

    April 9, 2014

  • High School Stabbings.jpg Stabbing spree at Westmoreland County high school leaves 20 injured

    A 16-year-old armed with two knives went on a stabbing and slashing spree at a high school near Pittsburgh on Wednesday, leaving 20 people injured, including a school police officer who eventually subdued him with the help of an assistant principal, authorities said.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • APTOPIX stabbings.jpg Student flashed 2 knives, injured 20 in Westmoreland County school, police say

    A 16-year-old boy "was flashing two knives around" when he injured 19 students and a school police officer who eventually subdued him with the help of an assistant principal at a high school near Pittsburgh on Wednesday, a police chief said.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police: Man killed by train was texting

    Police say a man killed by a commuter train in suburban Philadelphia was texting a friend when he was struck while walking on the tracks.

    April 8, 2014

  • Daniel.jpg Investigators seek cause of fire that killed three brothers

    Authorities searched the rubble of a burned-out farm house over the weekend for the cause of a fire that took the lives of three young brothers left home alone while their widowed mother worked the overnight shift at a direct mail company.

    April 7, 2014 2 Photos

  • Wozniak, John Lawmakers want more aid for cities

    Several bills circulating at the Capitol would open improvement zones more quickly or allow smaller cities to participate.
    Sen. John Wozniak, D-Westmont, wants to make the concept available to more cities the size of Johnstown.

    April 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • barbour021614.jpg No shows escaped death by Craigslist killer

    The young woman who says she was driven by satanic spirts to commit a cross-country murder spree over the last six years says authorities are not taking her claims seriously and that she tried to lure other central Pennslyvania men into her death snare with online companionship ads but they didn't show up.

    April 3, 2014 1 Photo 2 Stories

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