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December 26, 2013

5 things to know for today in Pennsylvania news

A look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Thursday:

FEDERAL APPEALS COURT NIXES LAWSUIT BY STUDENT DETAINED AT PHILLY AIRPORT FOR CARRYING ARABIC FLASH CARDS

The court says three Transportation Security Administration agents are immune from being sued over the August 2009 stop at Philadelphia International Airport. The passenger claims they violated his free speech rights and conducted an improper search based on the flashcards – which included the words “bomb” and “terrorist” – and a book critical of American policy in the Middle East.

‘WASHINGTON’ CROSSES THE DELAWARE AGAIN TO CONTINUE 61-YEAR STREAK

Re-enactors recreated George Washington’s daring Christmas 1776 crossing of the river – the trek that turned the tide of the Revolutionary War – across the Pennsylvania and New Jersey border.

GIRL WHOSE LAST WISH WAS GRANTED BY THOUSANDS OF CAROLERS DIES ON CHRISTMAS MORNING

Eight-year-old Delaney Brown of West Reading died with her family by her side. On Saturday night, thousands gathered outside her home in eastern Pennsylvania to fulfill her wish for a huge holiday sing-along.

PROMINENT PITTSBURGH DEFENSE ATTORNEY JAME ECKER FOUND DEAD AT HOME

84-year-old James Ecker died in his sleep of natural causes before he was found Wednesday morning. Ecker was a familiar figure, with his white hair and dapper dress, often seen on television accompanying some of the Pittsburgh area’s most notorious criminal suspects to court.

TEN LEFT HOMELESS IN CHRISTMAS NIGHT FIRE THAT DAMAGES THREE PHILADELPHIA HOMES

The American Red Cross says it’s helping eight adults and two children who were affected by the fire. There were no injuries.

 

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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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