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July 11, 2013

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WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA MOPPING UP AFTER STORMS CAUSE FLASH FLOODING, PRODUCE POSSIBLE TORNADO

About 40,000 customers were still without power this morning in Pittsburgh and surrounding counties. The National Weather Service will be out assessing damage to some farm buildings that witnesses say were destroyed by a small tornado about 45 miles northwest of the city.

ATTORNEY GENERAL KATHLEEN KANE WILL ADDRESS REPORTERS FOR FIRST TIME SINCE ACLU FILED SUIT CHALLENGING STATE LAW OUTLAWING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

Kane’s office is charged with defending the law, but Kane has said she favors allowing same-sex marriage. Kane, the first Democrat ever elected state attorney general, is speaking today at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

PHILLY MOB UNDERBOSS FACING UP TO 20 YEARS FOR GAMBLING, EXTORTION CONVICTION

Joseph “Mousie” Massimino was convicted earlier this year after a lengthy trial and will be sentenced today. Reputed Philadelphia mob boss Joseph “Uncle Joe” Ligambi is awaiting a retrial after the jury deadlocked in his racketeering case.

FORMER PHILLIES CATCHER DARREN DAULTON HAS BRAIN CANCER

A statement released by Philadelphia radio station 97.5 The Fanatic says Daulton has glioblastoma, which the American Brain Tumor Association calls “highly malignant.” The former All-Start hosted a nightly radio show at the station before doctors found two tumors on his brain on June 27. He had an operation to remove them on July 1.

GOV. TOM CORBETT SIGNS, DEFENDS LAW THAT OIL AND GAS ROYALTY OWNERS GROUP SAYS UNDERMINES LANDOWNERS’ RIGHTS IN MARCELLUS SHALE DEALS

The law is designed to advance the Marcellus Shale industry’s ability to vacuum up natural gas through horizontally drilled holes. That means Marcellus Shale gas wells can be drilled on land that was leased for the traditional, shallow oil and gas wells even if the gas being accessed is actually under a neighboring property.

 

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    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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