TYRONE — A look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Friday:
PENNSYLVANIA SPARED WORST OF WINTER STORM THAT DUMPED NEARLY 2 FEET OF SNOW ON MASSACHUSETTS
Highways across Pennsylvania were largely clear as the snow subsided overnight. It was followed by frigid, single-digit temperatures in much of the state. The National Weather Service says wind gusts could result in wind chills well below zero.
PHILADELPHIA PRIEST FREED FROM PRISON AFTER 18 MONTHS IN PRISON
Monsignor William Lynn left the state prison in Waymart in northeastern Pennsylvania on Thursday. He was taken by the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office to a city jail, where he was to be fitted with an electronic monitoring device, which will confine him to a residence. Prosecutors are appealing a Superior Court ruling overturning the priest’s child endangerment conviction.
FEDS WANT JIHAD JANE TO SPEND DECADES IN PRISON
Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia say the 50-year-old Pennsburg woman, whose real name is Colleen LaRose, deserves a stiff sentence for plotting online to kill a Swedish cartoonist who did a caricature of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. LaRose will be sentenced next week along with two other convicted plotters.
PENN STATE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR DAVE JOYNER EXPECTS TO REPLACE BILL O’BRIEN IN ‘DAYS RATHER THAN WEEKS’
O’Brien was hired after Joe Paterno’s ouster during the Jerry Sandusky child-sex abuse scandal. He spent two seasons at Penn State, compiling a 15-9 record despite NCAA sanctions that cut the number of scholarships the school could offer. He left to become head coach of the NFL’s Houston Texans.
CORBETT ADMINISTRATION ASKS SUPERIOR COURT TO RECONSIDER RULING STRIKING DOWN STATE LAW THAT REGULATES NATURAL GAS DRILLING
Lawyers for environmental groups and others who sued to challenge the law say they’ll oppose efforts by the Public Utility Commission and Department of Environmental Protection to have the appeals court review its opinion in light of scientific and scholarly evidence.