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January 16, 2014

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:

TWO CHARGED IN SLAYING AT WILDLIFE PRESERVE

Two eastern Pennsylvania men are charged with killing a woman whose body was found in a central Pennsylvania wildlife preserve. Twenty-one-year-old Adam Lynch of Reading and 19-year-old Ryan Schannauer of Wyomissing are charged in Lancaster County with homicide, arson and conspiracy.

JUDGE DECLINES TO REDUCE $1.17 BILLION PATENT VERDICT

A federal judge is declining to reduce a $1.17 billion patent infringement verdict that Carnegie Mellon University won against a California technology firm. U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer rejected Marvell Technology Group’s argument that that the verdict should be reduced by $620 million because of the university’s lack of diligence in protecting its patents.

PA. LAWMAKER’S SISTER ACQUITTED OF 16 OF 17 COUNTS

The sister of Pittsburgh-area Democratic state Rep. Dom Costa is expected to receive probation when she’s sentenced next week on a misdemeanor charge of providing unsworn falsification of a forged document. A jury found 57-year-old Angela Costa-Gifford not guilty of 16 other charges.

HISTORIC STATUS REJECTED FOR PITTSBURGH PRODUCE TERMINAL

Pittsburgh City Council has rejected a historic designation for the city’s landmark produce terminal. Proponents said it could help spare the structure from possible partial demolition in a riverfront development project, but the council’s vote was six votes shy of what was needed for approval.

MAN CARRIED TO HIS GRAVE IN MOTOR BOAT PULLED BY A TRUCK

A central Pennsylvania man who loved the outdoors was carried to his grave in a boat pulled by a truck. The casket of 78-year-old Ronald Bloss Sr. was loaded onto a small motor boat and trailer and pulled to a cemetery.

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