Former mayor in Pennsylvania dead at age 23

POTTSVILLE (AP) — The former mayor of a borough in Schuylkill County is dead at age 23, but state officials have yet to release the cause of death. County Deputy Coroner Albert Barnes tells The (Pottsville) Republican-Herald he pronounced Brandon Wentz dead at about 8 a.m. Thursday. Barnes says the next of kin has been […]

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Pennsylvania trooper who was shot in traffic stop has second surgery

BETHLEHEM (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police say a trooper who was shot several times during a traffic stop has undergone a successful second surgery but is still listed in critical condition. A state police spokesman says Cpl. Seth Kelly underwent surgery Thursday, a day after authorities said the 13-year veteran likely saved his own life […]

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Police: Pennsylvania man kills woman after she rejects marriage proposal

KEMPTON, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a Pennsylvania man strangled a woman and then broke her neck, poked her eyes out and beat her with a hatchet after she rejected his marriage proposal. Christopher R. Tucker, 34, is charged with criminal homicide, first- and third-degree murder and aggravated assault in the death of 19-year-old Tara […]

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Obama shows up in Chicago for jury duty — but isn’t chosen

CHICAGO (AP) — Former President Barack Obama showed up at a downtown Chicago courthouse for jury duty on Wednesday morning. Then he heard the words most prospective jurors pray for: You’re dismissed. The 44th president’s motorcade — considerably shorter than the one when he lived in the White House — left his home in the […]

Comments - 8:06 pm - updated: 8:08 pm.

Pennsylvania man charged with DUI after going to vote a day early

HARRISBURG (AP) — Police in Pennsylvania’s capital say they’ve arrested a man who showed up at an elementary school intoxicated and hoping to vote — on the wrong day. Authorities charged 34-year-old Douglas Shuttlesworth with DUI after they found him at a school in Harrisburg on Monday. Police say Shuttlesworth appeared intoxicated, and they later […]

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Officials release name of wounded Pennsylvania state trooper

BETHLEHEM (AP) — Authorities have identified a Pennsylvania State Police trooper who was shot several times during a traffic stop and remains hospitalized in critical condition. Police said Wednesday that Cpl. Seth J. Kelly, a 13-year veteran, suffered gunshot wounds to his neck and shoulder area and to his leg. He’s set to undergo another […]

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Philadelphia sheriff faces sexual harassment lawsuit by employee

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The city’s sheriff is facing allegations that he sexually harassed an employee in his office. According to, the suit says Sheriff Jewell Williams made sexually harassing comments to the employee, Vanessa Bines, and called her a “home wrecker” and “whore” after she rejected his advances and began dating another employee. Williams […]

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Church gunman sent hostile text messages before attack

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas — The gunman who killed 26 people at a small-town Texas church had a history of domestic violence and sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law, a member of First Baptist, before the attack in which he fired at least 450 rounds at helpless worshippers, authorities said Monday. A day after the […]

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Sentence for rapist who forced victim to read journal is upheld in Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge has denied an appeal from a convicted rapist in Pennsylvania who forced his victim to read an online journal he had written. A Superior Court panel ruled last week that Robert Jackson’s 20½- to 43-year-prison sentence wasn’t too severe after he was convicted of rape and aggravated assault in Cumberland […]

Comments - 8:22 am - updated: 8:33 am.

At least 26 dead in South Texas church shooting, officials say

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas – A lone gunman stormed a small community church here on Sunday and fatally shot more than two dozen people before fleeing several miles from the scene, where he was found dead, authorities said. Witnesses said a white man in his 20s dressed in all black and wearing a tactical vest started […]

Comments - 9:31 pm - updated: 9:34 pm.

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