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Philadelphia man pleads guilty to strangling wife, says he snapped during fight over his texts to another woman

By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — A sobbing man asked his 16-year-old daughter’s forgiveness in court Tuesday as he admitted strangling his wife in a park as they fought over his texts to another woman. Christopher Murray followed his wife, Connie, when she left for ...

Posthumous election wins have happened in Western Pa., nation

By Aaron Aupperlee
This week wasn’t the first time voters in the region handed a victory to a candidate who died before Election Day. Barbara Daly Danko, a Democratic ...

Nonprofits in Pa. barely break even, survey finds

By Natasha Lindstrom
Six years since the official end of the Great Recession, demand for community-based nonprofits in Pennsylvania and nationwide continues to climb even as government support ...

Coroners, organ harvesting group spar over procurement process

By Luis Fábregas
The region’s organ procurement organization says Pennsylvania coroners needlessly blocked organ donations more than a dozen times because of criminal investigations involving the potential donors. ...

Pa. gaming industry’s growth amplifies siren call for addicts

By Jason Cato
Darlene Moulden of Carnegie started gambling when she was young, buying lottery tickets. When Pennsylvania expanded its legal gambling to casinos, she graduated to playing ...

Analyst says Pa. senate race leans toward Toomey — because Democrats ‘loathe’ Sestak

By Tom Fontaine
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s re-election prospects improved Thursday in one national forecast because its author says members of the Democratic establishment “loathe” challenger Joe Sestak ...

Feds: Temple professor offered China data on U.S.-made device

By Assocated Press
PHILADELPHIA — The chairman of Temple University’s physics department schemed to provide American technology secrets to China in exchange for prestigious appointments for himself, federal authorities said in charging him with four counts of wire fraud. Xi Xiaoxing, a naturalized U.S. ...

Millions to travel through Western Pa. during Memorial Day weekend

By Melissa Daniels
Those traveling for the Memorial Day holiday will have the company of 37 million others, the highest travel volume for the Memorial Day holiday weekend ...

Group behind Lawrence County casino project gets 6-month extension

By Jason Cato
A beleaguered casino and racetrack project for Lawrence County received yet another lifeline on Wednesday to keep the long-delayed project alive. The seven members of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board voted unanimously to provide a six-month extension to Philadelphia-based investment ...

Jordan Brown’s attorneys plan to appeal to get new hearing

By Chris Togneri
Attorneys for a Lawrence County teen accused of killing his father’s pregnant fiancée will appeal a judge’s decision not to grant a new hearing. “It was expected,” Dennis Elisco, attorney for Jordan Brown, 17, said Thursday. “We think our chances …

Boy Scouts of America should lift ban on gay adults, leader says

By Adam Brandolph
The national leader of the Boy Scouts of America said Thursday that the organization’s longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer ...

Senators push for full funding for Amtrak

By USA Today
WASHINGTON — Senators representing states along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor said Thursday the Senate Appropriations Committee should approve all $2 billion the passenger rail service is seeking when the committee takes up a fiscal 2016 transportation spending bill. The Democratic senators criticized ...

‘Sham’ cancer charity penalized by regulators had been sued by Pa.

By Natasha Lindstrom
The “sham” cancer charities accused in federal court this week of bilking more than $180 million from donors — including more than 45,000 from Pennsylvania ...

Pennsylvania Sen. Casey seeks to provide aid to repairing locally owned bridges

By Melissa Daniels
The three suspension bridges spanning the Allegheny River appear to be almost identical, dotting the skyline with pops of yellow and linking Downtown and the ...

Allegheny County Councilman Macey announces resignation as state Senate employee

By Aaron Aupperlee
Allegheny County Councilman Bob Macey, D-West Mifflin, announced Wednesday that he has resigned from state Sen. Jim Brewster’s office in the wake of an ethics violation. The county ethics commission ruled this month that Macey’s employment in Brewster’s McKeesport office as ...

Fewer Pittsburgh-area hospitals lost money last year, agency reports

By Alex Nixon
Fewer hospitals in Western Pennsylvania lost money last year, but a state agency warned that the level of uncompensated care is growing and could further squeeze tight profit margins. The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council said Thursday that uncompensated care ...

BNY Mellon ‘repeatedly misled clients’

By Chris Fleisher
The big banks penalized Wednesday weren’t the only financial conspirators that have come under Justice Department scrutiny for foreign currency trades. Two months ago, Bank of New York Mellon settled claims by state and federal prosecutors that it defrauded pension funds ...

Six judges nominated to vie for three seats on Pa. Supreme Court

By Melissa Daniels
Six judges have a shot at securing one of three open Pennsylvania Supreme Court seats in November, the result of a quiet but expensive primary ...

Feds say ‘sham’ cancer charities spent donations on luxury cruises, Hooters meals, dating websites

By Natasha Lindstrom
Pennsylvanians made more than 45,000 donations to “sham” cancer charities that used the majority of the cash for lavish salaries, for-profit fundraising and frills such as jaunts to Las Vegas, luxury cruises, dating website subscriptions, Victoria’s Secret shopping trips and ...

Former longitme Philly councilman poised to become next mayor

By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — A former longtime Philadelphia councilman with broad union backing will likely be the next mayor of the nation’s fifth largest city with his resounding win Tuesday in a six-way Democratic primary. Jim Kenney captured the nomination despite a …