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New Castle man gets prison for rape of girl seen on flea market tablet computer

By The Associated Press
A New Castle man who stored images of himself raping an 8-year-old girl on a computer tablet that he later sold at a flea market will spend 15 to 30 years in state prison for the sex acts. Donald Miller, 44, of New Castle was sentenced Thursday. He pleaded guilty to ...

Bigger version of Dutch artist’s giant rubber duck coming to Philadelphia

By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — An 11-ton, 61-foot high yellow rubber duck designed by a Dutch artist will be floating on the Delaware River at next month’s Philadelphia ...

Massive coal breaker, Pennsylvania’s last, is coming down

By The Associated Press
MAHANOY CITY, Pa. — When coal was king, its castle was the breaker — an imposing fortress that crushed, washed and sized billions of tons …

State lawmaker proposes changes to Penn State’s board of trustees

By Debra Erdley
Claiming Penn State is acting more and more like a private university, a state lawmaker is pitching a bipartisan bill to overhaul the university’s board of trustees with more state oversight. State Sen. John Yudichak points to the board’s decision to ...

Man claiming 1988 abuse by Sandusky seeks way into court

By Charles Thompson
A man claiming he was sexually abused by Jerry Sandusky while attending a football camp at Penn State in 1988 has signaled a new fight with state prosecutors to have his case heard in court. The victim’s lawyer issued a news ...

Chevron settles fatal shale well fire lawsuit, state claims for nearly $6M

By David Conti
Energy giant Chevron Corp. agreed to pay $5 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a contract worker killed last ...

15 Chinese nationals indicted in Pittsburgh for fraudulently taking college board exams

By Adam Brandolph
A federal grand jury indicted 15 Chinese citizens in what authorities say was a long-running conspiracy to take college entrance exams on behalf of others ...

Greene County woman found dead in burning home

By Michael Hasch
The body of a woman was found Thursday inside a burning home in Greene County, the coroner said. The woman was identified as Virginia Cumberledge, 59, whose body was found inside her home along Lantz Alley in the community of Brave, ...

Pope to join gallery of murals in Philadelphia

By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia boasts a large and colorful cast of characters painted on buildings across the city — and now Pope Francis will join the crowd. Officials announced Thursday that hundreds of residents and visitors will help design a mural honoring ...

State Sen. Matt Smith resigning to become Chamber president

By Matthew Santoni
State Sen. Matt Smith will leave office next month to help lead the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, officials announced Wednesday. Smith, D-Mt. Lebanon, will become ...

Santorum announces presidential run ‘where my American story began’

By Salena Zito
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum joined Republicans vying for the White House on Wednesday, telling a cheering crowd in Butler County that he would shrink ...

Salena Zito Reporting

Pittsburgh roots shape former Md. governor’s outlook in run for president

By Salena Zito
A work ethic and values learned from his father’s blue-collar Pittsburgh upbringing will bolster former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley in his run for the presidency, ...

Brad Bumsted

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf wants state to share in lottery luck

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — If you win big money playing the Pennsylvania Lottery, the state doesn’t get a dime in tax. Gov. Tom Wolf wants to change that. Under a little-noticed part …