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Prosecutors: Congressman led ‘white-collar crime spree’

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a veteran congressman on trial in a racketeering case led a “white-collar crime spree” that stretched from Philadelphia to Washington. U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah’s monthlong corruption trial is nearing an end with closing arguments Monday from Justice Department lawyer Jonathan Kravis. The 11-term Philadelphia Democrat is accused of taking an illegal $1 million campaign ...

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Adwatch: Pennsylvania Senate race ads attacking McGinty

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TV attack ads are flying in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent Pat Toomey and his Democratic challenger, Katie McGinty. The race could help determine control of the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 8 election. Here is a look at two of the attack ads currently on the air in Pennsylvania. ___ THEME: An Arlington, Virginia-based super PAC, Freedom ...

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Judge again dismisses lawsuit against fracking opponents


BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — A judge has again dismissed a lawsuit that landowners filed against people and groups who oppose fracking in a western Pennsylvania township. Natural gas drilling has been delayed in Middlesex, Butler County while some of the rural community’s 800 residents challenge a zoning ordinance that would allow drilling in 90 percent of the rural township. Dewey ...

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Pennsylvania’s carbon-cutting plan will await US court fight

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration isn’t planning to meet the first deadline for states to submit compliance reports under President Barack Obama’s plan to curtail greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Wolf’s environmental protection secretary, John Quigley, said his agency is waiting for courts to settle legal challenges, StateImpact Pennsylvania reports. The first deadline is September. ...

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Company: Highway damaged by pipeline blast to reopen Friday

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GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The company that owns an underground natural gas pipeline that exploded into a massive fireball last month says a western Pennsylvania highway damaged in the blast should reopen by Friday. Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials tell the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Spectra Energy Corp. has said repairs to Route 819 should be complete by then. The April 29 explosion ...

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Solar-powered plane’s latest leg: Ohio to Pennsylvania

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A solar-powered airplane has taken off from the Ohio hometown of America aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright on the latest leg of its journey around the world. The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 took off from Dayton International Airport just after 4 a.m. Wednesday with a destination of Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The flight ...

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More gas stations can sell beer, despite looming court case

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is granting nine more licenses to businesses that sell gasoline. It’s the latest step in loosening the hold on beer sales by bars and beer distributors. The Liquor Control Board’s vote Wednesday is the first since February. That’s when the state Supreme Court said it would take up a case challenging ...

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Loud and low-carb: Cicadas are back in Ohio, West Virginia

FILE In this May 16, 2013 file photo, a 17-year old cicadas is shown.  The 17-year cicadas are coming again to big chunks of Ohio and West Virginia. Starting the week of May 15, 2016,  there will be millions of them with their scary red eyes and orange wings and mating song that can drown out the noise of passing jet planes.  (Dave Ellis/The Free Lance-Star via AP)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The 17-year cicadas are coming again, millions of them, with their unnerving red eyes, orange wings and cacophonous mating song that can drown out the noise of passing jet planes. For those who have an aversion to prawn-size, flying bugs, the next six weeks or so will be like a long horror-movie scene in large swaths ...

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Township sets public forum for residents on gas explosion

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GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Elected supervisors of a western Pennsylvania township have scheduled a meeting where residents can get more information about a massive natural gas pipeline explosion last month. Officials from Salem Township, Westmoreland County’s emergency management team and Spectra Energy, the Houston company that owns the pipeline and several others that run through the township, will be present ...

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County wants Pennsylvania prison to become power plant

County wants Pennsylvania prison to become power plant

CRESSON, Pa. (AP) — County officials want to turn a former prison site in central Pennsylvania into a gas-fired power plant. The former State Correctional Institution-Cresson has been transferred to the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority for $1. That’s the first step in selling the 93-acre tract to a company that wants to build the plant. Greg Cammerata, president of Greensburg-based ...

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