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Facebook message leads to warrant in years-old rape claim

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — While she pleaded for prosecutors to take up her college rape complaint, Shannon Keeler studied in Spain, won a national championship in lacrosse, earned a bachelor's degree and fell in love. All the while, she gathered evidence...

 

Critics: Cuomo apology 'tone-deaf,' ignores power imbalance

When Yuh-Line Niou first arrived in Albany to work as a legislative aide in 2013, lawmakers grabbed her buttocks, suggested she and her boss were "a hot duo" who should have sex, and peered into her office to check her out for a "hot or not" list....

 

Appeals court rejects Trump challenge of Pennsylvania race

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — President Donald Trump's legal team suffered yet another defeat in court Friday as a federal appeals court in Philadelphia roundly rejected the campaign's latest effort to challenge the state's election results. Trump's lawyers...

 

Philadelphia pledges better response after Black man's death

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police pledged to release 911 tapes and police body camera footage "in the near future" in the shooting death of a Black man with a history of mental health problems, a death that prompted protests, widespread...

 

'Men's rights' lawyer eyed in shooting of NJ judge's family

A self-described "anti-feminist" lawyer found dead in the Catskills of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound is considered the prime suspect in the shooting of a federal judge's family in New Jersey, the FBI said Monday. Roy Den Hollander, who...

 

A promising 2020 presidential campaign for women falls short

At her home in suburban Detroit, Jill Warren spent Thursday morning glued to her phone, searching for news about the woman she fiercely believed should be the next president of the United States: Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Voter Warren had known that...

 

Bloomberg struggles to respond to politics of #MeToo era

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Bloomberg's name last appeared on a ballot a decade before #MeToo transformed cultural mores surrounding sexual harassment and the treatment of women. As he campaigns for the presidency, the 78-year-old billionaire is...

 

2 judges' comments, handling of rape cases draw criticism

Two New Jersey judges have come under fire for their handling of rape cases, one for asking whether a 16-year-old Eagle Scout "from a good family" should face serious consequences over a video-recorded assault on an intoxicated teenager. Another...

 

Serial cyberstalker could avoid prison again under plea deal

DENVER (AP) — Only hours before women marched through many U.S. cities in January, Christopher Cleary set off a manhunt when he posted a Facebook message threatening to kill "as many girls as I see" in retaliation for years of romantic rejection. C...

 

Bill Cosby victim settles defamation suit with ex-prosecutor

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The victim in Bill Cosby's criminal sex-assault case has settled a defamation lawsuit against a former prosecutor who said she added details to her story over time. Andrea Constand's suit against Bruce Castor had been set for...

 

Synagogue suspect pleads not guilty as funerals continue

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The anti-Semitic truck driver accused of gunning down 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal charges that could put him on death row, as funerals for the victims of the deadliest anti-Semitic...

 

Congregations attacked at synagogue to hold joint service

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The three congregations attacked at a Pittsburgh synagogue will gather for a joint service Saturday, while a prayer vigil is planned outside their desecrated worship space to mark the time the massacre began one week earlier....

 

Synagogue rampage suspect indicted on 2nd day of funerals

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday, and members of a grief-stricken Jewish community endured another round of funerals for victims of the worst anti-Semitic attack in...

 

Goodwill workers in NJ find original 1774 'rebel' newspaper

BELLMAWR, N.J. (AP) — A quick eye by Goodwill workers in southern New Jersey turned up framed pages from an original 1774 Philadelphia newspaper with an iconic "Unite or Die" snake design on the masthead. The frayed Dec. 28, 1774, edition of the...

 

Cosby in cuffs: TV star gets 3 to 10 years for sex assault

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — At an age when other Hollywood stars are settling into retirement and collecting lifetime-achievement awards, an 81-year-old Bill Cosby was led away to prison in handcuffs Tuesday, sentenced to three to 10 years behind bars...

 

Cosby to fight 'sexually violent predator' tag at sentencing

Bill Cosby's sentencing hearing Monday will begin with testimony about his sex offender evaluation and, presumably, a fierce debate over whether the 81-year-old actor should be branded a sexually violent predator. The stakes are high given the...

 

Inmate confesses to killing 4 men, says where bodies are

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A jail inmate who was the focus of an investigation into the disappearances of four men admitted on Thursday that he killed them, his attorney said in a surprise development. Cosmo DiNardo, 20, confessed to the commission of...

 

Papers reveal pot dealer's grisly confession in 4 slayings

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A marijuana dealer gave police a grisly account of killing four men on his family's farm, saying he crushed one of them with a backhoe after shooting him and tried to set three of the bodies on fire in a metal bin with the he...

 

Cadaver dogs used, dirt sifted in search for 4 missing men

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police used cadaver dogs, a backhoe and other construction equipment Tuesday to help search a sprawling farm for four missing men believed to be victims of foul play. A prosecutor, meanwhile, described a man who was held on an...

 

Court: Constitution grants right to record police in public

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal appeals court in Philadelphia has joined five other circuits in finding that citizens have a First Amendment right to videotape police in public. The U.S. 3rd Circuit on Friday joined what it called the "growing...

 

Report: Officials hid years of sex abuse at boarding school

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Teachers at a Pennsylvania boarding school sexually preyed on children for half a century while administrators turned a blind eye, a grand jury said in a report Wednesday. No charges were expected, mostly because the crimes...

 

Immigrant students seek place in mainstream high schools

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A U.S. appeals court must decide if older immigrant and refugee students steered to an alternative high school in Pennsylvania are getting a meaningful education or are simply being passed through the system. Civil rights...

 

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