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Published: Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:28:18 GMT2016-12-05T18:28:18Z


Pistachio Girl says she's been fired from her Citizens Bank Park job

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:28:18 GMT2016-12-05T18:28:18Z

Upper Perkiomen School District cancels classes due to police probe

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:14:04 GMT2016-12-05T18:14:04Z

Schools in a Montgomery County district were closed Monday due to a police investigation into a threat posted on social media.

City targets predatory towing companies

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:56:33 GMT2016-12-05T17:56:33Z

Robert Price stared at the empty parking spot on South Broad Street, where he had left his Lexus 45 minutes earlier, and assumed the car had been stolen. Actually, it had been towed.

Powerball ticket sold at Philly gas station wins $1M

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:28:23 GMT2016-12-05T17:28:23Z

A ticket sold at a Philadelphia gas station won $1 million in Saturday's Powerball drawing.

Trump's choice for education secretary sparks debate

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:15:17 GMT2016-12-05T17:15:17Z

The education world is sharply divided over President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of a school-choice champion for secretary of education.

Armed robbers hit Upper Darby laundromat

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:08:52 GMT2016-12-05T17:08:52Z

Upper Darby police are searching for two armed bandits who robbed a laundromat Monday, making off with $600 in cash and coins after locking an employee in a storage closet.

Stein lawyers take Pa. recount battle to federal court

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:43:50 GMT2016-12-05T16:43:50Z

Green Party-backed lawyers moved their fight for a recount of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election results to a new venue Monday, hoping a federal judge would be receptive to their claims of potential irregularities with electronic voting machines across the state.

State police, prosecutor: Human skeleton found by hunters

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:37:31 GMT2016-12-05T16:37:31Z

NEWVILLE, Pa. (AP) - State police and the district attorney are investigating a human skeleton found by hunters in central Pennsylvania.

Hunters find human bones scattered in central Pa.

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:36:14 GMT2016-12-05T16:36:14Z

SEPTA bus driver taken to hospital after men throw liquid on her

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:00:59 GMT2016-12-05T16:00:59Z

Two men threw cup fulls of two different substances at a SEPTA bus driver when she opened the vehicle's door at a Crescentville bus stop Monday morning, police said.

$5.5 million: Wilmington college president best-paid in U.S.

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:57:37 GMT2016-12-05T15:57:37Z

For Jack Varsalona's last year at Wilmington U

Rash of OD's claim six lives in Philadelphia Sunday

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:17:12 GMT2016-12-05T15:17:12Z

A rash of heroin overdoses in Philadelphia killed six and sent others to the hospital Sunday, police said. Detectives in the city's East Detective Division reported investigating the overdose deaths. Investigators there did not know the number of people who overdosed and survived, but said there were several.

Delco names new emergency services director

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:05:42 GMT2016-12-05T15:05:42Z

Police send gas station robbery suspect Facebook message

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:52:06 GMT2016-12-05T14:52:06Z

BRIDGEVILLE, Pa. (AP) - Police in one Pennsylvania town have sent an armed robbery suspect a message on Facebook, and it's not because they want to be friends.

Horse killed in A.C. Expressway crash

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:37:32 GMT2016-12-05T14:37:32Z

A horse died after it was struck by a car overnight on the Atlantic City Expressway.

At Pa. Society, party fights are brewing

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:23:34 GMT2016-12-05T14:23:34Z

Think of the Pennsylvania Society, the swank political soiree in New York starting Friday, as an obligatory holiday trip to visit bickering in-laws.

An evening of tracing South Jersey village's history - house by house

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:15:37 GMT2016-12-05T14:15:37Z

MAURICETOWN, N.J. - Usually around June, work begins on the honey-do lists in this tiny Cumberland County maritime village. Porches get painted, new bathrooms are installed, floors are replaced, and any number of other renovations are completed over the ensuing months, so that by December - on one "magical" night - the historic homes and "museum buildings" here glow in candlelight and holiday spirit for an annual house tour that began more than 30 years ago.

State police: Elk purposely killed at Pennsylvania preserve

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:10:42 GMT2016-12-05T14:10:42Z

SCHNECKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - State police are trying to determine who intentionally killed an elk on an eastern Pennsylvania nature and wild game preserve.

All aboard: author Colson Whitehead a hit in Lower Merion

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:03:37 GMT2016-12-05T14:03:37Z

In the four months since his novel The Underground Railroad was published, Colson Whitehead has seen it chosen by Oprah's Book Club, become and remain a bestseller, and win the 2016 National Book Award for fiction.

Little known Peales' brother portrait returns to Philly

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:01:45 GMT2016-12-05T14:01:45Z

He's depicted in the painting as a patriot-warrior, resplendent in the gold-braided uniform of a colonel in the Continental Army during the American Revolution.

Green Party to file petition in federal court to force Pa. recount

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:49:26 GMT2016-12-05T13:49:26Z

Jill Stein ended her statewide recount effort in Pennsylvania on Saturday after a Commonwealth Court judge mandated that the 100 voters who brought the suit on the campaign's behalf post a $1 million bond.

Dispatchers go low-tech to find man with dementia

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:45:20 GMT2016-12-05T13:45:20Z

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) - Emergency dispatchers near Philadelphia are being credited for helping rescuers reach a man with dementia by keeping him on the phone until they could hear their colleagues' sirens outside.

York County mother accused of giving opiates to 4-year-old

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:34:40 GMT2016-12-05T13:34:40Z

YORK, Pa. (AP) - Police in York County arrested a 27-year-old woman after they say she gave her 4-year-old daughter opiates to "help her sleep" late last week.

They married men in prison for life. Now, a change in the law could bring their husbands home.

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:17:40 GMT2016-12-05T13:17:40Z

When Demetra Hatton got married 13 years ago, not everyone in her family saw reason to celebrate. "My sister was like, 'You're marrying someone, and they have life without the possibility of parole?' " Hatton recalled. "I said, 'Yes, but we're going to defy those odds.' "

Driver evading police goes wrong way on I-95, injures motorist in crash

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:09:37 GMT2016-12-05T13:09:37Z

A driver trying to evade a police pursuit just before midnight Saturday drove south on northbound I-95 near Philadelphia International Airport, crashed into another car, injuring its driver, then fled into the woods.

Allen Bernard Poole, former student activist who pressed for reform at Gratz High, 67

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:09:15 GMT2016-12-05T12:09:15Z

Allen Bernard Poole, 67, a former Philadelphian who was instrumental in reforming Simon Gratz High School in the 1960s, died Sunday, Nov. 20, at home in Cambria Heights, N.Y.

Bipedal bear's apparent death motivates bear hunt opponents

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:15:28 GMT2016-12-05T11:15:28Z

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey's long-debated black bear hunts have stoked strong passions, blasted by animal rights activists as inhumane and supported by hunters and wildlife officials who say they help control the population and minimize run-ins with humans.

Born to fly: inflight birth diverts plane from Philly

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:13:55 GMT2016-12-05T11:13:55Z

A mid-air birth caused a plane from Philadelphia to make an unscheduled landing Sunday night. A nurse on board Southwest Airlines flight 556 assisted the mother, who gave birth while the plane inflight to Orlando, Fla., according to the a spokeswoman for the airline. The flight, which left Philadelphia at 2:46 p.m., was diverted to Charleston, S.C., where medics took the parents and the baby to an area hospital, the spokeswoman said.

Nurses at Hahnemann, St. Christopher's reach tentative contracts with Tenet

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:30:33 GMT2016-12-05T06:30:33Z

The union representing registered nurses at Hahnemann University Hospital, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, and St. Christopher's Pediatric Outpatient Clinic announced Sunday that it had reached tentative agreements on first contracts with Tenet Healthcare Corp., the Dallas-based for-profit chain that operates the hospitals.

Buddy...can you spare a home?

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:30:33 GMT2016-12-05T05:30:33Z

THE DAILY NEWS Pet of the Week is Buddy, a Corgi mix, about 4 to 6 years old, at the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society.

Misled by rumor of cash payouts, 1,800 former NJ inmates sue jail

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:00:04 GMT2016-12-05T05:00:04Z

Carmen DeJesus was in downtown Camden last month when she noticed a man near the Walter Rand Transportation Center handing out what appeared to be legal forms, offering them to anyone who had ever spent a night in a crowded Camden County jail cell.

The Christmas tree-lighting ceremony: It all started in Perkasie

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 02:02:19 GMT2016-12-05T02:02:19Z

It was that magical moment Saturday night: When the evergreen was illuminated, white lights sparkled into the December night, and a glow fell over the holiday revelers of Perkasie.

Philly home invaders steal kids' Christmas toys, jewelry at gunpoint

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 21:05:59 GMT2016-12-04T21:05:59Z

For cats and dogs and the people who love them, a mega-adoption event

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 13:19:29 GMT2016-12-04T13:19:29Z

Daniel Minnick was looking for a certain kind of dog, a small adult with short hair, and he was willing to suffer a little to get one.

Man shot multiple times in Chester City

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:31:13 GMT2016-12-04T11:31:13Z

A man believed to be in his mid-20s was shot several times, at least once in the head, on the west side of Chester City Saturday night.

Swarthmore College declares itself a sanctuary campus

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:25:35 GMT2016-12-04T11:25:35Z

Swarthmore College has become a sanctuary campus, deciding against voluntarily sharing student information with immigration officials or willingly giving them access to college property.

Reported explosion at PECO substation leaves Center City residents without power

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:24:07 GMT2016-12-04T11:24:07Z

About 3,000 PECO customers have been without electricity on Saturday afternoon after a large power outage occurred at the PECO substation near 13th and Lombard Streets in Center City, a spokesman for the electric company said.

FBI agent: Sting informant says he was told not to target Republicans

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:05:05 GMT2016-12-04T10:05:05Z

An FBI agent has said the undercover operative in the controversial sting run by the state Attorney General's Office told him he was discouraged from targeting Republicans, raising questions about the integrity of an investigation that has netted five convictions of Democrats.

One-time legal hero's name dropped from bar benefit

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 06:31:35 GMT2016-12-04T06:31:35Z

Every schoolchild knows, or perhaps once did, that the libel and sedition trial of colonial-era publisher John Peter Zenger in one stroke forged a foundational right of citizens to criticize government.

Villanova U. ends probe into report of post election incident

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:02:03 GMT2016-12-04T05:02:03Z

Villanova University has ended its probe into a report of a black female student who allegedly was knocked down by young white males yelling "Trump" because the student does not want to pursue the matter, according to the university.

Immaculata initiates public portion of $25 mil fund drive

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 22:39:01 GMT2016-12-03T22:39:01Z

Immaculata University has launched the public-support phase of its $25 million fund-raising campaign, A Beacon Ever Bright. The Malvern-based school has already raised $15 million from early donors in its goal to fund a new student engagement center, restoration projects and scholarships.

Chesco man fatally struck by off-duty officer in Delaware

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 22:25:38 GMT2016-12-03T22:25:38Z

A 32-year-old Chester County man died early Saturday after he was standing on a roadway and was struck by a vehicle driven by an off-duty police officer in Delaware, authorities said.

Person struck, killed by Amtrak train in Delaware County

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:33:28 GMT2016-12-03T21:33:28Z

A person died after being struck by an Amtrak train in Norwood, Delaware County, on Saturday morning, an Amtrak spokesman said.

One-time legal hero's name dropped from bar benefit

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 19:06:09 GMT2016-12-03T19:06:09Z

Every school child knows, or perhaps once did, that the libel and sedition trial of colonial-era publisher John Peter Zenger in one stroke forged a foundational right of citizens to criticize government.

Art of Survival: The painter who came in from the cold

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 06:50:35 GMT2016-12-03T06:50:35Z

On and off for two decades, Doug Sanders painted images of the Philadelphia cityscape while living in its harshest recesses, in downtown parks and dank doorways.

Delco names new emergency chief

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 06:30:20 GMT2016-12-03T06:30:20Z

Weeks after Delaware County Emergency Services Director Ed Truitt stepped down from his position after nearly 40 years, the county has named its next 911-center successor.

Teen faces charge in assault

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 06:30:19 GMT2016-12-03T06:30:19Z

West Chester police said a Coatesville teenager tried to sneak into West Chester Henderson High School, then attacked an administrator who was escorting him to the main office.