Serial killer's victim portraits could help crack cold cases

Most of the women in Samuel Little's hand-drawn portraits seem to be frowning. Their hair is short and curly or long and straight. They stare straight ahead or slightly off to the si...

'Gross': Lanternflies causing big bug problem for some

KUTZTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A bad bug is making life miserable for some Pennsylvanian residents and business owners. The spotted lanternfly has emerged as a serious pest since the federal g...

Amid settlement talks, opioids keep taking a grim toll

As the nation's attorneys general debate a legal settlement with Purdue Pharma, the opioid epidemic associated with its blockbuster painkiller OxyContin rages on in state after state, community after ...

In era of legal pot, can police search cars based on odor?

Sniff and search is no longer the default for police in some of the 33 states that have legalized marijuana. Traditionally, an officer could use the merest whiff of weed to justify a...

Rights group accuses dairy farmers of animal cruelty _ again

Nearly a decade ago, animal rights activists targeted a Pennsylvania dairy farm over its treatment of livestock. The effort fell flat. Now they're back, launching a new round of allegations against th...

Staggering drug bust shows traffickers turning to East Coast

This week's staggering cocaine bust in Philadelphia is another sign that traffickers are turning to East Coast seaports as a result of increased law enforcement pressure along the country's southwest ...

Fire triggers pollution concerns at US Steel coke plant

Health officials in western Pennsylvania say a fire at U.S. Steel's Clairton coke works has shut down pollution control systems, and residents are being warned about possible elevated levels of sulfur...

Judge who presided over notorious 'kids for cash' case dies

A retired federal judge best known for sending two corrupt judges to prison for their role in a notorious Pennsylvania juvenile justice scandal has died. Edwin Kosik was 94. ...

Huge sphinx makes crawling journey to new spot in museum

The largest ancient sphinx in the Western Hemisphere was on the prowl Wednesday for the first time in nearly 100 years. Philadelphia's Penn Museum relocated its 3,000-year-old sphinx...

Lehigh University physician suspended over harassment suit

Pennsylvania's Lehigh University suspended the interim director of the student health center Friday in response to a lawsuit that says he sexually harassed co-workers and performed inappropriate breas...

Lawyers for synagogue massacre suspect allege FBI meddling

Lawyers for the man accused of killing 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue say the FBI has been discouraging witnesses from talking to the defense, undermining the suspect's right to a fair trial. ...

Bankruptcy judge to approve sale of Reading Eagle

READING, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge says he intends to approve the sale of the Reading Eagle to a company known for taking over struggling newspapers and then cutting jobs. MediaNews...

Pennsylvania agency defends closure of beloved hiking trail

The Pennsylvania Game Commission said Wednesday that it would cost $1.7 million to make a beloved, well-known hiking trail safe for the public — which is why the agency plans to close it altogether. ...

Environmentalists question Pennsylvania's new methane rule

The administration of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is pushing a regulation to control methane emissions from existing natural gas facilities that doesn't directly target the potent greenhouse gas, raising...

After synagogue attack, Pittsburgh tries again to curb guns

Gun-control legislation introduced in wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre is moving through the City Council, but Second Amendment advocates are promising a swift legal challenge if the city's l...