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Classes resume at Pennsylvania stabbing school

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - Classes have resumed at a Pittsburgh-area high school one week after authorities say a student stabbed or slashed 21 others and a security guard while rampaging through a hallway with two kitchen knives.

Before school began, students gathered Wednesday morning on the football field behind Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville to pray and to support one another.

Students who drove to school - or were driven on buses or by their parents - were greeted by well-wishers from a nearby church who were holding signs of support saying things like "Courage" and "It's a new day."

The suspect, 16-year-old Alex Hribal is being held in a juvenile facility but is charged as an adult with aggravated assault and attempted homicide in the April 9 stabbings. Four students remain hospitalized.


Judge again rejects NFL's $765M concussion deal

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A federal judge in Philadelphia has again denied preliminary approval of the proposed $765 million settlement of NFL concussion claims.

U.S. District Judge Anita Brody's order Wednesday also denies class-action status to lawsuits filed by thousands of retired players, at least for now.

The ruling comes after Brody asked lawyers for more details to support claims the fund would cover up to 20,000 players for 65 years. Young players with severe brain injuries would get up to $5 million under the deal, though most players would get far less.

Brody has also sought help from a financial expert to help her analyze the deal.

She is expected to conduct more extensive hearings this year.

The Legal Intelligencer first reported on the order.


1st grader cuts seats, threatens girl with knife

CONNELLSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania first-grader has been moved to an alternative school for slashing school bus seats with a knife and making a girl feel threatened with the weapon.

Connellsville Area School District Superintendent Dan Lujetic tells WPXI-TV the boy held up the weapon to a girl sitting in front of him and "maybe said something to her and she felt threatened."

The superintendent says the knife's blade was about an inch-and-a-half and was part of a utility device that had several other tools on it.

The boy was suspended from Bullskin Township Elementary School for three days and must finish the year in an alternative school.

The incident happened April 7. The driver took the knife away from the boy after other students reported the incident.


Pa. school on lockdown after phone threat

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) - An eastern Pennsylvania school is on lockdown after police say someone called 911 with a threat.

Bethlehem Area School District Superintendent Joseph Roy said police arrived at Liberty High School around 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Roy said everyone is secure and safe in classrooms. He would not provide specifics on what the 911 caller said.

Police are going room by room through the school to dismiss students.

Traffic was shut down around the school and dozens of parents were waiting for their children outside.


Philly newspapers going to auction; rules debated

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Delaware judge is hearing testimony about what style auction would bring the highest price for two Philadelphia newspapers.

The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News are being sold for the fifth time since 2006 because of an owners' dispute.

Both George Norcross and rival Lewis Katz hope to win control of the company, and have each pledged opening $77 million bids.

The local newspaper guild, representing about 550 employees, hopes to mount a bid with an unnamed investor. A guild official is set to testify Wednesday afternoon.

Business experts have been testifying about game theory and auction strategies, as the judge ponders a sealed-bid or open auction.

Chancery Court Judge Donald Parsons Jr. must also decide whether to limit the auction to insiders or let third parties take part.


Police report injuries in Pa. school bus crash

KUTZTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Police say several students have been injured in a school bus crash in eastern Pennsylvania.

The accident was reported shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday on Route 222 in Richmond Township, near Kutztown.

Fleetwood police said the bus was transporting students from Reading-Muhlenberg Vocational-Technical School on a field trip at the time of the crash.

Some of the injured students were transported to the hospital and others were treated at the scene.

Police couldn't immediately provide specifics on how many students were hurt or the severity of the injuries.


Woman gets 5-10 years in crash that killed officer

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania woman has been sentenced to five to 10 years in state prison for a crash that killed one police officer and injured another

Twenty-six-year-old Kylee Barletto, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to second degree manslaughter of a law enforcement officer and aggravated assault against an officer, plus lesser charges.

Authorities allege Barletto was driving erratically in New Castle on May 2 when officers from neighboring Shenango Township tried to help local police pull her over. She instead collided with the township cruiser, killing 60-year-old Officer William McCarthy IV and injuring the driver, Officer Michael Lynch.

Barletto had earlier run a stop sign but fled when a New Castle officer tried to pull her over.

She'll get credit for 339 days she's spent in jail.


Lehigh suspends frat recognition in vandalism case

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) - Lehigh University has suspended recognition of Sigma Chi fraternity because of vandalism at a student residence hall dedicated to campus diversity.

The Umoja House is home to 28 multicultural students at the Bethlehem college. In November, it was egged and spray-painted with racial slurs.

University Provost Patrick Farrell said that in addition to 10 citations filed against the fraternity, two fraternity members have been cited for violating the university's code of conduct.

Farrell said there is insufficient evidence for criminal charges but a student conduct hearing is planned. The students' names were not released.

The Umoja House website says it was originally established "for underrepresented students of color at Lehigh University" but is open to "any student who values multiculturalism."

Umoja is a Swahili word meaning "unity."


Brother, 4, shoots 2-year-old after finding gun

COCHRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A 2-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the face by his 4-year-old brother who found a loaded gun in their northwestern Pennsylvania home while their mother slept.

State police in Crawford County aren't identifying anyone involved until they complete their investigation of the incident, which occurred in Wayne Township, Crawford County, about 1:45 p.m. Monday.

Sgt. Mark Zaleski says the victim was shot in the face, beneath his right eye, when his brother accidentally fired the .380-caliber Ruger pistol.

Police haven't said who owns the gun or who might be criminally responsible for it falling into the boy's possession.

Zaleski says the boy's mother was napping at the time. Another 1-year-old child was also in the house.

The wounded boy was being treated at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, where his condition wasn't being released.


Mother sought in Pa. girl's shooting death by tot

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Police are seeking the mother of an 11-year-old girl they say was apparently shot and killed by a younger child while playing with a gun inside a west Philadelphia home earlier this month.

Homicide investigators said 31-year-old Tiffany Goldwire is being sought on an involuntary manslaughter charge.

Police said Jamara Stevens was shot April 5 by a 2-year-old child and died shortly afterward at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Investigators said they believe a man had brought the weapon into the home a few hours earlier and stashed it on top of a refrigerator.

Police said the mother was home at the time but the shooting occurred when she left the room to use the bathroom.

Goldwire was being sought and it was unclear whether she had an attorney.


Police probe student death at Philly college

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Philadelphia college is confirming that a student has died but is releasing few details about his death.

Chestnut Hill said the college community was morning the loss Wednesday of senior business major Bradley David Amerman, 22, of Mount Joy.

Officials said the death is under investigation by city police "which is normal under these circumstances."

Police told WCAU-TV reported that medics were called to the college at about 8:45 a.m. Wednesday on a report of an unresponsive student in St. Joseph's Hall.

Investigators said student was pronounced dead at the scene.

Funeral arrangements have not been completed.


4 to stand trial for killing girl, 10, in robbery

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) - Four western Pennsylvania men have been ordered to stand trial in the fatal shooting of a 10-year-old girl during an aborted attempt to rob her mother's boyfriend.

The four Washington, Pa. men, 20-year-old Malik Thomas, 28-year-old Anthian Goehring, 18-year-old Richard White, and 18-year-old Douglas Cochran Jr., were ordered to stand trial on criminal homicide and related charges in the March 31 death of Taniyah Thomas.

Police say the suspects planned to rob Robert Lester, who lived with the girl's mother in an apartment. Police testified that Goehring and Cochran fired shots through the apartment door about 3:30 a.m. as part of a planned home invasion.

Instead, the girl woke up and was hit in the head as she ran to her mother's bedroom, and the suspects fled.

The suspects have pleaded not guilty and remain jailed Wednesday.


Gubernatorial candidates begin showing tax returns

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Two Democratic candidates for governor have released their tax returns for 2012 after seeking extensions for the 2013 tax year.

U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz and former state environmental protection secretary Katie McGinty each made the disclosures this week. Four other candidates have not released theirs.

In 2012, Schwartz and her husband David reported $140,000 in taxes on $560,000 in adjusted income after subtracting $106,000 in deductions and exemptions. Income included Schwartz' congressional salary, her state pension and her husband's salary as a physician.

McGinty and her husband Karl Hausker reported $251,000 in taxes on $895,000 in adjusted income after subtracting $112,500 in deductions and exemptions. Income included her salary from Weston Solutions, his salary from ICF International and McGinty's consulting fees.

McGinty has reported loaning her campaign $535,000.


Police: Man, 81, fed up with shopping attacks wife

HERMITAGE, Pa. (AP) - State police have charged an 81-year-old man with choking his wife after becoming "fed up" that she was wandering through a Wal-Mart store.

The Sharon Herald reports Ralph Ross, of West Salem Township, faces a preliminary hearing April 22 on charges of simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct.

Police say they were called to the store in Hermitage about 7:15 p.m. March 31.

That's where witnesses told police that Ross pushed a shopping cart into the electronic cart driven by his wife, Mary Louise Ross, then choked and shook the woman before a bystander intervened.

Police say Ross "advised that he had just become 'fed up' with Mary wandering around the grocery store and 'lost it.'"

Ross' defense attorney did not immediately return a call for comment Wednesday.

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