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Christian leader: Attack not motivated by religion

LEMOYNE, Pa. (AP) - The leader of a Christian organization that operates a hospital in Afghanistan where three people were shot dead by a security guard says he does not believe the shootings were motivated by religion.

Dale Brantner is CEO of Lemoyne, Pennsylvania-based Cure International. He says in a telephone interview Christians with strong beliefs are generally respected in the Muslim world.

Brantner says Thursday's shootings and other recent deadly attacks seem more political than religious. He says the Cure hospital in Kabul has operated for 12 years as an "unapologetically Christian" facility that annually helps about 37,000 poor children with serious conditions.

He mourned the death of Dr. Jerry Umanos, who specialized in treating premature babies at the hospital. He says he has no information on the other two victims.


Ex-suspect in boy's disappearance stays in prison

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A convicted child molester long suspected in a notorious 1979 New York City child disappearance case will spend six to 20 years in a Pennsylvania prison for failing to register an address under Megan's Law the last time he left prison.

Wilkes-Barre's (WILKS'-ba-reez) Times Leader newspaper says a Luzerne County judge handed down the sentence Thursday against 70-year-old Jose Ramos, who was convicted in January of providing false information to prison officials.

Ramos was for years the prime suspect in the disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz (AY'-tahn payts), who disappeared while walking to his school bus stop. A New Jersey man has since been charged, but a civil court held Ramos responsible. Ramos denies involvement.

Ramos completed a 27-year sentence on unrelated molestation charges in 2012.


Police say jealousy may be behind NE Pa. slayings

HUNLOCK CREEK, Pa. (AP) - Investigators say jealousy might be behind the slayings of a father and son in their northeastern Pennsylvania home.

Police on Wednesday discovered the bodies of 73-year-old Ronald Evans and 43-year-old Jeffrey Evans at their residence in Hunlock Township, Luzerne County. Investigators believe the father and son were shot to death on Monday night.

Authorities say 31-year-old James Roache and 39-year-old Holly Ann Crawford are being held without bail on criminal homicide charges.

Court records indicate the couple's relationship was rocky and Roache was jealous of Crawford's previous relationship with the elder Evans, known to friends as "Barney."

A preliminary hearing is set for May 7.

Crawford made headlines several years ago when she was convicted of animal cruelty for marketing "gothic" kittens with pierced ears and bobbed tails.


Pa. teacher charged with heroin trafficking

YORK, Pa. (AP) - A special education teacher in central Pennsylvania is on administrative leave after being charged with heroin trafficking.

Thirty-nine-year-old Megan Butler Warner of York is facing a felony charge of possession with intent to deliver. The charge stems from a Jan. 19 traffic stop in Spring Township, Berks County, where police say they found nearly $1,000 worth of heroin in Warner's car.

Warner is a teacher at Helen Thackston Charter School in York. The school board said Thursday that Warner will remain on leave pending an investigation.

A preliminary hearing is set for May 20. It's not known if Warner has retained an attorney.

Spring Township police Chief Bryan Ross said investigators don't have a reason to believe Warner was doing anything improper at the school.


Scranton Diocese clerk gets prison for $340K theft

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A longtime employee of the Diocese of Scranton is going to prison for stealing more than $340,000 from a fund meant for Roman Catholic missions that help the poor.

A judge in Lackawanna County sentenced 66-year-old Sharon Warunek on Wednesday to nine to 23 months in jail for using a charitable bank account as her personal piggy bank while she worked as a clerk for the diocese.

The 27-year employee of the diocese pleaded guilty in January to theft. She apologized in court to her family and co-workers.

Warunek's attorney Bill Peters said his client has paid back $200,000 to the diocese so far and intends to make full restitution.


Tom Wolf campaign apologizes for copied passages

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf says it has fired the worker responsible for copying passages of his 46-page policy paper from reports written by Johnson Controls Inc. employees on energy efficiency.

In a statement issued Thursday, Wolf said he directed his staff to ensure nothing like it happens again. The campaign says it regrets the mistake.

Wolf's response came shortly after the passages were first flagged by the campaign of U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, one of Wolf's three competitors for the Democratic Party's nomination to run for governor.

A Wolf campaign spokesman says it's reviewing whether any other passages were copied, and he noted that the policy paper credited more than 20 references.

Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls makes automotive and building systems and is a state contractor.


Netflix joining line-up of 3 US cable-TV services

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix's Internet video service is about to join the programming line-up of three small cable-TV providers in the U.S.

The agreements with Atlantic Broadband, RCN and Grande Communications gives Netflix's subscription service a channel on the TiVo boxes that the three cable services provide their customers.

The deals represent a breakthrough for Netflix Inc. as it tries to make its Internet video service more like premium cable-TV channels such as HBO and Showtime.

Netflix subscribers typically have to buy a separate device, such as video game console or a player from Roku or Apple Inc., to stream video on to their TVs.

Atlantic and RCN are adding Netflix to their line-ups Monday. Netflix will join Grande next month.

Collectively, the three cable-TV services have about 820,000 subscribers.


Philly picks companies to create, run bike share

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A long-planned bicycle sharing program in Philadelphia is moving forward.

City officials on Wednesday announced that Bicycle Transit Systems has been chosen to plan and operate the system and B-cycle has been picked to provide the bicycles, stations and technology platform.

The bike share is slated to roll out in spring 2015.

Bicycle Transit Systems is a Philadelphia-based business that has created and currently runs bike share programs in Boston, Chicago and Washington D.C.

B-cycle is a Wisconsin-based company that grew out of the Trek bicycle manufacturer and serves 30 other cities in North America and South America. It will supply Philadelphia with approximately 1,800 bikes and 185 docking stations where the bicycles can be rented.


Police say teens killed Amish family's pet donkey

MONTGOMERY, Pa. (AP) - Three central Pennsylvania teenagers have been accused of fatally shooting a pet donkey on an Amish family's farm.

WNEP-TV says the boys were charged Thursday, about a week after the donkey was shot 18 times on the Clinton Township farm in Lycoming County.

Amos Yoder and his family have lots of animals. But he says the 6-year-old Jerusalem miniature donkey named Eeyore was his children's pet.

Yoder says the children would take turns riding Eeyore and the neighborhood children would pet him on their way to school.

Two 15-year-old boys and a 16-year-old boy are charged with cruelty to animals and weapons violations. State police say the teenagers each shot Eeyore six times.

The teens also admit shooting several deer. Additional charges will be filed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.


Trial ordered in case of ailing man's stolen dog

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A woman charged with stealing a cancer-stricken man's dog and having it euthanized has been ordered to stand trial.

Fifty-seven-year-old Gisele Paris is accused of stealing a Siberian husky named Thor from the Pittsburgh back yard of Mark Boehler, who is diagnosed with stage 3 esophageal cancer.

Boehler had hoped that whoever stole his dog on Thanksgiving Day would have a change of heart. Police said an investigation revealed that Paris paid a veterinarian to euthanize Thor in her home months later, on Feb. 10.

Paris waived her preliminary hearing Thursday. She was ordered to stand trial on charges of theft, receiving stolen property, simple assault, resisting arrest and cruelty to animals.

Paris declined to comment. Boehler screamed at Paris that she "should be on a leash."

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