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A sign at a Roman Catholic high school in Pennsylvania named for Cardinal Donald Wuerl has been vandalized with paint.

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Pennsylvania's unemployment rate hit a new post-recession low, as payrolls crept upward to a new record high.

The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that Pennsylvania's unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.2 percent in July, the lowest point since 2007.

The national rate is 3.9 percent.

A survey of households found Pennsylvania's civilian labor force grew by 7,000, as employment rose and unemployment shrank.

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A former Pennsylvania prosecutor has been fired from his job as an attorney for a county youth services office after a report showed that as prosecutor, he stopped an investigation into alleged child abuse by a priest to gain political favor from the Pittsburgh Diocese.

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A top clergyman faulted in a Pennsylvania grand jury report over his handling of sexually abusive priests is asking parishioners not to lose confidence in the church.

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Sports betting is teed up in Pennsylvania, but it won't be up and running for the Sept. 6 start of the National Football League season.

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A new Catholic school in Baltimore will no longer feature the name of a late cardinal accused of failing to act in the case of priests who abused children in Pennsylvania.

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A new grand jury report released Tuesday details widespread sexual abuse in six of Pennsylvania's eight Roman Catholic dioceses, alleging over 300 priests victimized more than 1,000 children over the past six decades, and that church officials took steps to conceal and protect abusive clergymen. 

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Authorities say a Pittsburgh police officer was injured when his cruiser crashed into a barrier.

The single-vehicle accident occurred around 5:45 a.m. Tuesday. The officer was alone in the cruiser at the time, and no other injuries were reported in the crash.

The officer was taken to a local hospital in stable condition. But his name and further details on his injuries have not been disclosed.

It wasn't clear if the officer was responding to a call at the time of the crash.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

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State wildlife officers have seized three king cobras among the more than 300 reptiles kept in a New York home.

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Pennsylvania plans to restore general assistance cash payments this fall for poor or disabled Pennsylvanians following a state Supreme Court decision.

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The Pennsylvania Republican Party wants an investigation into a promotion by Fayette County Democrats at the recent county fair to get people to register as Democrats or change party affiliation.

The GOP says the offer of Pittsburgh Steelers memorabilia and a one-night stay at a western Pennsylvania resort violated the state Elections Code .

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Pennsylvania's governor is establishing a group to "help coordinate and drive statewide equality efforts" regarding sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order Monday creating the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs.

Wolf says the 40-person panel will take over efforts that had been done by a work group he set up shortly after taking office in 2015.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation are launching a $4.3 million fund to support conservation efforts in the Delaware River watershed.

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Pennsylvania agriculture officials are working to control the spread of the spotted lanternfly.

WHTM-TV reports the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Monday explained the containment plan Monday in Harrisburg. According to officials, $3 million in state funds and $17.5 million in federal funding will go towards education and research. The state will conduct a $1.9 million survey to make sure the insect isn't spreading.

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The bishop of Pittsburgh's Roman Catholic diocese says he'll release the names of any of his clergy members accused of sexual misconduct with a minor once a state grand jury report on clergy sex abuse is released.

Bishop David Zubik says in a letter issued Saturday he'll wait for the grand jury report to be issued before going public with the information.

The state Supreme Court disclosed recently the grand jury has identified more than 300 "predator priests" in six Pennsylvania dioceses, including Pittsburgh. Those dioceses minister to more than 1.7 million Catholics.

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Pennsylvania officials are warning people to minimize their exposure to mosquitoes as testing is underway to confirm the suspected first case of human West Nile virus infection in the state this year.

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The Supreme Court is adding another job for the special master it appointed to help black out names and other identifying information from a grand jury report into child sexual abuse in six of Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses.

Keith Srakocic / AP

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of a former University of Pittsburgh medical researcher in what prosecutors said was the cyanide poisoning death of his wife more than five years ago.

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The Green Party is running candidates for Pennsylvania governor and lieutenant governor and U.S. Senate in the fall election.

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Three men jumped off a truss bridge spanning a river in Pittsburgh over the weekend, killing one.

Police say the men weren't trying to take their own lives, but officials didn't elaborate on why the trio jumped off the Hot Metal Bridge Sunday night.

First responders found the men in the Monongahela River around 8:40 p.m. One of them had injuries and was having difficulty swimming.

Police say that 25-year-old man died later at a hospital.

The other men were uninjured. No charges have been filed.

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  State officials say they've successfully stopped a company that makes 3D downloadable guns from making them internet-accessible in Pennsylvania and from uploading new files. But the halt is temporary.

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Philadelphia will stop giving U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement access to a real-time arrest database, accusing the agency of misusing the information to target people who are in the country illegally but are otherwise not accused of any crimes, the mayor announced Friday.

Jaqueline Martin / AP

U.S. Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania is being criticized by his Democratic opponent in this fall's election after Perry became one of 11 House Republicans to introduce articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Rosenstein is the Department of Justice official who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian election interference and possible ties to the Trump campaign.

Mel Evans / AP

Six states are sharing more than $22 million in federal grants to help people recovering from opioid addiction get back to work.

Alex Brandon / AP

President Donald Trump will hold a Make America Great Again rally in Wilkes-Barre next week and urge voters to support Republican U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta's campaign to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey.

The Republican president is to discuss the economy, including jobs for Pennsylvanians, and his efforts to protect American manufacturing jobs. The rally is at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

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Pennsylvania's state forests agency says it isn't finding damage to waterways amid the expansion of natural gas drilling in recent years, although it is reporting a growth of invasive plants where land is being cleared.

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said Wednesday in a new report that its water chemistry analysis hasn't provided evidence that shale gas development has degraded the quality of waterways in state forests in the core gas forest districts.

However, it says the presence and quantities of invasive plants are on the rise.

Jacqueline Larma / AP

Five days of relentless downpours have left central Pennsylvania a soggy mess, closing roads and businesses, sending creeks and streams spilling over their banks and requiring rescues and evacuations.

Firefighters helped people escape their flooded neighborhood near Hershey on Wednesday morning, and search crews have not been able to find a woman swept away Monday night while crossing the rain-swollen Conewago Creek near Elizabethtown.

Carolyn Kaster / AP

Wall Street has given the agricultural sector a boost after Trump administration said it is preparing a plan that would send billions in aid to U.S. farmers hurt by tariffs.

CF Industries Holding and Mosaic Company both traded up more than 3 percent earlier in the day but ended Tuesday with more modest gains. CF Industries finished up less than 1 percent, while Mosaic added 2.3 percent.

Deere & Co. ended with a 3.2 percent gain. Shares in Archer-Daniels-Midland and FMC Corp. also rose.

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An eastern Pennsylvania school district is investigating a teacher who portrays a Nazi villain named "Blitzkrieg" at local professional wrestling events.

The Spring-Ford Area School District launched the probe after video surfaced of Kevin Bean performing at a wrestling event in the Philadelphia suburbs. The video showed Bean, as Blitzkrieg, carrying a flag bearing the German Iron Cross and chanting the "Sieg Heil" Nazi salute.

Allegheny County District Attorney / AP

A white police officer charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black Pennsylvania teenager as he fled a traffic stop has waived his preliminary hearing.

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