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Man charged in rape on Philadelphia train held for trial

A man accused of raping a woman on a commuter train outside Philadelphia while other passengers were present was ordered held for trial by a magistrate judge Monday.

By Claudia Lauer/The Associated Press

SEPTA workers reach contract agreement days before deadline

The agreement averts a possible strike that threatened to bring elevated trains, buses and trolleys to a halt. That would have left thousands of children and educators without a way to get to school next week.

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Train riders held up phones as woman was raped outside Philadelphia, police say

Police do not believe a single witness on the train dialed 911. They are investigating whether some bystanders filmed the assault.

By Claudia Lauer/The Associated Press

Updated: August 11, 2021 | 4:07 pm

Court tosses ruling against Pennsylvania COVID-19 measures

The federal appeals court ruled that since Gov. Wolf’s stay-at-home order, limits on crowd size and business closures are no longer in effect, there is “consequently no relief that this court can grant.”

By Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press and Claudia Lauer/The Associated Press

Incumbent Philadelphia prosecutor Larry Krasner wins primary

The primary was seen as referendum on whether a wave of prosecutors elected on promises of criminal justice reform would be blamed for increasing violence.

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Incumbent Philadelphia prosecutor Larry Krasner wins primary

Krasner will face Republican challenger and well-known local attorney Charles Peruto Jr. in November.

By Claudia Lauer/The Associated Press

Immigrant group wants clear rules on ICE in Philly schools

Juntos organizers launched its Sanctuary Schools Campaign Monday, calling for more training, clearer district guidelines and renewed financial investment to make schools a safe space for children regardless of their immigration status.

By Claudia Lauer/The Associated Press

Man who has been working in Pennsylvania is held for trial in pepper spraying of Capitol officers

Federal prosecutors presented videos and photos of the Jan. 6 Capitol siege they say show Peter Schwartz wearing a distinctive orange and blue patterned jacket holding a large canister of pepper spray, spraying officers with a smaller irritant spray container and swinging a wooden baton.

By Claudia Lauer/The Associated Press

Philadelphia police commissioner defends protest response

Critics and protesters have denounced the city’s use of tear gas and other less-than-lethal munitions during at least three incidents.

By Claudia Lauer/The Associated Press

Governor pins vaccine difficulties on supply overpromises

Gov. Tom Wolf is defending Pennsylvania’s rollout of the coronavirus vaccine, saying it was left in the lurch by the Trump administration’s overpromises and that a decentralized vaccine signup system should prove to be more efficient, as opposed to a centralized portal some states use.

By Marc Levy/The Associated Press, Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press and Claudia Lauer/The Associated Press
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