Top News & Analysis Pennsylvania

  • PITTSBURGH-- A man who claims his girlfriend once had a "physical relationship" with retired Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward was in custody Friday on charges he tried to extort $15,000 from the player by threatening to release evidence the player had paid for sex.

  • JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Two Rottweilers killed an 83- year-old man in Alabama. A two-day old infant was mauled to death in Pennsylvania. A two-year-old girl died after she was bitten by a pit bull in West Virginia.

  • Swing State Showdown: It's About Jobs!

    Gov. John Kasich, (R-OH); Gov. Tom Corbett, (R-PA); and former Gov. Haley Barbour, (R-MS), discuss the key issues facing their states, including swing voters; energy and jobs creation; and avoiding the fiscal cliff.

  • PARMA, Ohio-- Lest anyone forget the importance of Ohio's white, working-class voters, President Barack Obama sent a clear reminder on Thursday. Clinton implored voters to reward Obama for bailing out the auto industry, which has deep roots in Ohio. Ohio is at the center of both Obama and Republican Mitt Romney's campaign strategies.

  • NEW YORK-- The fungus found in tainted steroid shots matches the one behind the national meningitis outbreak that has killed 20 people, federal health officials said Thursday.

  • "If we can get this fruit harvested, it's a perfect storm for Washington," said Todd Fryhover, president of the Apple Growers Association. " Washington is likely to have a harvest of 108 million bushels, its second highest number on record, industry representatives said.

  • ALBANY, N.Y.-- Aspen Dental Management and the private equity firm that controls it illegally operate dental clinics across the country and engage in aggressive, misleading profit-driven practices that cause patients economic harm, claims a federal lawsuit filed Thursday in New York.

  • TRENTON, N.J.-- New Jersey's unemployment rate ticked down a notch to 9.8 percent in September, even as the state shed 1,200 jobs for the month.

  • GROWING AGAIN: Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region expanded in October following five months of declines. THE DETAILS: The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia reported Thursday that its index of regional manufacturing activity had a reading of 5.7 in October following a -1.9 reading in September. The gain took the Philadelphia index.

  • PITTSBURGH-- PPG Industries said Thursday that its third-quarter net income rose 9 percent as it took advantage of cost reductions and strong sales of coatings. The Pittsburgh company said it made $339 million, or $2.18 per share, compared with $311 million, or $1.96 per share, a year earlier.

  • Lehigh Gas expects the IPO to raise between $105. million and $122 million based on an assumed offering price of $20 per unit, according to its Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Lehigh Gas provides fuel to gas stations and runs convenience stores.

  • WASHINGTON-- Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region expanded in October following five months of declines, a positive sign for a U.S. manufacturing sector which had been weakening for much of the year. The better-than-expected reading from the Philadelphia survey followed a positive report on national manufacturing conditions.

  • HARRISBURG, Pa.-- A new state tax incentive designed to encourage companies to hire in Pennsylvania passed both chambers of the Legislature on Wednesday and was sent to Gov. "The beauty of this approach is that this is not revenue that is in the state currently," Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jake Corman, R- Centre, told colleagues. "

  • Catholic Health East of Newtown Square, and Trinity Health of Novi, Mich., announced Wednesday that they have signed a non-binding letter of intent to consolidate.

  • HARRISBURG, Pa.-- The union representing faculty at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities is taking the first step toward a possible strike. Union officials say delegates from each campus will meet Saturday in State College for a strike authorization vote.

  • PITTSBURGH-- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court had an unusual standing-room-only crowd Wednesday, as lawyers debated a new law that regulates the state's booming natural gas industry. The Supreme Court currently has three Republicans and three Democrats, and cannot overturn a lower court decision on a 3-3 tie vote.

  • HARRISBURG, Pa.-- A state-run health insurance exchange is unlikely to be ready for a scheduled January 2014 rollout, Pennsylvania's top insurance regulator said Wednesday.

  • On Tuesday, the NHL made its strongest, and most public, pitch yet to save a full season. "I hope we can get going ASAP," Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall told The Associated Press on Wednesday. " Fehr met with the union to formulate a response, and in a letter to players and agents said the management plan would cost his members more than $1.6 billion over six years.

  • PITTSBURGH-- Shares of Wesco International jumped 10 percent before the markets opened Thursday after the company edged out profit expectations for the third quarter and announced the acquisition of a Canadian electrical supply company. The company also announced a deal to acquire EECOL Electric Corp. of Calgary, Alberta, for about $1.16 billion.

  • Fifth Third's net income available to common shareholders fell to $354 million, or 38 cents per share, from $373 million, or 40 cents per share, a year earlier.