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PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia woman who had a role in kidnapping, torturing and enslaving disabled adults discovered chained up in a basement has been sentenced to 40 years in federal prison. SENT: NewsNow, will be updated.



FREEPORT — It's "Rent The Chicken," not "Rent-A-Chicken." Local entrepreneurs Phil and Jenn Tompkins stress the distinction because their South Buffalo Township-based business, Rent The Chicken, in their assessment, is on top of the pecking order of live chicken rental businesses, which includes Michigan-based competitor Rent-A-Chicken. Rent The Chicken continues to add customers after the Tompkins hatched the business five years ago for supplemental income promoting a shared value of the couple: Homesteading — producing yard-to-the-table fresh food. The success of the business illustrates the popularity of backyard hen houses, especially in urban areas. Nearly 4 percent of households surveyed in four major American cities planned to have chickens in the coming years, telltale of the growing acceptance of urban farming, according to a 2013 study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Mary Ann Thomas, Valley News Dispatch.


PENNSYLVANIA-SCHOOL FUNDING — A lawsuit that claims Pennsylvania is failing to provide students with an adequate education will likely head to trial.

PENNSYLVANIA TORNADO — Weather officials say a tornado touched down in western Pennsylvania, but no injuries were reported.

CLERGY ABUSE-RHODE ISLAND BISHOP — Rhode Island's Roman Catholic bishop says while he was "aware of incidents of sexual abuse" reported to church officials while working in Pennsylvania it wasn't his job to deal with them.

HIT-AND-RUN-WORKER KILLED — Authorities say a man was driving drunk when he struck and killed a Wisconsin woman who was working at a construction site in western Pennsylvania.

FATAL CAR CRASH — New York state troopers say a Pennsylvania man crashed and died fleeing police during a high-speed chase in the Hudson Valley.

PEOPLE-QUEEN LATIFAH — Queen Latifah will be honored with an award named for a pioneering opera singer. The Marian Anderson Award is given in Philadelphia to "critically acclaimed artists who have impacted society in a positive way." Anderson was the first black singer to perform at the Metropolitan Opera.



SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT— Baseball looks like it comes easily to Hawaii's Aukai Kea. Case in point, Honolulu's first game of the Little League World Series, when Kea slugged a walk-off home run after tossing 6 1/3 shutout innings. But even he isn't afraid to admit it — playing on national television and meeting major league players can be quite daunting. By Patrick Burns. SENT: About 650 words.


PITTSBURGH — The Atlanta Braves look to complete a three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday. Julio Teheran starts for Atlanta against Trevor Williams. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m. EDT.


WASHINGTON — Stephen Strasburg makes his first start off the disabled list for the Nationals, who face the NL East-rival Philadelphia Phillies still looking to contend for a playoff spot even after trading away Daniel Murphy and Matt Adams on Tuesday. By Ben Standig. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. EDT.


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