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PHILADELPHIA — Immigration judges are accusing the Justice Department and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions of undermining a Philadelphia judge's independence by having cases removed from his court, apparently because he was too slow to issue deportation orders. By Claudia Lauer.


BELLEFONTE — A second Penn State fraternity brother is expected to plead guilty Wednesday in a case that stems from the death of a pledge after a night of hazing and drinking last year.



HAZLETON — On any given weekday you'll find them pedaling cross-country on a two-month bicycle trip, gripping the handlebars as they push through sometimes unpleasant weather. At week's end, though, they give their bikes a break and pick up hammers. Along the way there are rest stops and work stops where they repair homes for low-income families under The Fuller Center for Housing, a Christian non-profit group with a chapter in Hazleton that formerly went under the Habitat for Humanity name. Amanda Christman, The (Hazleton) Standard-Speaker.


MOTHER'S DEATH-ABUSE CHARGES — A Pennsylvania woman has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of her mother and will cooperate in the case against her ex-boyfriend.

AMBER ALERT-SUSPECT ARRESTED — Police say the man accused of abducting a Virginia woman and a grandchild has been arrested, but the victims remain missing. News outlets cite an Amber Alert updated Tuesday that says Hareton Jaime Rodriguez-Sariol was arrested in Pennsylvania.

FATAL SHOOTING — Philadelphia police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead.



PHOENIX — Philadelphia right-hander Vince Velasquez looks to continue his string of strong starts when the Phillies face left-hander Patrick Corbin and the Arizona Diamondbacks. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words. Starts at 3:40 p.m.


DENVER — Pittsburgh right-hander Chris Archer makes his second start since he was acquired in a trade with the Rays as the Pirates close out a three-game series Wednesday against Colorado. The Rockies will throw right-hander German Marquez. By Brent W. New. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time is 3:10 p.m. EDT.


Koa Farmer's taste in television steers in a very clear direction. After he is done playing football, Farmer wants in on the action — for real. The senior is a criminology and sociology major at Penn State. In the summer of 2016, a former professor hooked him up with law enforcement organizations in Washington to get a taste of what it's like to solve crimes. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: About 720 words, photos.


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