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March 13, 2017 - 1:47 pm


2 Penn St. ex-administrators plead guilty in abuse case

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Two former Penn State University administrators have pleaded guilty in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case, more than five years after the scandal broke.

Ex-Athletic Director Tim Curley and former university Vice President Gary Schultz each pleaded guilty Monday in Harrisburg to a misdemeanor child endangerment charge.

Penn State ex-President Graham Spanier is also charged in the case, but he's not in court.

The three handled a 2001 complaint by a graduate assistant who said he saw Sandusky, a retired defensive football coach, sexually abusing a boy in a team shower. They did not report the matter to police or child welfare authorities but told Sandusky he was not allowed to bring children to the campus.

Sandusky was arrested a decade later and convicted in 2012.


Trump: GOP bill will push insurance costs 'down, down, down'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is predicting that rates for health insurance will go "down, down, down" if Congress passes the House GOP health care bill.

Trump says the number of plans available to consumers will go up with changes to the law.

The president is meeting with about a dozen people affected by the Obama health care law at the White House. House Republicans are trying to dismantle Obama's law, but their plan to replace it has opposition within the GOP.

Trump says even if Republicans don't do anything, "It's going to blow itself off the map."

The meeting comes ahead of a Congressional Budget Office analysis that is expected to find that fewer Americans would be covered under the Republican plan.


UPDATE: States seek hearing on travel ban

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington and four other states trying to block President Donald Trump's revised travel ban targeting predominantly Muslim nations are seeking a Tuesday hearing before a federal judge in Seattle.

In a new complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson says the new travel ban is unconstitutional and harms state residents, universities and businesses, especially tech companies like Microsoft and Amazon who rely on foreign workers. California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and Oregon joined Washington in the legal action.

Ferguson filed new documents after a federal judge last week said he wouldn't immediately rule on whether his restraining order against the old ban applies to the new Trump executive order.

Ferguson asked for a hearing to be held Tuesday. The revised travel ban is scheduled to go into effect Thursday.

Trump's revised ban blocks new visas for people from six predominantly Muslim countries including Somalia, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya and Yemen.


NEW: Ethics office is asked to assess Trump's deals

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Bob Casey is asking a government ethics office to assess whether President Donald Trump's business dealings make his administration vulnerable to conflicts of interest.

In a letter to the Office of Government Ethics, the Pennsylvania lawmaker says Trump's refusal to divest from his companies has exposed the administration to conflicts of interest on an "unprecedented scale."

Casey asks whether any of Trump's foreign deals could violate the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. The clause prohibits U.S. officeholders from accepting gifts from foreign countries.

The director of the ethics office, Walter Shaub, strongly criticized Trump for not divesting earlier this year. Shaub said Trump was breaking decades of tradition by presidents who set up blind trusts for their assets.


Prosecutor orders release of Egypt's ousted leader Mubarak

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's official news agency says a Cairo prosecutor has ordered the release from detention of ousted president Hosni Mubarak, ending nearly six years of legal proceedings against the long-ruling autocrat.

It says the prosecutor, Ibrahim Saleh, ordered his release Monday after he accepted a petition by Mubarak's lawyer for his freedom on the basis of time already served.

Mubarak, 88, was acquitted by the country's top appeals court on March 2 of charges that he ordered the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising that ended his 29-year rule.

The petition argued that Mubarak's three-year sentence for embezzling state funds has been served while in detention in connection to the protesters' case.

Mubarak has spent virtually all of the past six years in the hospital since his detention in 2011.


Nazi hunter praises prosecutors' arrest efforts

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Simon Wiesenthal Center's top Nazi hunter is applauding Polish prosecutors for deciding to seek an arrest warrant for a 98-year-old Minnesota man suspected of war crimes.

Efraim Zuroff told The Associated Press by phone from Jerusalem on Monday that "it's high time that the Poles became more active seeking people who committed crimes in World War II on Polish soil."

He says any legal step "sends a very powerful message."

Michael Karkoc was put under investigation after the AP published evidence in 2013 establishing he commanded a Nazi SS-led unit accused of burning villages filled with women and children. His family denies he was involved in any war crimes.

Germany shelved its own investigation of Karkoc in 2015 after concluding he was unfit for trial. Zuroff says independent doctors should re-assess him.

Karkoc's son says his father is unable to defend himself.


UPDATE: Snow expected to blanket Northeast

NEW YORK (AP) — A big blast of winter weather is expected to blanket much of the Northeast in heavy snow just days before the official start of spring.

A blizzard warning has been issued for New York City and parts of northern New Jersey and southern Connecticut from Monday overnight through much of Tuesday, with wind gusts of up to 55 mph possible and low visibility.

New York City could get up to 18 inches of snow, with Boston seeing a similar amount and Philadelphia slated to get up to a foot. Up to 10 inches could fall in Washington, D.C.

The airline-tracking site FlightAware says more than 3,000 Tuesday flights are already canceled. Some school systems, including New York City, also aren't planning to open Tuesday.

Spring starts March 20.


NEW: Airlines expect to cancel thousands of flights due to storm

UNDATED (AP) — U.S. airlines have canceled about 4,000 flights Monday and Tuesday as a late-winter storm is expected to dump enough snow to disrupt travel in the Northeast.

Tracking service FlightAware.com said late Monday morning that more than 1,100 flights on Monday and more than 2,800 on Tuesday had been canceled.

Chicago is bearing the largest share of Monday's cancellations, while Tuesday's disruptions are hitting hardest from Washington to Boston including the New York City area.

The major airlines are waiving ticket-change fees that range up to $200 for customers who want to change their travel plans. Restrictions vary by airline.


US stocks are mixed in midday trade

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock indexes are mixed in midday trading on Wall Street in subdued trading ahead of this week's meeting of Federal Reserve policymakers.

Modest gains in dividend stocks like utilities and real estate companies Monday were canceled out by declines elsewhere, including health care and industrial stocks.

Copper miner Freeport-McMoRan rose 3.2 percent and Chesapeake Energy gained 2.7 percent.

Mobileye jumped 30 percent after the Israeli technology company agreed to be acquired by Intel. Mobileye makes systems that help self-driving cars run.


UPDATE: Cleanup finished at pipeline protest camps

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers has finished cleaning up three Dakota Access pipeline protest camps that were on federal land in North Dakota.

The Corps hired a contractor after the main camp and two others were cleared out and shut down late last month in advance of the spring flooding season. They'd operated since last spring and at times held thousands of pipeline opponents.

Corps Capt. Ryan Hignight says a total of 835 industrial-size trash bins were filled and removed in the operation that wrapped up late last week. That doesn't include materials such as lumber and propane tanks that were set aside for reuse or recycling.

The total cost of the operation hasn't been tallied yet, but the Corps has estimated that it could cost taxpayers more than $1.1 million.


UPDATE: Plea deal unlikely for man charged in killing 3

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — It's unlikely a New Jersey man charged with killing three women and attempting to kill a fourth will get a plea deal.

Khalil Wheeler-Weaver pleaded not guilty at a court appearance Monday.

When asked whether his office would offer a deal to Wheeler-Weaver, Assistant Essex County Prosecutor Adam Wells said he would be "surprised if he would take a plea that would satisfy us."

Wheeler-Weaver didn't speak during the brief hearing. His attorney, Shevelle McPherson, said afterward the 20-year-old "has a lot of family support" and is in "a good state of mind" given the allegations against him.

An indictment also charges him with kidnapping, sexual assault, aggravated arson and desecrating human remains.


Jurors questioned for trial of deputy in boy's shooting death

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Jury selection has begun in Louisiana for a law enforcement officer charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a 6-year-old boy.

Three hundred potential jurors have been called to court today, and another 300 tomorrow. The high numbers appear to be for good reason: The initial questioning suggests it may be difficult to find an impartial jury in Marksville, the central Louisiana town where Derrick Stafford and another deputy city marshal fired at a car during a traffic stop in November 2015.

Most of the first potential jurors questioned told lawyers they've already seen a police body-camera video of the shooting, and some said they know Derrick Stafford personally.

The other deputy, Norris Greenhouse Jr., awaits a separate trial later this year.


UPDATE: Mother: Kidnapped woman 'safe and not harmed'

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The mother of a woman who authorities say was kidnapped by her estranged husband says her daughter has been found alive near Tampa.

Donna Waryga tells the Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/2nmbwGY ) that 37-year-old Alisa Summers "is safe and not harmed." Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee has called a 1 p.m. news conference to provide updates.

Local news outlets report the Tampa mother of five was found in Ruskin, near Tampa on Monday morning.

Investigators say witnesses saw a woman whose hands were tied behind her back being forced into her SUV outside a Tampa pharmacy on Saturday night. The witnesses say the woman was screaming.

In a statement, deputies said Summers didn't return home after going to visit 39-year-old Trevor Steven Summers to talk about their marriage. They are separated and have restraining orders against each other.

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