AP PA Headlines: Penna. Fish and Boat officer kills attacker

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Prosecutor: Fish and Boat officer kills man after attack


WEST NANTICOKE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission officer fatally shot a man after prosecutors say the man assaulted and tried to drown the officer.  Authorities say the officer shot the man who was later identified as 37-year-old Sean Bohinski, of Nanticoke, Tuesday afternoon in a wooded area along the Susquehanna River in West Nanticoke.


A Luzerne County prosecutor says the unidentified officer encountered Bohinski while on a routine patrol and a fight broke out. Authorities say Bohinski repeatedly struck the officer and then tried to drown him in the river. That’s when they say the officer fired his weapon, killing Bohinski.  The injured officer was taken to a hospital for treatment. His condition was not immediately known.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia’s former top prosecutor has been sentenced to five years in prison for accepting a bribe.  Seth Williams was sentenced Tuesday by a federal judge who said he sold his office to “parasites.” The judge ordered Williams imprisoned immediately.  The former district attorney didn’t speak much during the hearing. His lawyer read a statement in which he apologized and said he “squandered” the trust placed in him.


He pleaded guilty in June to one count of accepting a bribe from a businessman. The plea came two weeks into a trial that involved damaging testimony about money and gifts showered on him.  The two-term Democrat was the city’s first black DA.  He also spent years as an assistant prosecutor and was tasked with rooting out corruption as the city’s inspector general.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The nation’s biggest electric grid operator says a Trump administration plan to change the way electricity is priced to better reward coal and nuclear power is both unworkable and potentially against the law.  PJM’s president and CEO, Andy Ott, made the comments before the grid operator filed its comments late Monday with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. PJM operates the mid-Atlantic grid covering 65 million people from Illinois to Washington, D.C.


In its comments, Pennsylvania-based PJM says the Trump plan would undermine the reliability of electricity markets, intrude on state policies and represent a radical departure from the commission’s policies. PJM also says the Trump administration’s strategy wouldn’t lead to the outcome it envisions.  Coal-fired and nuclear generators comprise just over half of all generation capacity in PJM’s region.


HARRISBURG (AP) – A university engineering department has developed what amounts to a Tinder app for criminals — a computer program that matches inmates with suitable prisons.  The software is unique in the corrections field and has saved the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections about $3 million in its first year. It’s also helped shorten wait times for treatment programs by nearly two months, resulted in fewer prison assaults, reduced the number of prison transfers and lightened the workload for corrections staff.


Major William Nicklow of the state corrections department says the results have been “amazing.”  On Tuesday, the Lehigh University team that developed the software accepted the Wagner Prize, the top international prize in the field.  The researchers hope to apply their program to other state and federal corrections departments.



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BLOOMFIELD, N.M. (AP) — A Ten Commandments monument in a northwestern New Mexico city at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court fight is coming down.  The Daily Times of Farmington, New Mexico, reports the Four Corners Historical Monument Project announced this week the monument located outside of City Hall in Bloomfield, New Mexico, will be moved.


The group’s founder, Kevin Mauzy, says it will be placed at another prominent location within the city limits.  The move comes after the U.S. Supreme Court last week sided with a lower court that ordered Bloomfield to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the lawn outside City Hall.  Civil liberties advocates behind the case called the decision involving Bloomfield a victory for the separation of church and state.


LONDON (AP) — Bill O’Reilly’s sexual harassment scandal has managed to sweep clear across the Atlantic Ocean. In the U.K., O’Reilly’s former company, Fox, is trying to take full controlling interest in the British-based cable network Sky Pic. But some are now questioning the propriety of doing that, since word came out that Fox paid out a $32 million-dollar settlement to quiet allegations of sexual harassment — and soon after, renewed O’Reilly’s contract. One lawmaker says given 21st Century Fox’s record, it shouldn’t be allowed to take over Ski.


NEW YORK (AP) — Bill O’Reilly is apologizing for heaping grief upon grief for one of his former co-workers at Fox News. On Monday, he told a podcast that Eric Bolling’s son died because of the allegations that had been made against his dad. Bolling tweeted it was “beyond inappropriate” for O’Reilly to pop off like that. Bolling’s son died the same day Fox announced it was letting his dad go. Eric Bolling had been under investigation for sending lewd photos to others to other colleagues.


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Corrections has settled a lawsuit filed on behalf of a transgender inmate who says she was denied medical care. The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon says Michalle Wright has been subjected to cruel and unusual punishment because she was denied hormone treatment and counseling. Wright will receive $167,500 in damages. The state is also giving her hormone treatments, will consider transferring her to a women’s prison and will provide surgery if a medical panel determines it’s necessary. Wright was convicted of attempted armed robbery in 2013. Her earliest release date is November 2018.


CLEVELAND (AP) — An opera singer still performing after two double lung transplants has debuted a song inspired by her lung donor’s immigrant roots.  Charity Tillemann-Dick and her lung donor’s daughter sang the song together in front of about 200 doctors and medical executives at a Cleveland medical summit on Tuesday.  The donor was a Honduran immigrant whose daughter aspires to be a singer.


Tillemann-Dick wrote a song called “American Rainbow” to honor diversity and her connection with her donor.  Tillemann-Dick was studying opera in Hungary in 2009 when she discovered she had a heart and lung disease likely to be fatal without a lung transplant. She received new lungs in 2009 but had to undergo a second transplant in 2012 after her body rejected the first set of lungs.


CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. (AP) — A teacher who sparked protests at a New Jersey high school when she told a Spanish-speaking student he should instead “speak American” has made a school-wide apology and has returned to the classroom.  Cliffside Park School District officials say English teacher Laura Amico returned to work Tuesday after delivering an apology to staff and students over the school’s public address system.


Dozens of students at the high school in the heavily Hispanic district walked out of school earlier this month after a video clip surfaced in which Amico admonished a student for not speaking English.  The teacher said on the video: “Men and women are fighting. They are not fighting for your right to speak Spanish. They are fighting for your right to speak American.”


CHICAGO (AP) — Elected officials in Illinois have introduced legislation to address sexual harassment and top leaders say they’re reviewing policies to “ensure no individual is a target.”  The spotlight Tuesday comes as a letter alleging pervasive sexual harassment in Illinois politics is circulating at the Capitol. It follows similar efforts in other states including California.


Illinois state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, a Democrat, filed a resolution Tuesday “to change the culture that breeds such behavior.”  There’s also legislation in the works to require all lawmakers, staff and lobbyists to receive training. House Speaker Michael Madigan, a Democrat, issued a statement Tuesday saying that legislators can do more to make sure no one is target and there’ll be a requirement for lobbyists to develop and submit sexual harassment policies like legislators have to do.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A woman who was 11 when she was forced to marry her rapist is now trying to change Florida law to prevent child marriages.  Sherry Johnson is pushing for a bill that would prohibit anyone under the age of 18 from being allowed to marry in Florida.  The first step toward that goal was accomplished Tuesday, when a Senate committee unanimously approved the bill she’s backing.


Florida doesn’t have a minimum age for marriage if there’s a pregnancy, as long as a judge approves. State statistics show 72 people under the age of 16 married in Florida between 2010 and 2016.  Johnson is now 58 and she said being forced to marry at 11 is a pain she still struggles with, and that’s why she’s fighting to change the law.


NEW YORK (AP) — “The Walking Dead” aired its 100th episode for its eighth season premiere the other night, although it wasn’t necessarily cause for celebration at AMC.  The Nielsen company said the show had 11.4 million viewers on Sunday night. That’s down 33 percent from the 17 million who watched last fall’s seventh season premiere.


AMC notes that last season’s premiere was a cliffhanger episode that drew an unusual number of fans. Live television viewership is down across the board, especially among the younger viewers that are the biggest fans of “The Walking Dead.”  But those numbers have to raise eyebrows over at AMC, particularly coming off a season that left some of the show’s fans displeased.


MAPLE SHADE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey-based magazine owned by women has canceled a women’s empowerment panel following criticism because the participants were all men.  In a statement released Monday, SJ Magazine says it believes it is “helpful when everyone is part of the conversation on women’s empowerment and feminism.” But the magazine says it was never its intention to offend anyone with the Nov. 6 event.


The criticism began after the magazine announced the panel. The magazine explained three other panels were composed of all women and said it wanted to start a discussion with men.  One of the participants, New Jersey Democratic Assemblyman Lou Greenwald, had decided to withdraw because of the panel’s composition.


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