Sunday, January 19
WASHINGTON (AP) — The opening of Postal Service retail centers in dozens of Staples stores around the country is being met with threats of protests and boycotts by the agency's unions. The new retail outlets are staffed by Staples employees, not postal workers. Labor officials say that move replaces good-paying union jobs with low-wage, nonunion workers.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police have released a second suspect in a shooting that wounded two students at a charter high school. Police haven't named the boy released, or another 17-year-old suspect who was charged with aggravated assault in the incident Friday afternoon at Delaware Valley Charter High School. Police have suggested the shooting may have been an accident, but have yet to confirm that officially.
CLARKS SUMMIT, Pa. (AP) — Police are investigating a woman's report that she was abducted by a man who pretended to be a police officer in northwestern Pennsylvania. South Abington Township police say the 40-year-old woman escaped early Saturday by jumping out of the window of the fake cop's vehicle. Police say the incident happened about 2:30 a.m. when the man flashed his headlights at the woman's car, prompting her to pull over. The man told the woman she was under arrest, and forced her into the back seat of his car. Police say the woman jumped out of the moving car and was found by a PennDOT worker who drove her to the township police station.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Heinz Endowments are continuing to strongly support research and advocacy relating to environmental and health impacts of natural gas hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in spite of significant turnover in its senior management. The Pittsburgh-based Endowments told the Associated Press that it gave out over $3.3 million in 2013 for grants specifically related to gas drilling. That estimate doesn't include grants to other groups that spend only part of their time on drilling issues. Endowments president Robert Vagt is retiring and leaving the charity on January 24. Endowments spokeswoman Carmen Lee says a search is underway for a new president.