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Nor'easter threatens Northeast with heavy snow, blizzard conditions

UNDATED (AP) — Some parts of the Northeast could get up to 2 feet of snow between today and tomorrow, as a nor'easter gets ready to pound the region.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning and the flight tracking site FlightAware says already more than 1,700 flights have been canceled.

Eastern Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia, could see more than a foot of snow. The region is under a winter storm warning as of noon while much of central and western Pennsylvania remains under a winter weather advisory.

Boston could get up to 24 inches of snow. Hartford, Connecticut could get 30 and Providence, Rhode Island is expecting as much as 27 inches of snow.


SEPTA: No major delays as storm bears down on Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Transit officials in the Philadelphia area aren't expecting major delays for the evening rush, but are closely monitoring a storm that could dump a foot of snow on the region overnight.

SEPTA is monitoring potential icing on overhead power lines and tracks, which could affect commuters using the regional rail system and trolleys to get home.

SEPTA hasn't altered Tuesday's schedule.

The country's sixth-largest transit operator is urging its 131,000 daily riders to monitor its social media for changes in Philadelphia or the city's surrounding counties.

Transit managers will also be out Monday watching for slippery roads, which could affect buses.

PATCO is running trains every 15 minutes and is expecting to run every six minutes Monday evening. Officials expect PATCO to stay on or close to schedule Tuesday morning.


Interstate 81 reopens after truck crash near Harrisburg

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A section of Interstate 81 in central Pennsylvania has reopened after a tractor-trailer jack-knifed and a truck filled with cases of beer crashed into the median.

The state Transportation Department says northbound lanes were closed between Exit 77 and Exit 80 near Hershey for about 5 hours Monday.

PennDOT reported the crash around 2 a.m. No injuries were reported.

Crews had to remove the jack-knifed truck and unload the beer truck from the median before they could reopen the highway around 7:15 a.m.

Cases of Bud Light had been strewn about the snow-covered median.

PennDOT has speed restrictions in place on Interstate 81 from Hazleton to Scranton and Interstate 80 from State College to the Poconos.

Speeds are also being reduced on Interstates 84 and 380 in northeastern Pennsylvania.


Motorist thrown from vehicle in icy crash in Pennsylvania

JEROME, Pa. (AP) — Police say a man was thrown from his vehicle and killed after crashing on an icy highway in southwestern Pennsylvania.

The crash happened in Conemaugh Township, Somerset County, about 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

Township police say a 53-year-old man lost control of the car on a curve of Route 219 near the Davidsville exit and was thrown from the vehicle when it rolled just before 1 a.m. Sunday.

The crash occurred nearly a day before a major winter storm moved through the region that was expected to bring three to six inches of snow to most areas of western Pennsylvania, but more than a foot and blizzard conditions along the eastern seaboard.

The coroner was not releasing the victim's name Monday because his family had still not been notified of his death.


Police: Pa. woman fatally beat daughter, 1, disposed of body

(Information in the following story is from: LNP, )

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Lancaster woman fatally beat her 1-year-old daughter earlier this month and then disposed of the girl's body.

Shondraya Dickson was charged Saturday with homicide, abuse of a corpse, endangering a child, assault and obstructing a child-abuse report in the death of Ja'Zirah Rodgers.

The 23-year-old remained jailed without bail Monday and could not be reached for comment. Online court records did not include information on her lawyer.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 3.

Police tell Lancaster Newspapers no one saw the girl alive after Jan. 2. They say Dickson gave conflicting accounts to social workers about the girl's whereabouts. A body hasn't been recovered.

Officials say Dickson's two other young children are in custody of Lancaster County's Children and Youth office.


Woman stabbed, robbed outside Philadelphia convenience store

(Information in the following story is from: KYW-TV, )

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police are looking for a man who stole a woman's purse and stabbed her as she attempted to drive away from a convenience store in the Hunting Park section of North Philadelphia.

Police tell KYW-TV a man wearing a ski mask approached the woman in the 7-Eleven parking lot around 1 a.m. Monday. They say her car had been hit from behind.

The woman was stabbed in the arm and stomach. Police say she fired a gunshot at the suspect but missed.

She's listed in stable condition at Albert Einstein Medical Center.

The investigation is continuing.


Police search for man who stole car with toddler inside

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh police have been searching for a man who briefly stole a car left running outside a convenience store.

Police say the toddler's father went inside the Hanini Market and Subs shop about 8 p.m. Sunday to buy a soda and some candy for the boy, who was strapped into a car seat.

The man immediately called police after he saw the suspect jump into the car and drive away as he exited the store.

Police Cmdr. Lavonnie Bickerstaff says officers found the car about a half-mile away with the child still safely inside about 15 minutes later.

The child wasn't hurt.

Police were still searching for the suspect early Monday.


2 jailed in home invasion, stealing painkillers from elderly

(Information in the following story is from: The Bradford Era, )

ST. MARYS, Pa. (AP) — Two men have been jailed on charges they forced their way into an elderly couple's home in northwestern Pennsylvania and stole prescription painkillers.

The Bradford Era reports the second suspect surrendered to police in St. Marys on Sunday. His name is 19-year-old Spencer Rudolph.

The first suspect, 25-year-old Kyle Sarginger, was arrested during a traffic stop Friday.

Online court records don't list attorneys for the men who face a preliminary hearing Feb. 3 on charges including robbery, burglary and conspiracy. Both men remained in the Elk County Prison unable to post bond Monday.

Police say the men had a gun during the home invasion, which occurred Jan. 7.

St. Marys is about 100 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.


Pittsburgh Catholic diocese nearly doubles fundraising goal

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh has nearly doubled its fundraising goal of $125 million by with pledges totaling more than $230 million in its first-ever diocesan-wide campaign.

The five-year Campaign for The Church Alive! was announced in 2012 and the pledges will be paid over the next five to seven years.

Diocesan priests donated $4 million and the gifts ranged from an anonymous $10 million pledge to children who emptied piggy banks to pitch in. The average pledge was $5,000.

The diocese has collected $62 million so far and plans to use the money in wide-ranging ways, from building and repairing churches and other facilities, to increasing funds for seminaries, lay-leadership training and help for the poor, including medical care and emergency aid.

The diocese has 650,000 Catholics in 204 parishes in six counties.