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That royal rake, Prince Harry (left), is back at it - in Afghanistan - where he was photographed Friday eyeing the wheel housing of an Apache helicopter. The second heir to the British throne, a member of a British squadron deployed to the war-torn country, is on a tour of duty as a co-pilot gunner. Garnering international headlines after his naked romp in the Vegas hotel suite last month, Harry is undoubtedly content to fly under the radar for a while. ASSOCIATED PRESS
That royal rake, Prince Harry (left), is back at it - in Afghanistan - where he was photographed Friday eyeing the wheel housing of an Apache helicopter. The second heir to the British throne, a member of a British squadron deployed to the war-torn country, is on a tour of duty as a co-pilot gunner. Garnering international headlines after his naked romp in the Vegas hotel suite last month, Harry is undoubtedly content to fly under the radar for a while. ASSOCIATED PRESS
Posted: September 09, 2012

PHILADELPHIA

Specter out of hospital

Arlen Specter was released Friday morning from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where the longtime U.S. senator had been treated for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, his family has confirmed.

Specter is "expected to return to HUP periodically for additional cancer treatment," said a brief statement released by his family.

Specter, 82, announced in 2005 that he had Hodgkin's disease for which he underwent chemotherapy. His cancer returned and he was treated again in 2008. He said that his current bout with the disease is "another battle I intend to win."

Ex-priest to testify

Prosecutors have subpoenaed an imprisoned former priest to testify at a church-abuse trial.

Defrocked priest Edward Avery, 70, would be the first admitted pedophile priest to testify in open court during the 10-year investigation of church abuse within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

He pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a boy in 1999, although five other accusers have come forward in recent years. The Rev. Charles Engelhardt, 65, and ex-teacher Bernard Shero, 49, have pleaded not guilty to charges that they raped Avery's victim.

The case is expected to hinge on the credibility of the accuser, a troubled 24-year-old policeman's son who said the three men passed him around for sexual gratification, starting when he was 10. He alleges that Engelhardt abused him first and that he told Avery, who then demanded his own "sessions" with the boy in the church sacristy at St. Jerome's in Northeast Philly.

Dunkin' Donuts heist

Police are searching for a man who robbed a Dunkin' Donuts in Logan Thursday morning.

"This is a stickup; give me two twenties out of the register," police said the robber told an employee of the store, on Broad Street near Wyoming Avenue, about 5:10 a.m.

The man fled with an undisclosed sum of money but was recorded on the store's surveillance system.

The robber is described as a thin black man about 5 feet 8 and about 165 pounds. He has a medium complexion and was wearing a dark shirt with yellow writing across the chest.

Tipsters are asked to call 215-686-TIPS (8477) or text information to PPDTIP (773847). Tipsters may also submit information online.

PENNSYLVANIA

Biden at Shanksville

The National Park Service says Vice President Joe Biden will speak on Tuesday at the site in western Pennsylvania where a hijacked airplane crashed during the 2001 terror attacks.

The agency said Friday that Biden will deliver keynote remarks at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville. The memorial honors the 40 passengers and crew members who died after some of them fought with the hijackers, preventing the plane from being diverted to crash in Washington, D.C.

Others expected to speak at the 9/11 event include Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and the president of Families of Flight 93, Patrick White.

NEW JERSEY

Ex-cop gets 10 years

Former Camden police Officer Antonio Figueroa, 36, has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for his role in planting drugs on suspects.

He was convicted last year of conspiracy and of depriving others of their civil rights. Three other former officers pleaded guilty in the case. All of them testified against Figueroa and await sentencing.

The sentence handed down Friday by U.S. Judge Robert Kugler was the maximum he could give, despite a plea for leniency from Figueroa's attorney.

- Dan Gross, Phillip Lucas

and wire reports

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