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NEWS
May 17, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum and Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writers
A projectile might have struck the windshield of Amtrak Train 188, just minutes before the train crashed Tuesday night, and investigators said Friday that they had called in the FBI to analyze the damage. Officials at the National Transportation Safety Board could not say whether engineer Brandon Bostian had been struck or incapacitated by a projectile. The surprising revelation at a news conference Friday night significantly expands the scope of the crash investigation beyond either mechanical failure or operator responsibility.
NEWS
May 6, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Alexa McClintic noticed the white car just after she crossed South Park Drive, as she was stepping onto the curb near the Cooper River Yacht Club. It was about 2:40 p.m. April 22; the Collingswood Middle School student was planning to sit by the water in Cooper River Park and write in her journal. She often goes there with her sketchbook as well. "The car was coming pretty fast and didn't beep or anything," Alexa, 12, says softly. "I don't actually remember what happened when it hit me. "I blacked out, and when I woke up, there were people all around, asking me my name and when I was born.
NEWS
May 3, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Federal prosecutors have closed an investigation into claims that officials in Gov. Christie's administration threatened to withhold Hurricane Sandy relief money from Hoboken if the mayor did not approve a private redevelopment deal. In a letter dated Friday, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman and Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul A. Murphy said prosecutors and the FBI had investigated the allegations. "Based on the evidence developed during the investigation and our review of the applicable law, we have concluded that no further action is warranted in this matter," they wrote.
NEWS
April 30, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman says her office will investigate why state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane fired a top lawyer who had testified against her before a grand jury investigating whether Kane leaked confidential documents. In a statement Tuesday, Ferman said she would fold that inquiry into her office's ongoing review of whether Kane leaked information to the Philadelphia Daily News last year in a bid to embarrass her critics. "These inquiries will be conducted using standards and procedures that reflect an ethical prosecutor's responsibilities as a minister of justice," Ferman said.
NEWS
April 25, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writer
Delaware County officials say they are being cheated out of millions of dollars by telecommunications companies that are withholding customers' fees earmarked for county emergency services. The accusations, detailed in an April 14 letter from the County Council to State Rep. Steve Barrar (R., Delaware), contend that the county is being shorted by at least $4 million annually in unrelinquished fees, and council members have threatened to sue area telephone-service providers. At issue, county officials say, is taxpayer money.
NEWS
April 15, 2015
A story Tuesday on the investigation of the death of Cooper Health System CEO John P. Sheridan Jr. wrongly described the wounds on Sheridan's neck. All were less than two inches long.
NEWS
April 4, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Pennsylvania's self-destructing attorney general, Kathleen Kane, should resign. This week alone, The Inquirer has reported that she disrupted a second political corruption case, while the Supreme Court upheld a probe into her dissemination of grand jury information that could yield criminal charges. It's now clear that since her early days in office, Kane's attempts to protect legitimate law enforcement targets and smear rivals have been at odds with the public interest. The latest revelation is that Kane undermined a 2013 investigation of a former state gambling regulator with ties to Louis DeNaples, a politically connected Scranton millionaire accused of dealings with mob figures, The Inquirer's Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis reported.
NEWS
April 4, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
The phrase Rape Haven was painted on the front of a Swarthmore College fraternity house this week, and college officials said they were investigating. The vandalism at Delta Upsilon was discovered Tuesday morning, less than two weeks after a member of the fraternity wrote an opinion piece for the student newspaper, the Phoenix, touting the house's positive contributions. In the aftermath of "deplorable behavior" at a University of Oklahoma fraternity in which members were caught chanting racial slurs in a video, Nathaniel Frum wrote, Swarthmore "can take pride" that Delta Upsilon "has set a model that should be followed.
NEWS
April 3, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane quashed key subpoenas in a move that aides said undermined an investigation of a former state gaming official with ties to Louis DeNaples, a politically connected Scranton-area millionaire, The Inquirer has learned. Just months after taking office in 2013, according to people familiar with the matter, Kane revoked subpoenas already delivered to former casino owner DeNaples and William Conaboy, another political power player in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Kane's home turf.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Individual hospitals in the behavioral health unit of Universal Health Services Inc. have long been dogged by federal investigations into their billing practices, but the King of Prussia company disclosed Tuesday in a regulatory filing that it was under criminal investigation at the corporate level. The Securities and Exchange Commission filing updated legal matters noted in UHS's Feb. 26 annual report. "UHS and its subsidiary facilities have cooperated with the investigating agencies and will continue to do so," the company said in a statement.
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