News Minute: Here is the latest Pennsylvania news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. ESTPosted: Last Edited:
NEW YORK (AP) - President Donald Trump's company owns a golf club in an Opportunity Zone offering massive tax breaks, but it probably can't take advantage of them. The club outside Philadelphia is in one of nearly 9,000 high-poverty areas offering the breaks to spur investment and lift incomes. But federal law bans golf clubs from benefiting. A Mississippi company partnering with Trump might qualify, though. It is opening a Trump-licensed hotel in a zone, and considering zone sites for another hotel.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has rejected a request from Bill Cosby to be released on bail while he appeals his sexual assault conviction. The order from the court issued Friday does not elaborate on the decision. Cosby filed an appeal earlier this month saying Pennsylvania trial Judge Steven O'Neill had a feud with a key pretrial witness and his decision to let five other accusers testify and other alleged issues are grounds for a new trial. The 81-year-old Cosby is housed in a state prison.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A federal judge in New Jersey ruled a natural gas pipeline company can proceed with taking property and compensating landowners as part of a roughly $1.1 billion project. U.S. District Judge Brian Martinotti said Friday that PennEast can begin taking possession of properties in New Jersey along the proposed route. The roughly 120-mile pipeline would stretch from northeastern Pennsylvania to Mercer County, New Jersey. The judge specifies that PennEast must first satisfy environmental conditions.
(AP) - A woman survived a mauling by a bear by repeatedly punching the animal and crawling into a bush as her Chihuahua-mix distracted the attacker. Melinda LeBarron has broken bones, cuts and bruises and multiple bites after the attack outside her home in rural Pennsylvania on Wednesday evening, her son said. Her dog _ fittingly named Bear _ was also bitten several times and has a broken sternum and separated ribs.
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