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Suspect In Manhattan Subway Blast Was Wearing 'Low-Tech' Device Updated at 2:30 p.m. ET New York City police say the suspect in Monday morning's explosion in a subway station tunnel near Times Square was wearing an improvised explosive device and that he suffered burns after it was detonated. Three other people sustained minor injuries. "It was an effectively low-tech device," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a news conference hours later near the site of the blast, calling the news of an explosion "very...

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French President Emmanuel Macron, in a not-so-subtle jab at President Trump, has awarded long-term research grants to 18 climate scientists — 13 of them U.S.-based researchers — to relocate to France and pursue their work with the blessing of a government that doesn't cast doubt on the threat of climate change.

Following a federal court ruling, the Pentagon has confirmed it will allow openly transgender individuals to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1. The Trump administration had resisted that deadline in court, seeking to have its ban on new transgender troops reinstated — but on Monday, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly upheld an earlier decision to temporarily block President Trump's ban.

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The Trump administration’s plan to prop up money-losing coal and nuclear plants could have a big impact on how Pennsylvanians get their electricity. Federal regulators will now decide what to do with it.  

The Department of Energy has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to act on its proposed “Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule.” The plan would likely help a few energy companies in the mid-Atlantic, but it would just as likely make ratepayers in the region pay more for their electricity. State utility commissions, grid operators, and the oil and gas and renewables industries have all voiced opposition.

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KEYSTONE CROSSROADS -- By some measures, Pennsylvania's Congressional districts are among the most gerrymandered in the nation. 

But the resulting district maps are being challenged, and one case is slated to begin today in Commonwealth Court. 

The League of Women Voters is bringing the lawsuit on behalf of registered voters from all over the state.

Amy Sisk, StateImpact Pennsylvania

As lawmakers hash out differences between the tax bills in front of Congress, they must decide whether to keep a proposed tax break for oil and gas investors — and just how big the reduction should be. 

Both the House and Senate versions cut the tax rate for owners of oil and gas companies that operate as publicly traded partnerships. These companies, such as Shell and Energy Transfer Partners operating in Pennsylvania, span many aspects of the industry, from drillers to pipeline operators to gas processors and oil refiners.

Pension Forfeiture Expansion In PA Garners Support

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) - A bill to expand Pennsylvania's pension forfeiture laws is gaining traction after stalling out last legislative session. 

In large part, the movement is thanks to a controversial, high-profile appeal in which a convicted former lawmaker was given his pension back.  

Robert Mellow, a former Democratic state Senator, lost his more than $245,000-a-year retirement income after pleading guilty to felony corruption in 2012.

But he appealed, and now he has the money back.

Nine professors and students who filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the University of Rochester three months ago, on Friday filed a lawsuit against the university, President Joel Seligman and Provost Robert Clark.

(the court papers are at the end of this story)

The 192-page complaint echoes many of the allegations contained in the EEOC complaint, many of which centered around Professor Florian Jaeger, in the university’s Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department. Jaeger has denied the charges, and was placed on administrative leave. 

Expect Snow, Not Ice On The Great Lakes This Winter

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GREAT LAKES TODAY - Over the past two winters, the Great Lakes have had a below-average ice cover. And that’s expected to continue this year.   

One of ice climatologist Jia Wang’s biggest jobs is the annual ice cover prediction for the Great Lakes. He’s with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration office in Michigan, which tracks ice cover throughout the winter.

Residents Along Erie Canal Protest Tree Removal

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Residents from communities along the Erie Canal are protesting tree removal between Medina and Pittsford.

Elizabeth Agte organized a rally for Sunday afternoon saying they are worried about the lack of habitat for animals and lack of shade for those who use the trail.

"We’re concerned about the fact that they’re taking away all of our beautiful, shady, tranquil canal path and replacing it with grass."

Agte lives near the canal in Perinton, saying she can see the trees the State Canal Corporation plans to cut from her kitchen window.

FBI probes some Cuomo hiring practices

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According to published reports, some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s hiring practices are the subject of an FBI investigation.

Amid climate change, tiny bug causes big problems

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The hemlock woolly adelgid is almost impossible to see with the naked eye. But the tiny insect causes lots of damage to hemlock trees and their surroundings. That's likely to get even more serious as a warming climate allows it to move further north.

On a rainy day, City Forester Jeanne Grace takes me on a tour of the City Cemetery where tall, evergreen trees hang over many of the graves. Hemlock trees.

The cemetery has the peace and quiet of any cemetery, but if you take a closer look at the hemlocks -- real close -- you’ll spot the hemlock woolly adelgid.


State Police troopers recently resolved a stand-off with an armed man in Dauphin County by taking him for mental health treatment. 

An increase in training may have kept the situation from turning tragic.

About a quarter of people shot and killed by police nationwide are suffering from a mental illness, according to a database maintained by The Washington Post.

Oftentimes, the blame is placed on a lack of training.

State Police Corporal Adam Reed said an emphasis has been placed on training troopers to better recognize mental health issues.