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Police investigate death of man, woman

HAZELTON, Pa. (AP) - Police in northeastern Pennsylvania are investigating the deaths of a man and woman whose bodies were found over the weekend.

Officers in Luzerne County were called to the Hazleton residence shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday and found the bodies of the two individuals.

Investigators have said the deaths do not appear to have been a random act, but have released little other information.

The names of the two have not been released.


Murder suspect can appeal home invasion case

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A northeastern Pennsylvania man awaiting trial in a double slaying is being allowed to appeal one aspect of his conviction in an eastern Pennsylvania home invasion case.

Forty-one-year-old Hugo Selenski is awaiting trial in Luzerne County in the May 2002 deaths of two people found buried on his property more than a decade ago.

He has been serving a sentence of 32½ to 65 years on a conviction in a Monroe County home invasion and robbery.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Friday said he could appeal one aspect of that conviction involving eyewitness testimony.

One of his defense attorneys called the decision "good news" because it keeps his client's appeal alive.

In 2006, Selenski was acquitted of the murders of two other people found on his property.


Lightning kills boy swimming in Pennsylvania creek

PEACH BOTTOM, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say a lightning strike has killed a boy who was swimming in a central Pennsylvania creek.

Lancaster Newspapers reports that three boys were swimming in the Conowingo Creek in Fulton Township when a storm moved through Sunday afternoon.

Fire Chief Tracy Tomlinson said crews used an ATV to cross a field to reach the boys. Two of them were taken to Lancaster General Hospital and then to Hershey Medical Center.

The Dauphin County coroner's office says one boy was pronounced dead at the Hershey hospital Sunday night.

The condition of a second boy who was injured hasn't been released. The third boy apparently wasn't hurt.


President of Staten Island Museum dies

NEW YORK (AP) - The president and CEO of the Staten Island Museum for the past 12 years has died.

The museum says 69-year-old Elizabeth Egbert died Saturday after battling multiple myeloma.

Egbert was an artist, sculptor and community activist. Her work has been exhibited at various museums, including The American Craft Museum and the Socrates Sculpture Park, both in New York City.

Her public art projects have appeared in Fairmont Park in Philadelphia and Mesa, Arizona, among other venues.

She also taught art at Hunter College, the College of the Arts in Philadelphia and New York University.

A memorial service is set for 3 p.m. on Sept. 21 at the Music Hall at Snug Harbor Cultural Center.


Woman sues Ocean City over sidewalk ramp mat

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A woman who says a defect in a wheelchair sidewalk ramp in Ocean City caused her to fall out of her wheelchair and break her arm is suing the resort.

Eight-nine-year-old Oda Wendt of Philadelphia alleges that a piece of rubber on the warning mat caused her wheelchair, which was being pushed by her daughter, to stop suddenly.

Her lawsuit, filed Aug. 20 in federal court in Baltimore, seeks $750,000 in damages. The suit says the incident occurred in June 2012.

Guy Ayres, an attorney for Ocean City, tells The Daily Times of Salisbury that Philadelphia Road, where the incident occurred, is a state road and the mats were installed by the State Highway Administration.


Hamels, 3 Phillies relievers no-hit Braves

ATLANTA (AP) - Cole Hamels and three Philadelphia Phillies relievers combined to pitch a no-hitter Monday, beating the Atlanta Braves 7-0 and giving a last-place team a rare reason to celebrate.

Hamels (8-6) was pulled after six innings and seemed fine with the decision. He struck out seven, walked five, hit a batter and threw 108 pitches on a hot afternoon at Turner Field.

Relievers Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and closer Jonathan Papelbon each pitched a hitless inning to finish off the fourth no-hitter in the majors this season.

Clayton Kershaw and Josh Beckett of the Dodgers and Tim Lincecum of the Giants each threw no-hitter earlier this year.


Holliday, Wong lead Cardinals past Pirates, 5-4

Matt Holliday had the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning after Kolten Wong's pinch-hit homer tied the score, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday.

St. Louis took sole possession of first place in the NL Central for the first time this season with its third straight win. The Cardinals moved one game ahead of Milwaukee, which lost to the Chicago Cubs.

St. Louis scored three in the seventh. Wong homered off Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole (7-5) to tie the score at 4-all. Jon Jay followed with a triple and scored on Holliday's single to left.

Holliday, who also had a two-run double in the third, is 7 for 11 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in the last three games.

Seth Maness (6-3) picked up win in relief. Trevor Rosenthal got the last three outs for his 41st save.


9-foot Joe Frazier statue rising in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - For many Philadelphia tourists, the Rocky statue is a must-see - even if it is a movie prop depicting a fictional boxer.

Could a sculpture of real-life heavyweight champion Joe Frazier draw as many admirers?

Artist Stephen Layne is finishing up a 9-foot-tall clay version of "Smokin' Joe," which captures Philly's hometown hero in mid-punch. Frazier beat Muhammad Ali for the title in 1971.

The effort to memorialize Frazier was almost knocked out by fundraising problems and the death of the original sculptor.

Plans now call for the statue to be cast in bronze in the coming months. It's expected to be installed near the city's sports stadiums next spring.

Frazier died of liver cancer in 2011. He was 67 years old.

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