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Girl rescued after chase ends with car in Pa. pond

INDIANA, Pa. (AP) - Authorities in western Pennsylvania say a 16-year-old passenger needed medical treatment after being rescued from a vehicle that landed upside-down in a pond after a police chase.

The Indiana Gazette reported Saturday that 21-year-old Kevin Vasbinder, of Mentcle, was charged with aggravated assault and other offences after the Friday night chase that began when police were called to a store for a retail theft report.

The online court docket didn't list Vasbinder's case Saturday, and it wasn't clear if he was represented by a lawyer.

State police tell the paper Vasbinder allegedly lost control of a Buick, which went up an embankment, flipped and landed on its roof in the 5-foot-deep pond.

A fire official says the teen passenger was rescued by state troopers who jumped into the pond.


Bicyclist seriously injured in crash with tractor

AKRON, Pa. (AP) - A bicyclist is being treated for significant injuries after crashing head-on into a tractor during a race on a country road in south-central Pennsylvania.

The Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era reported that the unnamed cyclist was rounding a curve shortly before noon Saturday and came into the tractor's path.

Police say the tractor driver isn't considered to be at fault.

A second bicyclist also crashed during the incident but he didn't require hospital treatment.


Amid budget woes, gas drilling tax turns GOP heads

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A proposal to slap Pennsylvania's booming natural gas industry with a new tax is turning the heads of Republican lawmakers amid an increasingly grim budget picture.

Some Republicans in the Capitol are predicting that a tax on natural gas extraction could end up in whatever final budget legislation emerges for the fiscal year beginning July 1. They say it would be preferable to cutting spending in an election year.

Still, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett opposes a tax on the industry. Another key question is whether Democrats and Republicans can agree on a tax structure and destination for the money, even if Corbett changes his position.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jake Corman says an extraction tax will become a more serious discussion if it becomes clearer there's a big budget hole.


Western Pa. woman texts searchers she is safe

RECTOR, Pa. (AP) - The search for a 34-year-old woman in a western Pennsylvania park ended after she texted emergency responders to assure them she was fine.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Friday that the Latrobe resident told officials that after she got a speeding ticket she fled to the woods of Linn Run State Park out of fear she may be arrested.

A Westmoreland County spokesman tells the paper the woman isn't expected to face any charges related to the search.

Some 60 people, a bloodhound unit and a state police helicopter searched the 600-acre park most of Friday before the search was called off at about 9 p.m.

Authorities say she was apparently watching the search and didn't want to be found.


Falling concrete limits Scranton parking garage

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A thin section of concrete that fell from the underside of an exit ramp is closing most parts of the Linden Street Garage in Scranton.

The Times-Tribune of Scranton reported Saturday that only about 90 of the garage's 777 spots are available after the damage that occurred either late Thursday or Friday.

The section of concrete is about 2 feet by 3 feet.

Linden Street is the Scranton Parking Authority's largest garage.

It's been examined for structural problems by two different companies in the past year, and a 2012 engineering study found it needed $2.3 million in work to bring it up to "good" condition.


Pa. philanthropist helps waitress become nurse

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A chance encounter with a customer who's a major Harrisburg philanthropist is paying for the education of a waitress who now works as nurse in a hospital facility that bears the man's name.

WHTM-TV reported Friday that Benjamin Olewine III became impressed by Melissa Manier's personality and determination when she waited on him at a suburban restaurant a few years ago.

She took him up on the offer to help with her school costs, and Olewine paid off her debt, along with tuition and book costs.

Manier has earned a degree through a local community college and now happens to be working at a wing named in October for Olewine at PinnacleHealth's General Osteopathic Hospital.

Olewine is chairman emeritus of Sysco Food Services of central Pennsylvania.


Exhibit recreates Warhol's 1964 World's Fair mural

NEW YORK (AP) - Even for a 1964 New York World's Fair that celebrated "The World of Tomorrow," Andy Warhol may have been ahead of his time.

His monumental piece commissioned specifically for the fair was deemed too edgy for the family friendly event. The mural, depicting mug shots of the New York Police Department's most-wanted criminals, was painted over just before opening day.

Now, 50 years later, the work is the focus of a museum exhibition on the very fairgrounds where the pop-art provocateur was infamously censored.

"13 Most Wanted Men: Andy Warhol and the 1964 World's Fair" runs April 27 to Sept. 7 at the Queens Museum. It includes never-before-shown archival materials, including the NYPD mug shot booklet.

The show goes on view Sept. 27 at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.


Cyrus ill, postpones US tour, resumes in August

NEW YORK (AP) - Miley Cyrus is postponing her U.S. tour while she recovers from an allergic reaction to antibiotics, but will resume her performances in August.

Her show that had been scheduled in Philadelphia on Monday will now take place on Aug. 2.

Cyrus' rep says the singer suffered from a sinus infection last week during her "Bangerz" tour and had "an extreme allergic reaction" to the antibiotic cephalexin on Tuesday. Cyrus canceled several shows this week as a result.

Existing tickets for the 21-year-old singer's U.S. tour will be honored at the new date.

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