- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

A daily look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Thursday:

LAWYER SAYS 10-YEAR-OLD HOMICIDE SUSPECT SCARED, LONELY, MISSES HIS MOTHER WHILE CONFINED IN ADULT PRISON

Wayne County Chief Public Defender Scott Bennett has said there’s no real question that the boy fatally beat a 90-year-old woman who was being cared for by the boy’s grandfather. But he’s pushed for the boy to be allowed physical visits “so his mom can give him a hug.”

BILL COSBY ACCUSER FILES DEFAMATION SUIT, SAYING HE’S ‘PUBLICLY BRANDED’ HER A LIAR

Tamara Greens says she was sexually assaulted by Cosby in the 1970s. Cosby hasn’t been charged in connection with the woman’s allegations, or those made by several other women over the years, which Cosby has denied. Green’s attorney says it’s important for her to prove she’s not lying.

JUDGE DENIES COURT-RUN MEDIATION IN LITIGATION OVER NCAA’S PENN STATE SANCTIONS

Commonwealth Court Judge Anne Covey denied a request by the state treasurer and the senator who brought the lawsuit challenging the $60 million fine and other sanctions in the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal. But she says they are free to keep negotiating with Penn State and the NCAA on their own.

PROMISES, PROMISES

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says an audit of $213 million in grants and loans awarded to 582 employers between 2007 and 2010 shows only 56 percent of the businesses created or retained all the jobs they promised.

INTRASTATE SWAP

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo from the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league lefty Joely Rodriguez.


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