- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

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

LET THE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS BEGIN

Closed roads, limited train service and metal detectors that pedestrians are required to pass through will complicate travel in downtown Philadelphia as preparations intensify for Pope Francis’ weekend visit. Some streets are being closed Friday for use only by emergency vehicles. More restrictions take effect Saturday, when the pope arrives.

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WELL, IF SHE SAYS THE POPE’S OK, THEN HE MUST BE



Madonna -the singer, not the religious icon - endorsed the pope at her show in Philadelphia Thursday night, saying, “Rules are for fools. That’s why I like the new pope. He seems very open-minded.” Then again, she also called him “Popey-wopey” and joked that he was “stalking” her. With friends like that …

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ATTORNEY GENERAL KATHLEEN KANE ACKNOWLEDGES SHE MAY NOT RUN FOR RE-ELECTION UNLESS LAW LICENSE SUSPENSION IS LIFTED

Kane says she’s making plans for a second term anyway, in hopes her suspension is lifted by the April primary. Although Kane acknowledges the state constitution requires her to be a lawyer in good standing to run for the office, she insists she can remain in office even after her license suspension takes effect next month.

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FORDHAM, MARQUETTE RESCIND BILL COSBY’S HONORARY DEGREES

Both Jesuit schools say it is the first time they have rescinded an honorary degree. Cosby acknowledged extramarital relationships with several women, including some who now accuse him of sexual assault. He has never been charged with a crime over ongoing allegations that he used drugs to control and sexually assault women.

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STATE HOUSE PASSES SHORT-TERM SPENDING BIL THAT GOV. TOM WOLF SAYS HE’LL VETO

Thursday’s 117-83 vote on the Republican majority’s $11 billion spending plan was along party lines as Democrats stood by Wolf. Pennsylvania is just one of two states - along with Illinois - whose deep partisan divide has stymied the passage of a state budget since the fiscal year began July 1.

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