Conestoga must provide birth control benefit

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A federal judge has rejected the arguments of the Mennonite owners of a Beavertown furniture manufacturing company that new requirements to pay for employees’ contraceptive services violate their constitutional rights. U.S. District Judge Mitchell Goldberg Friday turned down a preliminary injunction request by the owners of Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., saying Norman Hahn and his family were unlikely to prevail in their case. They said having to pay for contraceptives and drugs used to abort a pregnancy would violate their rights to free speech and religious freedom.  But the judge said they had not proven that complying with the new health care law amounted to a “substantial burden” on their religious rights. …

Democrats to be sworn in to state row offices

  HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A trio of Democrats is poised to be sworn in to Pennsylvania’s three statewide row offices this week, signaling a new political dynamic in a Capitol that’s otherwise under Republican control.   Ceremonies will be held Tuesday for Attorney General-elect Kathleen Kane, Auditor General-elect Eugene DePasquale and state Treasurer Rob McCord. It’s the first time in more than three decades Democrats have held all three offices. Follow

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Latest Pennsylvania news, sports, business, and entertainment   HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A trio of Democrats is poised to be sworn in to Pennsylvania’s three statewide row offices this week, signaling a new political dynamic in a Capitol that’s otherwise under Republican control. Ceremonies will be held Tuesday for Attorney General-elect Kathleen Kane, Auditor General-elect Eugene DePasquale and state Treasurer Rob McCord. It’s the first time in more than three decades Democrats have held all three offices.   EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Philadelphia man charged in a shooting death outside a western Pennsylvania public housing complex says he fired after the other man made an aggressive move. The (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat says 31-year-old Marquis Neal…