September 27, 2016 GMT

Van stop on I-78 leads to bogus $20 bills, arrest

Pennsylvania State Police found a mobile counterfeit money scheme when a trooper stopped a van Sunday on Interstate 78 in Lehigh County.

The trooper found a $20 bill still on a printer-scanner in Jennifer Gustafson’s van, as well as bleached $1 bills and bogus $20 bills with the same serial number hidden underneath the front passenger seat, according to state police. State police seized the van and arrested Gustafson.

Later, the Secret Service office in Philadelphia informed the state police that fake $20 bills with the same numbers as those found in the van had been used 33 times in 13 states.

Michelle Obama to make two campaign stops in Pa.

First lady Michelle Obama will be in Pennsylvania on Wednesday to campaign for Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.

She will be attending a Democratic Party event at noon at LaSalle University in Philadelphia. Afterward, she is scheduled to head across the state for a late afternoon rally for Clinton at the University of Pittsburgh.


Probe continues into blaze that killed 2 firefighters

WILMINGTON, Del. — Authorities are continuing their investigation into a rowhouse fire that left two Wilmington firefighters dead and two others critically injured.

Wilmington Fire Chief Anthony Goode said Monday that the Delaware Fire Marshal’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were investigating the fire, which broke out about 3:15 a.m. Saturday.

Hospital sued over firings tied to flu shot refusal

ERIE — Federal authorities are suing a Pennsylvania hospital, alleging religious discrimination in the firing of six employees who refused to get flu shots.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court in Erie by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Saint Vincent Hospital, which was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania.

Beginning in October 2013, the hospital required employees to get flu shots unless they were granted an exemption on medical or religious grounds, in which case they were required to wear a face mask. The suit alleges that six employees who refused to get flu shots due to their religious beliefs were fired, while the hospital granted medical exemptions to 14 others in late 2013 and early 2014.

Atlantic City seeks

$100M from airport sale

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Cash-strapped Atlantic City thinks it has found a way to pay off debt while fighting off a threatened state takeover, as it nears defaulting on a $73 million emergency state loan.

Mayor Don Guardian said Monday the city’s Municipal Utilities Authority would buy the former Bader Field airport property from the city for about $100 million.

— Compiled from The Associated Press

The city will use the money to pay down debt — a key demand from state officials who are threatening to take over the resort. It also will keep the much-coveted water utility out of state or private hands.