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PHILADELPHIA First state case of swine flu reported

Health officials confirmed Pennsylvania’s first case of swine flu Sunday in a 31-year-old man in Montgomery County.

Pennsylvania Department of Health spokeswoman Stacy Kriedeman says that there are six probable cases, all in Philadelphia or suburban Montgomery and Bucks counties.

Slippery Rock University in western Pennsylvania was to hold a separate graduation Saturday for 22 students who officials feared might have been exposed to the swine flu during a school trip to Mexico. The 22 students, all education majors, weren’t sick but had been told to limit contact with others.

“To allow them to be exposed to 3,000 to 5,000 people would be an error on our part,” university spokesman Karl Schwab said last week.

Federal health officials said earlier Sunday that there were 226 confirmed cases of swine flu in 30 states in the United States. On the Sunday talk shows, health officials were cautiously optimistic that the new swine flu isn’t as dangerous as first feared. But they urged people to keep taking precautions.

SCRANTON Bishop against Casey speaking at King’s

Bishop Joseph Martino of the Scranton Diocese is criticizing King’s College’s decision to have U.S. Sen. Bob Casey speak at its graduation ceremony later this month, accusing him of siding with abortion rights forces recently.

Martino called the choice of Casey, D-Scranton, to speak at the May 17 commencement in Wilkes-Barre “an affront to all who value the sanctity of life.”

Martino said in a statement late Friday that Casey’s vote to confirm Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services despite her abortion rights stance showed that Casey was “a reliable vote for President Barack Obama’s aggressive pro-abortion agenda.” He said Casey lacked “the moral stature” to address graduates about the challenges they will face.

Casey opposes abortion and has said he favors overturning the Supreme Court’s 1973 ruling guaranteeing abortion rights. Martino acknowledged that the college invited him long before he voted to confirm Sebelius and against reversing Obama’s decision to end a ban on the use of federal funds for groups overseas that provide abortions or abortion information.

Casey spokesman Larry Smar said the senator believed it would be irresponsible to leave the health position vacant.

PITTSBURGH Police looking for man charged with homicide

Pittsburgh police are conducting a manhunt for a man charged with two counts of homicide in the deaths of two sisters shot in their home as their children slept.

SWAT team members and homicide investigators, with the help of police dogs and a helicopter, searched Saturday for 27-year-old Mario Parker, of Hazlewood.

Investigators allege that he was one of two gunmen who shot 21-year-old Daneen Robinson and 32-year-old Rachel Robinson in their home early Friday as their children slept upstairs.

SMITHFIELD Two killed when car goes out of control

Authorities in western Pennsylvania say a car went out of control on a curve and slammed into a parked car, killing two people and injuring a third.

Fayette County officials say the accident occurred at about 7 a.m. Saturday on Route 166 near Point Marion in Springhill Township. After hitting the car, the Honda Civic then hit a pole and a tree, rolled over an embankment and struck a shed.

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