KITANNING — Police are trying to determine why a woman was set afire by gasoline from a pump outside a western Pennsylvania supermarket, including whether she did it to herself on purpose.
East Franklin Township police Sgt. W.C. Evans tells The Associated Press that police hope surveillance video and some witnesses will help police understand how the 51-year-old woman caught fire Monday.
Police have identified the woman, but the AP is not reporting her name because the cause of the fire remains unclear.
Armstrong County 911 dispatchers say the incident happened about 40 miles northeast of Pittsburgh at pumps owned by a Shop 'n Save store in the Franklin Village Mall.
A supermarket official says he's been told by police not to comment.
The woman has been flown to a Pittsburgh hospital where her condition was not immediately released.
3 gas drilling protesters arrested
CLEARFIELD — Three protesters demonstrating against hydraulic fracturing at a state forest have been arrested for disorderly conduct.
Authorities say 24-year-old Hanna Morgan, of Hartland, Vt., 27-year-old Michael Luurtsema, of Elwood, Ind., and 24-year-old Grace Pettygrove, of Eugene, Ore. were arrested Sunday night in Moshannon State Forest in central Pennsylvania and charged with disorderly conduct.
Josh Hamilton, a spokesman for the Bureau of Forestry, says a few protestors were still in the area Monday afternoon, but that the road to the rig is now open.
EQT Corp. spokeswoman Natalie Cox says the Pittsburgh-based company shut down the rig at midday Sunday, primarily for safety reasons.
Gloria Forouzan of Marcellus Protest says 150 demonstrators had blocked an access road for trucks headed to the EQT rig.
New research shows no Marcellus Shale pollution
PITTSBURGH — New research on Marcellus Shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania may only add to the debate over whether the industry poses long-term threats to drinking water.
A paper published on Monday by Duke University researchers found that gas drilling in northeastern Pennsylvania did not contaminate nearby drinking water wells with salty brinewater, which is a byproduct of the drilling.
But the researchers say that deep naturally-occurring pathways can bring the brine up into shallow aquifers, and that could potentially bring drilling fluids to the surface in some areas.
Environmentalists have claimed that gas drilling can pollute drinking water aquifers. The industry and many state and federal officials say the practice is safe when done properly, but there have been cases where faulty wells caused pollution.
UPMC to study Kazakhstan cancer treatment center
PITTSBURGH — The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center says it has been chosen to conduct a feasibility study for creating a national cancer treatment and care center in Kazakhstan.
UPMC says Kazakhstan officials are working with Nazarbayev University on plans for a government-funded National Research Cancer Center in the capital city of Astana.
UPMC's role is to act as a consultant to the university and study the kinds of oncology services needed in Kazakhstan and the feasibility of the center.
The center hopes to learn from UPMC's CancerCenter how to integrate care, research and medical education into one center. The UPMC CancerCenter currently has more than 35 locations in western Pennsylvania, Ireland and Italy.
Officials aren't disclosing the financial terms of the deal.
Penn St.: Donations 2nd highest in school history
STATE COLLEGE — Penn State received more than $208 million in donations for the fiscal year that just ended, the second-highest total in university history despite the upheaval after the arrest of Jerry Sandusky on child sex abuse charges.
The school said Monday there was a slight uptick in the number of alumni who donated money or gifts in the fiscal year that ended June 30 to more than 75,500, reversing two years of declines.
University vice president Rod Kirsch says the school is grateful for the contributions amid "incredibly difficult circumstances."
Sandusky, a retired assistant football coach, was arrested in November. It led to ouster of head coach Joe Paterno, a move criticized by some alumni and former players.
Sandusky is awaiting sentencing after being convicted of 45 criminal counts last month.
Pa. webpage with old voter ID info still exists
HARRISBURG — A Pennsylvania government webpage that carries outdated information on voters' photo ID requirements apparently lives on in cyberspace, although state elections officials say the votespa.com webpage no longer links to it.
A Department of State spokesman said Monday he wasn't sure if the page itself could be eliminated from the web.
Pennsylvania's four-month-old voter ID law requires people to have specific photo IDs to ensure their ballots are counted in November.
The law is being challenged in court as unconstitutional. Every Democratic lawmaker voted against it, and many decried House Republican leader Mike Turzai's recent claim that it'll allow Mitt Romney to win Pennsylvania in November's presidential election.
State officials now say 91 percent of Pennsylvania's 8.2 million registered voters have state-issued IDs, not the 99 percent previously claimed.
Board OKs higher tuition at state universities
HARRISBURG — Students and their families will pay about 3 percent more for tuition and technology fees at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities.
The board of governors of the State System of Higher Education met by teleconference Monday afternoon. They voted nearly unanimously on 2012-13 tuition rates and technology fees.
For in-state undergraduates, a 3 percent increase in tuition and technology fees will mean an extra $198. Out-of-state undergraduates pay anywhere from one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half times as much, and they'll see a 3 percent increase, as well.
Nearly 120,000 students are enrolled in the state universities at Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester.
Outdoor feeding of homeless subject of hearing
PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge is hearing arguments from religious groups who want to overturn a ban on outdoor feeding of Philadelphia's homeless population.
Four church groups sued the city and Mayor Michael Nutter over the ban, saying it violates their religious and free-assembly rights. A hearing on the request is being held Monday.
The city says it wants to eliminate outdoor meal service because of food safety issues and the need to get the homeless medical and mental health services. But critics say it's an excuse to get the homeless off the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, a key tourist destination with many of the city's museums.
Under the ban violators can be punished by $150 fines. The city has agreed not to enforce the ban until the judge rules.