Pennsylvania dodged a snowstorm Monday as only a few inches — even less in some areas — fell on a region that has been pounded by severe weather this winter.
The storm led to the cancellation of about 100 flights Sunday and some 400 flights Monday at Philadelphia International Airport, along with school delays and closings across the state.
The deepest snow fell in the Laurel Highlands near Bedford, where 5 inches was recorded. State College got just a trace, while Philadelphia got about 2 inches.
Officials warned of hazardous driving conditions due to the snow atop a thin layer of ice, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said wet roads with freezing conditions were a problem for motorists on interstates along the Maryland border.
Speed limits were dropped to 45 mph on many of the major arteries in the Philadelphia region, then lifted in most places around noontime.
Forecasters were predicting a very chilly night, with overnight lows in the single digits in the Harrisburg area and as much as 20 below zero in Bradford in the northwest.
National Weather Service meteorologist Aaron Tyburski said the low temperature could drop to 30 to 40 degrees below a normal low. In State College, the average low this time of year is 25 — it could be 2 or 3 degrees below zero in the early morning Tuesday.
"We'll likely break a lot of records around the state," Tyburski said. -- (AP)
TRENTON, N.J. — The convicted mayor of New Jersey's capital city was removed from office by a judge Wednesday, 19 days after a jury found him guilty of corruption.
Trenton Mayor Tony Mack, 48, had fought to remain in office until his sentencing in May while also seeking to have his conviction thrown out.
But Judge Mary Jacobson rejected his arguments and signed an order removing him from office. Mack is also ineligible to hold public office in the future and has been stripped of his taxpayer-funded pension.
City Council President George Muschal is in line to become acting mayor and fill out the remainder of Mack's term, which ends July 1. A regular city election is scheduled for May 13 to choose the next mayor and Muschal has said he does not intend to run.
Mack, who took office in 2010, was convicted this month of bribery, fraud and extortion in a government sting operation involving a bogus land development deal.
A federal jury found that Mack and his brother Ralphiel Mack, a former high school football coach, participated in a scheme to take bribes in exchange for helping get approvals to develop a downtown parking garage.
Mack joins a string of New Jersey mayors convicted in corruption cases since 2000 that included the leaders of Newark, Camden and Asbury Park. -- (AP)
All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters has agreed to a five-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Peters was signed for 2014 and his new deal adds four years through 2018. The 32-year-old Peters is a six-time Pro Bowl pick and two-time All-Pro.
Peters missed the entire 2012 season after twice rupturing an Achilles tendon, but returned to anchor an offensive line that helped the Eagles lead the NFL in rushing. All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy ran for a franchise-best 1,607 yards behind Peters and Co.
Peters was an undrafted free agent who played his first five seasons in Buffalo before coming to Philadelphia in a trade in 2009. -- (AP)
NEW YORK — NBC says Tamron Hall is joining the third hour of the "Today" show as a co-host.
Hall will supplement a team already comprising Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Willie Geist.
A regular "Today" show fill-in host, Hall has recently interviewed Hugh Jackman and Mariah Carey. She is also the anchor of MSNBC's "NewsNation." She joined MSNBC in 2007.
She is the host of Investigation Discovery's "Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall" and TLC's "Sister Wives."
"Today" executive producer Don Nash said Hall brings "wit, enthusiasm and a keen sensibility" to the team.
The third hour of NBC's "Today" airs at 9 a.m. Eastern. -- (AP)
NEW YORK — Robin Thicke and Paula Patton are calling it quits.
A representative for the actress confirmed Monday that the couple are ending their 9-year marriage.
Thicke, 36, and Patton, 38, met when they were teenagers. They had a son, Julian Fuego Thicke, in 2010.
Thicke had a breakthrough last year with the international hit "Blurred Lines," which was nominated for several Grammy Awards. Patton has appeared in the films "Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol," ''Idlewild," and "Precious."
Patton has also appeared in Thicke's music videos, including "Lost Without U" and "Love After War." She was the inspiration behind most of his music, and she appeared on the cover of his 2003 debut, "A Beautiful World."
Their separation was first reported on People magazine's website. -- (AP)