Man found slain in his home

An unidentified 40-year-old man was found dead about 7:30 p.m. yesterday with a gunshot wound to the back of the head inside his home on N. Howard Street near Montgomery Avenue in Kensington, police said. Homicide Lt. Philip Riehl said the motive for the shooting appears to have been robbery. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Man shot, friend robbed

A 20-year-old man was shot once in the left side shortly before 8 last night on Dewey Street near Elmwood Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia in an apparent robbery attempt, police said.

The victim was listed in critical condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania last night. Police said that two armed men robbed the victim's friend of $6. Neither victim was immediately identified. Tipsters can call 215-686-TIPS.

Family sues Cigna over death

The family of a 17-year-old leukemia patient has sued Philadelphia-based health insurance giant Cigna Corp. for her death in 2007 after the company initially refused to pay for a liver transplant.

The lawsuit, filed last week in Los Angeles County Superior Court, accuses Cigna of delaying and rejecting valid claims, which resulted in the wrongful death of Nataline Sarkisyan.

Banned beetle bust

Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia have charged a Berks County man with a crime for allegedly importing 25 giant beetles from Taiwan without a permit.

Prosecutors say Marc DiLullo, 36, of Birdsboro, is charged with one count of unauthorized movement of plant pests. Prosecutors say that someone in Taiwan mailed the package to DiLullo and he tried to pick it up at a post office on May 8, but postal workers were suspicious of the package labeled "toys, gifts and jellies," and notified authorities.

Silver Star honors for Iraq vet

A former Pennsylvania guardsman is being honored with an award for heroism in Iraq more than three years ago.

Jason Harrington, of Lancaster, will receive the Silver Star during a ceremony today in Harrisburg. It's the third-highest decoration for members of the armed forces. His actions were credited with saving the lives of fellow soldiers.

Teen slain in rink fight

A shooting at a New Jersey roller-skating rink during a Christmas party for young people has left one boy dead, according to authorities and witnesses.

Authorities said Jean D'Haiti, 16, from Elizabeth, N.J., was shot after a fight spilled out into the parking lot of the Skate 22 rink in Union about 10 minutes past midnight yesterday. He was pronounced dead when police arrived. *

-Staff and wire report