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Cops: Man Killed Young Boy for Not Cleaning Room

Orlando Williams was allegedly angry after tripping over a laundry basket

(Newser) - An 8-year-old Pennsylvania boy was killed this week because he didn't clean up his room, KDKA reports. JonMarquis Stepich was in the care of his mom's fiancé, Orlando Williams, last Sunday, while his mom was at work. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , JonMarquis was sleeping when Williams, who... More »

Man Admits to Lying About Escaping Auschwitz

Joseph Hirt even got an actual prisoner's number tattooed on his arm

(Newser) - A 91-year-old Pennsylvania man has admitted to lying for years about being an Auschwitz survivor, even going so far as to have an actual prisoner's number tattooed on his arm, the AP reports. Joseph Hirt has lectured to numerous school groups and organizations about his experience escaping from Auschwitz.... More »

News Anchor: I Was Fired Because I'm White

Wendy Bell suing WTAE to get her job back

(Newser) - The Pittsburgh news anchor fired over what WTAE said were racially insensitive comments about a mass shooting alleges she was actually let go "because of her race." In a federal lawsuit filed Monday, Wendy Bell, who is white, says she wouldn't have been fired, "much less... More »

Cops: Couple Gave Teen Daughter to Man as Thanks

Lee Kaplan allegedly sexually assaulted the girl and had 2 kids with her

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania couple is accused of child endangerment after police say they gave away their 14-year-old daughter to a man who helped them financially, the AP reports. The friend is charged with sexually assaulting the teen, who had two children with him. Officials acting on a tip Thursday found 51-year-old... More »

Teen in Coma for Graduation Gets Touching Ceremony

Scott Dunn was left 'speechless'

(Newser) - "I remember losing control of the vehicle, counter steering, and then nothing," Scott Dunn tells WHTM of the accident that left him in a medically induced coma for six days last month. When he awoke in a hospital, among the first words out of his mouth were, "... More »

Pa.'s Embattled AG Accused of Discrimination —by Twin Sister

Ellen Granahan says Kathleen Kane isn't paying her enough

(Newser) - When you've been accused of illegally firing and demoting state employees and possibly leaking secret grand jury material, it's nice to know you can still count on family to have your back. Oh, never mind. Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane has been accused of wage and gender discrimination... More »

Museum Visitor Caught on Video Breaking Rare Clock

'This is why we beg visitors not to touch'

(Newser) - Even a broken clock is right twice a day. Unless that clock has been smashed into pieces by a museum-goer with self-control issues. In that case, it's totally useless. NBC Philadelphia reports a visitor to the National Watch & Clock Museum in Pennsylvania was caught on video Tuesday poking... More »

Cops: Lost Couple Cut Lock at Nuke Plant

'They thought the only way they could get back was to cut the fence'

(Newser) - A couple trying to drive from Baltimore to New York somehow ended up at a nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania, where they decided cutting a chain at a gate to a secure area was the best way forward, police say. Timothy Lee Stewart, 28, and Jenilee Jean Simpson, 33, have... More »

How Twins Allegedly Spent Winter Break: Bombing Stuff

The Amish lost a couple of sheds to improvised explosives

(Newser) - Beware of bored college students home from school. Twin brothers are accused of blowing up a number of sheds—two of them belonging to the Amish—in Chester County, Pa., while home on winter break, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The bombing spree started Dec. 20 with a mailbox. By the... More »

Investigation: Distracted Engineer Caused Deadly Amtrak Crash

He was thinking about a nearby emergency when he sped into a curve

(Newser) - The Amtrak crash last May in Philadelphia that left eight people dead and 200 or so injured was caused by a distracted engineer who likely forgot where he was and sped up instead of slowing down, the Philadelphia Enquirer reports. That was the conclusion offered Tuesday by a National Transportation... More »

Police: Man Douses Smoking Girlfriend With Gas, Kills Her

'I lost it,' he tells reporters

(Newser) - A man charged with dousing his girlfriend with gasoline as she smoked a cigarette, causing her to burst into flames, told reporters Sunday "I'm sorry" and "I lost it," as he was being led away in handcuffs by police, NBC News reports. Kevin Small, 46, also... More »

Philly PD Admits Its SUV Was Masked as Google Maps Vehicle

SUV decked out with technology to spy on drivers (and fake Google decal)

(Newser) - The Philly PD has a "mystery" on its hands, and it involves one of its own vehicles. On Wednesday, a University of Pennsylvania professor spotted an SUV near the Philadelphia Convention Center, souped up with two high-tech license-plate readers and a placard linking it to the Pennsylvania State Police—... More »

Mom Records Her Own Murder

Police say Wesley Webb's murder was captured on her cellphone

(Newser) - Wesley Webb was fighting with boyfriend Keith Smith in their home in Schuylkill Township, Pennsylvania, when she decided to start recording the argument. What she ended up recording was her own murder, police say. Webb, 40, told Smith she would leave with her two children—three kids, all under age... More »

You Could Be Liable for Texting a Driver

Distracted-driving laws still murky, but more onus being placed on message senders

(Newser) - Court rulings in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are taking texting-while-driving laws down a new road, opening the door to not only holding the offending driver liable for a car accident, but perhaps also the person texting the driver, Consumerist reports. In neither case has anyone (yet) had to legally... More »

Female Student Booted From Prom Over Suit

Aniya Wolf says principal threatened to get the cops

(Newser) - Aniya Wolf has always felt "more masculine" than other girls. That wasn't an issue during her three years at Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, Pa., where she dressed in pants. But a similar outfit got her kicked out of her prom on Friday. Aniya, who identifies as... More »

Ex-Cop Held Over Encrypted Computers in Child Porn Raid

Lawyers say he shouldn't have to give up passwords

(Newser) - A former Philadelphia cop has been held in solitary confinement for seven months as part of a child porn investigation, but his case is unusual in that no charges have been filed against him yet. As Gizmodo reports, law enforcement officials raided Francis Rawls' home last year and seized an... More »

Cops: Bus Driver Asked Child to Move Downed Power Line

The 11-year-old was burned

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania school bus driver is facing multiple charges after allegedly asking an 11-year-old student to move a downed electrical wire earlier this month, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. On April 15, a goose flew into a transformer, bringing down electrical lines and trapping the bus. Authorities say the driver, 60-year-old... More »

Pa. Loophole Could Be Very Bad News for Trump

Cruz could lose vote but gain more delegates

(Newser) - The quirks of the GOP primary system are getting their closest attention since Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan battled all the way to the convention in 1976—including a loophole that the New York Times believes could cost Donald Trump the nomination. Pennsylvania has 71 delegates, the most of any... More »

Feds Go After Nurse Accused of Being Drunk in OR

Because the alleged incident took place in a federal facility

(Newser) - Prosecutors in Luzerne County, Pa., dropped a slew of charges against Richard Pieri, including DUI and reckless endangerment, in March. But that's not good news for the former VA Medical Center nurse accused of downing four or five beers at a local casino and then assisting in an emergency... More »

Trump Weirds Out Crowd With Joe Paterno Reference

His remarks at Pittsburgh rally were ... confusing

(Newser) - Donald Trump wants to make things great again, and also to bring things back—including late Penn State coach Joe Paterno. At least that was the confusing impression he made Wednesday during a campaign rally in Pittsburgh. For the Win reports he asked the crowd gathered there, "How's... More »

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