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Junior Firefighter, 16, Shot Dead Inside Station

Pa. firefighter charged with criminal homicide

(Newser) - Preparations inside a Pennsylvania firehouse for a "Light Up Night" parade on Sunday somehow ended up with a 16-year-old junior firefighter dead and a 21-year-old fire captain in jail. WPXI reports that George Matis Jr. was charged with criminal homicide and reckless endangerment in connection with the shooting of... More »

Experts Say Something's Up With Votes in 3 Swing States

Computer scientists and election lawyers want a recount

(Newser) - A group of notable academics believes it's found "persuasive evidence" that something is fishy with the presidential votes in three swing states, and it's encouraging Hillary Clinton to ask for a recount, New York Magazine reports. The group, which isn't going on the record at the... More »

Our Pennies Have Ruined Ben Franklin's Grave

And now it needs about a million more of our pennies to fix it

(Newser) - For decades, visitors to Philadelphia's Christ Church Burial Ground have thrown pennies at the flat gravestone of Benjamin Franklin as a tribute to the man who coined the phrase "a penny saved, is a penny earned." Now officials need 1 million pennies to help fix it, reports... More »

24-Year-Old Who Faked Age for High School Gets 2 Months

Ukrainian man almost became homecoming king

(Newser) - A 24-year-old Ukrainian man who faked his name and age to attend a Pennsylvania high school has been ordered to spend two months in prison on federal fraud charges. Artur Samarin—who called himself Asher Potts when he enrolled at Harrisburg High School in 2012—pleaded guilty to passport fraud... More »

Man Who Beat Girlfriend Sues Casino Over Excessive Drinks

Nicholas Mullins says Sands Casino should've stopped serving him

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man who spent four years in prison for beating his girlfriend at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem is suing the casino for allegedly serving him too many free drinks before the assault, the AP reports. Nicholas Mullins, 31, is still on probation for the January 2012 assault. The... More »

Police: Man Shot After Knife Attack at Mental Health Facility

The man blames the facility for ruining his life

(Newser) - Police officers shot an armed man inside a Pennsylvania mental health facility after he stabbed several people and put down his knife but refused to drop his gun while his victims were bleeding badly, authorities said. Seven people were taken to hospitals, including the man and at least four stabbing... More »

3 Dead After Pa. Cops Are 'Ambushed'

1 cop dead, another injured in Canonsburg

(Newser) - An "ambush" on two Pennsylvania police officers was just the start of a deadly night in Canonsburg that left three people dead, including an officer. Police say two officers were ambushed as they drew near the front of a house to respond to a domestic call around 3:15am... More »

For Team Koch, It's Trump Who?

Americans for Prosperity has given up presidential race, focuses on GOP's other battlegrounds

(Newser) - The RNC might be holding emergency conference calls as Donald Trump's campaign flounders, but the presidential race might as well be non-existent for David and Charles Koch, the GOP mega-donors who announced months ago that they were sitting on their wallets as far as Trump is concerned. They've... More »

Collision on Sidelines of Football Game Kills Retired Teacher

Traumatic brain injury claims math teacher of 31 years

(Newser) - Over the course of 31 years, Scranton Prep math teacher Tony Cantafio became known as "Taps" for his devoted work on the sidelines of football, baseball, and basketball games keeping score and stats for the players. Perhaps he died doing what he loved, then, as he suffered a traumatic... More »

Vegan Mom Accused of Feeding Baby Only Fruits, Nuts

Family says Elizabeth Hawk wanted to live on 'water and sunlight' herself

(Newser) - A vegan Pennsylvania woman who was, per her family, determined to live on "water and sunlight" apparently took her extreme dietary views too far and has now been accused of starving her 11-month-old baby, feeding him nothing but fruit and nuts, CBS Pittsburgh reports. The child's father, who'... More »

What a Woman Did When an ATM Kept Throwing Cash at Her

'It was like something out of a movie': Kristina Edwards, who returned her $380 windfall

(Newser) - The public might not be too happy with Wells Fargo right now, but Wells Fargo has good reason to be happy with one particular member of the public, per the AP . Pennsylvania's Kristina Edwards found herself in an awkward but potentially lucrative situation Sunday morning when one of the... More »

Girl Tells School Parents Won't Wake Up; Fatal OD Suspected

There were 3 other children in the home with the bodies

(Newser) - Two adults have been found dead of suspected drug overdoses after their 7-year-old daughter told school officials in Pennsylvania she couldn't wake them up, the AP reports. The Allegheny County medical examiner says the bodies of 26-year-old Christopher Dilly and 25-year-old Jessica Lally were found Monday evening in their... More »

9-Year-Old Genius Already Conquering College

William Maillis could speak full sentences at just 7 months

(Newser) - When Peter Maillis told his 7-month-old son William to go to bed, William replied, "I don't want to," KDKA reports. It was clear from very early on that William was no ordinary child, and he recently proved that once again by becoming—at 9 years old—one... More »

Polls: Trump, Clinton Basically Tied in 2 Swing States

Hillary has 1-point lead in Pennsylvania, Trump in Colorado

(Newser) - New CNN/ORC polls released Monday have Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump practically in a dead heat in two battleground states, with just one point separating the two, CNN reports. In Colorado , Trump is the one in the lead, nabbing 42% of likely voters to Clinton's 41% (Libertarian Gary Johnson... More »

College to Pay Loans for Grads Making Less Than $40K a Year

Keystone College announces new program

(Newser) - If you graduate from Keystone College and your post-grad job pays less than $40,000 a year, the Pennsylvania institution will pay some or all of your student loans, officials announced Tuesday. The Keystone Commitment Loan Repayment Assistance Program will first be available to first-time, full-time freshmen who start at... More »

Lunch Lady Quits, Says School Made Her Shame Poor Kids

Says policy made her take away hot lunches, give kids 'government cheese'

(Newser) - A cafeteria worker in Pennsylvania says she loves her job, but she can't continue taking hot meals away from kids who can't pay for them. Stacy Koltiska, who has quit her job at Wylandville Elementary School in the town of Eighty Four, tells the Washington Post that a... More »

Bigamy Charges Filed After Wife Finds Telltale Receipt

An affair would have been one thing, but...

(Newser) - You know that feeling when you realize your husband is actually married to another woman in another state? No? Well, two women in New York and Pennsylvania apparently do. Authorities have charged Arturo R. Reid, 65, with bigamy after they say Annette Reid, 70, whom Reid married in New York... More »

Cops: Man Stole 300K Pennies From Work

Mechanic left trail of coins behind him

(Newser) - Talk about penny pinching: A Pennsylvania man is accused of stealing about 300,000 pennies from his employer. Police in Taylor, just outside Scranton, have charged 34-year-old Robert Napolitan with burglary and related offenses. He's accused of taking a steel drum filled with $3,000 worth of pennies from... More »

Migrant Women, Children Detained for Months in PA

They're starting a hunger strike in protest

(Newser) - In August, Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson said the amount of time illegal immigrants spend at family detention centers is 20 days. But the New York Times has a look at 67 women and children who have been held in a Pennsylvania detention center for months on end, some of... More »

Man Who Killed Wife While on Bail Declared Dead

Wife was 'quintessential example of battered women's syndrome'

(Newser) - Kevin Ewing was declared brain-dead Wednesday, bringing an end to what Pennsylvania cops and prosecutors call a harrowing, decades-long cycle of domestic abuse. Police say Ewing shot himself Tuesday night after fatally shooting his wife, whom he had kidnapped for a second time while on bail for kidnapping and abusing... More »

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