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Bizarre Sting: Male Cop Dresses as Amish Woman

Pennsylvania police try to trap sex predator

(Newser) - In what has to be among the weirdest police stings ever, a male cop in Pennsylvania dressed up like an Amish woman and tried to lure a sexual predator. Sgt. Chad Adams of the Pulaski Township Police Department explains that he walked up and down the town's streets over... More »

Boy Records Kids Bullying Him, Gets Charged for It

Now his parents are pursuing a civil lawsuit

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania high school student who recorded alleged bullying on an iPad was punished for his efforts—and now his parents are fighting back. The 15-year-old boy, who has learning disabilities, recorded his tormenters in class after enduring regular bullying, his mother tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review . South Fayette High School... More »

Man Throws Out Lottery Tickets Worth $1.25M

Pennsylvania lottery nut must have misread the numbers: store clerk

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man is kicking himself right about now. Last month, he bought 25 Quinto lottery tickets that won $50,000 each—or $1.25 million total—but never claimed them, probably because he misread the tickets, the York Daily Record reports. "He was mad," said Wendy Hinton,... More »

Officials: Male Sophomore Went on Stabbing Spree

He's in custody, 20 injured

(Newser) - A male sophomore is in custody after 20 were injured in "multiple stabbings" at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa., this morning, WPXI reports. Nineteen students and a security guard were hurt, according to KDKA , which reports that the suspect had two knives on him. Of those injured,... More »

Guy Gets Chainsaw Stuck in Neck, Survives

Blade missed tree trimmer's arteries

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania tree trimmer is incredibly lucky to be alive after an accident that left him with a chainsaw blade embedded in his neck. James Valentine, 21, was pruning trees when the saw kicked back and hit him in the neck, the AP reports. His colleagues removed the motor but... More »

USPS Lost $180K on Office That Never Opened

Postal Service has had lease since June 2008

(Newser) - A post office near Scranton, Pa., has run up a $180,000 tab for the US Postal Service—without ever having opened for business. Since June 2008, USPS has been paying about $31,000 a year to lease a property in South Abington Township; it's at last due to... More »

Chevron: Fracking Blast? Uh, Here's a Pizza for That

Residents get coupons as compensation for blast

(Newser) - Nothing like a little pizza to take the edge off ... a fracking explosion. Residents of rural Bobtown, Pennsylvania, were rocked by a fracking blast last week that sparked a five-day fire and apparently killed one rig worker, Gizmodo reports. But just days later, Chevron—which owns the fracking site—sent... More »

Accused Craigslist Killer: I Killed 22-Plus 'Bad People'

Miranda Barbour says she stopped counting victims she killed in last 6 years

(Newser) - Miranda Barbour admits killing a 42-year-old Pennsylvania man she says she and her new husband picked up on Craigslist for sex in November, but her tale only gets darker from there: In an interview with the Sunbury Daily Item , the 19-year-old says that she's killed at least 22 people... More »

100 Cars Crash in Huge Pennsylvania Pileup Chain

Traffic backed up for miles

(Newser) - More than 100 cars and dozens of tractor trailers have been caught up in a chain of accidents stretching over several miles of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bensalem this morning, backing up traffic for several more miles behind that. The first accident came at about 7:45am on the westbound... More »

583K Still Have No Power After Ice Storm

And some may have to wait for weekend to get it back

(Newser) - Utility crews were working feverishly to restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in Pennsylvania and surrounding states that were still in the dark and cold today after an ice storm knocked out electricity to more than a million customers, damage one official likened to that from... More »

Foxconn Eyes New Plant—in US

Where it will make really big screens

(Newser) - China isn't the manufacturing haven it once was, so the most ( in ) famous tech manufacturer operating within its borders is setting out for new frontiers—including the US of A. "The US is a must-go market," Foxconn chairman Terry Gou declared yesterday at the company'... More »

Wanted Man Posts Mugshot, Gets Captured Immediately

Anthony James Lescowitch shared police department's post

(Newser) - Note to those wanted by police: If your goal is not to get caught, it's probably not a good idea to "share" your mugshot on Facebook after the police department posts it . That's what Anthony James Lescowitch did Monday, police say; not surprisingly, the move led to... More »

Student Shot on Pa. University Campus

Widener students told to stay inside as cops hunt shooter

(Newser) - A gunman shot a college student sitting in the parking lot of Widener University's athletic center last night, but officials said the campus was secure, even as they warned students to remain inside as police searched for the shooter across the city of Chester, Pa. Police say the student... More »

Judge Spikes Pennsylvania Voter ID Requirement

Issue likely headed to state Supreme Court

(Newser) - A nearly 2-year-old requirement that almost all of Pennsylvania's 8.2 million voters must show photo identification before casting a ballot was struck down today by a state judge, setting the stage for a courtroom showdown before the state's highest court. Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard L. McGinley, a... More »

FBI Joins Hunt for 'Road Rage Killer'

Pickup driver fatally shot late-night driver in Pennsylvania: police

(Newser) - A bizarre and apparently senseless shooting on a Pennsylvania highway has gotten the FBI involved, Fox News reports. Timothy Davison, a 28-year-old Maine resident, was driving back home Saturday after spending the holidays in Orlando, Fla., when a driver rammed his SUV into a snowbank and shot him dead, according... More »

10K Visitors Grant Dying Girl's Last Wish

Pennsylvania girl diagnosed with cancer wanted to hear them sing

(Newser) - An incredible sight on a small-town street: thousands of people singing Christmas carols. The sad reason behind it: 8-year-old Delaney Brown, nicknamed Laney, has been diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia and given only days or weeks to live, the Reading Eagle reports. The carolers in West Reading, Penn,... More »

Pastor Defrocked Over Son's Gay Wedding

Church gave Rev. Frank Schaefer an ultimatum, and he refused

(Newser) - The United Methodist Church dropped the hammer today on a Pennsylvania pastor who'd performed his son's same-sex wedding, defrocking him entirely. The church board decided Rev. Frank Schaefer's fate in a meeting that lasted just 15 minutes, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The church had convicted him last... More »

Pair Spends Month in Jail for Having Bag of ... Soap

Lawyer calls it a case of racial profiling

(Newser) - Soap and cocaine are easy to confuse ... right? Apparently so: A young man and woman just spent a month in a Pennsylvania jail for carrying two kilos of soap that police mistook for cocaine, reports Reason via The Morning Call . A trooper pulled over Annadel Cruz, 26, and Alexander Bernstein,... More »

Teen Raped Elderly Nun Outside Church: Police

Andrew Bullock, 18, accused of heinous attack

(Newser) - A sad story from Pennsylvania: Police have charged a teenager with beating and raping an 85-year-old retired nun in a church parking lot, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Andrew Bullock, 18, allegedly offered to help the nun Friday morning, then flashed her. When she tried to walk away, police say he... More »

Newlyweds Killed Guy for Kicks: Cops

Pennsylvania couple allegedly lured victim into their car

(Newser) - Another Craigslist killing ? A newly married couple in Pennsylvania allegedly lured a man into their car and murdered him for the sheer thrill of it, the Daily Item reports. Police say Elytte Barbour, 22, and Miranda Barbour, 18, killed 42-year-old Troy La Ferrara after picking him up at a... More »

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