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Black Players Harassed With Racist Chants at 'Hick Night'

The school has officially apologized

(Newser) - Parents say black high school basketball players were targeted with racist chants during a game in western Pennsylvania where the home team was celebrating "Hick Night," the AP reports. The parents tell the Uniontown Herald Standard that Connellsville students yelled chants including "Build that wall!" and... More »

Woman Dies After Getting Stuck in Clothing Donation Bin

Judith Permar had a broken arm and hypothermia

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania woman died Sunday after getting her arm caught in a clothing donation bin, PennLive reports. Judith Permar, 56, is believed to have arrived at the clothing drop-off box around 2am and stood on a stepstool to reach her arm inside. According to Philly.com , police say she was... More »

Guy Named 'Cheese' Allegedly Steals Pizza

Sheldon Cheese, 17, is charged with robbery

(Newser) - Police have arrested a man in connection with a pizza theft in Pennsylvania and his name is … Cheese. According to police documents, Sheldon Cheese, 17, and another man (whose name is not Pepperoni) held a pizza delivery man at gunpoint in Penn Township on Jan. 24 before making off... More »

Poker-Playing Bot Hands Us 'Crushing Defeat for Humanity'

Libratus wins big for artificial intelligence

(Newser) - Four of the world's best poker players are hanging their heads after recently losing $1.8 million in chips to Libratus. But Libratus isn't some card shark with a one-name brand: It's a computer that's been soundly trouncing humans—specifically, Dong Kim, Jason Les, Jimmy Chou,... More »

Cops Responding to Burglary Fatally Shoot Homeowner

Pittsburgh man had rushed to protect mother

(Newser) - Police officers responding to a burglar alarm fatally shot a Pittsburgh homeowner, who had grabbed a gun when he spotted an intruder, after shots were fired in their direction as they arrived at his house. Police say they aren't sure who shot at them while they were on Christopher... More »

Wild West-Obsessed Pa. Ex-Mayor Faces Trial

1.8K artifacts were seized

(Newser) - Former Harrisburg Mayor Steve Reed was a man with a bold vision: Building one of the country's finest Wild West museums in Pennsylvania. But while the Democrat spent years searching the West for artifacts and brought about 10,000 of them back, the museum never got built and he... More »

Foreclosed Mall Sold for $100

Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills' previous owners owed $143M

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania mall that was foreclosed on after its owners failed to repay $143 million has been auctioned off for just $100. Wells Fargo Bank was owed the money from a 2006 loan and submitted the winning—and only bid—for the 1.1 million-square-foot Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills on... More »

Mom Accused of Killing Daughter Was Child Welfare Worker

Sara Packer worked as an adoption supervisor until 2010

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania woman charged with killing and dismembering her adoptive daughter as part of a rape-murder fantasy she and her boyfriend shared had previously worked as an adoption supervisor for a children's welfare agency, authorities said Monday. Sara Packer worked as a supervisor for the Northampton County Children, Youth,... More »

Girl, 14, Was Raped, Murdered; Now, Her Mom Is Charged

After months, a break finally came in the horrifying murder of Grace Packer

(Newser) - Grace Packer disappeared at age 14 from her Pennsylvania home last July, her dismembered body was found near a dam in Luzerne County on Halloween, and on Sunday her 41-year-old adoptive mother, Sara Packer, and Packer's 44-year-old boyfriend, Jacob Sullivan, were charged in her horrific death, reports Philly.com... More »

Inmate Let Out of Solitary Confinement After 37 Years

Arthur Johnson sued the state alleging cruel and unusual punishment

(Newser) - A Philadelphia murderer is out of solitary confinement for the first time in 37 years, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Arthur Johnson, 64, was sentenced to life in prison for a 1970 gang killing. He was placed in solitary confinement in 1979 after multiple escape attempts. In September, Johnson sued the... More »

Woman Drives Into River, Drinks Beer: Cops

It all began when she allegedly blew by a stop sign

(Newser) - Police in Pennsylvania were scratching their heads after a motorist they were chasing allegedly drove her SUV into a river, ignored their entreaties, and drank a beer. The York Daily Record reports the odd incident unfolded Monday afternoon when the woman blew through a stop sign in York County. Police... More »

State Trooper Killed While Investigating Domestic Incident

His alleged killer is dead

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania state trooper was shot and killed in the line of duty Friday—just six months after graduating from the state police academy, PennLive reports. And his alleged killer is dead following a manhunt. According to the Centre Daily Times , Trooper Landon Weaver, 23, was responding to a reported... More »

US Tourist Says She Was Gang-Raped in India

4 men have been arrested

(Newser) - Four men have been arrested in India after a US tourist says she was gang-raped but only remembered the assault three months later. The 25-year-old teacher from Pennsylvania claims she was given drugged water in her room at the five-star Park Hotel in New Delhi and then raped by five... More »

Man Wins Free Pizza for a Year, Then Surprises Pizzeria

He asked to give it all to a food bank

(Newser) - When Mario's Pizza in Northampton, Pa., notified Josh Katrick that he'd won its "free pizza for a year" contest, employees expected him to "be excited, come in and get [his] pizzas." They did not expect to get an email asking whether Katrick could give all... More »

Teachers Drop Picket Signs to Save Family From Fire

They break down door of Pennsylvania home, get 3 people out

(Newser) - A family in Pennsylvania was saved from a fire thanks to some sharp-eyed teachers—and the Ambridge Area School District's failure to agree to a new contract with their union. The striking teachers were walking the picket line Thursday morning when they spotted smoke rising from a house about... More »

Trump Promises Syria 'Safe Zones'

Situation 'so sad,' he tells crowd at victory rally

(Newser) - Donald Trump's "Thank You" tour rolled into Hershey, Pa., Thursday night, where he promised to do something to end suffering in Syria. "When I look at what's going on in Syria, it's so sad," he said, per the New York Times . "It's... More »

Pennsylvania Recount Not Happening: Federal Judge

Green Party's request to retally paper ballots, check for hacking dismissed

(Newser) - Last week, the recount of votes in Michigan was halted ; on Monday, Pennsylvania followed suit. Per the AP , US District Judge Paul Diamond squashed the Green Party's bid to retally paper ballots in the state, as well as to check out some counties' machines for hacking evidence. The third... More »

Seconds Into Facebook Live Video, a Deadly Crash

2 Pennsylvania teens died at the scene

(Newser) - For a few seconds, a light illuminated Brooke Hughes' face. "Are you going live?" a voice asked, but Hughes didn't have time to respond. With the sound of squealing tires, the Facebook Live video went dark after midnight on Tuesday, reports the Scranton Times-Tribune . By the time a... More »

Green Party Abandons One Recount in Pa., Starts Another

Jill Stein and Co. will turn to federal courts to force a recount, end effort in state courts

(Newser) - A Green Party-backed campaign changed its strategy to force a statewide recount of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election, won by Donald Trump, and said late Saturday that it will seek an emergency federal court order on Monday for a recount, hours after abandoning an effort in the state courts,... More »

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 »

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