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Injuries as Ski Lift Malfunctions on Resort's Opening Day

Dozens stranded, 5 hurt at Tussey Mountain in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - A ski lift malfunction on opening day at a Pennsylvania ski resort stranded dozens of people and left five with minor injuries, the AP reports. Around 10am Saturday, a chair carrying skiers and snowboarders slipped along the haul rope and slid backward into another chair, officials with Tussey Mountain ski... More »

House Ethics Chief Accused of Assaulting Women

Omar Ashmawy says he was the victim of an unprovoked attack

(Newser) - The man in charge of preliminary investigations into allegations of misconduct in the House of Representatives is himself accused of physically and verbally assaulting women. A lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania alleges that Omar Ashmawy, staff director at the Office of Congressional Ethics, initiated a 2015 Valentine's Day brawl at... More »

Cow Ditches Nativity Scene, Wanders Philly Instead

The Hereford had an adventurous night, busting out twice

(Newser) - A slippery cow who escaped a Nativity scene in Philadelphia is back in place—again. The cow, named Stormy, wandered away from the Nativity scene at Old First United Church of Christ early Thursday and ended up on Interstate 95 around 2:20am, reports the AP . Philadelphia police eventually boxed... More »

2 Dead in Shooting on College Campus

Police say it was a murder-suicide involving Penn State employee, estranged husband

(Newser) - Two people are dead in what Pennsylvania State Police say was a murder-suicide on a college campus Wednesday, KDKA reports. Police say a female employee at Penn State Beaver was convinced to come outside by her estranged husband, who shot her in a parking lot outside a campus dining hall.... More »

Lawmaker: 'I'm a Heterosexual, Stop Touching Me'

Pennsylvania lawmaker reacted strongly to brief touch from male colleague

(Newser) - A conservative Pennsylvania lawmaker halted a meeting Tuesday to declare that he is a heterosexual and does not welcome being touched by men. The cause of his outrage? A brief touch on the forearm from Democratic Rep. Matt Bradford. In an exchange captured on video , Republican Rep. Daryl Metcalfe interrupts... More »

Homeless Man With New $375K Windfall: I Want to Help Others

Johnny Bobbitt Jr. hopes to pay it forward after stranded driver he helped raises money for him

(Newser) - Just $20 changed her plight, and his life—and now a homeless man wants to help others with his sudden good fortune. Kate McClure started a GoFundMe for 34-year-old Johnny Bobbitt Jr. after the destitute veteran used his last 20 bucks on her when her car ran out of gas... More »

Pa. Teachers: 'Unprecedented' Violence Has Caused Dozens to Resign

They're asking district for help

(Newser) - At least 45 teachers resigned from Pennsylvania's Harrisburg School District between July and October due to misbehavior in classrooms, and more have resigned since then, according to the Harrisburg Education Association. The HEA is asking district administrators to help find a solution; they say the misbehavior is at unprecedented... More »

Dying Inmate's Diary Reveals Lack of Medical Care

He had cancer but was only given Tylenol

(Newser) - A Vermont inmate who died of cancer at a Pennsylvania prison wrote in a diary that he repeatedly asked for medical care but was denied and given ibuprofen and Tylenol for his pain. Sixty-eight-year-old Roger Brown died Oct. 15 at the state prison in Camp Hill, Penn. The Pennsylvania Department... More »

Slashed Wrists Made It Look Like a Suicide, but It Wasn't

Carl Rodgers of Pennsylvania has been charged with wife's 1983 murder

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man has been charged with fatally beating his wife more than 30 years ago, then slashing her wrists to make it appear she killed herself, prosecutors announced Tuesday. Carl Rodgers, 62, of Shermans Dale, was arrested Monday in the 1983 death of his wife, Debra Rodgers, who was... More »

23-Year-Old Mayor Dies Hours After Resigning

It's not clear what happened to Brandon Wentz

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania mayor has died at age 23, hours after resigning his post. Brandon Wentz resigned Wednesday night because he and the family had moved out of the small Schuylkill County borough of Mount Carbon, his mother said. A deputy coroner pronounced Wentz dead Thursday morning. Officials haven't said... More »

Woman Charged After 'Sugar Daddy' Shot in Head

Prosecutors say Jennifer Morrissey tried to make murder look like a robbery

(Newser) - "Get the gun ready cause I'm coming. ... I'm gonna stab ya," prosecutors say Jennifer Morrissey texted Michael McNew on the day he died. She added: "I'll gut you like I'm field dressing a [expletive] deer." NBC Philadelphia reports the 33-year-old Morrissey was... More »

Less-Than-Sympathetic Judge Sends Meek Mill to Prison

Judge Genece Brinkley went against prosecutor's recommendation

(Newser) - Rapper Meek Mill was sentenced to two to four years in prison on probation violations Monday by a Philadelphia judge who said the musician had wasted several chances to clean up his act following a 2009 gun and drug case. The sentence rounded out a roughly decade-long back-and-forth between the... More »

At Least 9 Tornadoes Hit Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania

The powerful storm moved through the region Sunday

(Newser) - A powerful storm with at least nine confirmed tornadoes tore roofs off factories, ripped away storefronts, and destroyed homes across Indiana, Ohio, and into Pennsylvania, AP reports. Scuba divers found the bodies of two men inside a home's flooded basement, where they were seeking shelter Sunday during a tornado... More »

This State Has the Highest Cancer Rate

It's Kentucky, with Delaware and Louisiana trailing

(Newser) - Cancer may be the second leading cause of death in the US, but its effects across the country vary widely. Kentucky, for example, sees 514 cancer diagnoses per 100,000 people, the highest rate in the nation. New Mexico, on the other hand, has the lowest rate at 370 per... More »

She Made It to College. He Was Determined to Help Her Stay

Teacher helps former student raise funds to stay in school

(Newser) - Kevonna Stevens graduated as valedictorian of her class and became the first of her family to head to college, thanks in part to teacher Jason Boll, who helped her apply. Now Boll is stepping up for Stevens again, in an even bigger way. The 18-year-old told the Pittsburgh teacher in... More »

Man Gets up to 15 Years After Stealing $1 and a Houseplant

Maico Rosado Jr. thought he was taking marijuana

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man who stole $1 and a houseplant he thought was marijuana during a series of break-ins in March has been sentenced to up to 15 years in prison. AP reports 21-year-old Maico Rosado Jr. was sentenced Wednesday to 7½ to 15 years after pleading guilty in August to... More »

Students Pose With Pumpkins Carved With Swastika, 'KKK'

Viral photo blasted by Pa. school district as 'reprehensible'

(Newser) - An eastern Pennsylvania school district is dealing with a second race-related incident in just over a week, investigating a Facebook photo showing current and former students posing with pumpkins carved with racist symbols. The pumpkins included one with a swastika, and another with the letters KKK. The photo shows four... More »

Cops: Ex-Boyfriend Arrived at Murder Scene via Car Service

Alina Sheykhet took out protection order against Matthew Darby last month

(Newser) - Three days after a 20-year-old college student's parents found her murdered in her Pittsburgh apartment, the woman's ex-boyfriend was arrested four states away, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. According to WPXI , Alina Sheykhet had filed for a protection from abuse order against 21-year-old Matthew Darby last month. Police in... More »

Immigrant's 'Unusual' Reprieve After 11 Months in Hiding

Javier Flores Garcia is going home to be with his family thanks to special deferred status and visa

(Newser) - Since November, Javier Flores Garcia has been separated from his family and hunkered down in a Philly church to avoid deportation, serving as a handyman and praying. On Wednesday, per NBC Philadelphia , the undocumented immigrant finally left the Arch Street United Methodist Church where he'd found sanctuary not long... More »

Cops: Mom Tried to Beat the Train, With a Baby by Her Side

Woman got infant out of car seconds before train hit their SUV, cops say

(Newser) - Pennsylvania State Police say a mother whose sport utility vehicle was left disabled on train tracks by a crash pulled her infant from the vehicle seconds before it was struck by a train. Police say the woman was crossing an Oklahoma Borough intersection on Saturday afternoon but failed to yield... More »

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