Pennsylvania

Stories 1 - 20 |  Next >>

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 »

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 »

Stories 1 - 20 |  Next >>

AROUND THE WEB