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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 »

'Pro-Life' Rep. Who Reportedly Urged Abortion Seeks 'Healing'

Tim Murphy will not seek re-election after term ends

(Newser) - Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania will not seek re-election at the end of this term following a report suggesting the anti-abortion Republican asked his mistress to have an abortion. "After discussions with my family and staff, I have come to the decision that I will not seek re-election,"... More »

After 2-Year Mystery, Location of Colo. Theater Shooter Revealed

James Holmes is being held at federal prison in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - Aurora theater shooter James Holmes is being held at a high-security federal prison in Pennsylvania, the Colorado Department of Corrections has announced following a nearly two-year effort by victims and family members to get the information. Months after Holmes was assaulted in October 2015, he was moved from Colorado State... More »

He Turned In a Knife to the Principal—and Was Suspended

Dad says Thomas Ross was punished 'for doing the right thing'

(Newser) - A 13-year-old boy was suspended from his Pennsylvania school after discovering a knife in his pocket and immediately telling the principal. Thomas Ross Jr. had used the pocket knife to help his father open a cardboard box on Sunday before putting it in the pocket of his shorts, reports WTAE... More »

Mike Pence: Flight 93 Heroes Saved My Life

VP recalls 'longest 12 minutes of my life' on 9/11 anniversary

(Newser) - VP Mike Pence paid homage to the "heroes of Flight 93 " Monday during a ceremony in Shanksville, Pa., but his speech had an unusually personal note: He thinks the passengers who brought down the plane on Sept. 11, 2001, saved his life. Pence recalled being a new member... More »

Cops 'Terrified' by Balloon Prank for Movie It

Creepy clown sightings expected to rise

(Newser) - Police in Lititz, Pa., give a prankster points for creativity for tying red balloons to storm grates ahead of Friday's release of the movie It—but they "respectfully request they do not do that again." "We want the local prankster to know that we were completely... More »

Pittsburgh Airport Is Bringing in a Post-9/11 First

Non-flyers will be allowed to shop, dine airside

(Newser) - Pittsburgh International Airport is bringing back a tradition that was banned after 9/11: letting people without tickets go through security to the airside part of the terminal. The airport will allow non-flyers airside to shop, dine, or say goodbye to loved ones at the gate as of Tuesday, with the... More »

Manslaughter, Assault Charges Tossed in Death of Frat Brother

18 members of Penn State fraternity had faced charges in death of Timothy Piazza

(Newser) - After preliminary hearings that stretched over three months regarding the death of a Penn State fraternity brother , a judge has thrown out the most serious charges against 18 of the deceased's fellow brothers, Penn Live reports. According to WNEP , the judge dismissed all charges of involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault,... More »

Parents Say They Spotted Jesus in Daughter's Sonogram

Pa. couple marvel at ultrasound photo that shows image that looks like son of God

(Newser) - We've seen Jesus on an apple , Jesus on a power utility pole , and now, out of Pennsylvania ... Jesus in a sonogram. WPMT reports that a couple there whose older two children were born with birth defects found comfort in the ultrasound for their third, which showed not only the... More »

Sneaky Troopers Don Disguise to Nab Speeders

They dress as construction workers

(Newser) - About 30 drivers in Pennsylvania who zipped by a construction worker while over the speed limit got a rude surprise less than a mile down the road. That construction worker was actually a state trooper in disguise, and he then radioed ahead for the speeders to be pulled over on... More »

Cops: Child Found Dead After Couple Put Mattress Over Crib

Authorities say mattress was held down with rock salt, bungee cord

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania couple was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter Wednesday in connection with the death of their 2-year-old son in April. Penn Live reports Justin Dwyer, 29, and Courtney Stash, 28, called 911 when they found their son Eoin unresponsive in his crib on April 25. During an interview... More »

Teacher's Fatal Fall From Balcony Caused by Laughing

Sharon Regoli Ciferno was vacationing in Mexico with her daughter

(Newser) - A beloved Pennsylvania teacher died Monday after falling from a balcony in Mexico while laughing too hard. Trib Live reports 50-year-old Sharon Regoli Ciferno was on a vacation in Mexico with her 15-year-old daughter when she fell from a balcony Aug. 4. David Regoli tells Penn Live his sister was... More »

Nuns Oppose Fracking Pipeline by Building Chapel in Cornfield

Natural gas pipeline would go through land they consider sacred

(Newser) - The sisters of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ order own land in Lancaster County, Penn., that they consider sacred. Now Williams, an energy company, wants to run a gas pipeline through that land—and the nuns have constructed a chapel on the grounds, in the middle of a... More »

Cousins Charged With Pennsylvania Murders

Cosmo DiNardo says 4 missing men were killed during drug deals

(Newser) - Cosmo DiNardo and his cousin, Sean Kratz, were charged Friday with multiple counts of homicide, abuse of a corpse, and conspiracy in connection with the deaths of the men who disappeared earlier this month in Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. According to NBC News , the district attorney says "we... More »

After Shock Turn in Case of Missing Men, Hint of Motive

Thus far, additional details have come from unnamed sources

(Newser) - After Thursday's shocking turn in the case of four missing Pennsylvania men—a confession—come more details from what Cosmo DiNardo allegedly admitted to doing. The admission came in exchange for prosecutors taking the death penalty off the table, and DiNardo's lawyers did not provide motive or much... More »

Shocking Turn in Case of Missing Men: a Murder Confession

Cosmo DiNardo confessed to avoid death penalty, lawyer says

(Newser) - A stunning twist in the case of four men who disappeared this month in Pennsylvania: A person of interest in the disappearances confessed Thursday to murdering the missing men, the Washington Post reports. “[Cosmo DiNardo] confessed to his participation or commission in the murders of four young men,”... More »

Body of 1 of 4 Missing Pennsylvania Men Found

Remains were found in 'common grave'

(Newser) - The family of one of four missing young men in Pennsylvania got the news they were dreading Wednesday night when authorities announced that the body of 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro had been found in a deep grave on a suburban Philadelphia farm. District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said the body was found... More »

'Person of Interest' Named in Search for 4 Missing Men

Prosecutors wanted DiNardo arrested weeks ago

(Newser) - As the search for four missing young men continues in Pennsylvania, a 20-year-old man arrested on a weapons charge Monday has been confirmed as a "person of interest" in the case. Bucks County DA Matthew Weintraub says investigators are still trying to figure out the relationship between Cosmo DiNardo... More »

'Incredibly Hot' Leads in Search for Missing Men

Cops search 3 Pa. properties belonging to family

(Newser) - Authorities in Pennsylvania are scouring several properties belonging to one family as the search for four missing men heats up. At least three properties belonging to a couple who own a concrete business were searched in Bucks County beginning Sunday, reports WPVI . Those included a 68-acre farm in Solebury Township,... More »

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