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Cab Passenger Rants About ISIS, Attacks Driver

'He came out of the house carrying a rifle in his hand'

(Newser) - Around 1am on Thanksgiving day, a Pittsburgh taxi driver picked up a man outside Rivers Casino—and ended up in a hospital bed after a possible hate crime. The passenger was talkative: "He started the conversation and began to ask questions like, ‘You seem to be like a... More »

Where's the Beef? Trucker Steals 40K Pounds of Meat

The missing beef is worth $110,000

(Newser) - Where's the beef? That's what authorities would like to know after someone stole 40,000 pounds of it from a meat plant in central Pennsylvania. State police say it happened last Saturday at Nicholas Meat near Loganton. According to troopers, a trucker loaded $110,000 worth of meat... More »

Teen Gets Lost, Runs First Marathon

Evan Megoulas, 17, says the mistake turned out 'pretty awesome'

(Newser) - A teen completed his first marathon in Philadelphia on Sunday—by accident. Evan Megoulas, 17, of Palmyra had planned to run the half-marathon but made a wrong turn 13.1 miles into the race, reports WPVI . Worried when he didn't turn up at the half-marathon finish line, family members... More »

Woman's Bad Day Involves 2 Crashes, 2 DUI Arrests

Michele Leonard didn't learn her lesson the first time: cops

(Newser) - You'd think a DUI arrest would be a wake-up call. Apparently not for everyone. Pennsylvania State Police say they arrested 47-year-old Michele Leonard for driving under the influence on Saturday after Leonard crashed her car near an intersection in Somerset County, per KDKA . She was then released, but instead... More »

7 Most Affordable Cities to Buy a Home

Cleveland tops the list

(Newser) - Looking for an affordable place to live? Well, this probably won't come as a surprise to you, but don't move to California. Coldwell Banker put together its annual Home Listing Report , which looks at the average listing price of more than 81,000 Coldwell Banker listings of four-bed,... More »

Men Told They Can't Wed— Because They're Father and Son

Penn. couple trying to annul adoption they did strictly for legal purposes

(Newser) - Roland Bosee Jr., 68, and Nino Esposito, 78, have been inseparable since they first met in 1970. "You meet someone and it just clicks," Esposito told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last month. So with the SCOTUS decision over the summer to legalize gay marriage , the men looked forward to... More »

Cops: Man Absconds With Voting Equipment

Apparently, he'd rather spend the day as a hired driver than an election judge

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man was arrested Tuesday when he allegedly decided to skip out on his duties as an election judge and instead earn some extra cash by giving people rides, the AP reports. According to WTAE , 55-year-old Darrin Farmer was paid at least $125 to set up voting equipment and... More »

Pennsylvania's Attorney General Can't Practice Law

Kathleen Kane's license is suspended amid criminal investigation

(Newser) - Pennsylvania's No. 1 legal official is in the unique position of being unable to practice law. The state's Supreme Court suspended the law license of Attorney General Kathleen Kane yesterday as she faces a criminal investigation involving charges of perjury and obstruction, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . The state'... More »

Woman, 48, Finally Granted Sex Surgery Parents Fought

'I'm so happy,' Christine Kitzler said after ruling in Pa.

(Newser) - A judge cleared the way for a 48-year-old transgender woman to undergo gender-reassignment surgery yesterday, rejecting her parents' effort to block the operation because they say she's mentally incompetent. Christine Kitzler, testifying at an emergency hearing, showed a clear understanding of the three-hour procedure and its risks, Judge C.... More »

Car Crash Takes 50 Years to Kill Man

Badly injured Pennsylvania boy never made full recovery

(Newser) - An 8-year-old boy sustained serious injuries when he was hit by a car in Pennsylvania in July 1965—injuries that proved fatal 50 years later, the Lehigh County Coroner's Office has ruled. Richard Albright, 58, never recovered from head injuries he suffered in the July 8, 1965, pedestrian accident... More »

Boy, 3, Dies After Following Dad Back Into Burning Home

Layden Thomas was found dead under a bed after his initial rescue

(Newser) - A 3-year-old boy is dead after he was saved from a burning home, then apparently followed his father back inside. Police say a storm had killed power to the home in Sharon, Pa., on Monday night, so the resident family of five, including three children under 5, lit a candle... More »

US Marshal Worker Caught Being Naughty on Court Roof

Nearby resident in Harrisburg, Penn., snaps photos

(Newser) - The US Marshals Service says one of its employees was photographed having sex on the roof of a federal courthouse in Harrisburg, Penn. A resident of a nearby apartment building who was concerned that there was a security breach snapped the pictures this week and sent them to ABC27 News... More »

Cops: NJ Man Killed 7 in 'Horrific' Spree Over 7 Weeks

Shootings occurred in New Jersey, Pennsylvania over 7 weeks

(Newser) - A man killed seven people in New Jersey and Pennsylvania over a seven-week period during shooting rampages in which at least some victims may have been targeted at random, authorities say. The killings began in Elizabeth, NJ, on May 18 and ended 70 miles away in Pennsylvania on Sunday, when... More »

Catholic School Staffer: My Gay Marriage Got Me Fired

Margie Winters married her partner in 2007

(Newser) - Parents of students at a Catholic elementary school in Pennsylvania say they're outraged by the school's apparent decision to fire its religious education director because she's married to a woman. In an email last week, the principal of Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion said Margie Winters had... More »

Guy's 300-Mile Cab Ride to See Fiancee Doesn't End Well

It might've been sweet if he had the $749 fare

(Newser) - Police say a man who took a 300-mile cab ride across Pennsylvania to surprise his fiancee has been jailed because he couldn't pay the $749 fare. Police say 35-year-old New York City resident John Williams Jr. took the taxi from Philadelphia to Uniontown with his children early Saturday. But... More »

16 Police Forces Called to Bloody Wedding Brawl

Groom arrested, bride treated for alcohol poisoning

(Newser) - A wedding reception in Berks County, Pa., turned into something resembling a regional police convention when officers from 16 forces turned up to deal with rowdy guests—including the groom, who spent his wedding night in jail. From what police could piece together, the reception at a venue in Ontelaunee... More »

Woman Gives Blunt Answer on How to Make It to 100

Pauline Spagnola credits 'a fair amount of booze'

(Newser) - The WNEP news anchor reporting on Pauline Spagnola might have been right on the money when he said she "may have thrown back a few" while celebrating her 100th birthday on Tuesday. That's because, like the 110-year-old Nebraska man who attributes his longevity to a daily can of... More »

'Father' Marries His 'Son'

Pennsylvania case opens doors for other 'adopted' couples: lawyer

(Newser) - Norman MacArthur and Bill Novak spent the past 15 years as father and son in the eyes of the law; they'll spend the rest of their years as a married couple. The couple, together for more than 50 years, married in Pennsylvania on Sunday, Yahoo! Parenting reports. Prior... More »

Township Orders Teen to Tear Down Treehouse

She built it as part of a class project

(Newser) - A two-story treehouse sounds pretty cool, right? Apparently not so for a certain resident of a neighborhood in Leet Township, Pa., who complained about the treehouse 14-year-old Elisa Truchan built in her front yard in February as part of an eighth-grade class project. The Township Council has since ordered the... More »

Cops: Woman Offers Man Massage, Sets Him on Fire

Then allegedly takes off in his van

(Newser) - A man's massage came with a decidedly unhappy ending in Harrisburg, Pa., Saturday: The man says Christina Leach, 27, offered him the massage in his home, then tied him to a bed, poured something flammable on his upper torso, and set him on fire. Leach, who allegedly then fled... More »

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