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College to Pay Loans for Grads Making Less Than $40K a Year

Keystone College announces new program

(Newser) - If you graduate from Keystone College and your post-grad job pays less than $40,000 a year, the Pennsylvania institution will pay some or all of your student loans, officials announced Tuesday. The Keystone Commitment Loan Repayment Assistance Program will first be available to first-time, full-time freshmen who start at... More »

Lunch Lady Quits, Says School Made Her Shame Poor Kids

Says policy made her take away hot lunches, give kids 'government cheese'

(Newser) - A cafeteria worker in Pennsylvania says she loves her job, but she can't continue taking hot meals away from kids who can't pay for them. Stacy Koltiska, who has quit her job at Wylandville Elementary School in the town of Eighty Four, tells the Washington Post that a... More »

Bigamy Charges Filed After Wife Finds Telltale Receipt

An affair would have been one thing, but...

(Newser) - You know that feeling when you realize your husband is actually married to another woman in another state? No? Well, two women in New York and Pennsylvania apparently do. Authorities have charged Arturo R. Reid, 65, with bigamy after they say Annette Reid, 70, whom Reid married in New York... More »

Cops: Man Stole 300K Pennies From Work

Mechanic left trail of coins behind him

(Newser) - Talk about penny pinching: A Pennsylvania man is accused of stealing about 300,000 pennies from his employer. Police in Taylor, just outside Scranton, have charged 34-year-old Robert Napolitan with burglary and related offenses. He's accused of taking a steel drum filled with $3,000 worth of pennies from... More »

Migrant Women, Children Detained for Months in PA

They're starting a hunger strike in protest

(Newser) - In August, Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson said the amount of time illegal immigrants spend at family detention centers is 20 days. But the New York Times has a look at 67 women and children who have been held in a Pennsylvania detention center for months on end, some of... More »

Man Who Killed Wife While on Bail Declared Dead

Wife was 'quintessential example of battered women's syndrome'

(Newser) - Kevin Ewing was declared brain-dead Wednesday, bringing an end to what Pennsylvania cops and prosecutors call a harrowing, decades-long cycle of domestic abuse. Police say Ewing shot himself Tuesday night after fatally shooting his wife, whom he had kidnapped for a second time while on bail for kidnapping and abusing... More »

Prof Killed in Quarry Involved in Uncle-Niece Love Triangle

Ronald Bettig may have lived for 2 days after he was pushed to his death

(Newser) - Penn State professor Ronald Bettig may have taken as long as two days to die after he was pushed from a ledge and fell 80 feet to the bottom of a quarry, a court heard Wednesday. The lead investigator on the case testified that a pathologist believes the 56-year-old professor... More »

Man Upset at Tree for Ruining His Car Makes It Much Worse

Raymond Mazzarella probably shouldn't have cut down his neighbor's tree

(Newser) - Five people are homeless after a man's afternoon of aggressive pruning went awry. WNEP reports Raymond Mazzarella of Pennsylvania was upset because sap from the branches of his neighbor's tree was dripping onto his car. So he decided to take a chainsaw to the tree's 3-foot-wide trunk.... More »

Cops: Longtime Penn State Prof Murdered by Friends

Ronald Bettig was found at the bottom of a quarry

(Newser) - A longtime Penn State professor was allegedly murdered by his friends in an attempt to profit off his death, the Centre Daily Times reports. The body of 56-year-old associate professor of media studies Ronald Bettig was found Wednesday in a Pennsylvania quarry—two days after George Ishler reported him missing.... More »

Free Uber Rides Coming to Pittsburgh—Without Drivers

Company testing autonomous vehicles with 'safety' humans behind the wheel

(Newser) - If you're in Pittsburgh over the next few weeks and see a Ford Fusion cruise by with a driver who doesn't seem to be doing much behind the wheel, you may be witnessing one of Uber's new self-driving cars. Even though many analysts have said the advent... More »

Child Falls From Roller Coaster

The young boy was flown to a local hospital with unknown injuries

(Newser) - A young boy was hospitalized with unknown injuries after falling off an 80-year-old wooden roller coaster Thursday at Pennsylvania's Idlewild & Soak Zone, NBC News reports. The boy hasn't been identified, but he may have been around 3 years old. According to KDKA , the boy was riding the... More »

Girl, 2, With New Heart Dies in Family Murder-Suicide

Parents, 3 kids found dead in Pa. home

(Newser) - In May of 2014, Willow Short received a heart transplant when she was just six days old. On Saturday, she was found shot to death along with the rest of her family in what police believe was a murder-suicide. The bodies of Mark Short, 40, Megan Short, 33, and children... More »

The Gold Could Be Worth $100M. She Has to Give It Back

Rare Double Eagles were pilfered from Mint decades ago

(Newser) - The US government is $100 million richer after the latest ruling in a strange case involving some long-lost gold coins. In 2003, Pennsylvania's Joan Langbord says she found 10 "Double Eagle" coins from 1933 in a safe-deposit box that once belonged to her father, jeweler Israel Switt. The... More »

Chelsea Clinton to Join Mom on Day 4

Former first daughter's speech bound to draw comparisons to Ivanka Trump

(Newser) - As the Democratic National Convention heads into its final night, viewers may experience a subtle sense of deja vu from last week's RNC event : the presidential nominee being preceded by an intimate speech from a daughter. It's Chelsea Clinton's turn to "sell Mrs. Clinton to the... More »

Cops: Bridal Shop Co-Owner Spotted Naked in Store Window

Peter Scolieri has been charged with open lewdness

(Newser) - The co-owner of a bridal shop has been charged with indecent exposure after three women reported him standing naked next to mannequins in the store's display window, the AP reports. Authorities said the three women saw 54-year-old Peter Scolieri on July 20 at One Enchanted Evening in Zelienople, Pennsylvania,... More »

Sarah Silverman: The DNC Said 'No' to One Joke

She acknowledges she can be a bit 'obnoxious'

(Newser) - Sarah Silverman drew one of the biggest cheers of Monday night at the Democratic National Convention when she told Bernie Sanders diehards they were "being ridiculous." But there was one line the Democratic National Committee informed the comedian she couldn't deliver during her speech, she tells the... More »

Susan Sarandon Looked Absolutely Miserable in Philly

She's not denying it, either

(Newser) - It's no secret that Susan Sarandon, like Sarah Silverman and Rosario Dawson , is one of the Hollywood luminaries who've been stumping for Team Bernie, not Team Hillary. So it wasn't totally surprising the actress was captured on camera Monday night at Philly's Democratic National Convention with... More »

Bernie's 5 Best Lines

Clinton 'must become the next president,' he says

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders' first appearance before his delegates in Philadelphia early Monday was met with boos as he implored them to vote for Hillary Clinton. At the start of his Monday night speech at the Wells Fargo Center, it took Sanders several minutes to calm down the cheering, chanting crowd. He... More »

Michelle Obama: 'When They Go Low, We Go High'

'I'm with her,' she tells DNC

(Newser) - Michelle Obama appeared on the periphery of the GOP convention last week when Melania Trump was accused of plagiarizing a speech the current first lady made in 2008. Monday night, Obama took her own place in the spotlight at Philly's Wells Fargo Center, telling the crowd that Hillary Clinton... More »

Cory Booker Brings 'Church' to Philly

NJ senator takes on Trump's 'twisted hypocrisy' in DNC speech

(Newser) - Some talked about immigration reform at Monday's Democratic National Convention; others talked about the Bernie or Bust crowd . But New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker had one thing on his mind at Philly's Wells Fargo Center: love and equality for all. With a rapt Bill Clinton watching in the... More »

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