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Young Boy Who Died Trying to Save Dad Wins Bravery Medal

Local fire chief calls the boy a 'hero'

(Newser) - As a raging fire burned through the three-story brick home of a family in Norristown, Pa., a 12-year-old boy watching the flames grew increasingly worried about his father, who was still recovering from hip-replacement surgery. Not realizing that his dad, Sanford Harling Jr., who was 58, had jumped out of... More »

Student Sues High School Over Transgender-Friendly Policy

He says it's sexual harassment and a violation of his privacy

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania high school student is suing his school district, saying its transgender-friendly policy constitutes sexual harassment and a violation of privacy, the AP reports. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday with the Eastern District of Pennsylvania federal court, according to the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative group representing the student. More »

5-Year-Old Dies After Puppy Chokes Him With His Scarf

John Bruno loved 'Ninja Turtles, Pokemon, superheroes, and being silly'

(Newser) - A 5-year-old Pennsylvania boy has died days after he was choked when the family dog pulled on his scarf as they played in the snow, the AP reports. The Philadelphia coroner's office says John Bruno died Saturday at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he had been under heavy... More »

Teen Forced to Have Sex With 1K Men Sues Philly Motel

Says hotel, employees turned a blind eye to sex trafficking

(Newser) - From the outside, Philadelphia's Roosevelt Inn may look any other motel. It's actually the city's "epicenter of human trafficking," according to prosecutors. In a lawsuit filed Friday, a 17-year-old girl details how she was "sold into sexual slavery" at the 107-room motel in 2013,... More »

Girl, Firefighter Die After Hoverboard Catches Fire

She's believed to be first to die in US hoverboard fire

(Newser) - A double tragedy in Harrisburg, Pa.: A 3-year-old girl died in a house fire believed to have been caused by a recharging hoverboard Friday night, and a firefighter was killed on his way to the scene by an allegedly drunk driver in a stolen car. Consumer Products Safety Commission spokesman... More »

Armed Clowns Allegedly Chase Kids in Pa.

Witness says they had a shotgun and pipe

(Newser) - The melee over clowns has apparently spread into 2017. Police in West Mifflin, Pa., say they're investigating a report that two men dressed as clowns carrying weapons chased a group of kids playing in the woods on Saturday. Michael Milkowski tells KDKA that he called police after his three... More »

88-Year-Old Woman Stops Rape by Claiming She Has HIV

She also 'kicked him where it hurt him the most'

(Newser) - An 88-year-old Pennsylvania woman says she talked an attacker out of raping her by lying to him that she was HIV-positive, the AP reports. Helen Reynolds tells WPVI the man forced his way into her Parkesburg apartment on the afternoon of Feb. 17. He rifled through her purse, took $40,... More »

Cops: Wife Killed Husband After Fight Over Burned Casserole

Police say she took a photo of the body and sent it to a friend

(Newser) - Police in Pennsylvania say a woman fatally shot her husband after arguing about a casserole she burned, then took a photo of the body, texted it to a friend, and showered before calling 911, the AP reports. According to court records, Frazer police responding to the call Monday night found... More »

Cops: Drunk Mom Had Daughter Blow Into Anti-DUI Device

Police say she had her daughter blow into the device so she could start car

(Newser) - Police say that a Pennsylvania woman who crashed her car while her 8-year-old daughter was inside should never have been driving at all. Angela L. Daywalt has been charged with drunken driving, child endangerment, corruption of minors, and other traffic offenses in the Feb. 13 incident—but the 36-year-old already... More »

Caretaker Charged in Woman's Bed Bug Death

Woman, 96, died covered in sores

(Newser) - A 96-year-old woman's death wouldn't typically garner headlines, but a case out of Hanover, Pa., is an exception. Mary Stoner died last February due to complications from sepsis that arose after a bed bug infestation, and her caretaker, Deborah Butler, has now been charged in Stoner's death,... More »

Black Players Harassed With Racist Chants at 'Hick Night'

The school has officially apologized

(Newser) - Parents say black high school basketball players were targeted with racist chants during a game in western Pennsylvania where the home team was celebrating "Hick Night," the AP reports. The parents tell the Uniontown Herald Standard that Connellsville students yelled chants including "Build that wall!" and... More »

Woman Dies After Getting Stuck in Clothing Donation Bin

Judith Permar had a broken arm and hypothermia

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania woman died Sunday after getting her arm caught in a clothing donation bin, PennLive reports. Judith Permar, 56, is believed to have arrived at the clothing drop-off box around 2am and stood on a stepstool to reach her arm inside. According to Philly.com , police say she was... More »

Guy Named 'Cheese' Allegedly Steals Pizza

Sheldon Cheese, 17, is charged with robbery

(Newser) - Police have arrested a man in connection with a pizza theft in Pennsylvania and his name is … Cheese. According to police documents, Sheldon Cheese, 17, and another man (whose name is not Pepperoni) held a pizza delivery man at gunpoint in Penn Township on Jan. 24 before making off... More »

Poker-Playing Bot Hands Us 'Crushing Defeat for Humanity'

Libratus wins big for artificial intelligence

(Newser) - Four of the world's best poker players are hanging their heads after recently losing $1.8 million in chips to Libratus. But Libratus isn't some card shark with a one-name brand: It's a computer that's been soundly trouncing humans—specifically, Dong Kim, Jason Les, Jimmy Chou,... More »

Cops Responding to Burglary Fatally Shoot Homeowner

Pittsburgh man had rushed to protect mother

(Newser) - Police officers responding to a burglar alarm fatally shot a Pittsburgh homeowner, who had grabbed a gun when he spotted an intruder, after shots were fired in their direction as they arrived at his house. Police say they aren't sure who shot at them while they were on Christopher... More »

Wild West-Obsessed Pa. Ex-Mayor Faces Trial

1.8K artifacts were seized

(Newser) - Former Harrisburg Mayor Steve Reed was a man with a bold vision: Building one of the country's finest Wild West museums in Pennsylvania. But while the Democrat spent years searching the West for artifacts and brought about 10,000 of them back, the museum never got built and he... More »

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 »

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