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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 »

Silverman to Bernie Diehards: 'You're Being Ridiculous'

Listen up, Bernie or Bust crowd

(Newser) - Minnesota Sen. Al Franken and comedian Sarah Silverman introduced Paul Simon before his performance of "Bridge Over Troubled Water," with Silverman giving an impassioned speech about how she was a Bernie Sanders supporter, yet how Hillary Clinton had "heard the passion of the people" and incorporated it... More »

'Brave' Girl From Clinton Ad: 'Soy Americana!'

Karla Ortiz, 11, fears for her undocumented parents, pushes immigration reform

(Newser) - "Valiente" (brave) and "esperanza" (hope) were two of the words spoken by the Democratic National Convention's youngest speaker Monday when she took the stage with an emotional appeal about immigration reform. Karla Ortiz, 11—best known for her tearful meeting with Hillary Clinton in February in Las... More »

Democrats Brace for a Hot, Messy Convention

Al Gore is out, but Michael Bloomberg is in

(Newser) - This year's Republican National Convention was the wildest in decades—and with legions of disgruntled Bernie Sanders supporters, dozens of planned protests (including a fart-in), and the sudden resignation of DNC chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz on the eve of the convention, things could get just as crazy for the... More »

Judge Orders Heroin Dealers to Pay for Antidotes

But they'll serve years in prison first

(Newser) - Fatal drug overdoses have jumped about 40% in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area in recent years, a trend one judge hopes an unusual punishment will help reverse. In two cases this week, Judge Anthony Mariani ordered drug dealers to pay $50 to local EMS for each brick of heroin they... More »

Altercation in Pa. Prison Leaves Inmate, Guard Dead

Incident in Luzerne County is being investigated

(Newser) - A correctional officer and an inmate are dead following an altercation at a Pennsylvania prison. It happened Monday night at Luzerne County Correctional Facility in Wilkes-Barre, which is currently on lockdown, the AP reports. Luzerne County Manager David Pedri tells the Times Leader that the dead inmate is 27-year-old Tracy... More »

Man Uses Stolen Brain To Get High

And he called it Freddy

(Newser) - Joshua Lee Long's aunt was probably freaked out when she found the human brain in a Walmart bag while she was cleaning out a trailer near Newville, Pa. Chances are she was horrified when Long, in custody on burglary charges, allegedly told her what he did with it. During... More »

Gettysburg: Stop Taking Our Stones, They're Cursed

People keep mailing them back with tales of woe

(Newser) - Robert E. Lee and the men of the Army of Northern Virginia aren't the only people Gettysburg was unlucky for. In a recent Gettysburg National Military Park blog post , park ranger Maria Brady describes how the park sometimes receives packages of stones from people who took them from the... More »

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