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So, How Was Your Monday Morning Commute?

Sinkhole brings unwelcome surprise for city bus during rush hour in Pittsburgh

(Newser) - As if going back to work on Monday wasn't bad enough: The front of a city bus in downtown Pittsburgh ended up in the air after a sinkhole opened during rush hour. Luckily, nobody was seriously injured. The Port Authority of Allegheny County says the lone passenger was treated... More »

Her Car Wasn't Acting Right. Then: 'My Jaw Hit the Floor'

Squirrels hid hundreds of walnuts under hood of woman's car, did a number on hubby's truck

(Newser) - When nuts fall off a tree, they usually accumulate in piles at the tree's base—which is why Chris Persic found it odd that underneath the black walnut tree in the yard of his Pittsburgh home, there were very few walnuts. CBS Pittsburgh reports that mystery was solved this... More »

One Partygoer Made Wise Choice to Refuse a 'Bump'

Police unravel what led to overdoses in Pittsburgh apartment

(Newser) - Authorities in Pittsburgh say they've largely unraveled the story of how three men wearing orange wristbands ended up dead in a Pittsburgh apartment building last weekend. Authorities received help from a witness who made a possibly lifesaving choice in refusing to sniff white powder from a knife. The details:... More »

Hospital Hit by Apparent Mass Drug Overdose

3 were killed and 4 others hospitalized in Pittsburgh

(Newser) - Three people were killed and four others were hospitalized early Sunday in what police said appeared to be a mass drug overdose, the AP reports. The victims, all men, appear to have taken narcotics at the same time and in the same place in an apartment on Pittsburgh's South... More »

Cops: Man Blows Himself Up on Daughter's Wedding Day

Unidentified Pennsylvania resident is found amid the rubble

(Newser) - A man in suburban Pittsburgh apparently blew up his house—with him inside it—while his daughter was getting married, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Neighbors describe seeing the man, who remains unidentified, outside his Edgewood home shortly before it exploded Saturday afternoon. Authorities say they later found him amid the... More »

Paper's Pulitzer Prize Money Goes to Perfect Cause

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette gives the $15K to Tree of Life synagogue, site of shooting it covered

(Newser) - The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette won't see any of the prize money from its breaking news Pulitzer , awarded for its coverage of the October shooting at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue. That's because the $15,000 will go directly to the synagogue itself, based on a suggestion by publisher... More »

Man Goes on Stabbing Spree at Pittsburgh Bus Stop

Woman who was talking to a police officer was killed, another was injured

(Newser) - Authorities say a man fatally stabbed a woman who was talking to a police officer at a downtown Pittsburgh bus stop and then slashed another woman before he was taken into custody, the AP reports. Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert says the officer was checking on the first woman's... More »

First-Time Home Buyers Should Look Here

First American locates 10 most affordable cities for the group

(Newser) - Americans looking to buy their first home should consider the Midwest and South, according to insurance firm First American . The company uses its own calculations, saying "any affordability metric that includes existing homeowners is wildly misleading to first-time homebuyers" since the former group can already afford a home, per... More »

Man Heading to Trial Over a Flush

Pittsburgh's Thomas Wells charged with abuse of grandparents' ashes

(Newser) - Asked to move out of his mother's house, a 33-year-old man allegedly flushed his grandparents' ashes down the toilet out of spite, prompting charges of abuse of a corpse. Thomas Wells of Pittsburgh had been living with his mother for a short stint prior to September when she asked... More »

Woman: Ex-Boyfriend Hid in My House for Weeks

Pittsburgh's Cary Cocuzzi facing burglary charges

(Newser) - The toilet seat was left up. That was a Pittsburgh woman's first clue that someone was in her house who shouldn't have been. All doubt was removed shortly before noon on Saturday. Police say an ex-boyfriend who'd been hiding in the woman's Brighton Heights home for... More »

Cop Was Acquitted of Killing Unarmed Teen. Then, Shots

Someone opened fire on ex-cop Michael Rosfield's lawyer's office early Saturday

(Newser) - The father of a slain black teenager pleaded for peace Saturday after the acquittal of a white police officer triggered an apparent retaliatory shooting at the defense attorney's office and touched off protests in the streets of Pittsburgh, reports the AP . The verdict late Friday in the deadly shooting... More »

White Ex-Cop Acquitted in Fatal Shooting of Black Teen

Michael Rosfeld found not guilty in shooting death of 17-year-old Antwon Rose II outside Pittsburgh

(Newser) - A jury on Friday acquitted a white former police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in the back as he was fleeing a high-stakes traffic stop outside Pittsburgh, a confrontation that was captured on video and led to weeks of unrest. Former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld... More »

2 Separate Massacres, 2 Acts of Kindness Out of Pittsburgh

Jewish group fundraises for NZ mosque victims after Muslims did the same for Tree of Life victims

(Newser) - When the Tree of Life synagogue shooting took place last October, killing 11, Muslims in the Pittsburgh area rallied to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the victims and their families. Now, in the wake of the massacre at two Muslim mosques in New Zealand that has taken the... More »

Staffers: 'Intoxicated' Publisher Went on a Tirade

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's John Robinson Block reportedly upset over poster slamming his family

(Newser) - Contract talks between journalists at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the newspaper have been stalled for two years, and an ugly incident over the weekend probably won't help matters. Staffers have filed a federal labor complaint after they say publisher John Robinson Block came to the newsroom Saturday night, saw... More »

Suspect Enters Plea in Synagogue Shooting

Robert Bowers tells federal court that he is not guilty

(Newser) - A truck driver accused of killing 11 people and wounding seven during an attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue has pleaded not guilty to a new indictment that added 19 additional counts. Forty-six-year-old Robert Bowers was in federal court Monday to enter his plea, reports the AP . His attorney, Judy Clarke,... More »

Cardinal on Sex Abuse Allegations: They Slipped My Mind

One alleged victim isn't buying that story from DC's Donald Wuerl

(Newser) - Cardinal Donald Wuerl says there's a reason why he hasn't been completely forthcoming about abuse allegations against Theodore McCarrick, the man who held the post before him: He forgot he knew about them, or at least some of them, per the Washington Post . That's the story the... More »

Apple Made a $30B Promise. It Just Started Delivering

Company is planning a $1B campus in Austin, smaller-scale campuses in other cities

(Newser) - Apple will build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas; break ground on smaller locations in Seattle, San Diego, and Culver City, Calif.; and over the next three years expand in Pittsburgh, New York, and Colorado. The tech giant said Thursday that the new campus in Austin, less than a... More »

Near Shooting Site, a New Sign of Anti-Semitism

Authorities probe pamphlets in Pittsburgh neighborhoods

(Newser) - Authorities are investigating the dissemination of anti-Semitic pamphlets in Pittsburgh neighborhoods, including the one in which a gunman killed 11 people in a synagogue in October, the AP reports. A spokesman says police and the city department of public safety "are taking this matter very seriously and will follow... More »

He Yelled 'Death to All Jews.' Then a Jewish Nurse Treated Him

Ari Mahler describes the 'empathy' he decided to show a wounded Robert Bowers

(Newser) - An Allegheny General Hospital nurse who treated Robert Bowers, the man suspected of killing 11 at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, after the shooting has stepped forward via a public Facebook post , and he clarifies his identity: "I am The Jewish Nurse." His name is Ari... More »

Thousands Protest Trump Visit to Synagogue

First couple paid their respects to victims of worst US anti-Semitic massacre

(Newser) - President Trump and Melania Trump made a controversial visit to Pittsburgh on Tuesday to pay their respects to the 11 people killed in Saturday's synagogue mass shooting. The visit was opposed by local officials, including Democratic Mayor Bill Peduto, but not by Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, who led them inside... More »

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