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Mom Who Found Kids Hanged Charged With Their Murders

Lisa Snyder was charged on Monday in deaths of 8- and 4-year-olds

(Newser) - The story, as Lisa Rachelle Snyder told it , was horrifying: The Pennsylvania mother called 911 on Sept. 23, saying that only minutes before she had discovered her two young children hanging from a support beam in the basement of their Albany Township home. She referenced her 8-year-old son, Conner, having... More »

'This Act of Kindness Is Just Unheard Of'

Bagel shop manager drove nearly 400 miles round-trip to deliver forgotten keys

(Newser) - Diana Chong left her SUV running as she dashed into a bagel shop in Middle Island, NY, Saturday on her way to a pre-Thanksgiving celebration. It was four hours later, in Pennsylvania, when she realized she'd left her key set on the Long Island shop's counter, including a... More »

Hate Blind Spots While Driving? This Teen Has a Solution

14-year-old Alaina Gassler created innovative workaround

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania teen has won $25,000 and, perhaps soon, the gratitude of every driver in America with what Mashable calls a "simple but innovative" invention that gets rid of blind spots. A release from the Society for Science & the Public announced that the "girls shine" in... More »

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 »

Distraught Parents Sue Hospital Over Baby's Death

Abel Cepeda died at just 6 days old, parents say his death could have been prevented

(Newser) - Two babies had already died of a bacterial infection at Pennsylvania's Geisinger Medical Center before Abel Cepeda was born—and yet, his parents say in a lawsuit against the hospital, precautions that could have saved their baby's life were not taken. Instead, Abel spent his first—and last—... 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 »

Hospital Warns of Waterborne Bacteria After 3 Infants Die

5 babies have recovered or are recovering at Pennsylvania's Geisinger Medical Center

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania hospital is turning away premature babies after three contracted pseudomonas infection and died. Eight premature babies, all born at less than 27 weeks of gestation, fell ill at Danville's Geisinger Medical Center as a result of the waterborne bacteria discovered in July, reports CNN . Four were "... More »

Cops: Groom Sexually Assaulted Bridesmaid 2 Days Before Wedding

Pennsylvania man is facing multiple charges

(Newser) - Two days before his wedding, police say a Pennsylvania groom sexually assaulted a bridesmaid, the Morning Call reports. The wedding party had been rafting on the Delaware River—and, perhaps not surprisingly, drinking—on Aug. 30, and the 29-year-old bridesmaid told police she was so intoxicated she kept falling off... 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 »

Goodbye, Three Mile Island

The Pennsylvania nuclear power plant is shutting its doors

(Newser) - So long, Three Mile Island. The Pennsylvania plant's remaining nuclear reactor shut down at noon Friday—and not because of anti-nuclear activism, the Hill reports. The plant best known for its partial meltdown in 1979 has fallen prey to the economics of modern energy consumption. It's licensed to... More »

Authorities: Man Used Drone to Drop Explosives at Ex's Place

Jason Muzzicato is also accused of illegally owning weapons while using meth

(Newser) - Authorities say a 44-year-old Pennsylvania man used a drone to drop explosive devices onto his ex-girlfriend's property. Jason Muzzicato of Washington Township hasn't actually been charged with detonating the devices, but the Morning Call reported back in June that he was suspected in a "series of explosions"... 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 »

18 Years Later, 'Life Won't Let Us Forget'

Commemorations for 9/11 are being held Wednesday in NYC, DC, and Pennsylvania

(Newser) - Americans are commemorating 9/11 with mournful ceremonies, volunteering, appeals to "never forget," and rising attention to the terror attacks' extended toll on responders. A crowd of victims' relatives is expected at Ground Zero on Wednesday, while President Trump is scheduled to join an observance at the Pentagon, per... More »

Cops: Couple Blew $100K Mistakenly Put in Their Account

They've been charged with felony theft

(Newser) - After Pennsylvania couple Robert and Tiffany Williams received an unexpected windfall of $120,000, they went on a massive spending spree over the next two-and-a-half weeks, police say. One problem: The money wasn't theirs. Police say that after a BB&T bank teller accidentally deposited the $120,000 in... More »

'Key Evidence' in 1991 Murder: Yellow Socks

Theodore Donahue charged in former girlfriend's killing

(Newser) - A single yellow sock found 28 years ago in the apartment of a man whose girlfriend had been discovered dead is now "a key piece of evidence" in the murder case against him. Theodore Dill Donahue immediately became a person of interest in Denise Sharon Kulb's killing after... More »

Trump: Being President Is Costing Me a Fortune

He says 'this thing' has cost him up to $5B

(Newser) - President Trump spoke at a massive Shell petrochemical plant under construction in Pennsylvania on Tuesday—but he spent a lot more time talking about personal grievances than energy policy. "This thing is costing me a fortune, being president," Trump said, complaining about the cost of lawyers and rejecting... More »

4 Siblings Died in Day Care Fire

Homeowner's child also killed in Erie blaze

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania mother left her four children at an overnight day care center Saturday while she worked a night shift. None of them survived a devastating blaze that swept through the Erie home Sunday. Authorities say a total of five children died in the blaze, including the four siblings and... More »

He Was Watching the Race. Then a Car Jumped the Fence

67-year-old Richard Speck killed at Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - A fun Friday night out at the racetrack turned deadly for one spectator in Pennsylvania. NBC News reports that two race cars collided while zipping around Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, and when one of the cars lost control and hit a wall, the force propelled it over the track'... More »

Man Freed 17 Years After Real Shooter Confessed

John Miller spent 22 years in prison

(Newser) - A Philadelphia man who spent more than two decades behind bars for a murder he didn't commit is a free man—17 years after another man confessed to the crime. John Miller was released Wednesday after 22 years in prison, the AP reports. Surrounded by family outside the State... More »

FBI Captures 'Pink Lady Bandit'

The woman allegedly robbed 4 banks across the East Coast in one week

(Newser) - In less than a week, a woman the FBI dubbed the "Pink Lady Bandit" robbed four East Coast banks, but on Sunday, she was caught. The FBI says the suspect carried a "distinctive pink handbag" during at least two of the robberies—hence the nickname. Her modus operandi... More »

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