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Man Who Fled US After Graduation: 'College Ruined My Life'

Student loan debt made living in America unbearable for Chad Albright, and others

(Newser) - You just graduated college. What are you doing next? The answer was not "going to Disney" for these three grads profiled by CNBC —it was fleeing to Ukraine, Japan, and even a jungle in India, all to escape the crushing debt from their student loans back in the... More »

'Extremely Emotional' Tribute for Nurse Who Gave Her All

More than 100 co-workers lined hospital hall to honor late Mary Desin before organ transplant

(Newser) - If you happened to be at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Hamot hospital on Friday, you may have stumbled across what a nurse's son described as an "extremely emotional" scene in one of the hallways. That nurse, per ABC News , was Mary Desin, an employee of... More »

In This State, a 'Mind-Boggling' Stat on Death Rates

WVa.'s drug OD rate has seen huge growth; US seeing record rates in 'deaths of despair' overall

(Newser) - Mortality rates in the US from drug overdoses, alcohol, and suicides have reached an all-time high, per a new report, and one region of the country is especially hard-hit. NBC News cites the survey from the Commonwealth Fund health advocacy group that takes a close look at 2017 data from... More »

He Thought Aliens Were Invading Humans, According to His Killer

Barbara Rogers gets 15 to 40 years for third-degree murder

(Newser) - "To me, it's amazing that somebody could put a gun to somebody's head, blow their brains out essentially, and a jury finds them guilty of third-degree murder and not first." With that, Jackie Mineo sums up the outrage over her nephew's 2017 murder and 44-year-old... More »

This Is the Most Fun US State

California tops the list for 2019

(Newser) - You know the safest , least stressful , healthiest , greenest , and happiest places to live, but what about the most fun? To figure that out, WalletHub looked at 26 factors related to entertainment, nightlife, and recreation—things like restaurants, amusement parks, golf courses, theaters, arcades, music festivals, casinos, and marinas per capita;... More »

Auto Auction Worker Opens Trunk, Finds Man

Wanted felon won't say how he ended up there

(Newser) - A Dodge Challenger Hellcat that arrived at a Pennsylvania auto auction Thursday came with an unwanted extra—a dazed felon from the Bronx. The man was found in the trunk of the vehicle by a worker at Manheim Auto Auction, around 90 miles west of Philadelphia, CBS Philadelphia reports. "... More »

She Lived 20 Years. Now Her Friend Will Go to Jail for 21

Emma Semler left Jennifer Werstler to die of heroin overdose

(Newser) - Tears flowing down her cheeks, Emma Semler turned to the family of a deceased friend and mouthed the words, "I'm sorry." The mother of Jennifer Werstler—who died of a heroin overdose on the floor of a KFC bathroom on her 20th birthday in 2014—wasn't... More »

Court: Prof Who Had Sex With Students Must Be Reinstated

Bloomsburg University's John Barrett found not to have violated school policy

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania appeals court has ruled a fired university professor who had sex with two students should be reinstated because he didn't break school rules. The Commonwealth Court upheld a June 2018 decision by an arbitrator to reinstate Bloomsburg University assistant professor John Barrett with full benefits and back... 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 »

This State Ranks No. 1 Above the Rest

Washington tops overall in 'US News' ranking, while Louisiana is last

(Newser) - What's the best state? In the eyes of US News & World Report , that distinction belongs to Washington state. The magazine ranked eight factors—health care, education, economy, infrastructure, opportunity, fiscal stability, crime, and natural environment—for its new ranking of all the states. As it turns out, Washington... More »

Penn State Professor Accused of Kidnapping 2 Women

He was moonlighting as an Uber driver

(Newser) - A Penn State professor is accused of putting two women through a terrifying experience while moonlighting as an Uber driver. Police in Pittsburgh say Richard Lomotey, 36, departed from the app's route after picking the two women up around 1:30am Saturday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. He told them... More »

Site of Worst US Nuclear Accident Is Shutting Down

Owner has been threatening to close Three Mile Island plant for years

(Newser) - Three Mile Island, site of the United States' worst nuclear power accident, will begin a planned shutdown starting June 1 now that it is clear that it will not get a financial rescue from Pennsylvania, its owner said Wednesday. Exelon Corp.'s statement comes two years after the Chicago-based... More »

America Has a New 'Best Restaurant'

The James Beard Foundation awards Zahav

(Newser) - Mazel tov! A renowned Israeli restaurant in Philadelphia just won a top culinary prize and added to the city's growing reputation for fine food, Bloomberg reports. The 2019 James Beard Foundation Awards—known as the Oscars of the food world—named Zahav outstanding restaurant at Lyric Opera in Chicago... More »

After Mention of 'Rape Attic,' 2 Frat Chapters Close

Phi Psi members 'appalled and disgusted' by leaked minutes

(Newser) - Two fraternity chapters at Swarthmore College are no more after leaked documents revealed hazing; homophobic, racist and misogynistic language; and references to a "rape attic." Phi Psi, whose 117-page "Phi Psi Historical Archive" was leaked to student-run publications at the private Pennsylvania liberal arts college, and neighboring... 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 »

A Noise From Meat Grinder, Then a Horrifying Scene

Worker killed Monday in Pennsylvania meat-processing facility

(Newser) - "This was a horrible accident" seems an understatement considering how a plant worker died Monday in Pennsylvania. Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. said 35-year-old Jill Greninger fell or was pulled to her death inside a large commercial meat grinder she was operating at Economy Locker Storage Co.... More »

Dad Vents About Teacher. Now 16K Want Her Fired

Chris Piland's frustration triggers a Change.org petition

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania dad's frustration has boiled over and put his son's math teacher in the hot seat, Fox News reports. On Tuesday, Chris Piland posted a Facebook photo of his son's second-grade math assignment with a comment from the teacher: "Absolutely pathetic. He answered 13 in... More »

Suspect in 1981 Cold Case Nabbed After Asking Question

'Did you find the body?'

(Newser) - There's no body, no DNA evidence, and no confession. The Thursday arrest of the husband of a woman who vanished in Bucks County, Pa., in 1981 instead came after an odd question: "Did you find the body?" William Korzon, who had a history of assaulting his wife, asked... More »

Worker Rescues Stranded Cat, Gets Suspended

Verizon says he violated safety rules

(Newser) - A Verizon worker who rescued a stranded cat from a utility pole in Philadelphia has discovered that there's some truth in the saying "No good deed goes unpunished." The company suspended Maurice German for three weeks without pay after he used his bucket truck to rescue "... 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 »

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