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Family of Teen Executed, Then Exonerated: 'They Need to Pay'

Alexander McClay Williams was exonerated of murder in 2022, nearly a century after he died

(Newser) - The family of the youngest person ever executed in the state of Pennsylvania—a Black 16-year-old sent to the electric chair in 1931 and exonerated by the governor in 2022—is suing the county that prosecuted him. Alexander McClay Williams was convicted of murder in the October 1930 icepick stabbing...

Rogue Raccoon Delights Fans at Major League Soccer Game

'SIGN HIM NOW!' was MLS' response in Philly

(Newser) - "We need to find him a ball because he's moving very well in the center of midfield." Those were a commentator's words during a Major League Soccer matchup this week between the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC, though the description wasn't about one...

'Killer Nurse' Hears Her Fate: 'Have Fun With the Devil'

Heather Pressdee gets 3 life sentences for administering excess insulin that led to 17 deaths

(Newser) - No one has to worry about Heather Pressdee ever taking care of a patient again. The 41-year-old dubbed the "killer nurse" by her own colleagues pleaded guilty to murder and other charges on Thursday, avoiding the death penalty but earning herself three consecutive life sentences for first-degree murder, plus...

Cops Tell UPenn They're Not Touching Encampment

At least not yet, per the department, saying there's no 'imminent danger' from pro-Palestinian protest

(Newser) - Amid the pro-Palestinian protests happening at college campuses around the nation, "all eyes" in Philly have been trained on the encampment at the University of Pennsylvania, where protests and counterprotests about the war in Gaza have been taking place since last month. The demonstrators have said they won't...

Man Loses Emotional Support Gator: 'Bring My Baby Back'

Joie Henney was vacationing in Georgia when Wally vanished

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man who credits an alligator named Wally for helping relieve his depression for nearly a decade says he's searching for the reptile after it went missing during a vacation to the coast of Georgia. Joie Henney has thousands of social media users following his pages devoted to...

Pennsylvania Primaries Set Up Tough Senate Fight

Biden, Trump scored wins in battleground state

(Newser) - Tuesday was primary day in Pennsylvania and, to nobody's surprise, the AP called the Democratic and Republican races for President Biden and Donald Trump soon after polls closed at 8pm. Both men have locked up their nominations and major rivals have dropped out, though they still campaigned in the...

NTSB Report Highlights Disturbing Details of Pilot's Fall

Agency says Ronald Snyder may have unlatched seatbelt to inspect aircraft, passenger was helpless

(Newser) - Before a two-seater plane crashed near a Pennsylvania farm in 2022, its passenger sat by helplessly after the pilot fell out. That's according to a National Transportation Safety Board report released Wednesday, describing the crash of an "experimental amateur-built" Bearhawk Patrol plane near Pennsylvania's Hanover Township on...

Trump Blames Iran's Strike, Trial, Price of Gas on Democrats

Campaign rallies in Pennsylvania hear Democrats called communists, fascists

(Newser) - In his final campaign appearances before going on trial, Donald Trump cast President Biden and his fellow Democrats as "communists," "fascists," and "demented tyrants" responsible for Iran's strike against Israel, his upcoming criminal prosecution, and a list of other happenings. In return, he received...

Cops: Man in Scream Mask Used Chainsaw in Killing

Zac Moyer told cops he wanted to 'scare' neighbor

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man allegedly dressed up as the killer from Scream and attacked his neighbor with a knife and a chainsaw, police say. Zak Moyer, 30, has been charged with homicide and is being held without bail in the killing of 59-year-old Carbon County resident Edward Whitehead Jr., CBS News...

Across 2 States, a Carjacking Killing Spree

Andre Gordon Jr., 26, is in custody, accused of murdering 3 family members in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - A man faces murder charges in Pennsylvania and carjacking and weapons charges in New Jersey after allegedly killing three family members, carjacking vehicles in both states, and evading law enforcement for hours as police mobilized, authorities said Sunday. Andre Gordon Jr., 26, is charged in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with three...

Pennsylvania Home Explodes, Killing 2

Cause of the blast, which leveled the home, under investigation

(Newser) - A massive explosion killed two people and destroyed a house in the Pittsburgh area near the Ohio River, authorities said Tuesday. Aerial images from the scene in Crescent Township in the northwest Pittsburgh suburbs showed smoking ruins with the structure reduced to rubble and some large pieces lodged in trees...

Mauled by Black Bear, Woman Says, 'I Thought I'd Die'

Pennsylvania's Lee Ann Galante barely escaped, along with her Pomeranian

(Newser) - "She was very, very powerful. And very, very angry." That's how Lee Ann Galante describes the black bear she battled in a fight to save herself and her 8-pound Pomeranian. The dental hygienist from Pennsylvania's Butler Township had put the dog, Smokie, outside around 8:30pm...

3 Trains Crash in Pennsylvania
3 Trains Crash in Pennsylvania

3 Trains Crash in Pennsylvania

Officials say no injuries were reported

(Newser) - Authorities say three trains were involved in a collision and derailment in eastern Pennsylvania on Saturday morning that caused no reported injuries or evacuations but left railroad cars scattered along a riverbank and at least one partially in the river. Officials in Northampton County said the derailment was reported at...

Curator of 'Macabre' Museum Gets Macabre Package in Mail

Anonymous mailing of 2 preserved fetuses prompts Philly's Mutter Museum to call the cops

(Newser) - On Tuesday, Anna Dhody, the curator of Philadelphia's Mutter Museum—known for its "macabre curiosities" —received a package at work addressed to her, with no return address. What she found inside has now started a police investigation: two preserved fetuses floating in fluid in glass jars, with...

After a Gruesome Murder, a Horrifying YouTube Video

Pennsylvania's Justin Mohr accused of decapitating his 'traitor' father, displaying head in online clip

(Newser) - January has come to a gruesome end in Pennsylvania's Bucks County, where a man has been accused of beheading his own father and displaying his head in a grisly YouTube video. Law enforcement sources tell the Philadelphia Inquirer that 32-year-old Justin Mohn was arrested Tuesday night in Fort Indiantown...

Pennsylvania Governor's New Slogan Is NSFW

Pennsylvania's Josh Shapiro motto: 'Get s--- done,' or 'GSD'

(Newser) - Gov. Josh Shapiro has a new slogan for how he wants to run Pennsylvania—and it's not fit for kids' ears. "We've got a GSD attitude in the Shapiro administration that means we focus on getting, you know, stuff done," he told a news conference Monday....

Retiring Soon? Consider These States

Florida comes in first in WalletHub's rankings; Kentucky is last

(Newser) - Whether you're nearing retirement age or simply planning way ahead, where you ultimately stick out your golden years can make a big difference in how you live those years, and how much it affects your pocketbook. WalletHub looked at all 50 states, using nearly four dozen metrics in three...

5 People Stopped on Interstate Are Killed

Tractor-trailer slams into crashed minivan in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - Five women from New York were killed when a tractor-trailer struck people at the scene of a minivan crash on Interstate 81 in snowy northeastern Pennsylvania, state police said Wednesday. The minivan, which was carrying four women, went out of control in the northbound lanes of I-81 in Lackawanna County,...

'True Miracle' Arrives at Animal Shelter for the Holidays

Pennsylvania-based SPCA announces it has no more dogs at facility, for first time in 47 years

(Newser) - In what staff is calling a "true miracle," a Pennsylvania animal shelter has some good news for Christmas: Before the long holiday weekend, it had a grand total of zero dogs housed within its walls. CNN reports on the impressive accomplishment of the Adams County SPCA, which noted...

Fetterman: Both Right and Left 'Are Hoping That I Die'

Democratic senator takes flak over pro-Israel stance, balks at 'progressive' label for himself

(Newser) - John Fetterman has been a staunch, vocal supporter of Israel since the Oct. 7 terrorist attack by Hamas, advocating for the return of Israeli hostages, slamming calls for a ceasefire in Gaza, even draping himself in the Israeli flag on occasion. Thanks to this stance, 16 former campaign staffers have...

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