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Anti-fracking activist heads to court after being banned from 40 percent of Pennsylvania county

By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – An anti-fracking activist is set to ask a Pennsylvania judge on Monday to lift an injunction that bars her from her local hospital, grocery and other properties that sit atop vast lands leased by a Texas-based company for shale gas extraction. A five-month-old…

‘Craigslist’ murder suspect claims ‘at least’ 22 victims

A woman arrested in Pennsylvania for murder claims she has killed more than 20 people in several US states, a newspaper that interviewed her reported on Sunday. Nineteen-year-old Miranda Barbour told the Daily Item newspaper in Sunbury, Pennsylvania……

Family thwarts child kidnapping, beats and holds abductor for police

An Upper Darby, Pennsylvania  family thwarted the attempted kidnapping of a six-year-old member of the family by jumping in front the abductor’s car and then beating and holding him until the police arrived. According to philly.com, an intoxicated Christopher Tucker, 29, offered to buy  snacks for the six-year-old boy at…

Lethal batches of ‘bad heroin’ hit East Coast the same week Philip Seymour Hoffman died

For the past three weeks, authorities have been tracking batches of deadly fentanyl-laced heroin that has been moving east from Pittsburgh. Twenty-two people in western Pennsylvania died of overdoses in the past week. Authorities believe that most of the deaths were related to heroin laced with fentanyl, a powerful narcotic…

Pennsylvania assault suspect arrested after sharing cops’ Facebook photo of him

Police in Freeland, Pennsylvania got an online assist in nabbing an assault suspect — from the suspect’ himself. The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reported that 35-year-old Anthony James Lescowitch brought himself to authorities’ attention after sharing the local police department’s Facebook picture of himself on his own page Monday night. Police…

Pennsylvania man brutally beats and rapes 85-year-old nun

An 18-year-old Pennsylvania man was arrested Friday for the brutal beating and rape of an elderly Catholic nun. Police claim that Andrew Bullock approached the 85-year-old retired nun in the parking lot of St. Titus Church in Aliquippa and asked her if she needed help. When she indicated that she…

Pennsylvania commissioner: If same sex couples get benefits then dogs are next

A county commissioner in Pennsylvania this week said that he opposed providing health care benefits to partners in same sex relationships because the government would also have to give money to people’s pets. Lehigh County Commissioner Tom Creighton on Wednesday explained that he was offering an amendment to strip the…

Fracking wastewater contaminated Pennsylvania streambeds, study finds

A natural gas well is drilled near Canton, in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, in Jan., 2012. Bradford County is currently ground zero for fracking the Marcellus shale in the Northeastern United States. (Les Stone/Reuters) Despite being treated, wastewater……

Pennsylvania lawmaker: Gay conversion therapy ‘about punishment,’ not treatment

Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims (D) announced on Wednesday that he had joined with state Rep. Gerald Mullery (D) to introduce a bill to ban LGBT “reparative therapy” because the practice was science fiction and was more “about punishment” than treatment. At a press conference at the Attic Youth Center…

Pennsylvania voter ID law blocked again in court

By Dave Warner Philadelphia (Reuters) – An appellate court on Friday ruled that Pennsylvania will once again be prohibited from enforcing its controversial voter identification law at the polls in November. Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley issued an injunction that prohibits use of the law at the general election on…

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