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Pennsylvania lawmakers weigh adopting the long rifle as the official state firearm

By David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) – Pennsylvania lawmakers on Wednesday moved closer to adopting the long rifle as the official state firearm, a step already taken by four other U.S. states. The House of Representatives voted 157-39 to give the title to the Pennsylvania Long Rifle, a weapon with…

PA. teen accused of killing cabbie for taking the long route

(Reuters) – A teenager who thought a Pennsylvania taxi driver was taking a long route to charge him extra money has been accused of killing the cabbie, police said. Aazis Richardson, 16, was charged with murder and robbery after admitting the crime to police, according to a criminal complaint filed…

Federal judge strikes down same-sex marriage ban in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – A federal judge on Tuesday struck down Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage, the latest in a series of court decisions across the nation determining gay couples’ rights to wed. The ruling makes Pennsylvania the 19th U.S. state to allow gay marriage in a trend that has…

Penn. Governor Corbett drops court fight for voter ID law

By Dave Warner PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett said on Thursday he would not appeal a court ruling that struck down a controversial law requiring registered voters to show photo identification. The decision is the latest in a string of victories against voter-ID laws, which have become a…

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…

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