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Oil and gas drillers rob elderly of royalties they owe retired landowners

By Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica Don Feusner ran dairy cattle on his 370-acre slice of northern Pennsylvania until he could no longer turn a profit by farming. Then, at age 60, he sold all but a few Angus and aimed for a comfortable retirement on money from drilling his land for…

Terminally ill 2-year-old dies after serving as ‘best man’ at parents’ wedding

By Francesca Trianni (Reuters) – A terminally ill 2-year-old Pennsylvania boy who served as best man at his parents wedding this weekend has died, his mother said. Logan Stevenson, who had leukemia, died in his mother’s arms on Monday night at the family’s home in western Pennsylvania. “He is with…

Heroic teen saves Pennsylvania girl from kidnapper

A heroic 15-year-old boy on a bicycle saved a 5-year-old Pennsylvania girl from a kidnapper over the weekend, becoming a community hero in the process. Missing for nearly two-and-a-half-hours, authorities were only moments away from issuing an Amber Alert for the girl when she was returned, CNN reported Monday. Speaking…

Pennsylvania man arrested for recording his teen son setting a 7-year-old boy on fire

A Pennsylvania man was arraigned Wednesday for allegedly dousing a 7-year-old boy with nail polish remover and then letting his son light the boy on fire. Edward B. Myers, 35, of Saxonburg was dating the boy’s mother, according to local media reports. The boy said Myers’ two sons, ages 15…

Pennsylvania girl eligible for adult organ donation after ruling

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A 10-year old girl with cystic fibrosis who had been kept off an adult organ transplant list due to an age-restriction rule will now be eligible for an adult lung transplant, a federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled on Wednesday. The family of Sarah Murnaghan, a patient…

Pennsylvania parents arrested after driving daughter in dog cage

A Pennsylvania couple was arrested Monday night after motorists spotted them allegedly transporting their 10-year-old daughter inside a dog cage on the back of a pickup. The Pittsburgh Tribune reported on Tuesday that the child’s mother, 29-year-old Abbey Carlson and stepfather, 30-year-old Thomas Fishinger, were charged with endangering the welfare…

Pennsylvania man injured by dog-driven car: report

A Pennsylvania man was injured Wednesday morning just before noon when he was struck by a car that police said was propelled by a dog that was left unattended in the cabin. Police in York, Pennsylvania told The York Daily Record that they received a call about a man laying…

U.S. candidate Santorum’s daughter leaves hospital

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum will resume campaigning on Tuesday after his daughter was released from hospital and returned home, his campaign said. “Rick and Karen are happy to announce that their daughter Bella has been discharged from the hospital and returned home earlier Monday evening,” spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement.…

Will Santorum surge — or sink — in Pennsylvania?

The rally here began — as most Rick Santorum campaign events do — with a prayer. But barring divine intervention, it will take a change of heart by much of Pennsylvania’s diverse electorate to help the religious arch-conservative win his home state and stay in the hunt for the Republican…

Pennsylvania lawmaker sued over ‘Year of the Bible’ resolution

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit over a Pennsylvania resolution declaring 2012 as “The Year of the Bible.” Rep. Rick Saccone (R), who sponsored the resolution and has been named as a defendant in FFRF’s lawsuit, said the resolution “serve[d] as a reminder that we must…

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