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A secret Santa has stunned shoppers in Pennsylvania by dropping $50,000 to buy 100 people their layaway gifts at Wal-Mart.
The anonymous donor mysteriously dropped off a check at a Silver Springs Commons store on Monday morning, reports The Patriot-News.
The "layaway angel" ? as he's been dubbed ? didn't want his name to be revealed and said he should just be called "Santa B."
Tanisha Burton, of Harrisburg, was astonished to find the $200 she had left to pay for toys for her daughter already covered when she went to the store later that day.
"It was definitely a surprise, and a blessing," she told The Patriot-News.
"I'm overwhelmed, and I guess relieved. I'm just disappointed I couldn't say thank you," added Robert Carolus, of Mifflin County, who also arrived to find his bill settled.
Burston and Carolus were just two out of 100 customers who had their balances paid.
Store manager Steve Myers said he'd seen $2,000 to $3,000 donations dropped off before ? but never so much as $50,000.
"He said he wanted to help take care of folks ? to bring everyone a special Christmas," Myers said.
Wal-Mart spokesman John Forrest Ales said the generous amount was "certainly high" ? but not a record.
And he revealed two similar donations of $51,000 and $59,000 had also been dropped off in Florida on the same day.
"It's amazing to see the random acts of kindness that happen at the holidays," he said.
"It's incredible customers are coming in and wanting to help their neighbors by covering their layaway balances for the season," he added.
A Pennsylvania family claims their house is haunted and has the pictures to prove it. CNN affiliate WPMT reports.
A home in Hanover, York County will be featured on a national TV show on Saturday. The homeowners say their house is severely haunted, with multiple ghosts and other entities.
Homeowner DeAnna Simpson says they?ve lived in the home for seven years, and put everything they had into buying it. She says she and her husband didn?t find out it was haunted until soon after they moved in.
?We put everything into this house,? says Simpson. ?And we do want to move, but we would have to list it at such a price where we could recoup what we put in.?
Simpson has ghostly photos, as well as photos from something that scratches people who come inside. She also has audio recordings of voices, children laughing, and dogs barking that were not in the house.
?Five plus,? she says of the number of ghosts in the house. ?I have some here that are protecting me, some women here that are protecting me, but the majority are bad, dark forces, inhuman.?
Simpson says one of the entities in the house is a demon. It appears in a photo as a 7-foot-tall shadow figure. While we were there, Simpson recorded orbs on her cell phone camera and it caught a clip of a shadowy hand reaching out.
When FOX43?s cameras went inside, our photojournalist Nick Petrillo felt his hand burning and saw a scratch on his wrist. Simpson put Holy water on him.
FEASTERVILLE, PA ? A dead body on a gurney fell out of a coroner's van when a door malfunctioned, sending the corpse into the middle of a busy roadway in Pennsylvania.
The Bucks County Courier Times reports the accident happened around noon on Friday near a shopping center in Feasterville, Pennsylvania.
A photo on the newspaper's website shows the corpse, wrapped in what appears to be a white sheet, lying in the street as cars buzz by. The Bucks County Coroner's Office says the driver realized immediately that the door had opened and retrieved the body within minutes. The office says it "deeply regrets" the incident.
A passer-by who helped get the body into the van says he thought it was a prank, calling it "the most bizarre thing" he'd ever seen.
SCOTT TOWNSHIP (KDKA) ? A man shopping at a Walmart in the South Hills got more than a bargain while shopping for some bananas.
He got a pinch from a scorpion.
The man says a Wal-Mart representative told him even the fruit company was surprised that a scorpion would be able to survive the long journey in a box of bananas.
It happened at the Washington Pike store around 2 p.m. Wednesday.
The man, from the South Hills, didn?t want to be identified.
?Standing there in a state of disbelief, not really believing that a scorpion had just grabbed onto me in Scott Township,? he told KDKA.
The man had his 2-year-old and 3-year-old children in the cart when he reached into the box of bananas and felt a pinch.
?I yanked my arm out and flung it, and this scorpion flopped to the ground,? he said. ?I was standing there in disbelief looking and there was another shopper there and people started to converge, and sure enough it was a scorpion.?
The South Hills man threw a lid over and quickly killed it.
He wasn?t seriously injured, but did see a doctor to check it out. The man says the experience has made him think twice before reaching into a box of bananas again.
The man says Wal-Mart did offer to pay for his medical bills.
Boosting a naturally occurring protein may help the body to detect and fend off certain viral infections on its own.
The discovery could lead to new, more effective treatments for many dangerous viruses ? such as hepatitis C and influenza.
In a new study published in the journal Immunity, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) detailed their investigation into the protein oligoadenylate synthetases-like, or OASL. They revealed that by amplifying OASL in human cells, they were able to effectively inhibit viral replication.
According to the researchers, OASL is a key component of the body?s innate immune system, a subsystem of the overall immune system that allow our cells to intrinsically defend against pathogens.
?It was initially thought the [adaptive] immune system is all we have to protect against invasion ? the one that makes antibodies and cells that can essentially destroy infected cells,? lead author Saumendra Sarkar, assistant professor of microbiology and molecular genetics at UPCI, told FoxNews.com. ?But what was missing for a while is that every cell has an intrinsic ability to detect some of these invasions by pathogens? and then [they] can mount a cellular resistance.?
OASL plays an important role in a process known as RNA sensing. Hepatitis C, influenza, the childhood respiratory illness RSV, and many other viruses are known as ribonucleic acid (RNA) viruses. When these pathogens spread throughout the body, they will inject their genetic material ? comprised of RNA ? inside of healthy cells, taking them over and replicating to form new viruses.
Sarkar and his team discovered that OASL acts as a sensing mechanism inside of cells, detecting when foreign RNA is injected and alerting other cells to the virus?s presence. This helps to activate the innate immune system, causing other cells to sense the virus and inhibit its spread.