Local Man In Parkway East Accident
A Mcdonald man was the driver of a dump truck that overturned on the Parkway East Friday morning, spilling gravel on the road, and closing the highway for several hours. Authorities say 53-year-old Joseph Dolfi was driving east on Interstate 376 in Edgewood, around ten-thirty, when the load of sand in the truck shifted, causing the vehicle to overturn. The sand spilled across both eastbound lanes of the highway, and crews spent much of the day cleaning the roadway. The highway re-opened late Friday afternoon. Police say Dolfi sufffered minor injuries.
Police Chase Forces Brief Lockdown Of School
A Washington County elementary school was locked down for a short time Friday morning, while police pursued the driver of a car that had refused to stop for officers. Authorities say 56-year-old Lisa Eckert of Canonsburg failed to pull over when police tried to stop her, on Route 980, for an expired registration and no inspection. Police say she continued to drive, traveling onto Muse-Bishop Road, where she lost control of the vehicle, and two tires. They say she continued to drive on the rims, eventually stopping near Oak Road and Maple Street. Muse Elementary was locked down during the pursuit, but re-opened after police took Eckert into custody. Police say she faces multiple charges.
PennDOT will close the ramp on I-70 East leading to I-79 South in South Strabane Township Saturday to install a new surface. The work should only take a few hours. In Peters Township, Columbia Gas has finished paving East McMurray Road between Rt. 19 and Center Church Road. Both lanes are now open and no future delays are expected. In Pittsburgh, the outbound Parkway East will be closed this weekend from the Grant Street interchange to the Boulevard of the Allies on-ramp. The work starts tonight at 10 and should be done by 5 a.m. Monday.
Governor Will Sign Beer Bill
Freshly passed legislation to liberalize laws on the sale of beer in Pennsylvania is on its way to becoming law. Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement Thursday that he'll sign the bill. Under it, beer distributors would be allowed to sell suds in any quantities, including individual 32-ounce bottles, four-packs, six-packs and growlers. It also would let bars sell alcohol starting at 9 a.m. on Sundays, without a requirement to serve food, and allow consumers to legally participate in beer-of-the-month clubs that ship beer directly to their homes. Sporting venues also could sell mixed drinks.
Vehicles Hit By Rocks On I-376
BEAVER, Pa. (AP) - State police are investigating after three vehicles were hit with rocks thrown or dropped onto Interstate 376 in western Pennsylvania.
Troopers from the Beaver barracks say two food service trucks were hit with rocks shortly before 1 a.m. Monday in Brighton Township. About 30 minutes later, a passenger car was hit with a large piece of limestone that hit its hood and went through the windshield. Police didn't report injuries in either incident. In July 2014, a Uniontown, Ohio teacher was hit by a nearly 5-pound rock dropped from an overpass onto Interstate 80 in central Pennsylvania. She lost an eye and eventually had surgeries for other debilitating injuries. Four young men were prosecuted in that case and the teacher's husband later killed himself.
Two Freight Trains Collide Near Philadelphia
CHESTER, Pa. (AP) - Two freight trains have crashed head-on on tracks outside Philadelphia, injuring two crew members. A CSX spokesman says an empty freight train traveling to Pavonia Yard in Camden, New Jersey, from Richmond, Virginia, collided Friday morning with another CSX train carrying consumer goods and food products to Atlanta from Quebec, Canada. Neither train was carrying hazardous materials. Spokesman Rob Doolittle says two crew members were aboard each train during the crash at a track interlocking in Chester. He declined to comment on the extent of injuries suffered by the two employees. CSX personnel and local law enforcement are trying to determine how fast each train was traveling at the time and what caused the crash.
Arrests Top 100 At Pipeline Protest
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) - Authorities have updated to 141 the number of people arrested when law enforcement officers evicted protesters from private property in the path of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Donnell Hushka, a spokeswoman for the Morton County Sheriff's Department, says most of the protesters were arrested for conspiracy to endanger by fire or explosion, engaging in a riot and maintaining a public nuisance. The nearly six-hour operation to evict the protesters began at 11:15 a.m. Thursday. Hushka says protesters started numerous fires during the course of the day, including setting three pieces of construction equipment on fire.
Hate Crime Investigation Demanded
WIGGINS, Miss. (AP) - The mother of a black 15-year-old in Mississippi says when white schoolmates put a noose around her son and pulled it, they didn't leave a physical scar, but may have left a life-changing emotional wound.
The Stone County Sheriff's Department is investigating. Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson is calling for federal authorities to investigate a possible hate crime. The FBI says it's aware of the incident but wouldn't confirm or deny an investigation. One student has been suspended from school. Stacey Payton described her son as peaceful and said he was friends with the boys involved.
Jury Awards Woman $70 Million
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis jury has awarded a California woman more than $70 million in her lawsuit alleging that years of using Johnson & Johnson's baby powder caused her cancer, the latest case raising concerns about the health ramifications of extended talcum powder use. The jury ruling Thursday ended the trial that began Sept. 26 in the case brought by Deborah Giannecchini of Modesto, California. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012. The suit accused Johnson & Johnson of "negligent conduct" in making and marketing its baby powder. Earlier this year, two other lawsuits in St. Louis ended in jury verdicts worth a combined $127 million, but two others in New Jersey were thrown out by a judge who said there wasn't reliable evidence that talc leads to ovarian cancer. (Photo: AP)
FBI Reopens Clinton Email Probe
WASHINGTON (AP) - A U.S. official says the newly-discovered emails that will be examined by the FBI emerged from a sexting investigation of Anthony Weiner. He's the former congressman who is the estranged husband of Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin. The FBI says the emails appear to be related to its probe of Clinton's email practices. Agents will be looking to see whether there is classified information in them. The announcement revives one of the campaign's most toxic political issues less than two weeks before Election Day. (Photo: CNN)
Newly Leaked Emails Involve Clinton Foundation
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) - Donald Trump is seizing on revelations in hacked emails that show the overlapping relationships between the Clinton Foundation and the family's private enrichment. He is referring to a 2011 memo from longtime Bill Clinton aide Doug Band contained in Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's private emails. Band described how he encouraged his clients to contribute to the Clinton Foundation and hire Clinton for consulting and speaking gigs. Trump said: "If the Clintons were willing to play this fast and loose with their enterprise when they weren't in the White House, just imagine what they'll do," if they return. Trump was speaking at a rally in an agricultural space in Springfield, Ohio. It's his first of a trio of rallies across the must-win state on Thursday. (Photo: CNN)
American Airlines Plane Catches Fire In Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) - Authorities say an American Airlines plane caught fire and passengers were evacuated on the runway at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. An FAA spokesman says American Airlines Flight 383 was leaving Chicago for Miami this afternoon when it blew a tire and damaged an engine. The pilot aborted the takeoff and everyone was evacuated. There were no injuries. Television reports showed a large plume of black smoke coming from the Boeing 767, which appeared to be damaged at the rear.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy grew at a 2.9 percent rate in the July-September quarter, the strongest pace in two years, as the battered export sector rebounded and businesses finally began restocking their shelves at a faster clip. The Commerce Department says the increase in the gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic health, was double the 1.4 percent pace in the second quarter. GDP growth went into a pronounced slowdown late last year. Exporters were constrained by a rising dollar, which made their products more expensive on overseas markets, and businesses cut back on their inventory rebuilding in the face of weaker sales. With the dollar stabilizing, export sales rebounded in the summer and businesses picked up the pace of inventory building. Solid growth is also expected this quarter.
Ex-Coach Wins Defamation Case
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) - A jury has ruled in favor of a former Penn State assistant football coach in his defamation case against the university, awarding him more than $7 million in damages. Jurors deliberated about four hours before returning with their decision Thursday night. Mike McQueary claims he was defamed by a statement the school president released the day Jerry Sandusky was charged with child molestation. He also says he was retaliated against for helping with the Sandusky investigation.
Higher Costs For Health Insurance
UNDATED (AP) - Some Pennsylvanians who obtain their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act will contend with steep rate hikes and fewer choices as they head into the annual open enrollment period, which begins Nov. 1. An Associated Press analysis of data compiled by Avalere Health shows that some of the 440,000 Pennsylvania consumers who buy insurance through healthcare.gov will face some of the highest premium increases in the nation.
Senate Schedules Hearing On Proposed Merger
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing in December on the proposed $85 billion merger of communications giants AT&T and Time Warner. The Republican and Democratic leaders of the panel say the Dec. 7 hearing will focus on the planned merger's impact on consumers. There's bipartisan opposition to the proposed acquisition by broadband and wireless provider AT&T of Time Warner, which owns CNN, HBO and Warner Bros.
DETROIT (AP) - BMW is recalling more than 154,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. and Canada to fix a wiring problem that can cause engines to stall. The recall covers certain 5-Series and X5 models and some 6-Series and X6 vehicles from the 2007 to 2012 model years. The company says in documents filed with U.S. safety regulators that wiring to fuel pumps inside the gas tank may not have been properly crimped. That can cause the wires to come loose and melt a connector, causing a gas leak. That can stop the fuel pump from working and make engines stall. BMW says it doesn't know of any crashes or injuries from the problem. Dealers will replace the fuel pump module at no cost to owners. The recall is expected to begin Dec. 5.