FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2014

Gas Prices Down
NEW YORK (AP) - Motorists throughout the U.S. should have a little more money to spend on something else besides gasoline. AAA says the average price of gas has hit $3 a gallon, and it's expected to go even lower. This month, the price at the pump fell 33 cents, thanks mainly to dropping oil prices. The cheapest gas is in South Carolina and Tennessee, costing an average of $2.75 a gallon.

Police Barracks Shooter Appears In Court
MILFORD, Pa. (AP) - Residents of a northeastern Pennsylvania community have had a chance to vent their anger at Eric Frein (freen), the man who's accused in the fatal shooting of a state trooper seven weeks ago.
As troopers led him away from his first court appearance today, onlookers shouted, "Why did you do it?" They had earlier jeered Frein as he arrived at the courthouse. He wasn't asked to enter a plea today to charges including first-degree murder. Frein was captured late yesterday near an abandoned hangar. Pike County District Attorney Raymond Tonkin says Frein's capture brought some comfort to the region after an "unimaginable loss of unspeakable proportions." State police say troopers have been interviewing the 31-year-old survivalist but won't disclose details of what he's said or a possible motive.

Plane Crash Kills Four
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Crews in Kansas will begin recovering the bodies of the four people killed when a small plane crashed into a building at the airport in Wichita. A federal investigator says the pilot reported a problem with the aircraft's left engine soon after taking off from the airport yesterday morning. The dead are believed to be the pilot and three people who were in a flight simulator inside the building the plane hit.

Lava Flow Brings Out National Guard
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) - The Hawaii National Guard is sending troops to the town of Pahoa, on the Big Island, as lava makes a slow crawl toward a major road and threatens to further isolate the community. More than 80 troops will help provide security and help with a roadblock and other safety issues. Lava from the Kilauea volcano has been sliding toward the ocean since June. Last month, scientists said it was two weeks away from hitting Pahoa's main road. So far it's consumed a shed, but no homes.

More Mudslides Possible
KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka (AP) - Authorities in Sri Lanka are warning of more landslides at a tea plantation where a deadly torrent of mud swept away scores of homes this week and may have killed up to 200 people. Disaster officials say about 100 people died Wednesday morning when monsoon rains unleashed a cascade of muddy earth at the tea plantation, but many villagers believe it was double that number.


Five Cal-U Football Players Arrested
CALIFORNIA, Pa. (AP) - A state university in western Pennsylvania says it's forfeiting an upcoming football game after five players were arrested in connection with a violent assault outside an off-campus restaurant. California University of Pennsylvania immediately suspended the players Thursday and told the state athletic conference the Division II football team won't play Saturday against Gannon University. Police say the players attacked Lewis Campbell around 2 a.m., Thursday as he tried to stop an argument between his girlfriend and a player. They say the players beat and stomped the 30-year-old Campbell and yelled "football strong" as they fled in a car. The players are jailed on charges of aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, harassment and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault. Campbell is in intensive care with a severe brain injury.


Judge Rejects Ebola Quarantine For Nurse
FORT KENT, Maine (AP) - A Maine judge has rejected a bid by state health officials to restrict the movement of nurse Kaci Hickox, who defied a quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients. Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere ruled Friday that she should continue daily monitoring and coordinate travel with state officials so monitoring can continue. But, because she's not showing symptoms, the judge says she's not infectious. The state went to court Thursday to impose restrictions until the 21-day incubation period for Ebola ends on Nov. 10. Hickox, who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, contended confinement at her home in northern Maine violated her rights. She also contended it's not necessary because she poses no risk. She defied the state's voluntary quarantine by holding a news conference and going for a bike ride.

Turn Your Clocks Back This Weekend
Don't forget, this weekend, turn your clocks back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday. Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 A.M. Sunday morning, and we return to Standard Time.

 

WesBanco Buys ESB Bank
ELLWOOD CITY, Pa. (AP) - WesBanco Inc. is buying western Pennsylvania's ESB Bank for $325 million in cash and stock giving the West Virginia-based bank an even bigger presence in the greater Pittsburgh market. WesBanco, which is based in Wheeling, West Virginia, will add 23 branches in four western Pennsylvania counties as well as $1.9 billion in assets and $1.3 billion in deposits. ESB was founded more than 90 years ago as Ellwood Federal Savings and Loan in Ellwood City, about 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. The thrift's chief executive officer, Charlotte Zuschlag, says "the time was right" for ESB Bank to be bought out by a larger entity. WesBanco CEO Todd Clossin says the deal will mean 30 percent of WesBanco's business will be located in western Pennsylvania.

Election Coverage On WJPA
The November 4th General Election includes several local races and WJPA News will be featuring interviews with candidates in several key races. Today, WJPA will be talking with incumbent Democratic State Senator Tim Solobay and his Republican challenger Camera Bartolotta.

Three Dead In Train/SUV Crash
VANDALIA, Ill. (AP) - Officials in Vandalia, Illinois believe the bars and lights at a train crossing were working properly when a freight train struck an SUV last night, killing three people and injuring two others. The coroner in Fayette County says the dead are a woman, a boy and a girl, all related. The accident happened just minutes before the start of Vandalia's Halloween Parade, which went ahead as planned.

Wal-Mart Ups Ante On Holiday Shopping
NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart is doing whatever it takes to rope in holiday shoppers however they want to buy. For the first time, Wal-Mart is offering free shipping on what it considers the season's top 100 hottest gifts, from board games to items related to Disney's hit film "Frozen," starting Saturday. Wal-Mart is also planning to offer discounts, or what it refers to as "rollbacks," on more than 20,000 items ranging from groceries to TVs, starting Saturday. The timing is similar to last year, but the discounter says the assortment is broader. Wal-Mart's move underscores how stores stepping up their game for the holiday shopping season, which accounts for about 20 percent of the retail industry's annual sales.

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