WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017

14-Year-Old Fatally Shot In Mckeesport
MCKEESPORT (WPXI) - A 14-year-old was shot and killed Tuesday in McKeesport, police sources confirmed. Allegheny County emergency dispatchers received a call at 2:37 p.m. reporting shots fired in the 1300 block of Ridge Street. Police and paramedics who responded found the boy dead at the scene, Allegheny County police said.
County homicide has been called to assist. Sources said the teen was shot in the doorway of the home and that the shooting was not an accident. Investigators said there was a witness, but police had not given a description of the shooter or a possible motive. In the hours after the shooting, family and friends gathered to pray in front of the home. (Photo: WPXI)

Calif. Judge Blocks Trump Order On Sanctuary City Funds
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge in San Francisco has blocked a Trump administration order to withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities. U.S. District Judge William Orrick issued the temporary ruling Tuesday in a lawsuit over the executive order targeting so-called sanctuary cities. The decision will stay in place while the lawsuit moves through court. The Republican president's administration and two California governments that sued over the order disagreed about its scope. San Francisco and Santa Clara County argued that it threatened billions of dollars in federal funding. But an attorney for the Justice Department, Chad Readler, said at a recent court hearing that it applied to a limited set of grants. Readler said less than $1 million was at stake nationally and possibly no San Francisco funding.

Senate Confirms No. 2 At Justice; Will Lead Russia Probe
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has confirmed Rod Rosenstein as deputy attorney general, putting the longtime federal prosecutor in place to oversee a federal investigation into Russian influence in the U.S. elections. The vote was 94-6 on Tuesday. As the Justice Department's No. 2 official, Rosenstein is expected to head the investigation after the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who said he would step aside from any probes into the Trump campaign after revelations of unreported contacts with the Russian ambassador last year. The deputy attorney general is responsible for day-to-day operations and oversight of the Justice Department's law enforcement agencies such as the FBI. Rosenstein was appointed by President George W. Bush as U.S. attorney for Maryland in 2005 and then served for the duration of President Barack Obama's tenure.

Britain's Labour Party Vows Action On "Brexit" Plan
LONDON (AP) - Britain's opposition Labour Party says it will tear up the government's negotiating plan for Brexit and guarantee all European Union citizens in the U.K. the right to stay if it wins the June 8 national election. Prime Minister Theresa May says giving her Conservatives a bigger majority will strengthen Britain's hand in EU divorce talks. But Labour says May has weakened Britain's position by ruling out remaining in the EU single market. The party's Brexit spokesman, Keir Starmer, says a Labour government would seek to retain the benefits of single-market membership. And he says it's "shameful" that Britain has not guaranteed that the 3 million EU citizens living in the U.K. will be able to stay. Starmer said Tuesday that a Labour government will make that guarantee "on day one."

Memorial Planned At Site of Gay Nightclub Massacre
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The owner of a gay Florida nightclub that was the site of the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history wants to build a memorial on the club's property. Barbara Poma owns the Orlando-based club. She said Tuesday in a statement that she will announce details for a memorial next week. In the months after the massacre, the city of Orlando proposed buying the club for $2.25 million so it could be turned into a memorial, but Poma ultimately turned down that offer. Forty-nine people were killed, and dozens more injured, during the massacre at the gay nightclub last June. Gunman Omar Mateen was killed in a shootout with police after a three-hour standoff.

Pump Prices Still Climbing
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) - The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline jumped 3 cents nationally over the past two weeks, to $2.46. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that consumers could see price increases slow as crude oil costs drop. The national average is 28 cents per gallon above the price a year ago. Gas in San Francisco was the highest in the contiguous United States at an average of $3.04 a gallon Friday. The lowest was in Jackson, Mississippi, at $2.09 per gallon. The U.S. average diesel price is $2.59, up 1 cent from two weeks ago.

Disney Sets Release Date For Ninth 'Star Wars' Film
LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Star Wars: Episode IX" is coming to theaters on May 24, 2019. The Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday announced the summer date for the Colin Trevorrow-directed "Star Wars," as well as release dates for "Indiana Jones" and the live-action "Lion King." The fifth "Indiana Jones" film is set to arrive in theaters on July 10, 2020, with Steven Spielberg returning as director along with star Harrison Ford. Director Jon Favreau's live-action "Lion King" is expected debut on July 19, 2019. (Image: StarWars.Com)

 

Beth Center Superintendent Resigns
The Superintendent of the Beth Center School District in Washington County has reportedly resigned. Sources tell WJPA News that Linda Marcolini, of McDonald, who has served as the superintendent there since December, 2013, tendered her resignation during Monday night's school board meeting. School District Solicitor Jim Davis called the separation "mutual" and said that the reasons and other details of Marcolini's departure would remain confidential. Davis would not comment on whether the decision was tied with drunk driving charges against Marcolini several years ago. In that incident, Marcolini's blood alcohol content was reportedly twice the legal limit when she allegedly crashed into another vehicle in South Fayette. Davis says the separation will be effective April 30, and the district will engage an interim superintendant and begin searching for an individual to permanently fill the position. (Photo: Twitter)

Man Accused Of Luring Teenager To Motel
SOUTH STRABANE (WPXI) - Police say a homeless man targeted a 15-year-old boy right in front of the boy’s home. Police arrested 30-year-old Joseph Welty on felony sexual assault charges. South Strabane officers said Welty lured the boy away from his home by offering him alcohol, and took him to a Motel 6 on three occasions. (
Photo: WPXI)

 

 

Truck Crash Closes Part Of Route 28
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A tanker truck crash closed the inbound lanes of a major highway into Pittsburgh, creating rush-hour detours for thousands of morning commuters. The truck crashed into a concrete median on Route 28 near Millvale, just outside of the city limits, about 6 a.m. Tuesday. It wasn't immediately clear what caused the crash, and no injuries were reported. The highway into the city was closed as crews worked to clean up oil or fuel from the wreck, and to remove the truck. The left inbound lane reopened shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday. All lanes were open as of 5 p.m.

US EPA Sued Over Lake Erie's Toxic Algae
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Several environmental groups in Ohio and Michigan are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, saying the agency isn't doing enough to protect Lake Erie from toxic algae. The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday says the EPA needs to step in and take action under the Clean Water Act. Algae blooms in the shallowest of the Great Lakes have fouled drinking water in recent years and are a threat to wildlife and water quality. The groups suing the EPA want the agency to make a decision on whether the western part of the lake in Ohio and Michigan should be declared an impaired watershed. Doing that would pave the way for stricter pollution controls. A message seeking comment was left with the EPA.

Audit Rips Accounting In Pa. Jobless Benefit System
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A new audit says it's unclear if the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry properly spent millions in recent years on an unemployment compensation system that has melted down during a funding fight. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Tuesday the state spent nearly $180 million between 2013 and 2016 without proper accounting methods that would make clear how the money was doled out. The Democrat says the Labor and Industry Department needs about $64 million for computer system improvements. The department laid off nearly 500 workers in December after Senate Republicans blocked funding over concerns about propping up an inefficient system. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday signed a law providing $15 million for the agency as a short-term fix. Wolf says he'll bring back some of the laid-off employees.

DA: Doctor Touched Woman Inappropriately
MEDIA, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania ear, nose and throat doctor has been charged with indecently assaulting a 39-year-old female patient by touching her breasts and private areas during an exam. Defense attorney Arthur Donato says Dr. Mahmoud Ghaderi is "well-respected" and will defend himself against charges of aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault stemming from the April 19 exam. The Delaware County Daily Times says county prosecutors filed the charges Monday after determining there was "no medical reason" for him to touch the woman as he did. The woman tells investigators that Mahmoud complimented her on being young looking and after telling him she had a teenage daughter he responded by saying, "You had her when you were 2?" She says he then touched her improperly after suggesting her gynecologist wasn't properly treating her.

Lawmakers Eye More Changes To Graduation Exams
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - More bills are emerging in the Pennsylvania Legislature to end or loosen a requirement that students pass the Keystone Exams to graduate high school. One bill unveiled Tuesday would allow school districts, not the state, to decide whether to use the Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement. Another bill would expand the reasons that students can opt out of the tests to include philosophical or health concerns, in addition to religious objections. Both bills are backed by the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the state's largest teacher's union. A separate bill being introduced by the Senate Education Committee chairmen would end the Keystone Exams and use the SAT to meet federal accountability requirements. A requirement to show proficiency in algebra 1, biology and literature to graduate takes effect in the 2018-19 academic year.

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