FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014

Agreement Reached On Ukraine
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the U.S. and its allies are waiting to see if Russia follows through on an agreement reached Thursday in Geneva about the crisis in Ukraine. Speaking at the White House, Obama said he hopes Russia will honor its promises about intervention in the former Soviet state. If not, he says Moscow will face additional sanctions.

Eight Million Sign Up For Health Care
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges. The new total beats initial projections by 1 million people. Saying his health care program is working, he also noted that about 35 percent of those who signed up are under the age of 35. The enrollment of substantial numbers of younger, healthier Americans is crucial for the law's success.

Warrant Issue For Ship's Captain
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Prosecutors say they've asked a court to issue an arrest warrant for the captain of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago, leaving hundreds missing and feared dead. Prosecutors said today that they have also requested arrest warrants for two other crewmembers. The investigation into the ferry disaster has focused on the sharp turn it took just before it started listing and whether a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives. Investigators are also determining whether the captain abandoned the ship. Rescuers are struggling to find about 270 people still missing and feared dead. At least 28 bodies have been recovered. Officials said there were 179 survivors and about 270 people remain missing, many of them high school students.

Deaths On Mt. Everest
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - At least 12 people are now confirmed dead in an avalanche on Mt. Everest. The dead are all Sherpa guides who had set out early this morning to fix ropes for other climbers. Rescue workers pulled their bodies under mounds of snow and ice, and now they're searching for three other missing guides. Two others have been injured in what officials are calling the worst disaster to hit climbers on the mountain.

Sub Searches For Airplane
PERTH, Australia (AP) - A robotic submarine is once again scouring the seafloor of a section of the Indian Ocean for any signs of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. It's the Bluefin-21's fifth attempt to find wreckage or the plane's black boxes. The sub, which can create sonar maps of the ocean bottom, has now covered some 42 square miles, but so far it's found nothing.

Teen Faces Homicide By Vehicle Charge
A Fayette County woman has been charged with homicide by vehicle in connection with an accident that occurrred two years ago on South Masontown Road in German Township. State Police say 18-year-old Lindsey Skocik, the driver of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, failed to round a curve, and slammed into an embankment. Troopers say the jeep rolled over several times, ejecting Skocik and a passenger, 18-year-old Roxanne Wolfe, of German Township.

Attorney Pleads Guilty To Bringing Client Drugs
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A defense attorney has pleaded guilty to bringing heroin and other drugs to a client locked up in a southwestern Pennsylvania city's police booking center and will resign his law license. Thirty-five-year-old Brian Salisbury, of Newell, faces a recommended jail sentence of 11 1/2 to 23 months after agreeing to the plea deal Thursday in Fayette County. He will sign a letter resigning his law license and must resolve any court cases he's handling before he's formally disbarred on May 28, when he'll be sentenced. Uniontown police charged Salisbury in July after a surveillance camera showed him passing the drugs to a client who was in custody on a bench warrant. Salisbury's client told police he was an addict and had Salisbury bring him drugs so he could avoid withdrawal sickness while incarcerated.

 


 


 

Leak Discovered At Impoundment Site
The State Department of Environmental Protection is investigating the discovery of a tear, Wednesday, in a liner at a Range Resources Impoundment site in Washington County. DEP spokesman John Poister says the leak occurred at the John Day Impoundment site and they have yet to determine what caused it, but they do know that some of the soil underneath the impoundment has been contaminated, but they don't know, yet, to what extent. Poister says that although it is early in their investigation, Range will more than likely be cited for a violation of the state's oil and gas act. Poister says Range Resources has called in a consultant to work out a clean-up plan. Range Resources did not return WJPA Radio's call for comment.

Personal Information At Risk
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center now says the personal information of 27,000 of its workers might have been put at risk by identity thieves who have apparently used the information of 788 workers to file bogus federal tax returns. UPMC notes that no patient informationas been lost to the thieves, who are being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies. When UPMC first confirmed the problem in February, officials believed just 22 workers had their personal information used to file bogus tax returns. The hospital network, which has 62,000 employees, later said more than 300 workers had been victimized. The IRS says 1.2 million taxpayers were the victims of similar fraud in the 2012 fiscal year. The agency intercepted about 5 million bogus returns for the 2012 tax year.

New Charge Against Murder Suspect
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania man accused of having robbed and killed his next-door neighbors, two sisters of an Iowa state lawmaker, now also faces trial on charges that he stole another woman's wedding ring a year ago. State police in Greensburg allege that 43-year-old Allen Wade of East Liberty stole the ring while delivering a refrigerator to a home in April 2013. Westmoreland County Common Pleas Judge Rita Hathaway on Thursday agreed to schedule the case for trial.
Wade is awaiting trial in the slayings of 38-year-old Sarah Wolfe and 44-year-old Susan Wolfe, who were found shot to death in their basement in February. He is scheduled to be formally arraigned in that case next month.

Suit Filed Against Several State Universities
WASHINGTON (AP) - A women's legal organization claims that nine universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education have repeatedly failed to provide equal athletic opportunities for female students. The Title IX discrimination complaints by the Women's Law Project were submitted Wednesday to the U.S. Department of Education. The group cites data from each of the universities showing significant gaps between enrollment of female students and their participation rates in athletic programs. The complaints were made against nine of the 14 schools in the Pennsylvania system: Bloomsburg, Cheyney, Clarion, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville and Shippensburg. Kenn Marshall, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania system, says each of the universities remains committed to providing equal opportunities for female students.

Mazda Recall
DETROIT (AP) - Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute SUVs in cold-weather states to fix rusting frame parts. The recall covers SUVs from the 2001 through 2004 model years. Mazda says in documents filed with U.S. safety regulators that the frame can rust and a wheel control arm can separate from it. That could result in a loss of steering control. The SUVs were originally sold or registered in 20 states and Washington, D.C., where salt is used to clear snow and ice from roads. Dealers will install a reinforcement brace to fix the problem. Mazda says it will notify owners by letter when parts are available. The same problem caused a recall of nearly 386,000 older Ford Escapes earlier this month. The Escape and Tribute are nearly identical vehicles.

Border Deal
SAN DIEGO (AP) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it's reached an agreement with an investor group to clear the way for construction of the nation's first cross-border airport terminal connecting San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico. Construction has already begun on the Mexican side at Tijuana International Airport. Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske expects construction to begin on the U.S. side next month.

 

   
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