TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2016

Cosby Ordered To Stand Trial
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Bill Cosby has been ordered to stand trial in the lone criminal case lodged amid dozens of accusations that he molested women. The 78-year-old actor faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of violating the accuser while she was impaired, unconscious or could not give consent. Cosby insists their sexual encounter at his home was consensual and that she never told him to stop. He has been free on $1 million bail since his Dec. 30 arrest. District Judge Elizabeth McHugh found probable cause he was involved in a crime. The judge heard portions of accuser Andrea Constand's police statement read in court. The Montgomery County case is the only criminal charge facing Cosby, though he is also battling defamation, sex-assault and insurance lawsuits in other states. Cosby is due back for arraignment on July 20.(photo: AP)

Clinton Predicts Fewer Jobs If Trump Elected
DETRIOT (AP) - Hillary Clinton spent the day telling thousands of unionized works that Donald Trump's policies would lead to lower wages, fewer jobs and more debt. And she also told the Service Employees International Union convention that she thanks Bernie Sanders and his supporters for "challenging us." But Clinton, who has a big lead in the delegate count, doesn't seem to think she needs to be challenged by her Democratic rival any longer-- at least not in one last debate. Her campaign has denied Fox News' request to host the pair in a debate ahead of California's June 7 primary.

Sanders' Campaign Requests Recanvass In Kentucky
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign is requesting a recanvass in Kentucky's presidential primary, where he trails Hillary Clinton by less than one-half of 1 percent of the vote. The Sanders campaign says it will ask the Kentucky secretary of state to have election officials review electronic voting machines and absentee ballots from last week's primary in each of the state's 120 counties. Clinton holds 1,924-vote lead over Sanders out of 454,573 votes cast. The Associated Press had not called the race, despite Clinton's slight lead, in the event that Sanders might ask to recanvass the vote. A recanvass is not a recount but a review of the voting totals. Both Clinton and Sanders received 27 delegates, but one delegate remains to be allocated in a congressional district that includes Frankfort and Lexington.

Road Will Re-Open After Gas Pipeline Explosion
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - The company that owns an underground natural gas pipeline that exploded into a massive fireball last month says a western Pennsylvania highway damaged in the blast should reopen by Friday. Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials tell the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/1Xug5fk ) that Spectra Energy Corp. has said repairs to Route 819 should be complete by then. The April 29 explosion scorched 40 acres, seriously burning a man whose home was destroyed and damaging several other structures in Salem Township, about 25 miles east of Pittsburgh. The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has reported finding corrosion indicating a "possible flaw" In materials used to coat welded joints of the 30-inch pipeline installed in 1981. PennDOT must sign off on the repairs before the road reopens.

Lawsuit Filed Over Ohio's Early Voting
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that a law trimming early voting in swing-state Ohio is unconstitutional and cannot be enforced. The state's Democratic Party was among the plaintiffs who sued Ohio's elections chief over a series of Republican-backed voting changes. Such policies included the elimination of a week of early voting in which Ohioans could also register to vote - a period known as golden week. Democrats claimed the change disproportionately burdened black voters. U.S. District Judge Michael Watson sided with Democrats on that claim. He ruled Tuesday that the early voting cut violates the Voting Rights Act and voters' equal protection rights. But he sided with the state on other challenged policies in the case. The state argued the changes were minor and Ohioans had many opportunities to vote.

Obama Addresses Human Rights In Vietnam
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -President Barack Obama says he's not singling out Vietnam when he talks about human rights. But he says nations are more successful when universal rights are upheld. Obama is addressing the Vietnamese people during his three-day visit to the country. Obama says "no nation is perfect," and that the U.S. isn't trying to impose its form of government on Vietnam.

Changes At TSA
WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of security operations at the Transportation Security Administration has been replaced. That's the word from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Kelly Hoggan's ouster comes amid major problems with the TSA, including massive security lines at airports this summer, causing people to miss their flights. The Homeland Security Inspector General previously revealed that agency employees failed to find dangerous items in more than 95 percent of covert tests at multiple U.S. airports.

Crash Injures Three Local Teens
An investigation is underway into an accident early Tuesday morning on Lynn Portal Road in Mount Pleasant Township. State Police say three Washington County teenagers, all aged nineteen, were hurt, after they crashed their car into a tree, following a high speed chase by police. Troopers say they were initiating a traffic stop when the vehicle sped up. Rachel Phillips, of Washington, and Timothy Romenetti Jr., were not wearing seatbelts, and were both ejected from the vehicle. Both were taken to UPMC Hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment of serious injuries. Shea Carroll of Washington ,who was wearing a seatbelt, suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Washington Hospital for treatment. (Photo: WPXI-TV)

NAACP Sponsors Opiod Update
The Pennsylvania Secretary of Drug and Alcohol attended a meeting at the Nazareth Baptist Church last night to meet with community leaders and update residents on drug and alcohol programs. Gary Tennis said as many as ten Pennsylvanians die every day from overdoses. He said government funding only covers about ten percent of what's needed to treat addictions and that multiple prevention programs for kids are no longer funded. Tennis praised officials like District Attorney Gene Vittone and the Executive Director of the Washington County Drug and Alcohol Commission, Cheryl Andrews, for leading the local fight in combating addiction. The event was hosted by the Washington Branch of the NAACP.

First Responders Recognized For Narcan Saves
On Tuesday, Commonwealth Secretary Gary Tennis of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs recognized police departments who are implementing the medication return box program, which provides the public with a safe alternative of disposing medication. In addition, Tennis also acknowledged 46 first responders who have utilized narcan to reduce the effects of an overdose due to herion or opioid drugs. These first responders have saved 61 lives since the end of June last year. The event was hosted by the Washington County District Attorney's Office and the Washington Drug and Alcohol Commission.

Toyota Investing In Uber
NEW YORK (AP) - Toyota is investing in Uber, making it the latest car company to put money in a ride-hailing app. The Japanese company did not say how much the investment is worth. As part of the deal, Uber drivers can lease Toyota vehicles with money earned from their driving. Investing in cab-hailing services can be a way for automakers to sell more cars. Earlier this year, General Motors Co. invested $500 million in Uber rival Lyft. Toyota is investing in Uber alongside Mirai Creation Investment Limited Partnership, an investment fund backed by Toyota and Japanese bank Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp.

Airbag Recall At Toyota
DETROIT (AP) - Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling nearly 1.6 million vehicles in the U.S. to replace potentially faulty front passenger air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. of Japan. The recall includes Toyota, Scion and Lexus models from the 2006-2011 model years. The air bags can deploy with too much force and spew shrapnel into the vehicle. They are responsible for at least 11 deaths worldwide. The U.S. government said earlier this month that it was expanding and accelerating the ongoing recall of Takata air bags. Seventeen automakers - including Toyota - are adding 35 million to 40 million inflators to the 28.8 million that have already been called back for replacement. Toyota said it will notify customers by mail.

Fewer Americans Smoking
NEW YORK (AP) - The nation seems to be kicking its smoking habit faster than ever before. A new government report says the rate of smoking among adults in the U.S. fell to 15 percent last year. That's the biggest one-year decline in more than 20 years. Experts attribute recent smoking declines to anti-smoking advertising campaigns, cigarette taxes, smoking bans and the increased marketing of e-cigarettes. (Photo: AP)

Senator Calling For Resignation Of VA Secretary
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Republican senator is calling for Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald to resign. This, after McDonald compared long wait times at VA health care sites to waiting in line at a Disney amusement park. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri said McDonald's statement is "right out of 'Never-never land."' He says the VA leader has shown he cannot ensure that veterans receive health care in a timely manner. McDonald said yesterday that a veterans' health-care experience was more important than the time spent waiting for an appointment.

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