Looking For Deals
NEW YORK (AP) - As shoppers begin their holiday buying in earnest, some popular items appear to be TVs, electronics and toys like Hatchimals.
Target said in a post on its website that popular deals included several big-screen TVs. In toys, it cited BattleBots and Hatchimals. Greg Foran, CEO of Walmart's U.S. division, said Thursday that in the company's online sales that began just after midnight on Thanksgiving, a broad range of deals from toys to TVs to slow cookers and Google Home mini gadgets took off. Linda Adair, who was shopping Thursday at a J.C. Penney in Columbia, Missouri, came with her husband from nearby Boonville to buy presents for charity and family, mainly clothing for the couple's grandchildren. She said in-demand toys include fidget spinners and Hatchimals, although she jokingly said the latter is overpriced and her granddaughter "is not getting one from us."

Natural Gas Restored To Rostraver, Belle Vernon
ROSTRAVER, Pa. (WPXI)  - Hundreds of people in Rostraver had their gas turned off Wednesday. Columbia Gas said it is working to fix a drop in pressure to a gas distribution line regulator station. They started checking lines Wednesday night and will then have to go re-light the gas at every home in the effected area. In total, there were 400 customers without gas overnight. Columbia Gas has successfully restored the gas back into the homes around 10:00 Thursday morning.

Politics Of Gas Drilling Continue In Pa
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The politics of taxing Marcellus Shale natural gas production still roils Pennsylvania a decade after energy companies began realizing its explosive economic potential. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf made imposing a tax on the industry a centerpiece of his successful 2014 campaign. It stands to be prominent in his re-election bid next year after three years of pressing the Republican-controlled Legislature for action. Tax legislation passed the Senate in July. A similar bill saw debate this week in the House, where Republican leaders oppose it. Republican Rep. Garth Everett of Lycoming County says it helps Wolf if a tax passes, and that may motivate some Republicans to oppose it. A final vote won't occur before December, and the bill may not survive opponents' efforts to attach provisions that'll split supporters.

Court Invalidates Corbett's 2014 Spending Vetoes
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's Supreme Court says it's not enough for governors to put out news releases when they are vetoing bills during a legislative adjournment, they also have to issue formal public notices. The justices on Wednesday sided with three top state Senate leaders of both parties in ruling that partial vetoes of appropriations and fiscal code amendment bills by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in 2014 weren't valid. The court says they failed because Corbett didn't specify that he'd filed the bills and his objections in the secretary of state's office.
They didn't decide whether Corbett's use of the line-item veto for the fiscal code amendments was within his authority. It's unclear how the decision will affect the millions in spending Corbett cancelled, including legislative funds.
2000 Turkeys Exceeds $100,000 Goal
The WJPA/Observer Reporter 2000 Turkeys Campaign has once again met and exceeded its goal of 100-thousand-dollars. While donations are still being accepted, committee members announced during Wednesday’s morning show with “Pete, I’ve Got The Beat ” Povich, that donations for the 2017 campaign totaled 120-thousand-431-dollars and eight-cents. A huge THANK-YOU goes out to all who took the time to make a donation. Money raised for 2000 Turkeys will feed needy families for the holidays.

Flynn Lawyers Break With Trump Team
WASHINGTON (AP) - A lawyer for former national security adviser Michael Flynn has told President Donald Trump's legal team that they are no longer communicating with them about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference. That's according to a person familiar with the decision who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation. The decision could be a sign that Flynn is moving to cooperate with Mueller's investigation. Defense lawyers routinely share information with each other. But it can become unethical to continue such communication if one of the potential targets is looking to negotiate a deal with prosecutors. The New York Times first reported the decision. Lawyers for Flynn and his son, Michael Flynn Jr., didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Report: North Korea Replaces Border Guards
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korean media say North Korea appears to have replaced all of its guards at a jointly patrolled border area where a North Korean soldier defected last week under a hail of gunfire. South Korea's Defense Ministry on Friday couldn't confirm the report by Yonhap news agency, which cited an unnamed intelligence source saying there were "signs" the North had replaced its entire security force of 35 to 40 men at the Joint Security Area. Yonhap also reports the North seems to have temporarily closed a bridge over which the defector drove a military jeep to reach the border before his dramatic escape on foot Monday. The defector is recovering from multiple gunshot wounds at a South Korean hospital. (Photo: CNN)

Egypt Mosque Attack Kills 235
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) - Egyptian state news agency MENA reports that 235 people have been killed in a bombing and shooting attack on a mosque in the volatile northern Sinai Peninsula, in what appeared to be the latest attack by the area's local Islamic State affiliate. Citing official sources, MENA said 130 people were also wounded in the attack on the al-Rawdah mosque, largely attended by Sufi Muslims, in the town of Bir al-Abd, 40 km (25 miles) from the North Sinai provincial capital of El-Arish. Officials said militants in four off-road vehicles bombed the mosque and fired on worshippers during the sermon segment of Friday prayers.

Texas Trooper Killed During Traffic Stop
The Texas Department of Public Safety has identified the trooper who was shot and killed during a traffic stop in East Texas. DPS released a statement on its Twitter page identifying the trooper as 41-year-old Damon Allen. The agency says Allen joined the department in 2002 and was married with three children. The department also says it will file capital murder charges against the suspect, 32-year-old Dabrett Black. He was taken into custody Thursday night in Waller County, more than 100 miles south of where Allen was shot. Authorities say Black is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries following his apprehension.
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