FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2014

Two Dead In High School Shooting
MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) - Police in Washington state say the shooter and one of his victims is dead after an attack at a high school north of Seattle. Marysville Police Commander Robb Lamoureux said Friday the shooter was a student. Live video showed students being evacuated from Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, about 30 miles north of Seattle. Arthur White, who lives across from the school, tells The Daily Herald a large number of police vehicles converged on the scene quickly late Friday morning. Ayn Dietrich, an FBI spokesperson in Seattle, said the agency had personnel on their way to the scene to help authorities with the investigation. The latest school shooting in the region happened at Seattle Pacific University, where a gunman killed one student and wounded two others on June 5. (Photo: KOMO TV)

New York Doctor Has Ebola
NEW YORK (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the New York doctor who has tested positive for Ebola sought help with a 100.3-degree fever, not a higher temperature. In appearance on CNN, the governor said Spencer "presented himself" to the hospital when he had a 100-point-3 fever ... not 103 ... as has been reported." He repeated the comment on another morning program. Cuomo says Dr. Craig Spencer acted responsibly, even though he rode the subway, bowled and rode a cab. The governor said the doctor obviously felt he wasn't symptomatic" when he went out "in a limited way." Spencer recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa. As a doctor, Cuomo said Spencer knew you're not contagious until you're symptomatic. Spencer tested positive for the virus on Thursday. He is the first case in the city.

Deathtoll From Ebola Virus Approaches 5,000
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) - Another country in West Africa is reporting that it's been affected by Ebola. Health officials in Mali say the country's first case is a 2-year-old girl who came from neighboring Guinea, which has been hard hit. The World Health Organization says nearly 4,900 people have died from the outbreak.

Street Painting Man Says He'll Fight Charges
BURGETTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania man will hire an attorney and fight a criminal mischief charge for painting the speed limit on a stretch of Main Street. Fifty-five-year-old John Cherok II lives and owns a bookstore in Burgettstown.
When he appeared at before a magistrate on Thursday, he refused to pay $540 to clean the road plus a small fine. Instead, Cherok says he'll fight. The magistrate postponed Cherok's preliminary hearing until Nov. 20 to give him time to hire an attorney. Cherok painted the message "Slow, 25 MPH" on the pavement because he says too many cars speed on the road, some up to 50 mph. Some township officials sympathize, but they say Cherok shouldn't have taken matters - and a paint brush - into his own hands.

Crash Kills Three In Maryland
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A fire department official says three people were killed and two others were injured when an airplane and a helicopter collided in midair at Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland. Capt. Kevin Fox of Frederick County Fire and Rescue says the collision occurred at 3:40 p.m. Thursday. He says it's not clear how the collision occurred or which victims were aboard which aircraft. The injured victims were taken to a trauma center in Hagerstown. Fox did not know the extent of their injuries. Aerial footage from WJZ-TV in Baltimore showed an airplane that had crashed into a stand of trees. The airport opened in 1948. It has two runways.

Nurse Is Ebola Free
WASHINGTON (AP) - The first nurse diagnosed with Ebola after treating an infected man at a Dallas hospital is free of the virus. The National Institutes of Health says in a statement that Nina Pham is being released Friday from its hospital near Washington. The 26-year-old Pham arrived last week at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. She had been flown there from Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Pham is one of two nurses in Dallas who became infected with Ebola while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of the virus Oct. 8.

Wilkensburg Water Authority Facing Hefty Fine
WILKINSBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has fined a water authority serving one of Pittsburgh's poorest suburbs $114,000 for not properly disinfecting its water in November. The Wilkinsburg-Penn Join Water Authority didn't immediately comment on the fine announced Friday. But DEP officials say in a news release that nine workers will each receive 15 hours of training because they allegedly didn't know they were required to maintain a certain level of disinfectant in their water. DEP spokesman John Poister says the fine is the largest in 20 years in southwestern Pennsylvania under the agency's Safe Drinking Water Program. The authority didn't adequately disinfect its water on 15 occasions last November, and didn't promptly report the lapses to the DEP or the authority's 120,000 customers.

PennDot Announces Bridge Replacement Parternship
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is choosing a partnership's $899 million proposal to replace and then maintain 558 bridges. The highway department announced Friday its choice of Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners for the project, which calls for construction to be finished in three years, followed by maintenance over the following 25 years. Borrowing costs are expected to bring the total price tag to $1.8 billion over the 28-year life of the deal. Bridges were selected based on whether they had a similar, relatively simple structure and required full replacement, as well as those that were structurally deficient, more than 50 years old or ready to be built soon. Bundling the projects together means the average cost per bridge is about $1.6 million, compared to $2 million under a standard approach.

Primanti Bros. Sandwiches Available By Mail
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh restaurant that stuffs its sandwiches with French fries and coleslaw will be stuffing those fixins in the mail. Primanti Bros. is teaming up with Goldbely.com, an online firm that delivers food to homes, to make $109 sandwich packs available anywhere in the United States. Primanti's, which now has several Pittsburgh-area locations, started in the city's Strip District in the 1930s, when food wholesalers there once took delivery of most of the produce sold in western Pennsylvania. The sandwiches were meant to be a complete one-handed meal that truckers could eat while they worked. The kits contain enough lunch meat, cheese, fries, coleslaw and Italian bread to make four of the sandwiches. The kits come with instructions on how to store and heat the food and a T-shirt.

Motive Sought In Hatchet Attack On NYC Police
NEW YORK (AP) - Investigators are trying to determine why a man attacked a group of New York Police Department officers with a hatchet yesterday before they shot him dead. They've obtained a warrant to search the computer of Zale Thompson for clues about yesterday's daytime assault, which left one officer with a serious head injury. Police say Thompson's activity on social media indicated he was a convert to Islam. They say it included rants about injustices in American society and oppression abroad -- but it offered no clear evidence of any links to terror groups.
Security video and witness accounts appeared to leave no doubt that Thompson purposely targeted four rookie police officers who were on routine foot patrol in a busy commercial district. The city's police commissioner isn't ruling out terrorism. He cites the deaths of two soldiers in Canada earlier this week, in what officials have called terror attacks, as reason for concern.


 
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