FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017

President Donald Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump is now the 45th president of the United States. He's just taken the oath of office on the West Front of the Capitol. The combative billionaire businessman and television celebrity won election in November over Democrat Hillary Clinton, and today he's leading a profoundly divided country - one that's split between Americans enthralled and horrified by his victory. The unorthodox politician and the Republican-controlled Congress are already charting a newly conservative course for the nation. And they're promising to reverse the work of the 44th president, Barack Obama. Up next is Trump's inaugural address - where the new commander in chief is expected to set out his vision for the country's next four years. (Photo: CNN)

Violent Protests Feared In Wake Of Inauguration
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. embassies and consulates in at least 10 nations in Asia, Europe and Latin America are warning of potentially violent protests through the weekend against the inauguration of Donald Trump as U.S. president. Security notices posted by U.S. diplomatic missions in Chile, Denmark, France, Greece and several other countries advise American in those countries to steer clear of embassies and consulates today -- and, in some cases, on Saturday and Sunday. That's due to the possibility of unrest and clashes with police.

Low Turn-Out For Trump Inauguration
WASHINGTON (AP) - Far fewer people were at President Donald Trump's inauguration than attended President Barack Obama's first swearing-in eight years ago. Photos of the National Mall from Obama's inauguration in January 2009 show a teeming crowd stretching from the West Front of the Capitol all the way to the Washington Monument. Photos taken from the same position on Friday show large swaths of empty space on the Mall. Thin crowds and semi-empty bleachers also dotted the inaugural parade route. Hotels across the District of Columbia reported vacancies, a rarity for an event as large as a presidential inauguration. And ridership on the Washington's Metro system didn't match that of recent inaugurations.

More Commutations
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has cut short the sentences of another 330 drug offenders convicted of federal crimes. Thursday's move brings to 1,715 people the number of commutations he's granted during his presidency.
During his presidency Obama freed 568 inmates serving life sentences.

Drug Lord Returned To U.S. - Enters Not Guilty Plea
NEW YORK (AP) - A U.S. lawyer for Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman says he hasn't seen any evidence that indicates Guzman has "done anything wrong." Attorney Michael Schneider said Friday that Guzman and his lawyers look forward to addressing the drug-trafficking and other allegations against him in court. Schneider also suggests they're also interested in exploring whether Guzman's extradition was appropriate. Guzman is charged with running a massive drug trafficking operation that laundered billions of dollars and oversaw murders and kidnappings. Through his court-appointed lawyers, he entered a not-guilty plea Friday in a Brooklyn federal court. He's being held without bail. As the convicted leader of the Sinaloa cartel, Guzman has repeatedly been imprisoned and escaped in Mexico. U.S. authorities have pursued him for years. He was extradited Thursday. (Photo: AP)

Blankenship Conviction Affirmed
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has affirmed the conviction of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship in connection with the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down the opinion Thursday, saying it found no reversible error in trial rulings.

Why Those Galaxy Smartphones Caught Fire
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Samsung Electronics says it will announce on Monday the reason why its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones overheated and caught fire. The announcement will be livestreamed in Chinese, English and Korean on its websites. Samsung recalled and eventually discontinued it after numerous reports of it overheating and bursting into flames, even after new batteries were installed.

Beware Of Fake Playoff Tickets
BOSTON (AP) - Boston police are warning New England Patriots fans to be careful of counterfeits when buying tickets for this weekend's AFC Championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Police say a man walked into a station on Wednesday to say he had been scammed by a man he had connected with through Craigslist. The victim said after making the online connection, he met the suspect and exchanged money for the tickets. The victim learned a short time later that the tickets were counterfeit. The suspect identified himself as a resident of New York. Police did not say how much the victim paid for the tickets. Police say fans should only buy tickets from authorized ticket agencies and vendors, and risk being scammed if they buy them on the secondary market.

Lawmakers Get More Time On LSA Issue
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Friday, granted a request by state lawmakers, giving them more time to come up with a solution to what the court ruled was an inequality in the way the local share assessment is paid out. The state supreme court ruled that the roughly four-percent local share assessment is unconstitutional, because it is not uniform and affects Pennsylvania's twelve casinos differently. Lawmakers were given until January 24th, to correct the issue, but now, under their recent order, legislators will have until May 26th to remedy the situation.

Bethel Park Bank Robbed
BETHEL PARK, Pa. - Authorities are seeking a man who robbed a bank at gunpoint Thursday in Bethel Park. Police said a man entered the Brentwood Bank in South Park Shops on Library Road just after 5:30 p.m. Authorities said the man brandished a black semi-automatic firearm, demanded money and told customers to get on the ground. The robber is described as a husky white man who is approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie, a black mask that covered his entire face, blue jeans and dark-colored work boots. The man fled the bank on foot in an unknown direction, authorities said. Anyone with any information about the robbery is asked to contact the Bethel Park Police Department at 412-833-2000. (WPXI)

Road Closure For Southern Beltway Project
A section of Quicksilver Road in Midway will be closed just south of Route 980 starting Monday. Traffic will face a 12-mile detour that will be in place for about three months to allow reconstruction of the roadway. The work is part of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission's Southern Beltway project.
Man Sentenced On Drug, Gun Charges
A Pittsburgh man will spend 7 1/2 to 14 years in prison after a drug bust in the City of Washington. District Attorney Gene Vittone says 25-year-old Dontay Clites pleaded guilty and was sentenced by Common Pleas Judge Gary Gilman on Thursday. Police say Clites was arrested on September 8 after Drug Task Force detectives and state police raided an apartment at 175 Brookside Avenue in the city. Inside, Clites was reportedly found with 20 bricks and around 1200 bags of heroin in addition to a stolen 9mm gun. Clites's charges include illegal possession of a firearm and possession of heroin with intent to distribute. Vittone commended local law enforcement for "getting another heroin dealer out of our community."

Two Pennsylvania Cheese Businesses Face Fines
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Two Pennsylvania cheese businesses are being punished for selling grated Swiss and mozzarella cheeses that were mislabeled and fraudulently represented as Parmesan and Romano instead. A federal judge sentenced Universal Cheese & Drying and International Packing to three years' probation and ordered them to pay $500,000 for their convictions related to the cheese mislabeling. Acting U.S. Attorney Soo Song said Friday the companies packaged and sold cheese under various labels at the Castle Cheese facility in Slippery Rock. They've ceased operations. In October, a former executive with the businesses was sentenced to three years' probation and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. Although U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspection reports have raised questions about whether the cheeses had too much cellulose - a filler made from wood pulp - that wasn't an issue in the case.

Beware Of Fake Playoff Tickets
BOSTON (AP) - Boston police are warning New England Patriots fans to be careful of counterfeits when buying tickets for this weekend's AFC Championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Police say a man walked into a station on Wednesday to say he had been scammed by a man he had connected with through Craigslist. The victim said after making the online connection, he met the suspect and exchanged money for the tickets. The victim learned a short time later that the tickets were counterfeit. The suspect identified himself as a resident of New York. Police did not say how much the victim paid for the tickets. Police say fans should only buy tickets from authorized ticket agencies and vendors, and risk being scammed if they buy them on the secondary market.

NCIS: Los Angeles Star Dies
NEW YORK (AP) - Actor Miguel Ferrer has died. He was one of the stars of "NCIS: Los Angeles" and also starred in "Crossing Jordan." Ferrer was 61 when he lost his battle with cancer yesterday. He was the son of Oscar-winning actor Jose Ferrer and singer-actress Rosemary Clooney. He's also a cousin of George Clooney, who in a statement yesterday, said Ferrer made the world "brighter and funnier."

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