Deadly Blast at Demonstration in Kabul
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghanistan's Interior Ministry says the death toll in a suicide attack on a peaceful demonstration in Kabul has climbed to 80.
The ministry says in a statement Saturday that at least 231 people were wounded.
A suicide bomber struck a protest march in Kabul by members of Afghanistan's ethnic Hazara community, who are predominantly Shiite Muslims. Most of the population is Sunni.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack via its Aamaq news agency. If the claim proves true, it will be the first by the extremists in the Afghan capital, and one of the deadliest in Afghanistan since the Taliban launched their insurgency in 2001.
A spokesman for President Ashraf Ghani told The Associated Press that march organizers had been warned of the possibility of an attack.
Police: Shooter Lured Victims With Hacked Facebook
MUNICH, Germany (AP) - Munich police investigator Robert Heimberger says it appears that the shooter hacked a Facebook account and sent a message urging people to come to the mall for a free giveaway.
The posting, sent from a young woman's account, urged people to come to the mall at 4 p.m., saying: "I'll give you something if you want, but not too expensive."
Heimberger says: "It appears it was prepared by the suspect and then sent out."
The woman shortly after reported that her account had been hacked. Andrae says the man suspected of killing nine people in a shooting rampage was born and raised in Munich.
Andrae tells a news conference that police have found no indications that anyone other than one shooter was involved.
Andrae says "no evidence" of links to the Islamic State group has been found in the home and room of the Munich shooting suspect. Police investigator Robert Heimberger says the shooter was armed with 9mm Glock pistol and had 300 rounds. (Photo: AP)
Governor Wolf Visits CARE Center In Washington
Governor Tom Wolf and Health and Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas were in Washington Friday afternoon, to discuss the progress made in the new budget, to combat the opioid epidemic here in Pennsylvania. Wolf and Dallas spent some time at the SPHS CARE Center in the city. Wolf talked about the Centers For Excellence that he says will provide vital, potentially life-saving coordination of care for state residents who are struggling with addiction issues.
Obama Signs Compromise Drug-Abuse Bill Into Law
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill aimed at curbing the abuse of heroin and opioid drugs. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 will create grants and other programs, and expand access to treatment to address the abuse, which has become a nationwide problem. More than 47,000 U.S. drug abuse deaths were recorded in 2014, double the number in 2000. The government has estimated that more than 2 million people abuse opioids, which are potentially addictive pain medications. Obama signed the bill Friday. The White House had previously expressed disappointment that lawmakers failed to provide what it considered sufficient money to deal with the problem. The bill authorizes $181 million in new spending. Obama had asked Congress for more than $1 billion in new funding.
Clinton Chooses Tim Kaine as Running Mate
WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Clinton says in a text message to supporters that she's picked Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine to join her on the Democratic ticket as their party's nominee for vice president. In the message, Clinton says: "I'm thrilled to tell you this first: I've chosen Sen. Tim Kaine as my running mate." Kaine is expected to join Clinton at a rally in Florida on Saturday. A favorite since the start of Clinton's search for a running mate, Kaine is a former governor of the battleground state and former mayor of Richmond. Kaine won election to the Senate four years ago after serving as the chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Clinton is choosing Kaine from a group that included Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. (Photo: AP)
Philadelphia Police: 1 Killed, 6 Injured By Stolen Car
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Police in Philadelphia say a woman was killed and her husband and young son were among six people injured when they were struck by a driver in a stolen car.
Authorities tell WCAU-TV that a white Toyota Avalon slammed into a minivan carrying several adults and children in south Philadelphia. Police say it then veered out of control and skidded along a sidewalk, hitting the woman, her husband and their 2-year-old son, who were walking by. It happened around 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Police say the driver continued on for another block and then jumped from the car and ran. They say a 36-year-old man has been arrested. Details weren't immediately available.
The woman died later at a hospital. There was no information on the other victims.
Ex-Cop Faces Trial On Homicide Charge
A homicide charge has been held for court in the case of a former Burgettstown police officer. Sixty-eight-year-old James Bongiorni was arraigned last week after witnesses said he fatally shot his daughter's ex-boyfriend outside of a Burgettstown home in April. At Friday's preliminary hearing, a 16-year-old neighbor testified that she had cell phone video of the alleged shooting outside 5 Hillcrest Avenue. Thirty-nine-year-old Brian Wilbert was pronounced dead at a Pittsburgh hospital hours after prosecutors say Bongiorni shot him in the stomach. Defense attorneys say Bongiorni was acting in self defense, and police said they found an 8-10" knife in the vehicle where Wilbert was found unconscious and unresponsive. Defense Attorney Albert Veverka said Wilbert had a violent criminal history, and he had sent threatening messages to Bongiorni's daughter prior to the incident. A formal arraignment date is not set.
Floods Kill At Least 112 Across China
BEIJING (AP) - Torrential rains that swept through China this week have left at least 112 people dead and 91 others missing.
Various provincial governments reported the figures on Saturday, after the rains this week flooded streams, triggered landslides and destroyed homes.
The northern province of Hebei has been hit the hardest, with authorities there saying 72 people were killed and 78 missing.
In the Hebei city of Xingtai alone, 25 people were killed and another 13 were missing.
Daxian village in Xingtai was nearly wiped out when it was suddenly swamped by a flash flood in the early hours of Wednesday as villagers were asleep. Photos circulating online show disturbing images of drowned children lying in mud.
Trump Rekindles Feud With Cruz
CLEVELAND (AP) - The day after being nominated for president, Donald Trump revisited his Republican primary battle with Ted Cruz. Trump took time during an event in Cleveland thanking supporters to criticize Cruz, then defended his monthsold decisions to retweet an unflattering photo of Cruz's wife and suggest a connection between Cruz's father and John F. Kennedy's assassin. Trump asserted that he wouldn't want Cruz's endorsement if it were offered.
County Provides Reassessment Update
Washington County officials are beginning to get a handle on how much property values have changed since 1981--the last time a countywide reassessment was conducted. Washington County solicitor J. Lynn DeHaven tells WJPA News that while many property owners may see their taxes go up, others will see very little, if any change, or actually see their taxes go down. There is still time to file a formal appeal if you disagree with information recently mailed to property owners.
Taxpayers with questions or who wish to appeal can visit the county's website here. The deadline to appeal is August 10. Click here for a PDF with projected values, listed alphabetically by municipality.
Homeland Security Employee Arrested
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Authorities have arrested a Department of Homeland Security employee on charges related to entering his agency's Washington headquarters with a gun, a knife, an infrared camera, pepper spray and handcuffs. A seven-count indictment unsealed Friday in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg charges federal government employee Jonathan Leigh Wienke with illegally building a silencer on an unregistered pistol and having materials to build more silencers. He was arrested Friday in Pennsylvania. Ashley Lough with the U.S. attorney's office in northern West Virginia said the arrest was related to a search warrant on Wienke's Martinsburg house. Previous court documents allege Wienke carried weapons in his backpack into his office building the morning of June 9. The documents say the government has probable cause to believe Wienke may have been "planning to commit violence against senior DHS officials in the building." This month, the department's chief security officer told a House homeland security subcommittee that there is "no indication" Wienke was planning workplace violence.
Parole Denied for Manson Follower
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown is denying parole for Leslie Van Houten, the youngest follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson. The Democratic governor said Friday Van Houten's "inability to explain her willing participation in such horrific violence" leads him to believe she remains an unreasonable risk to society. Van Houten, 66, is serving life for the first-degree murders in 1969 of wealthy grocer Leno La Bianca and his wife, Rosemary. The couple were fatally stabbed a day after other "Manson family" members killed pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four others. Brown's decision overturns a parole board recommendation that Van Houten be freed. Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey and relatives of the victims last month turned in signatures of 140,000 people opposing Van Houten's release.
Fiat Chrysler Recalls Vehicles for Wiring Problem
DETROIT (AP) - Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 410,000 vehicles worldwide because a wiring problem can cause them to move slowly. The company said Friday that the recall covers some Jeep Renegade and Cherokee SUVs, Chrysler 200 sedans and Ram ProMaster City vans from the 2015 model year. Also included are certain 2014 Cherokees. Vehicles built after Sept. 23, 2014 aren't affected. FCA began investigating after getting warranty claims and found wires that weren't crimped properly. That can lead to a rare solenoid problem that can cause the engines to go into a limited power mode so they can limp home. Fiat Chrysler says it doesn't know of any related crashes or injuries. Dealers will update software and replace wiring as needed. Owners will be told when to schedule service.