FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2016

Two Face Trial In Local Teen's Murder
Two 18-year-old Washington men will face trial in the shooting death of a Washington woman in May. Following a preliminary hearing on Friday, District Justice Robert Redlinger ordered Tavian Hooper and Jamaal Greene held for court in the murder of 19-year-old Alexis Barnett, and the wounding of her friend, 21-year-old Jasmine Young. Barnett was shot and killed, while Young was shot in the leg, The shooting occurred May 4th, while the two women were walking with a group of friends on Bruce Street in the city. Hooper faces charges of homicide, conspiracy, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment while Greene is charged with homicide and conspiracy. Both men are behing held in the Washington County Jail without bond.

Terror In Bangladesh - At Least Two Officers Dead
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) - Police say two officers have been killed by attackers holding hostages in a restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Authorities say dozens of hostages are being held in the restaurant, which is popular with foreigners. They say as many as nine gunmen attacked the restaurant in a diplomatic zone, taking hostages and exchanging gunfire with security forces.
The head of an elite anti-crime force told reporters, "We are trying to talk to the attackers, we want to listen to them about what they want." A kitchen staffer who escaped the attack at the Holey Artisan Bakery says the attackers were armed with firearms and bombs as they entered the restaurant around 9:20 p.m. Friday and took customers and staffers hostage at gunpoint. In Washington, State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters: "We are aware of reports of what appears to a hostage situation in the Gulshan neighborhood of Dhaka." He said the embassy has accounted for 100 percent of American citizens that are under the authority of the diplomatic chief of mission in Dhaka. Kirby said it was too early to say who was involved in the assault and their motivation.

Clinton To Visit Scranton With Biden
WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Clinton plans to hold her first campaign event with Vice President Joe Biden next week in his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Biden endorsed Clinton earlier this month and the former secretary of state is scheduled to make her first joint appearance with President Barack Obama in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Tuesday. Biden sent out a fundraising email for Clinton, calling her "a force of nature."

General Mills Expands Flour Recall
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - General Mills is expanding its recall of certain types of flour in response to an ongoing outbreak of illnesses related to a strain of E. coli bacteria. The Minneapolis-based company on June 1 voluntarily recalled 10 million pounds of its Gold Medal, Signature Kitchens and Wondra flour that federal health officials say was the likely source of dozens of illnesses in 20 states. The flour is largely produced at the company's Kansas City, Missouri, plant. The company's announcement Friday expands the recall to include flour made earlier in the fall that might still be in consumers' pantries. The company said in a statement that the expanded recall was due to a newly reported illness that appears to come from consuming raw dough or batter linked to the flour produced last fall.

First Fatality With Self-Driving Car
DETROIT (AP) - A deadly vehicle crash could make some people more apprehensive about self-driving cars. An Ohio man who was using Tesla Motors' semi-autonomous mode crashed into a tractor-trailer May 7 in Florida, killing him. Joshua Brown's Tesla Model S failed to automatically activate its brakes. Tesla's shares dropped 3 percent in after-hours trading after the government said it would investigate the crash.

Increase In Auto Sales
DETROIT (AP) - U.S. auto sales are expected to set a record in the first six months of this year. Sales through June were expected to be up 2 percent over last year, according to Kelley Blue Book. After six straight years of growth - and record sales of 17.5 million last year- U.S. sales are beginning to plateau. But low gas prices, low interest rates and other factors should keep them at a very high level. June sales rebounded after a disappointing May. Sales were expected to rise 5.4 percent to more than 1.5 million, according to the car buying site TrueCar.com. Nissan's sales jumped 13 percent to 140,553. Sales of its new Maxima sedan more than doubled over last year. Other automakers report sales later today.

More Budget Work Needed
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Work on Pennsylvania state government's budget for the day-old fiscal year may stretch into next week as lawmakers grapple with decisions about tax increases. The Senate sent its members home Friday, as budget negotiators continued a quest to assemble more than $1 billion to balance Pennsylvania's deficit-riddled finances. A key element could be a gross receipts tax on the natural gas that serves nearly 3 million households and businesses in Pennsylvania. Lawmakers have sent the main spending bill in a $31.5 billion budget to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's desk. But Wolf says he won't sign it without sustainable revenues to fund it. He'll have 10 days to decide what to do with it. Meanwhile, legislative staffers are preparing hundreds of pages of budget-related bills, including charter school legislation that's opposed by the Philadelphia School District.

Suspect Arrested After SWAT Team Called
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh police arrested a man after a SWAT situation involving a woman and two young children police say were held against their will.
Spokeswoman Sonya Toler says the events began after 4 a.m. Friday when 41-year-old Chonel Dixon forced his way into a house and fought with another man, firing two shots. Nobody was wounded, including the woman and her children, ages 5 and 3. Toler says Dixon left before police arrived and went to his home, followed by the woman and children. Toler said earlier that police believed the woman and children were held against their will, but later only that the woman has refused to cooperate with investigators. In any event, Dixon surrendered about 8 a.m. after the SWAT team surrounded his home. He's awaiting arraignment on burglary and aggravated assault charges.

Bentleyville Holds Bicentennial
It will be a "red, white and blue" weekend in Bentleyville which is holding its Bicentennial. The festivities began last night with a kick-off banquet at the fire department's social hall. All kinds of events are planned including lots of food and music. Tonight at 6 will be a "throw-back" baseball game at Carmel Park. There will be a tribute to veterans Saturday at noon and fireworks at night. The weekend wraps-up Sunday afternoon with a time capsule dedication.

Lynch Defends Clinton Encounter
Top Senate Democrats are defending Attorney General Loretta Lynch after she met with former President Bill Clinton. New York Sen. Charles Schumer said nothing "discussed was related to the investigation" into presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's private email server and possible security lapses. Bill Clinton and Lynch had an impromptu meeting Monday at the Phoenix airport. Lynch said they discussed Clinton's grandchildren and that "there was no discussion of any matter pending for the department." The FBI is investigating the possible mishandling of sensitive information that passed through Clinton's server, which was used for personal and government correspondence while she was secretary of state. Some Republicans are calling for an independent counsel to look into the matter. Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said no one has questioned Lynch's strong feelings about the rule of law and her ethics "are the best."

Not All Sunscreen Effective
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - For people heading out for some outdoor holiday recreation, there's a warning that your sunscreen may not be all it claims. Despite updated labeling standards, tests show it's still possible to get far less protection than advertised from sunscreen. Too much exposure to the ultraviolet rays produced by the sun can lead to skin cancer. Sunscreen should protect against both UVA and UVB.

Fireworks Around Washington County
You won't have to leave your backporch to find fireworks over the upcoming Fourth of July weekend. Some of the displays will be held Saturday night including in Charleroi and Bentleyville. Fireworks Monday night include Canonsburg, Monongahela and Washington. McDonald will host fireworks Tuesday night.

 
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