SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2014

Fatal Fire In City
Washington County Coroner Tim Warco said the fire broke out just before 9 p.m. Friday Night at the Washington Arbor Apartments. According to his report, 66-Year-Old James Springer was taken to Washington hospital where he later died. Several others were injured. The cause of the fire and official cause of death are under investigation. The Washington City Police and Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshall were called to the scene. Washington Fire Chief Linn Brookman says many people were not leaving their apartments and says people must evacuate buildings when a fire alarm is going off. (Photo: WPXI)

State Jobless Rate Falls

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry reported Friday that the state's unemployment rate declined by three-tenths of a percentage point in November, falling to 5.1%. It's the lowest rate in more than six years.

Home Delivered Beer
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A new ruling by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is clearing the way for something few if any state residents have experienced - home delivery of beer. PLCB lawyer Rob Diaz said Friday the advisory opinion outlined that businesses that have retail licenses can legally bring suds to the front door as long as they also obtain what's known as a transporter-for-hire license. The customer can't pay when the beer is delivered, because sales have to occur at the retail establishment. There's also a 192-ounce limit, which equates to a 12-pack of 16-ounce beers. Wine and liquor aren't allowed for delivery. The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association is calling it a win for consumers.

Obama Calls Sony Decision A "Mistake"
WASHINGTON (AP) - Now that the FBI has determined that North Korea carried out the hacking attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, President Barack Obama says the U.S. will respond "proportionally." Obama told reporters at a year-end news conference that the attack "caused a lot of damage." As for the decision by Sony to cancel its Christmas release of the satirical film "The Interview," Obama calls that decision "a mistake." He says we can't have a society in which "some dictator some place can start imposing censorship in the United States." Sony is defending its decision, saying the cancellation happened only because the country's top theater chains pulled out, adding: "This was their decision." Sony says it has been "actively surveying alternatives" to release the film on a different platform. Today's FBI announcement was the first official statement blaming North Korea for the cyber-attack. In the statement, federal officials say they found similarities between the tools used in the Sony attack and previous hacks linked to North Korea. The break-in resulted in the disclosure of tens of thousands of leaked emails and other materials and escalated to terrorist threats that promoted Sony to cancel the release of the movie.

Man Dies After Falling Off Roof
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh police say a man has died after falling from the roof of a home on which he was working in icy conditions. Public safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler says the man suffered a fatal head injury. Officials didn't immediately release the man's name, while his family was being notified Friday. Toler says someone called 911 about 10:45 a.m. to report the incident in the city's Hazelwood neighborhood. It was not immediately clear if the man was working on his own home, or was employed by a contractor. (Photo: WPXI)

 

U.S. Drone Strike Kills Five
ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistani security officials say a U.S. drone fired two missiles at militant hideout in a northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan, killing five Taliban fighters. Two officials said the strike took place Saturday morning in the town of Datta Khel in North Waziristan, where Pakistani troops have been carrying out a major operation against local and foreign militants since June. Earlier this week, the Pakistani Taliban killed 148 people, most of them children, in a school massacre in the northwestern city of Peshawar. The officials said the slain men fought under local Pakistani Taliban commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

North Korea Hacked Sony

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration says it's determined the North Korean government was behind a devastating hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. The FBI announcement Friday is the first official statement blaming the isolated country for the cyber-attack. In the statement, federal officials say they found similarities between the tools used in the Sony attack and previous hacks linked to North Korea. Administration officials had previously declined to openly blame North Korea but said they were weighing various options for a response. The break-in resulted in the disclosure of tens of thousands of leaked emails and other materials and escalated to terrorist threats that promoted Sony to cancel the Christmas release of the movie "The Interview." The comedy is about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Endangered Penguins Hatch At National Aviary
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Web camera has captured images of the second of two endangered African penguins hatching at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh. Aviary officials spotted the second chick for the first time Friday. But they say the nesting behavior of the parents suggests the chick likely hatched Thursday. A sibling hatched Monday. The new chick brings to 18 the number of African penguins in the aviary's Penguins Point exhibit. Scientists estimate fewer than 20,000 exist in the wild. The public can monitor the baby penguins' progress at PenguinNestCam.org. Visitors to the aviary can watch parents Sidney and Bette sharing nesting duties. The chicks will be named after DNA tests can determine their genders in a few weeks. Their father is named for Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby.

Chrysler Recalling Ram Pickup Trucks
DETROIT (AP) - Chrysler is recalling nearly 257,000 older Ram pickup trucks because the rear axle can seize up or the drive shaft can fall off. The recall covers Ram 1500 pickups from the 2005 model year. The recall comes after an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which found 15 complaints, including seven drivers who reported that the wheels locked at speeds over 50 miles per hour.

Ford Increases Recalls For Air Bags
DETROIT (AP) - Ford is adding nearly 450,000 more vehicles to the list of those that have been recalled because of problems with the air bag inflators made by a Japanese company. The inflators can explode with too much force, sending shrapnel into drivers and passengers. They've been linked to five deaths and multiple injuries. Ford's decision puts pressure on BMW and Chrysler, the only two automakers that haven't agreed to government demands for a nationwide recall.

Cuban Cigars May Appear Again In United States
MIAMI (AP) - The Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing travelers to return with a few in their suitcases. But the cigars won't roll into stores just yet, and owners say they aren't worried about business. Some tobacco shops owners in Miami's Little Havana say most customers can't afford to travel to Cuba for cigars and won't do so regularly. Licensed American travelers can return home with $100 in alcohol and tobacco products. Experts say that's three to 20 cigars. Cigars brought back to the U.S. must be for personal use, not resale. If the U.S. embargo with Cuba is eventually lifted, many tobacconists say they'd welcome the change. They could add Cuban tobacco to their blends, and many believe they interest in cigars would increase.

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