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Monday, April 22, 2019

4 Dead In Wrong-Way Crash
BADEN, Pa. - (WPXI) - Four people were killed Sunday night in a wrong-way crash on Route 65 in Baden, officials confirmed Monday morning. The driver of an SUV was traveling north in the southbound lanes of Route 51 when it struck a car shortly before 11 p.m., investigators said. The SUV’s driver died in the crash, as did three of the four people who were in the car, according to officials. A female passenger who was in the back seat of the car was taken to a hospital. No one else was in the SUV with the driver, officials said. The crash had Route 65 closed in both directions between Merchant Street and Logan Lane. Route 65 completely reopened by 5:30 a.m. (Photo: WPXI)

Deadline To Register For Primary Is Today
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Elections officials are reminding residents that the deadline to register to vote for the upcoming May Municipal Primary is Monday, April 22. This also includes registered voters who have moved or are changing their party affiliation. To qualify to vote, one must be a U.S. citizen at least one month prior to the May 21 election, a resident of Pennsylvania and the election district for at least 30 days, and 18 years of age on or before the day of the election. The voting registration process may be completed online at www.votespa.com


Derry Mayor Steps Down After Gun Incident
DERRY, Pa. (AP) - The mayor of a small town in Pennsylvania is stepping down after being charged with pointing a gun at kids in a park. The lawyer for Derry Mayor Kevin Gross said Friday that he has resigned less than a week after being accused of pointing the gun. The 38-year-old mayor turned over more than 50 guns on a district judge's order. He is accused of assault, reckless endangerment and harassment. Defense lawyer Timothy Andrews says he denies the allegations but stepped down because he felt the case was detracting from his ability to govern. Police say Gross also pointed the gun at three teenage girls who were bystanders and told them to put their phones and other belongings on a bench.

PA Eyes Retirement-Savings Plan
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - With Pennsylvania facing a wave of retirees leaving the workforce with no savings, top state officials are working to head off the financial blow. A task force organized by Treasurer Joe Torsella has spurred an effort that now has key state lawmakers writing legislation to create a potentially sweeping retirement savings program that would be administered by Pennsylvania's Treasury Department. An estimated 2.1 million people in Pennsylvania, representing one-third of the workforce, work for employers offering no retirement savings accounts or pension plans. Torsella says the program could be life-changing for people who have no retirement savings. Plus, he says it would help businesses offer retirement security to their employees and help the state's finances. Details of forthcoming legislation are yet to be worked out.

Flyers Remove Statue Of Singer Kate Smith
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Philadelphia Flyers have removed a statue of late singer Kate Smith outside NHL team's arena, two days after covering it amid allegations of racism against the 1930s star with a popular recording of "God Bless America." On Friday, the Flyers said Smith's "God Bless America" recording had been removed from their library, following baseball's New York Yankees. The Yankees suspended use of Smith's recording during the seventh-inning stretch amid conflicting claims about several of her songs, including a 1939 song "That's Why the Darkies Were Born." The tune originated in the 1931 Broadway revue "George White's Scandals," and was considered satire at the time. Smith's likeness also appears in a 1939 ad that heavily uses the mammy caricature, one of the most well-known racist depictions of black women. Smith's connection with the Flyers started in 1969 when a team executive ordered her version of "God Bless America" to be played instead of "The Star Spangled Banner." That led to her performing the song several times before games in the 1970s. A year after her 1986 death, the team erected the statue.

 

290 Dead; 500 Injured In Easter Bombings
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - A Sri Lankan government official says a local militant group named National Thowfeek Jamaath is responsible for the Easter Sunday suicide bombings. Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said at a news conference Monday that all seven bombers linked to the near-simultaneous attacks on three churches and three luxury hotels in and around Colombo were Sri Lankan citizens. Officials say the causes of three later bombings on Sunday are still being investigated. He said that while the group is domestic, foreign links are suspected. A total of nine bombings Sunday killed at least 290 people including at least 27 foreigners. About 500 others were wounded in the blasts. Officials said 24 suspects are in custody for questioning.

Notre Dame's Worshippers Displaced For Easter Mass
PARIS (AP) - Displaced by a massive fire, Notre Dame Cathedral's Paris parishioners are gathering to celebrate Easter in another church and to pray for a speedy reconstruction of their beloved monument. The fire that engulfed Notre Dame during Holy Week has forced worshippers to find other places to attend Easter services. The Paris diocese invited them to attend Easter Mass on Sunday at the grandiose Saint-Eustache Church on the Right Bank of the Seine River. Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit will lead the service. Other Catholics from around France and other countries who wanted to mark Easter in Notre Dame are also expected to attend. Notre Dame isn't expected to reopen to the public for at least five or six years, according to its rector, although the French president is pushing for a quick reconstruction. Investigators believe the fire was an accident.

Giuliani; 'Not Wrong' To Take Information From Russians

WASHINGTON (AP) - One of President Donald Trump's attorneys is asserting that there wasn't anything wrong with the Trump campaign taking information from the Russians. Attorney Rudy Giuliani is referring to the 2016 Trump Tower meeting involving Donald Trump Jr. and the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, in which the campaign sought information damaging to Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. Giuliani says that effort may have been ill-advised but wasn't illegal. In remarks that followed the release of a redacted version of the special counsel's report, House Democrats say they will continue investigating campaign misconduct and possible crimes of obstruction. The chairman of the House committee that would hold impeachment hearings, congressman Jerrold Nadler, says he remains puzzled why charges of criminal conspiracy weren't brought against those in the Trump Tower meeting.. Read the report here.

Report; U.S To Sanction Nations For Importing Iranian Oil
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is poised to tell five nations, including allies Japan, South Korea and Turkey, that they will no longer be exempt from U.S. sanctions if they continue to import oil from Iran. Officials say Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to announce on Monday that the administration will not renew sanctions waivers for the five countries when they expire on May 2. The others are China and India. It was not immediately clear if any of the five would be given additional time to wind down their purchases or if they would be subject to U.S. sanctions on May 3 if they do not immediately halt imports of Iranian oil.

Ukraine Comedian Romps To Presidential Win
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - With just over half of Ukraine's polling stations reporting, a comedian whose only political experience consists of playing a president on TV is cruising toward a landslide victory in Sunday's presidential election. Sitcom star Volodymyr Zelenskiy has 73% of the votes reported so far, while President Petro Poroshenko is far behind at about 25%. It is a crushing rebuke to Poroshenko's five years in office and the results are seen as a reaction against Ukraine's entrenched corruption and low standard of living. Zelenskiy is promising wide changes in the top echelons of government. Ukraine has been plagued by rampant graft, a sickly economy and a grinding, five-year war with Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country that has killed over 13,000 people.

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