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)