THURSDAY, AUGUST 28, 2014

Russian Troops In Ukraine
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Russia's Defense Ministry isn't directly denying that its troops are in Ukraine. But it says the list of Russian military units that are said to be operating in Ukraine has no relation to reality. A top Ukrainian official said today that two columns of tanks and military vehicles had rolled into southeastern Ukraine from Russia. And a senior NATO official said at least 1,000 Russian troops had entered Ukraine with sophisticated equipment. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is calling on the country to resist giving into panic. He called an urgent session of the national security council today.

Valleybrook Road Open For Business
Valley Brook Road in Peters Township has re-opened to traffic, after a construction project that's taken more than a year to complete. The Peters Township Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon, to officially re-open the road which has been closed since May, 2013. The project, which cost four-point-nine-million-dollars, reconstructed the interchange with a new ramp from westbound Valley Brook Road to Route 19 and added turning lanes. (Photo: WPXI-TV)

Economic Growth
WASHINGTON (AP) - After a bleak start to the year, the U.S. economy rebounded vigorously in the April-June quarter, growing at a brisk annual rate of 4.2 percent, slightly faster than first estimated. The upward revision supported expectations that the second half of 2014 will prove far stronger than the first half. The Commerce Department's second estimate of growth for last quarter compares with its initial estimate of 4 percent. The revision reflected stronger business investment in new equipment and structures than first thought. The seasonally adjusted 4.2 percent annual growth rate for the gross domestic product came after the economy had shrink at an annual rate of 2.1 percent in the January-March quarter, the biggest drop in activity since the depths of the Great Recession.

Search For Pilot After F-15 Fighter Jet Crashes
DEERFIELD, Va. (AP) - A Virginia State Police spokeswoman says rescuers will resume searching for a pilot who went missing after an F-15 fighter jet crashed in a remote, heavily wooded area of western Virginia. Spokeswoman Corinne Geller says Thursday that the search will resume at 8 a.m. for the missing pilot. She says the search had been suspended at midnight. More than 100 people and several helicopters searched throughout the day Wednesday. Officials haven't yet said what caused the crash or whether the pilot ejected. The crash occurred around 9 a.m. Wednesday and several local residents reported hearing three loud booms. Officials say the pilot and jet are with the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard.

Drug-Related Killings In Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia police say the killings of two men whose bodies were found bound and weighted down with a makeshift anchor in a city river were drug-related. They say they're investigating a possible gang connection to the two killings and the critical wounding of a third man. Police say all three men had been abducted together, contradicting an early account of what happened.

Cyberattack Concerns At JPMorgan Chase
NEW YORK (AP) - The FBI says it's working with the Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyberattacks against several U.S. financial institutions. Bloomberg.com says Russian hackers attacked the U.S financial system this month in possible retaliation against U.S. government-sponsored sanctions aimed at Russia. The New York Times says account information and other data were stolen this month from JPMorgan Chase and at least four other firms.

Animal Cruelty Charges Filed
A Greene County man faces a preliminary hearing today on charges of animal cruelty. Southwestern Regional Police Chief John Hartman says 59-year-old William Wilkinson, of Spraggs, told authorities he was trying to get his dogs back home when he tied them to the hitch of his truck and dragged them behind the vehicle, and down a road in Wayne Township last month. The two dogs, Labrador Retrievers, which were found with ropes still tied around their necks, suffered several cuts in the ordeal. Hartman says the intial report was that one of the animals had died, but he was able to be revived. Hartman says the dogs are fine now, and have been turned over to foster care. (Photo: WPXI)

Pittsburgh Man Claims $87 Million Lottery Jackpot
MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (AP) - A Pittsburgh retiree has claimed an $87 million prize in the Mega Millions game. Pennsylvania lottery officials presented Carl Szott (ZOT') with a ceremonial check on Thursday at agency headquarters in Middletown. Szott won the drawing on May 20 but didn't come forward until now. His ticket matched all five white balls, 10-40-63-64-69, plus the Megaball, 07. The jackpot started growing in early April and rolled over 12 times. Szott had a choice of a $149 million annuity or nearly $87 million in cash, less 25 percent federal withholding. Szott bought the ticket at White Oak Gas & Grocery in White Oak, near Pittsburgh. Szott says he hopes his life won't change much. He says he and his wife are excited to spend more time with their children and grandchildren.

Hurricane Likely To Create Dangerous Conditions
MIAMI (AP) - Hurricane Cristobal is expected to move rapidly toward the north Atlantic, staying away from Bermuda and passing south of Nova Scotia. This morning, the hurricane's maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph with no significant change in strength forecast over the next two days. Swells generated by Cristobal are affecting Bermuda and parts of the U.S. East Coast from North Carolina to Long Island in New York. The swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

No Logging In Sierra Nevada
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service has decided to allow logging on nearly 52 square miles of the Sierra Nevada burned last year in a massive California wildfire. The Rim Fire scorched more than 400 square miles, including parts of Yosemite National Park. Environmentalists had argued against logging the land, saying the blackened trees and new growth beneath them create vital habitat for dwindling birds.

Jolie, Pitt Wed
NEW YORK (AP) - Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in Chateau Miraval, France, says a spokesman for the couple. Jolie and Pitt wed Saturday in a small chapel in a private ceremony attended by family and friends. In advance of the nondenominational civil ceremony, Pitt and Jolie also obtained a marriage license from a local California judge. The judge also conducted the ceremony in France. The couple's children took part in the wedding. Jolie walked the aisle with her eldest sons Maddox and Pax. Zahara and Vivienne threw petals. Shiloh and Knox served as ring bearers, the spokesman says. (photo: AP)



   
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