ST. LOUIS (AP) - More strong storms have been rumbling through the Midwest.
The National Weather Service says a tornado touched down near Cedar Vale, Kansas last night, with hail the size of pingpong balls. And other places saw heavy rains, large hail and strong winds. Forecasters also say about 8,500 people lost power in Missouri, and about 9,000 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Detroit Free Press is reporting that two tornadoes hit northern Michigan earlier Monday. The National Weather Service says there was property damage, but no injuries. And a storm spotter was hospitalized in Iowa after he was struck by lightning while watching a system a night earlier that left swollen rivers, power outages, trees down and campers overturned.
The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh says our area will see thunderstorms this afternoon and some of those storms could produce heavy rainfall. The chance of rain continues tonight and then mostly sunny skies predicted for Wednesday.
Pittsburgh Names New Police Chief
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh officials have announced the hiring of a new police chief. He is Cameron McLay, a former Madison, Wisconsin, police captain who has been working as a consultant for the International Association of Chiefs of Police. McLay is a 35-year veteran of law enforcement. The 56-year-old's hiring is subject to approval by the Pittsburgh City Council. McLay will succeed acting Chief Regina McDonald. She replaced former Chief Nate Harper, who is serving a federal prision sentence for conspiring to divert money into a slush fund for his personal use.
New Natural Gas Pipeline
NEW YORK (AP) - Dominion Resources, Duke Energy and other partners have proposed building a $5 billion natural gas pipeline to connect the Southeast with the prodigious supplies of natural gas being produced in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Gas is being relied upon to generate more of the nation's electricity in recent years because the enormous new domestic supplies have drastically lowered its price and it burns cleaner than the nation's other most important fuel for electric power, coal. The 550-mile project will begin in Harrison County, West Virginia and stretch to Robeson County, North Carolina, in the southern part of the state. The partners, which included Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources, expect to receive regulatory approval by mid-2016 and to start operating the pipeline in 2018.
Counter Attack In Somalia
WASHINGTON (AP) - A day after an Islamic-extremist group launched an attack in Somalia, U.S. military forces have struck back. A Pentagon spokesman says the results of the operation are being assessed. The target was apparently fighters for the al-Shabab network, which has ties to al-Qaida. Somali officials say the group launched a Sunday attack on an interrogation center. All of the attackers, three soldiers and two civilians are said to have been killed.
Robbery In Canonsburg
Canonsburg police spent part of the holiday weekend looking for two men who robbed a man near the baskeball courts at Town Park. Police told our news partners at WPXI-TV that it was Saturday night when two men pulled a gun and stole the man's money and i-phone. He was not injured.
Trooper Arrest During Wedding Brawl
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A western Pennsylvania groom spent his wedding night in the back of a police car after allegedly harassing a waitress at the reception then resisting arrest after an altercation with the pregnant woman's boyfriend. A criminal complaint says groom Mark Williams touched the waitress several times during the wedding cruise and tried to pour alcohol down her throat. Police say he then scuffled with the woman's boyfriend after the boat docked early Monday morning. Williams faces charges including riot, harassment and resisting arrest. He declined comment to reporters outside court Monday. Authorities say Williams' off-duty state trooper brother assaulted two Pittsburgh police officers who were called to the scene. A state police spokeswoman confirmed a trooper was arrested during the incident. A third man also faces charges.
Air Rage Over Reclining Seat
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Delta Air Lines flight from New York to West Palm Beach, Florida, was diverted to Jacksonville because of a dispute between passengers over a reclining seat. Jacksonville station News 4 Jax reports that Delta says the flight was diverted Monday night. Passenger Aaron Klipin told the station a woman sitting next to him got into an argument with a passenger behind her. The woman was trying to recline her seat while the other passenger was trying to sleep on the tray table. Klipin says the woman who was trying to sleep started screaming. A flight attendant came over and the woman who was screaming demanded that the flight be diverted. The plane landed in Jacksonville and continued on to West Palm Beach. Delta says local law enforcement removed the unruly woman from the plane.
Cracked Windshield Grounds Plane
GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) - An American Airlines jet bound for North Texas has safely returned to Los Angeles International Airport after the front windshield cracked. American spokesman Paul Flaningan said today that nobody on Flight 2448 to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport was hurt. Flaningan says the Boeing 757 took off Monday afternoon but within minutes the pilot noticed a windshield crack. Flaningan says authorities are trying to determine what caused the crack and that there's no preliminary indication of a bird strike. He says the jet carrying 184 passengers and a five-person crew returned to Los Angeles. Passengers boarded another American jet and were on their way about 90 minutes later. Flaningan says the windshield-damaged jet was taken out of service for repairs.
Connecting With Squirrels
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - A Penn State student is gaining an Internet reputation as a "squirrel whisperer" for befriending, feeding and dressing up a furry little friend she has named "Sneezy." Junior Mary Krupa tells WJAC-TV that she's able to dress up the squirrel in party hats, or get Sneezy to hold doll-sized props, simply by feeding the animal. Krupa and Sneezy's exploits are chronicled in a Facebook page titled "Sneezy the Penn State Squirrel." So far, the squirrel is proving quite popular as its Facebook page has more "likes" that a page dedicated to the school's official mascot, the Nittany Lion.
FBI Investigates Leaked Nude Photos
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The FBI says it is addressing allegations that nude photos of several female celebrities have been stolen and posted online. A statement released by the agency Monday afternoon doesn't elaborate on what steps are being taken to determine how intimate images of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and other stars were leaked. The photos of Lawrence and others began appearing online Sunday. The 24-year-old's publicist called the release of the images a violation of the actress's privacy. Apple said Monday it is investigating whether any of its customers' iCloud accounts had been tampered with. The FBI has investigated previous leaks of nude celebrity images, including leaks involving Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and footage shot of television sports reporter Erin Andrews in a Tennessee hotel room.