Police Chase Ends In Fatality
WHARTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A police chase ended with a fatal head-on crash in Fayette County Monday evening. The crash happened just before 6:30 p.m. on Route 40, at the intersection with Rankin Road, in Wharton Township. Police said Christopher Kemp, 27, of Confluence was driving with a suspended license when troopers tried to pull him over on Route 40. The chase had reached speeds of 115 mph, when police said Kemp traveled in the wrong lane and hit another car head-on. The driver of that car, 22-year-old Erik Yannitelli, was killed. Kemp was flown to a hospital to be treated for injuries he suffered in the crash. A passenger in Kemp's car was also taken to the hospital. Kemp will be charged with homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault and fleeing and eluding police. (Photo: WPXI)
Supreme Court Probes Explicit Emails
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court says its members are "disturbed" by published accounts about the explicit content of emails linked to Justice Michael Eakin.
The high court released a news release Monday that said it's retained an independent lawyer to look into the matter and issue a report.
A message left at Eakin's chambers in Mechanicsburg wasn't immediately returned Monday.
The Philadelphia Daily News has published two stories in the past 10 days about emails it says appear to have been sent to and from Eakin's private Yahoo.com email account.
The Judicial Conduct Board said Friday it's opened another investigation into Eakin's role in the exchange of allegedly explicit or otherwise inappropriate emails. It says it didn't have "all of the information" when it cleared Eakin last year.
Two Firefighters Killed In Kansas City
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A fire official in Kansas City, Missouri says two firefighters were killed Monday night and two others were injured when a burning building collapsed.
The firefighters who were killed managed to rescue two people.
The building, which includes apartments, was evacuated.
Crews continue to battle the fire.
I-95 Reopens In South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Interstate 95 is now completely open in South Carolina, nearly two weeks after historic flooding across much of the state.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation said this morning that the northbound lanes of the highway in Clarendon County are now open.
A 13-mile stretch of the road had been closed since the heaviest rains fell Oct. 3 and 4. Officials say they still need to inspect and shore up a number of bridges over the swampy areas that included the Black and Pocotaligo rivers.
The southbound lanes of I-95 had reopened Monday.
Motorists had been taking a long detour up I-26 to Columbia and back along I-20 to Florence to avoid the closed part of the highway.
More than 200 roads and 90 bridges remain closed in the state.
Bush Releases Plan To Repeal Health Care Law
MIAMI (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is proposing to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's signature federal health care law.
The former Florida governor released a two-page plan Monday night to increase tax credits for individuals to buy coverage and give more power to states to regulate health insurance.
The document contains no specific details on how many people could be left without insurance, but the former governor is expected to release more details today during a three-day swing through New Hampshire.
The Bush campaign slammed Obama's health care law, calling it "a government takeover of more than one-sixth of the American economy."
Supreme Court Won't Review Black Lung Case
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review a black lung case brought by Peabody Coal that legal experts say could set a precedent for black lung benefits cases.
The Register-Herald of Beckley reports that a lower court ruled last year that the Affordable Care Act revived the provision that certain survivors of a coal miner eligible to receive black lung benefits are entitled to survivors' benefits without having to prove that the miner died from black lung.
Legal experts say the decision should make the pursuit of black lung benefits less of a struggle for others.
In the lawsuit, Peabody Coal argued that the award to a miner's widow violated the U.S. Constitution. The Supreme Court declined to consider Peabody Coal's arguments, leaving intact the Sixth Circuit's decision.
Democrats Holding First Debate
WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton says she always expected tough competition in the Democratic presidential primary.
She likely didn't expect it would come from Bernie Sanders, the rumpled independent senator from Vermont and a self-described democratic socialist calling for "political revolution."
The surprise rivalry between Clinton and Sanders will be at the forefront as Democrats take the stage later today in Las Vegas for the party's first debate of the 2016 campaign.
The senator and former secretary of state, Sanders and Clinton, will be joined by a trio of low-polling candidates looking for a breakout moment in front of a prime-time audience.
Cal U Student Dies In Crash
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Police say a 20-year-old California University of Pennsylvania student has died in a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 70 in western Pennsylvania. The Westmoreland County coroner's office says Aubrey Sonney was killed Sunday when the vehicle she was riding in collided with another car near the state Route 201 interchange in Rostraver Township. Police say the crash occurred around 10:24 p.m. Both vehicles struck the middle concrete barrier and another car struck the first vehicle from the rear. The Tidioute resident was trapped inside the car and was pronounced dead at the scene. The University says Sonney was a Secondary Social Studies major.
Pittsburgh Police Take Down Chicago Baseball Fan
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto says the city will investigate a police officer's slam takedown of a Chicago Cubs fan who was kicked out of last week's National League Wildcard playoff game.
A video that has surfaced on YouTube.com and the website Sportsmockery.com shows a fan identified only as Dmitri and an unknown Pittsburgh officer grabbing him from behind and slamming him to the ground. Police say the man was being ejected from the game and resisted the officer's attempts to escort him from PNC Park.
Elizabeth Pittinger, who directs the city's Citizen Police Review Board, says it appears the officer "escalated" the situation "like a rocket."
But police union president Howard McQuillan says the officer acted appropriately because the man refused to follow instructions.
The fan was handcuffed, but was not criminally charged.
Hearing On Heroin And Prescription Drugs Slated
U.S. Senator Pat Toomey is convening a field hearing to investigate the public health epidemic caused by heroin and painkiller abuse in southwestern Pennsylvania. His hearing will take place this Thursday at 2:15 p.m. at Allegheny General Hospital. From Washington County, District Attorney Gene Vittone will be speaking at the event. Also participating in the field hearing is U.S. Senator Bob Casey Jr. The hearing will solicit testimony from expert panelists to educate the U.S. Senate on the opiate abuse epidemic in the Pittsburgh region so that Congress can develop specific policy proposals. Sen. Toomey has introduced bipartisan legislation to cut down on painkiller diversion and stop doctor shopping in the Medicare program.
Actor Taken Into Custody
ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) - Randy Quaid and his wife remain in custody in Vermont - where they were locked up on charges that they skipped out of the U.S. five years ago after being charged with vandalism in California. The Quaids were taken into custody at the Canadian border while trying to get back into the U.S. from its northern neighbor. They were told last week by Canadian officials that they would be deported. They are wanted in Santa Barbara, California to face felony charges filed in 2010. The actor's attorney failed in an effort to get the bail lowered.
BRUSSELS (AP) - The brewer of Budweiser and Stella Artois has announced an agreement in principle to take over SAB Miller and create the world's biggest beer giant. AB InBev says it increased its offer to more than $67 a share for the world's second-largest brewer and that both boards "reached agreement in principle on the key terms of a possible recommended offer." AB InBev has been trying for nearly a month to get its hands on SABMiller but its previous offers have met with resistance.
Playboy Will No Longer Publish Nude Photos
NEW YORK (AP) - A new report says Playboy will no longer publish photos of nude women as part of a redesign effort.
Executives for the magazine company tell The New York Times that the change will take place in March 2016.
The paper reported Monday that the print edition of Playboy will still feature women in provocative poses, but they will no longer be fully nude.
Playboy editor Cory Jones contacted founder and current editor in chief Hugh Hefner recently about dropping nude photos from the print edition and he agreed.
The Times reported that playboy's print circulation, once measured in millions, is now about 800,000, according to Alliance for Audited Media.
The represents a major shift for the magazine, which broke new ground when Hefner created it and featured Marilyn Monroe on its debut cover in 1953.