Frigid Temps Roll In
Colder weather has moved into the area for the Valentine’s Day weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for the area until 9 a.m. Sunday. Light snow showers are expected and can, at times, leave the roads covered. As a result, The Pennsylvania Turnpike has issued a travel advisory for motorists, due to the forecast of dangerous wind chills along with sub-zero temperatures through Sunday.
A wind chill advisory was in effect for New York City beginning Saturday afternoon and continuing to noon Sunday. With the actual temperatures falling as low as 4 degrees below, the weather service says the city could see wind chill s of 18 degrees below to 24 degrees below. Wind gusts may reach 45 mph. The bitter cold is expected to settle in over the next several days but temperatures may rise by Monday.
Prostitution Bust In Peters
Police in Peters Township have arrested and charged a New York woman with prostitution and possessing an instrument of crime, following an undercover investigation. The massage parlor was connected to the same building as a daycare center and in between Peters Township middle and elementary school. Police met with Ximei Zhang, 42, at Timeless Massage in McMurray, after police received a complaint that there were more than just massages taking place at the parlor, according to an affidavit of probable cause. During that appointment, officials said that Zhang allegedly agreed to engage in various sex acts for an additional $100. Timeless Massage was shut down a day after the arrest by Peters Township zoning. Zhang is in the Washington County jail with a bond set at $25,000. A preliminary hearing is set for 10 a.m. on February 19. (photo & story: WPXI-TV)
NLRB Says ATI Lockout Is Illegal
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The National Labor Relations Board says the Allegheny Technologies Inc. lockout of 2,200 workers is illegal. The complaint also says the company bargained in bad faith, threatened union members and violated terms of the last contract, which expired June 30. The complaint was filed Thursday, a day after the side last met in Pittsburgh trying to reach a contract that would end the lockout that began Aug. 15. The Pittsburgh-based specialty steelmaker has locked out workers at 12 plants in Pennsylvania and five other states. Allegheny Technologies says the NLRB complaint is "not supported by the facts or the law," but United Steelworkers president Leo Gerard says the complaint "validates" the union's complaints against ATI. The company has until Feb. 25 to file a response. An administrative law judge will hear the complaint May 23.
Two Teens Die In Arizona High School Shooting
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Police say two female students died in a shooting at a high school in a Phoenix suburb. Glendale Officer Tracey Breeden told reporters Friday that both victims were 15-year-old girls and were shot once. She says authorities are not searching for any suspects and a weapon was found near the bodies. She did not have any information on the relationship between the girls, who died at the scene. They were found near an administration building. Breeden says police received a call of a shooting just before 8 a.m. and they were on scene within minutes. She told parents awaiting word on their kids that "your children are safe."
Ivory Network Dismantled
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) - A conservation group says authorities in Congo have dismantled a major ivory smuggling network, arresting three traffickers in a blow to poaching operations that threaten the survival of the African forest elephant. WWF said in a statement Friday that the three suspects were arrested Feb. 4 and that 30 kilograms (66 pounds) of ivory ornaments and other items were seized. Congo is home to two-thirds of the remaining population of African forest elephants, according to WWF. Tens of thousands of elephants are killed each year to fuel the illegal ivory trade. Alain Ononino, policy head for WWF's initiative against wildlife crime in Central Africa, said the latest arrests are "an important step" in saving the elephants and called on Congo to close local ivory markets and increase anti-poaching operations.
Lawmakers Address Voting Concerns
The League of Women Voters held their Annual Legislative Luncheon in Washington on Friday. Several state lawmakers were invited to meet at the Citizens Library and speak on several topics regarding voting and election reforms. Democratic Representative Pam Snyder (photo left) said she supports the idea for voting to be open up to eight days before election day, but she felt same-day registration for voters would be too stressful for an already overworked and understaffed team of poll workers. Republican John Maher argued that voters should wait until the official election day to make sure they have all of the information about their candidates. Politicians were also asked about prohibiting state prison populations from being counted when redistricting. Republican Camera Bartolotta said only those convicted of a felony are unable to vote, and that the rest of the population votes based on the district where they last lived, even though the Census would count them as living in the geological district of their prison. Democrat Brandon Neuman argued that removing that population from districting practices would allow each district to cover more ground. Several lawmakers also said they'd support no-fault absentee ballots, which broaden the scope of reasons for voting outside of polling places, though Republican Jim Christiana cautioned that the integrity of the vote still needs to be upheld.
Cosby's Wife Must Give Deposition
BOSTON (AP) - A federal judge in Massachusetts says Bill Cosby's wife must give a deposition in a defamation lawsuit against her husband, but the judge says Camille Cosby can refuse to answer questions about private marital conversations. In the lawsuit, seven women claim Cosby defamed them by branding them as liars after they went public with accusations that he sexually assaulted them decades ago.
Legislation Would Change Air Traffic Control
WASHINGTON (AP) - A House committee has approved a Republican bill that would take away responsibility for the operation of the nation's air traffic control system from the government and turn it over to a private, nonprofit corporation run by airlines and other aviation interests. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed the bill Thursday on a mostly party-line vote of 32-26. The panel's chairman, Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania, says "transformational" change is needed because the Federal Aviation Administration's air traffic modernization program is taking longer and costing more than anticipated. That's partly because Congress has subjected the agency to repeated shutdowns, furloughs and short-term funding extensions. Critics call the move to privatize the air traffic control system a giveaway to the airline industry, which has provided the political muscle behind the bill.
CBS Says All GOP Candidates Will Be In Debate
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - CBS says that all of the remaining major Republican candidates for president will be on stage for the next GOP debate. The debate starts at 9 p.m. EST on Saturday in Greenville, South Carolina, the next state on the primary calendar for the GOP. Participating in the debate: Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Dr. Ben Carson and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
Death Toll Rises In Earthquake
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - Only one person remains missing a week after a powerful earthquake struck Taiwan's oldest city of Tainan, collapsing a 17-story residential complex. Rescuers have recovered the bodies of 116 people, all but two at the ruins of the residential building which toppled in the 6.4-magnitude earthquake. A total of 327 people in the building survived. Authorities have detained the building's developer and two architects on suspicion of negligent homicide amid accusations his firm cut corners in the construction. Tainan city officials say they will inspect several dozen other developments, as well as other buildings in the compound that did not collapse.
Where's The Tax Returns?
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential hopefuls Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio still haven't released tax returns despite promises to do so, sometimes after events that have now come and gone. The campaigns haven't explained the delays. Other candidates including Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush have already disclosed years' worth of private tax returns to dispel questions about their personal finances. Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee, says he learned a lesson about that and advises this year's crop not to delay releasing tax returns.