Man Jumps White House Fence
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Secret Service is coming under intense scrutiny after a man who scaled the White House fence made it all the way through the front door. President Barack Obama had just departed on Friday evening when an intruder darted across the lawn and into the White House. Agents apprehended the man just inside the doors. He was arrested and taken to a nearby hospital complaining of chest pain. The incident triggered a rare evacuation of much of the White House.Rep. Jason Chaffetz (CHAY'-fihtz) of Utah says the breach is unacceptable and that the Secret Service is failing to do its job. He says the agency's leadership has lots of questions to answer. The Secret Service says it's reviewing the incident.
Porch Fire in City
Fire and EMS were called to 22 E. Catherine in the City for a porch fire. Crews arrived and quickly got the fire under control. It’s reported that no smoke entered the house. No word on the extent of damages or injuries.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkey hasn't elaborated on what it did to secure the release of 49 hostages by the Islamic State militant group. The state-run Anadolu Agency reports no ransom had been paid and "no conditions were accepted in return for their release." Reports say the hostages were held at several different sites. The hostages were seized at the Turkish Consulate when the militants overran Mosul, Iraq, in its surge to seize large swaths of Iraq and Syria. They've since returned to Turkey. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says there was no single operation to free the workers.
PA Unemployment Up Again
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's jobless rate is up for the second straight month as the employment fell and unemployment rose. The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that the seasonally adjusted rate in August was 5.8 percent, up one tenth of a percentage point from July. The U.S. rate is currently 6.1 percent. In a household survey, the agency reported that the number of people working fell by 35,000 to below 6 million while unemployment rose by 6,000 to 367,000. It was the fourth straight month that employment fell and the second straight month that unemployment rose. A separate survey of employers found that payrolls remained flat at just under 5.8 million. The construction, manufacturing and professional and business services sectors declined, while government, education and health sector payrolls grew.
Monroeville Man Dies In Head-on Crash
An elderly Monroeville man died early Friday morning, in a head-on collision on Route 981 in Westmoreland County. The county coroner says 61-year-old Frederick Drummond was traveling south, when his car and a truck collided just before seven o'clock. Drummond was pronounced dead at the scene. State Police say they are investigating the cause of the crash.
Fatal Fire In Fayette County
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A 60-year-old man has died in a southwestern Pennsylvania house fire. State police were still trying to determine the cause of the fire that killed Randy Shipley Sr. He is the brother of the woman who rented the home in North Union Township, about 40 miles south of Pittsburgh. Police did not immediately release the tenant's name, but said she was taken to Uniontown Hospital after she was able to escape. Shipley's body was found in a hallway, next to his walking cane. The fire was reported in the single-family home about 9:50 a.m. The landlord told reporters that the dead man had been staying with his sister in recent days. She had lived in the home about 10 years. The cause of the fire was being investigated.
NFL Commissioner Admits Mistakes Were Made
NEW YORK (AP) - The commissioner of the NFL is again admitting mistakes in the handling of domestic abuse cases involving NFL players. Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') told reporters that in recent weeks, "we have seen all too much of the NFL doing wrong." And he says it's a problem that begins with him. He says again that he botched the handling of the Ray Rice case - and adds that the "same mistakes can never be repeated." The league has been accused of not acting quickly or emphatically enough.
American Airlines Flight Attendants Reach Agreement
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A flight attendants' union says it has a tentative contract covering crews at American Airlines and US Airways. The union said Friday that negotiators reached an agreement with American Airlines Group Inc. with industry-leading terms. Those terms were not disclosed. The company is calling it another step toward combining the two airlines into one, which will keep the American name. The Association of Professional Flight Attendants says leaders will meet next week and decide whether to send the agreement to members for a ratification vote. Shares of American Airlines fell $1.42, or 3.7 percent, to close at $36.63. They are still up 45 percent in 2014.
Catholic Church Denies Gay Couple Communion
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A gay couple has been told they can no longer receive Communion or participate in church ministry after the new priest at a Roman Catholic church in central Montana learned they had been married in a civil ceremony more than a year ago. The decision set off a split that has cut attendance at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Lewistown, population 5,900. It has prompted an upcoming visit from the bishop of the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings.
Paul Huff and Tom Wojtowick (WOY'-tah-wick) say they were stunned by the priest's decision. The men have been in a committed relationship for more than 30 years. Wojtowick says they married so they can make medical and financial decisions for each other. The bishop he says he must uphold church teachings.
Exxon Calls Off Drilling Project In Russia
IRVING, Texas (AP) - Exxon Mobil says it will stop drilling an exploratory well in Russia's Kara Sea in compliance with U.S. sanctions against Russia over Russia's involvement in the Ukraine. Exxon planned to drill the well between August and October. The latest round of sanctions called for the removal of U.S. workers on projects in the Russian Arctic by Sept. 26. Exxon says it has received a license from the U.S. Treasury Department to wind down operations, but it is unclear whether the license will allow Exxon to stop drilling on the schedule it had already laid out. Exxon could not be immediately reached for comment.