SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2014

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.
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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.

Hostages Released
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.

Manhunt Intensifies
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) - Authorities are hunkering down in the overnight darkness of the wooded northeast Pennsylvania neighborhood where a man suspected of the fatal ambush of a state police trooper lived with his parents.Roads are still closed early Saturday as state police continue their search for 31-year-old Eric Frein (FREEN) in the Pocono Mountains. An unmarked helicopter was flying overhead, its lights off. State police told residents Friday night in the townships of Price and Barrett to stay inside and asked others not to travel to Barrett Township because of heavy police activity. A dispatcher says shots were fired several hours earlier. Authorities are hoping to catch the gunman they allege opened fire on a state police barracks a week ago, killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson and wounding a second trooper.

Covered Bridge Festival This Weekend

The 44th annual Covered Bridge Festival is going on this weekend in Washington and Greene Counties. The festival is the annual kick-off to the fall season in Southwestern Pennsylvania, and features ten covered bridge sites, each holding an array of activities that include hand-made arts and crafts, homestyle food, historic re-enactments, demonstrations, children's activities and live entertainment. The festival is being held on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day.

Canonsburg Oktoberfest Underway
The 16 th Annual Pennsylvania Bavarian Oktoberfest is happening this weekend in downtown Canonsburg. The traditional German festival features authentic foods, vendors, entertainment, and is fun for all ages. The festival runs Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. The celebration is ranked one of the top ten in the nation.


Meadowlands Man Jailed On Drug Charge
A Chartiers Township man is in jail today, after a raid by federal and state authorities, on his home and office Thursday night, that netted a sizeable amount of drugs. Authorities say 34-year-old Adam Nagy of Meadow Lands, faces multiple drug related charges, after federal agents and state police found four ounces of Ecstasy, several ounces of bath salts, vials of steroids and other drug paraphernalia. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and postal inpsectors discovered two packages being shipped from China, to Nagy's home and office. Nagy is being held in the Washington County Jail in lieu of fifty-thousand-dollars bond.

Peanut Company Owner Guilty In Salmonella Trial
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - A federal jury has convicted three people in connection with an outbreak of salmonella poisoning five years ago that sickened hundreds of people and was linked to a number of deaths. Former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell was found guilty Friday of conspiracy and other charges after a seven-week trial in Albany, Georgia. Parnell, his brother, Michael Parnell, and quality assurance manager Mary Wilkerson have been on trial since Aug. 1 on federal charges stemming from the 2008-2009 outbreak that sickened 714 and was linked to nine deaths. Michael Parnell was found guilty of conspiracy. Wilkerson was found guilty of obstruction.

Scotland Stays With U.K.
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) - Scottish voters have rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core. The decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, bringing a huge sigh of relief to the British political establishment. Scots voted 55 percent to 45 percent Thursday against independence in a vote that saw an unprecedented turnout. A majority of voters did not embrace Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond's impassioned plea to launch a new state, choosing instead the security offered by remaining in the United Kingdom. "We have chosen unity over division," Alistair Darling, head of the No campaign, said early Friday in Glasgow. "Today is a momentous day for Scotland and the United Kingdom as a whole." Chief vote counting officier Mary Pitcaithly said even though one of Scotland's 32 regions had yet to state its vote total "it is clear the majority have voted 'No' to the referendum question." Salmond conceded defeat and called on Scots to accept the results of the vote.

Groundbreaking For Bentleyville Fueling Station
A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday evening for a new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station. The station will be located along Route 917 in Bentleyville, off of I-70. CNG is an alternative fuel for vehicles (that have CNG engines) and costs about $1.50 less than regular gasoline. The group that owns the station, Energy From U.S., plans to utilize most of the natural gas from local Marcellus Shale operations. The group’s vision is to see less of a dependence on foreign oils and capitalize on fuels from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. President and CEO of “O” Ring CNG Fuel Systems, Bob Beatty, tells WJPA News that he hopes the project is completed by Thanksgiving and that it will cost around $2 million. Tejas Gosai, CEO of Energy From U.S., says more stations are in the planning stages for the Washington and Pittsburgh areas. The Bentleyville station will also provide propane refueling and eventually “hookups” to recharge electric cars. A convenience store will not be a part of the station.

Lawmakers Tackle Black Lung Issues
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Bob Casey are unveiling legislation aimed at ensuring fairer treatment for coal miners with black lung disease as they pursue benefits claims. The bill by the two coal-state senators Thursday comes after an investigation examined how doctors and lawyers, working at the behest of the coal industry, helped defeat the benefits claims of sick miners. The investigation was done by the Center for Public Integrity and ABC News. Among other things, the bill requires parties in a case to disclose all medical evidence, and strengthens criminal penalties for making false statements in the claims process. Black lung is an irreversible and potentially deadly disease caused by exposure to coal dust, where the dust particles accumulate in the lungs.

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