Talks resumed Monday afternoon, in the on-going contract dispute between union workers at Washington Hospital and its administration. Some four-hundred SEIU employees, which includes maintenance, housekeeping, dietary and secretarial positions, have been working without a contract since last month, when their three year agreement expired. Union members are seeking a minimum wage of fifteen-dollars an hour. They voted earlier this month, to stage a two-day strike on February 16th and 17th, if no new contract is reached by then.
Pump Prices Still Falling
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) - The average price of gasoline has dropped 8 cents over the past two weeks, to $1.82 a gallon. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the price is 37 cents per gallon under its year-ago point.
Lundberg says the price drop may continue if crude oil costs continue to slide. In the Lower 48 states, the highest average price of regular gasoline was $2.62 per gallon in Los Angeles. The lowest was $1.44 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The U.S. average diesel price is $2.13 per gallon, down about 7 cents from two weeks ago.
Canada Will End Strikes Against ISIS
TORONTO (AP) - Canada is going to end its airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria in the next two weeks -- while at the same time expanding its efforts to train local forces there, and rebuild the region. Canada's prime minister, Justin Trudeau, is following up on campaign promises made last year. He says airstrikes don't "achieve long-term stability" for communities -- and that the people who are being "terrorized" by the Islamic State group "don't need our vengeance, they need our help."
Transplant Patient Dies After Mold Outbreak
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Officials say a fourth transplant patient who contracted a fungal infection during a mold outbreak at a Pennsylvania hospital has died.
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on Sunday confirmed the death of 70-year-old Che DuVall, who was diagnosed with the infection a month after undergoing a double lung transplant in August. UPMC spokeswoman Allison Hydzik says the hospital extends its sympathies to his family and to medical personnel who have cared for him. She says officials want patients to know they have taken "every possible precaution to make our hospitals as safe as is humanly possible." The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said the patients likely got the mold infections from time spent in a "negative pressure" room normally reserved for those who already had infections. (Photo: WPXI)
Smoking May Have Caused Fire At 911 Memorial
SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - The National Park Service says discarded smoking material is "strongly" suspected as the cause of a 2014 fire that struck the Flight 93 National Memorial in western Pennsylvania.
The park service said in a report released Saturday that other factors believed to have contributed to the October 2014 blaze at the Shanksville memorial include landscaping mulch that was too close to the building and flammable decking material believed to have hastened the spread of the flames.
The blaze destroyed hundreds of original photographs and items linked to the passengers and crew of the plane that crashed during the 9/11 hijackings. Also lost was a flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol on the day of the attacks. Officials said at least 8,310 objects and archival materials were damaged or destroyed.
Officials Sued Over Ebola Quarantine
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Several people quarantined in Connecticut after returning from West Africa during the 2014 Ebola epidemic are suing Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state health officials, saying they were essentially imprisoned based on politics and not for any legal or scientific reasons. Yale Law School students filed the federal lawsuit Monday. The plaintiffs include a West African family of six and a current student and former student at the Yale School of Public Health. The lawsuit says the plaintiffs had no Ebola symptoms, but were illegally quarantined for weeks. The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages and an order preventing such quarantines in the future. A Malloy adviser says the governor will continue to take necessary actions to protect the public. State policy is to quarantine travelers potentially exposed to Ebola.
Honda Recalling New Civics
DETROIT (AP) - Honda is recalling about 45,000 newly redesigned Civic compact cars in the U.S. and Canada because the engines can fail and stall while being driven. The recall affects 2016 Civics equipped with 2-liter four-cylinder engines. Documents filed by Canadian safety regulators say that a circular clip around the pistons may be missing or was improperly installed at the factory. That can cause a pin on the piston to rub against the engine block and possibly cause engine failure or a fire. It was unclear if any crashes, fires or injuries had happened. Dealers will inspect the piston clips and fix them if necessary. In the U.S., dealers can't sell the affected cars until they are repaired. The recall covers about 34,000 Civics in the U.S. and roughly 11,000 in Canada.
Mazda Recalling Select CX-5 SUV's
DETROIT (AP) - Mazda is recalling some SUVs because the fuel filler pipe can rupture in a rear crash and cause a gas leak and possible fire. The recall covers nearly 237,000 CX-5 SUVs from the 2014 and 2015 model years. The problem was discovered in crash testing when the pipe ruptured and spilled fuel that exceeded limits set by crash test standards. Mazda says it has no reports of any fires or injuries.
Winter Weather Advisory
The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has posted a winter weather advisory from 7 o'clock Monday evening to 7 o'clock Wednesday morning. Snow is expected to continue off and on through Wednesday, with anywhere from one to two inches possible through the overnight hours, and then another one to three inches possible through the day on Wednesday. Very cold weather is also moving into the area and we will not go above freezing until early next week. A Winter Weather Advisory means snow will mainly cause problems in the form of travel difficulties. The National Weather Service says you should be prepared for snow-covered and slippery roads, along with limited visibility. They urge you to use caution when driving and walking.
Obama Requests $1.8 Billion To Fight Zika Virus
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to help fight the Zika virus. The White House said the money would be used to expand mosquito control programs, speed development of a vaccine, develop diagnostic tests and improve support for low-income pregnant women.
Zika virus disease is mainly spread by mosquitoes. Most people who catch it experience mild or no symptoms. But there are suspicions that the fetus of infected pregnant women may be at risk for a rare birth defect that causes brain damage and an abnormally small head. "What we now know is that there appears to be some significant risk for pregnant women and women who are thinking about having a baby," Obama said in an interview aired today on "CBS This Morning."
He added, however, that "there shouldn't be a panic on this."
Cerebral Palsy Student Target Of Attack
PENN HILLS, Pa. (AP) - A school district in the Pittsburgh suburbs is investigating video on social media showing a student with cerebral palsy being pushed down and kicked. Penn Hills School District officials say the students who allegedly attacked 16-year-old Isaiah Wooding could be referred to police. Margaret Wooding says she wants the other Penn Hills High School students who attacked her son expelled and prosecuted. The video shows other students standing around laughing after Isaiah was attacked. The video surfaced Friday on social media. Isaiah planned to return to school today. School Superintendent Nancy Hines says "anyone who played a role will be dealt with accordingly." The says the school board is "absolutely disgusted and embarrassed by the lack of compassion displayed."
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf will release his 2016-17 budget plan even as he fights to get his major priorities into this year's budget.
Major portions of the current budget remain in limbo after a fight with the Republican-controlled Legislature. Disagreements over school spending, taxes and Republican policy priorities could bleed into deliberations over a new budget.
The new budget year starts July 1.
Wolf is the first governor in modern Pennsylvania history to come to this point with substantial portions of the budget for the current fiscal year still in limbo.
He has made some revelations about what he will propose Tuesday, including an additional $200 million for public school instruction and operations and another $60 million for pre-kindergarten programs for children of low-income parents.
Four Wounded In Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) - Police say four young people have been shot outside a home in Chicago and one is in critical condition.
Chicago police spokesman Kevin Quaid says the shooting happened just before 6 p.m. Sunday on the city's South Side.
Quaid says the four victims were on a front porch when two males approached and began firing.
A 15-year-old boy was shot in his chest and legs. Quaid says he was taken to a hospital in critical condition.
An 18-year-old man was shot in the right leg and was taken to a hospital in stable condition. A 15-year-old boy and 17-year-old girl were shot in the left leg. Both were in stable condition.
Gunfire Claims Two Lives Following Parade
PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. (AP) - A shooting following a Mardi Gras parade in Mississippi has left two people dead and four others wounded. Police in Pass Christian say they received a call about a fight and that shots had been fired shortly after Sunday's parade. Police say two men died at the scene and four others have been hospitalized. Police are searching for a suspect or suspects.
Tour Bus Crash Injures At Least 30 People
MADISON, Conn. (AP) - Authorities say a charter bus that crashed on Interstate 95 in Connecticut during a snowstorm was on its way to a casino with passengers from New York City. A Mohegan Sun casino spokesman says other buses headed for the casino have been rerouted back to New York City until weather conditions improve. State police say they believe there were more than 60 people on the bus at the time of the accident. They say none of the injuries is reported to be life-threatening. But a spokesman at Yale-New Haven Hospital says six people are listed as critical.
Cruise Ship Hit By Storm Will Turn Around
MIAMI (AP) - Royal Caribbean says a cruise ship that suffered minor damage as it sailed through a storm, sending passengers to their cabins overnight, will turn around and head back to its home port of Cape Liberty, New Jersey, instead of continuing on its way to Cape Canaveral, Florida. Royal Caribbean announced the news on its corporate Twitter account Monday. Passengers say the storm started midafternoon Sunday, and the captain of the ship Anthem of the Seas ordered them to their staterooms for their safety. The cruise line says in its tweets that the decision was made for guests' comfort because of weather forecasts that would have affected the ship's itinerary.