THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2015

Flood Warning
The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has issued a flood warning for Washington, Greene, Allegheny, Fayette and Westmoreland counties until 8:30 tonight. Forecasters say flooding will continue to impact areas along the Monongahela River until at least late this afternoon. A flood warning means that flooding is imminent or has been reported.

Snow Forces School Closings
Several inches of snow fell from last night through this morning, forcing school delays and then closings. All major school districts in the county announced they were closed after most reported two-hour delays. PennDOT crews were out in force early this morning scrapping and treating the roads but secondary and especially "back roads" are snow-covered and drivers are encouraged to give themselves extra time this morning.The snow is expected to move out by afternoon after leaving another two inches this morning. (photo is South Main Street in Washington at 3 a.m.)

Storm Socks Several States
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The governors of Alabama, Mississippi, West Virginia and New Jersey already have declared states of emergency ahead of a storm that's expected to bring icy rain, sleet and lots of snow. The storm stretches from northern Texas to southern New England, and West Virginia, Kentucky and southeastern Ohio are expected to get hit the hardest with 8 to 10 inches of snow. The National Weather Service says Baltimore and Washington are looking at 6 to 8 inches of snow.

Supreme Court Sets Date For Gay Marriage Cases
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court will hear arguments over same-sex marriage on April 28. The court released its calendar Thursday for the final two weeks of arguments this term and allotted the gay marriages cases two-and-a-half hours on the last Tuesday in April. The cases come from the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, so far the only federal appellate court that has upheld state bans on same-sex marriages since the justices' 2013 ruling striking down part of the federal anti-gay marriage law. Lawyers on both sides will get 90 minutes to argue whether gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marry everywhere in the U.S. Another hour will be devoted to the question of whether states must recognize same-sex unions performed elsewhere. A decision is expected before July.

Committee Demands Clinton Emails
WASHINGTON (AP) - A House committee investigating the deadly 2012 terror attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, has subpoenaed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's personal emails pertinent to its probe. The Republican-controlled committee said it also has issued a subpoena to the State Department for all other individuals who have relevant information. Clinton relied on a personal email account rather than one operated by the government. Her aides dispute the notion that there was anything illegal or improper about her use of personal email.

Judge Declares Mistrial For Jodi Arias Sentencing
PHOENIX (AP) - A judge in Arizona has declared a mistrial in the Jodi Arias sentencing retrial after jurors deadlocked on whether she should be executed or sent to prison for life for killing her lover in 2008. Today's decision removes the death penalty as an option. The judge must now decide whether to sentence Arias to either life in prison or a life term with the possibility of release after 25 years. It's the second time a jury has deadlocked on her punishment for killing Travis Alexander. She was convicted of first-degree murder in 2013.

Not Quite "As Seen On TV"
NEW YORK (AP) - The company behind Snuggie, Perfect Bacon Bowl and other "As Seen on TV" products has agreed to pay $8 million to settle charges that it deceived customers. The Federal Trade Commission says Allstar Marketing Group promised customers buy-one-get-one free promotions, but they were still charged for the items in the form of high shipping costs. Allstar will pay $7.5 million to the FTC to create a fund that will be used for customer refunds. The other $500,000 will be paid to the New York attorney general's office for penalties, costs and fees. Allstar, based in Hawthorne, New York, says it has already made changes to its business to make costs easier to understand.

Circus To Phase Out Elephants
POLK CITY, Fla. (AP) - The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is ending all elephant acts. The circus' parent company, Feld Entertainment, says elephant acts will be phased out by 2018. Growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision. Feld's 43 elephants will live at the company's 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in central Florida. Twenty-nine animals already are there. (Photo: CNN)

No Progress In Investigation
Authorities have identified the man who was shot early Wednesday morning in Washington. County Coroner Tim Warco says 24-year-old Marius Chatman of Broad Street, in Washington, was shot and killed near the city's 7th Ward playground. Warco says Chatman was shot multiple times. No word on a motive, or possible suspects.

Plane Skids Off Runway At LaGuardia
NEW YORK (AP) - Officials say six people aboard a plane from Atlanta that skidded off a runway at LaGuardia Airport while landing have injuries that aren't life threatening. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Joe Pentangelo (pehn-TAN'-jeh-loh) said Thursday that a preliminary count showed six people were injured. The Port Authority runs the airport. The plane crashed through a chain-link fence and sent passengers saddled with bags and bundled up in heavy coats and scarves sliding down an inflated chute to safety on the snowy pavement. Delta Flight 1086 was carrying 125 passengers and five crew members. Images show the plane resting in several inches of snow. (Photo: CNN)

More Claims For Unemployment Benefits
WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since May, though the level of applications remains at a level consistent with steady hiring. The Labor Department says weekly applications rose 7,000 to a seasonally adjusted 320,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, increased 10,250 to 304,750, a six-week high. The number of applications tends to reflect the pace of U.S. layoffs. The four-week average has remained near or below 300,000 since September, a historically low level that typically signals healthy job gains. There are some signs that heavy snow and unseasonably cold weather have played a role in increasing the number of layoffs. Several states said two weeks ago that applications had risen because of bad weather.

New Trial Requested
NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) - Attorneys for a boy who was just 11 when he was charged with fatally shooting his father's pregnant fiancée have asked a judge to dismiss those charges or, at least, grant him a new juvenile court trial. Thursday's hearing in Lawrence County wasn't public and state prosecutors aren't commenting on it. But Jordan Brown's defense attorneys say both sides were asked to file written arguments before the judge issues a final ruling. The hearing was held after the state Supreme Court in December raised questions about the evidence used to convict Jordan Brown in juvenile court in the February 2009 shotgun killing of 26-year-old Kenzie Houk and her unborn son. State police and prosecutors have said none of the evidence points to anyone but Brown, who is now 17. He's still in a juvenile facility.

Testimony Underway In Boston Bomber Trial
BOSTON (AP) - Testimony resumed today in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. On Wednesday, jurors heard heartbreaking testimony from victims and the watched graphic videos of blown-off limbs, bloody sidewalks and chaos after the 2013 attack. On woman, Karen Rand McWatters, described holding the hand of her friend Krystle Campbell as Campbell died on the pavement. McWatters lost her left leg.

U.S. Ambassador Attacked
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Witnesses say a knife-wielding man shouted "South and North Korea should be reunified" as he attacked the U.S. Ambassador during a breakfast meeting in Seoul today. Ambassador Mark Lippert was preparing for a lecture about prospects for peace on the peninsula when the attack occurred. Doctors say 80 stiches were needed to close a wound on Lippert's face and that a knife wound on his left arm damaged nerves.

George Costanza's Boss On Seinfeld Dies
CINCINNATI (AP) - Daniel von Bargen, who played George Costanza's boss on "Seinfeld," has died. He was 64. Harry Gilligan, owner of Gilligan Funeral Homes, confirmed to The Associated Press on Thursday that von Bargen died Sunday in the Cincinnati area. He says he couldn't provide the cause. WLWT-TV first reported the death. Von Bargen was probably best known for his roles as the dim-witted Mr. Kruger on "Seinfeld" and as Commandant Edwin Spangler on "Malcom in the Middle." His film credits include "The Silence of the Lambs," "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and "Lord of Illusions." The actor made headlines in 2012 when he called 911 after shooting himself in the temple. He told police he was supposed to have some toes amputated that day due to diabetes complications.

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