THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2014

Pregnant Woman Hit By Vehicle Dies
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Authorities in Pittsburgh say an elderly driver struck and killed pregnant woman, whose baby was later delivered by cesarean section. The nearly full-term child remained in critical condition Wednesday night. Police say 30-year-old Jodie Guthrie was sitting outside a North Side drugstore on Wednesday afternoon when a man tried to pull into a parking space. Witnesses said the vehicle jumped the curb and pinned Guthrie against a wall. Police Commander RaShall Brackney says the 88-year-old motorist might have hit the gas instead of the brake. Detectives questioned the driver and his wife, who was a passenger. The man's identity was not released. It's not clear if charges will be filed. Police say Guthrie, who lived in the neighborhood, was nearly nine months pregnant.

Family Says Shooting Was Avoidable

CLEVELAND (AP) - The family of a 12-year-old Cleveland boy fatally wounded by a police officer says that if the officer had not acted so quickly, their son would still be alive. Video made public Wednesday shows Tamir Rice being shot no more than 2 seconds of a patrol car stopping near him at a Cleveland park Saturday. The video shows the boy reaching in his waistband for what police later discovered was a pellet gun that shoots non-lethal plastic projectiles.

"Fowl" Weather For Holiday Travelers
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - A wintry mix of snow and rain Wednesday hampered some holiday travel plans, grounding hundreds of flights and making for treacherous driving conditions in Pennsylvania. More than a foot of snow fell in some parts of the state. The National Weather Service says there also were multiple reports of thundersnow near Philadelphia.


Novelist P.D. James Dies at 94
LONDON (AP) - Publisher Faber and Faber says mystery writer P.D. James, who brought realistic modern characters to the classical British detective story, has died. She was 94. James' books sold millions in many countries and most were just as popular when made into television films. The publisher says James died Thursday at her home in Oxford, southern England. (Image: AP)




Additional Arrests From Ferguson In California
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Police in Oakland, California, say at least 135 people have been arrested since protests began Monday over the Ferguson, Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. About 100 people were closely followed by police as they marched through Oakland streets Wednesday. On Monday and Tuesday, some protesters vandalized businesses and blocked freeways. In Ferguson, scattered demonstrations are continuing, but they've been peaceful.

Big Stink In New Castle
NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) - State environmental officials don't believe a "cat urine" smell plaguing part of one western Pennsylvania city is harmful, but neither do they yet know what's causing it. New Castle residents began noticing the smell Nov. 1 in the city . The New Castle News says the smell is still lingering near a sewage treatment plant in the city's Mahoningtown neighborhood. Amanda Witman, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, says on-site monitoring didn't detect any hazardous substances in the air. But tests on air samples to determine what's causing the smell will take weeks to complete. The DEP is also testing wastewater to determine whether it's causing the smell.

 

Afghan Suicide Attack
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghanistan's Interior Ministry says a British national is among five people who were killed in a suicide attack on an embassy vehicle in the capital Kabul. A spokesman says an Afghan national who was driving the vehicle was among the four Afghans killed in the attack. He says another 33 civilians were wounded. The British embassy had no comment. Earlier, a spokesman confirmed the attack on the embassy vehicle and said some people were wounded. He asked that his name not be published in keeping with embassy regulations. Kabul has come under almost daily attack as insurgents intensify their war on local security forces and U.S. and NATO troops, who are set to officially conclude their combat role in the country at the end of next month.

Millions To Hit Stores On Thanksgiving
NEW YORK -Millions of Americans are expected to head to the stores for holiday gift shopping on Thanksgiving in what's quickly becoming a new but controversial holiday tradition. Just a few years ago when a few stores started opening on the holiday, the move was met with resistance from workers and shoppers who believed the day should be sacred. But this year, more than a dozen major retailers are opening on the holiday and the National Retail Federation expects more than 25 million Americans to shop on the holiday.

Recalls For Toyota
TOKYO (AP) - Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling more than 40,000 vehicles in Japan as part of an ongoing air bag problem, days after Japan's transport minister instructed Japanese automakers to speed up their repairs. Officials are also investigating a new type of air-bag problem found Wednesday in a 2003 car that could lead to further recalls. Today's Toyota recalls for the driver-side air bags are the latest in the widening safety problem related to Takata Corp. air bags. The Transport minister earlier this week ordered Japanese automakers to expedite the recalls. Takata air bags can inflate with excessive force, sending metal shrapnel toward the driver and passengers. The problems have been blamed for at least six deaths and dozens of injuries. Millions of cars have been recalled worldwide.

Real Estate Taxes Going Down In North Strabane
Residents of North Strabane Township are getting an early Christmas present from their board of supervisors. Township Manager Frank Siffrinn says they are planning to reduce the township's real estate tax by one mill, and, in addition to the tax reduction, they are also planning to expand the police department to twenty-two officers, including a new canine handler. Siffrinn, who credits the energy industry and the Meadows Race Track and Casino for the additional funding, says they will also be hiring two additional full-time firefighters.

Jobless Benefits Rise
WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, pushing total applications above 300,000 for the first time in nearly three months. The Labor Department says weekly applications rose 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 313,000, the highest level since the first week of September. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose 6,250 to 294,000. The increase is unlikely to raise concerns about the broader health of the job market. At least some of the rise occurred because of seasonal layoffs in businesses affected by the cold weather, such as construction. The department seeks to control for such seasonal factors but doesn't always do so perfectly. Applications had been under 300,000 for 10 straight weeks, an unusually low level that indicates companies are laying off few workers.

 

Tom Hanks & Wife To Host National Tree Lighting
Tom Hanks and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, will host this year's National Christmas Tree lighting in President's Park near the White House. The National Park Service announced Wednesday that Hanks and Wilson will host the ceremony Dec. 4. By tradition, President Barack Obama and his family also will help light the tree. Musicians will perform holiday tunes. This year's performers will include Ne-Yo, Steve Miller, country star Chely Wright, Patti Labelle, and the groups Fifth Harmony, Nico and Vinz and The Tenors. The ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 4. Tickets for the event were distributed through a lottery. This year, the 56 state and territory Christmas trees in the park will be lit with designs created by girls nationwide through Google's Made with Code project.



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