Tuesday, September 25, 2018

County To Receive Drug Trafficking Funding
WASHINGTON, Pa. - Washington County is now on a list of three Western Pennsylvanian counties that federal officials are designating a “High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area." The designation will allow more federal funds to be sent to Southwestern Pennsylvania to fight the drug trafficking issues. Reports say the funding can be used for a wide variety of things including equipment purchases to overtime for state and local law enforcement. This is only the second designation of its kind since 2001. Back in May of 2018, areas of Alaska were granted the designation. Petitions coordinated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office began more than a year ago for relief money. Washington joins Allegheny and Beaver Counties who will be receiving the funding.

Coroner Rules On Deaths Of Peters Twp Couple

PETERS TOWNSHIP, Pa. - The Washington County Coroner's office has ruled on the cause and manner of death for a Peters Township couple found dead over the weekend at their home along Marlboro Drive. The coroner has ruled that 44 year old Kelly Ann Bryan died of strangulation. Her death has been ruled homicide. Her husband, 48 year old Craig Bryan died of a self-inflicted incised wound to the neck. His death has been ruled suicide. The bodies of both were discovered early Sunday by the couple's two children, ages 12 and 17. State Police continue to investigate.

Students Injured In School Bus Crash

MARS, Pa. (AP) - Officials say some minor injuries were reported after a school bus carrying children ran over an embankment in a construction zone in western Pennsylvania and landed on its side. Emergency dispatchers in Butler County say the crash on Route 228 in Adams Township occurred at about 2:40 p.m. Monday. The Mars Area School District says some minor injuries were reported. The district says it is contacting parents of all students who were on the bus. Our news partners at WPXI report that at least four patients are being treated. The station says at 41 students were on the bus at the time of the accident. A spokeswoman for Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's District 10 told the Tribune-Review that the bus struck a piece of equipment in the median of the constriction zone.

Judge Set To Sentence Cosby

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Bill Cosby faces a good chance of being sent to prison Tuesday when a judge is expected to sentence the TV star who was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman. The once-beloved actor and comedian, dubbed "America's Dad" for his role on the "Cosby Show," faces anything from probation to 10 years in prison. Prosecutors near Philadelphia want a judge to sentence the 81-year-old to five to 10 years in prison. They say he has no remorse and is capable of reoffending. The defense argues that he's old, frail and legally blind, and should be sent home on house arrest.

2-Year Window For Child Sex Abuse Suits Advances
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania House is advancing a proposal to give victims of child sexual abuse a two-year window to sue over allegations that would otherwise be too old to pursue. The chamber voted 171 to 23 on Monday to adopt a recommendation contained in last month's grand jury report that found hundreds of Roman Catholic priests had victimized children over decades. The bill will also give victims more time to file lawsuits, limited under current law to until the victim turns 30, and eliminate all time limits for criminal prosecutions in such cases going forward.
Opponents argue that retroactive changes to the statute of limitations violate the state constitution. A final House vote could occur Tuesday, and if it passes it'll go back to the Senate, where its fate is uncertain.

GOP Ramps Up Kavanaugh Fight
WASHINGTON (AP) - Brett Kavanaugh says he won't let "false accusations" drive him from his quest to win Senate confirmation to the Supreme Court. That's part of an aggressive drive by President Donald Trump and top Republicans to rally the public and GOP senators behind Kavanaugh's teetering nomination. Trump and Republican leaders are accusing Democrats of a smear campaign by using accusations by two women of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh in the 1980s to try scuttling his Senate confirmation. There were no immediate indications that the emergence of a second accuser had fatally wounded Kavanaugh's prospects. But Republicans tried projecting unflinching support for Kavanaugh that included the nominee taking the unusual step of defending himself in a television interview. Kavanaugh said on Fox News Channel, "I've never sexually assaulted anyone."

Kavanaugh Defends Himself In Fox News Interview

WASHINGTON (AP) - Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh says he's never sexually assaulted anyone. Kavanaugh told Fox News in an interview broadcast Monday night that he has "always treated women with dignity and respect."
California professor Christine Blasey Ford has said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party when both were in high school. Another woman, Deborah Ramirez, says he exposed himself to her at a college party. He has denied both accusations.
Kavanaugh says he made the unusual decision to do a television interview before a Senate committee votes on his nomination because he wants to clear his name.
Kavanaugh says he is "looking for a fair process, a process where I can defend my integrity and clear my name. And all I'm asking for is fairness and that I'd be heard."

Trump To Meet Thursday With Rosenstein
NEW YORK (AP) - President Donald Trump is declining to say whether he plans to fire his Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, but says he hopes a Thursday meeting will help him figure out "what's going on." The White House announced earlier Monday that Trump will meet with Rosenstein Thursday amid breathless and sometimes conflicting reports anticipating his imminent departure. Trump tells reporters on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly that, "We'll be determining what's going on. We want to have transparency, we want to have openness."
But he's declining to say whether he still has confidence in Rosenstein following reports Rosenstein discussed possibly secretly recording the president and raised the idea of using the 25th Amendment to remove him from office. Rosenstein is the top Justice Department official overseeing the Trump-Russia investigation.

Trump Set To Address U.N General Assembly
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - President Donald Trump returns to the pinnacle of global diplomacy when he addresses the U.N. General Assembly. Ahead of his speech Tuesday morning, White House aides cast Trump's New York visit as an opportunity to assert American sovereignty before the multinational body. He is expected to be unapologetic about his decisions to engage with the erstwhile pariah North Korea, remove the U.S. from the Iran nuclear accord, and object to U.N. aid programs he believes are contrary to American interests. On Wednesday, Trump will chair for the first time a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on the topic of counter-proliferation.
The four days of choreographed foreign affairs stand in contrast to wild twists and disorder in domestic politics, highlighted by the controversy over Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

Instagram Co-Founders Resign
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The co-founders of Instagram are resigning their positions with the social media company. Chief Executive Kevin Systrom said in a statement late Monday that he and Mike Krieger plan to leave the company in the next few weeks. Krieger is chief technical officer. They founded the photo-sharing app in 2010 and sold it to Facebook in 2012 for about $1 billion. There was no immediate word on why they chose to leave the company but Systrom says they plan to take time off to explore their creativity again. Representatives for Instagram and Facebook didn't immediately respond to after-hours messages from The Associated Press. Instagram has seen explosive growth since its founding, with an estimated 1 billion monthly users and 2 million advertisers.

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