Three Avella Men Hurt In Car Crash
Three people were hurt Tuesday morning, in a head-on crash in North Strabane Township. Police say the accident occurred just after seven-thirty, in the nineteen-hundred block of Route 519, when a car driven by 40-year-old Joseph Spivak of Westmoreland County, crossed the center line into oncoming traffic. Spivak's vehicle slammed into a car driven by 35-year-old Jonathan Gzikowski of Avella. Gzikowski and two other men, 33-year-old Jason Midler and 48-year-old Alex Siget, also of Avella, were all taken to Pittsburgh area hospitals for treatment. Police say none of the men were wearing seatbelts. Spivak wasn't injured. Police say their investigation is continuing.
ACLU Files Lawsuit
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union is claiming a Pennsylvania man was wrongly arrested and jailed nearly two years ago when he recorded a police officer who responded to a parking dispute at the man's home. The federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday on behalf of Michael Gratteri. The man lives near Ford City High School and has had frequent run-ins with teachers who park in front of his home instead of a school parking lot. When police responded to one such encounter in September 2014, Gratteri recorded it and, a couple days later, posted the video on Facebook. He was arrested about a month later and jailed for about seven hours, allegedly for violating the state's wiretap act, before the charges were withdrawn. The district attorney and Ford City officer being sued didn't immediately comment.
Ted Cruz: "Donald Trump Is A Pathological Liar"
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is calling Republican rival Donald Trump utterly amoral, a pathological liar, a serial philanderer and a narcissist at a level this country has never seen. Cruz unloaded on Trump as voters in Indiana were casting their ballots in the state's primary. Polls show Cruz significantly behind Trump in a state that Cruz has said is crucial to stopping the front-runner. Cruz labeled as "kooky" Trump's suggestions that Cruz's father was involved with the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He says Trump "doesn't know the differences between truth and lies." Still Cruz has not ruled out supporting him if he becomes the Republican nominee.
American Serviceman Killed In Iraq Was Navy SEAL
BAGHDAD (AP) - An American serviceman killed in Iraq by fire from the Islamic State group has been identified as a Navy SEAL. A U.S. official says the SEAL was killed during an attack on Iraqi Kurdish positions outside the IS-held city of Mosul on Tuesday morning. It was the third death of a U.S. service member in Iraq since the U.S.-led coalition launched its campaign against IS militants in the summer of 2014. Defense Secretary Ash Carter called it a "combat death." The official identifying the serviceman as a SEAL was speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to discuss the incident publicly.
Target Facing Backlash For Bathroom Policy
NEW YORK (AP) - Target is facing increasing criticism for its transgender bathroom policy. Two weeks ago, the Minneapolis-based discounter said customers and employees can use the restroom or fitting room that "corresponds to their gender identity." The policy announcement came amid a national debate over whether to restrict transgender people to using public bathrooms that match the sex listed on their birth certificate. One online petition started by a conservative group called The American Family Association calls for a boycott of Target stores and already has more than 1.1 million people signed up. Other petitions have come out in support of Target. Customer surveys from two research firms separately show that Target's reputation has taken a hit, although experts say it's too early to gauge the impact on the company's business.
Johnson & Johnson Ordered To Pay $55 Million
ST. LOUIS (AP) - For the second time in three months, a St. Louis jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a huge award over claims that its talcum powder causes cancer. The company will have to pay $55 million to a South Dakota woman who blamed her ovarian cancer on years of talcum powder use. In February, the company was ordered to pay $72 million after an Alabama woman who regularly used their products died from ovarian cancer. At least 12-hundred other talc related lawsuits are pending against Johnson & Johnson.
Jim Beam Marks Milestone
CLERMONT, Ky. (AP) - Jim Beam has filled and sealed its 14 millionth barrel of bourbon since the 1933 repeal of Prohibition, achieving a first in the bourbon industry. Seventh-generation master distiller Fred Noe and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin sealed the barrel Monday at the company's flagship distillery in Clermont, Kentucky, about 20 miles south of Louisville. The milestone comes two years after the distillery filled its 13 millionth barrel. Noe said in a news release that the achievement speaks to the success of the company's whiskey and the increasing worldwide enthusiasm for bourbon. Bevin said Kentucky bourbon is now an international symbol of the state's heritage and craftsmanship.
Local Woman Faces 21 Years Probation
SLOVAN, Pa. (AP) - A woman charged with stealing roughly $310,000 from an elderly fellow churchgoer must spend 21 years on probation, during which she must repay some of the money. Forty-four-year-old Goldie Fields was sentenced by a Washington County judge. Detectives say Fields told the 82-year-old victim she needed the money for nursing school so she could support her family with a job at a local care home. Eventually, Fields allegedly also told the victim that without that job security, she'd also never be able to repay the victim. Fields was sentenced after pleading no contest to theft charges, which also included stealing about $90,000 from a second woman, too. She's disputed the amount stolen and must make $350 monthly payments to repay $140,000 she acknowledges receiving.
Funeral Services For Murdered Ohio Family
WEST PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) - A funeral has been held for six family members who were found slain with two other relatives at their homes in southern Ohio. Caskets were loaded onto six black hearses after today's services at a West Portsmouth church. The hearses then led a procession of more than 150 vehicles to a nearby hillside cemetery. Seven adults and a 16-year-old boy from the Rhoden family were found dead April 22 at four properties near Piketon. No arrests have been made.
Record For Tony Nominations
NEW YORK (AP) - The megahit musical "Hamilton" has grabbed a record-breaking 16 Tony Award nominations, the biggest haul in Broadway history and another notch in the show's march into theatrical history.
Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop-flavored biography about the first U.S. treasury secretary on Tuesday broke the 15-nominations record held by "The Producers" and "Billy Elliot." "Hamilton" was nominated in virtually every category it could compete in, from acting to scenic design.
Next month, it will compete for Broadway's biggest crown - best new musical - with "Bright Star," "School of Rock," "Shuffle Along" and "Waitress."
The best play category is composed of "Eclipsed," "The Father," "The Humans" and "King Charles III."
The awards will be handed out June 12, with James Corden playing host from the Beacon Theatre in New York.
Cal U Commencement This Week
California University of Pennsylvania will mark its 182 Commencement with seperate ceremonies for undergraduate and graduate students. Graduate ceremonies will begin Friday at 7 p.m. in the Convocation Center. Master's degree candidates will be vested in their academic hoods during the ceremony. Undergraduate ceremonies will be held Saturday morning at 10, also in the Convocation Center. More than 900 undergraduates and 320 graduate students will receive their degrees. Vanessa DeSalvo Getz, Class of 1993, will speak at both ceremonies. She is the founder and president of Salvo Strategies, a public and government affairs firm based in Pittsburgh.
Biggest Loser No Winner - Or - Thinner
(AP) - A new study has found that most competitors on NBC's "The Biggest Loser" leave the show with a slower metabolism, making it more difficult to keep off the pounds. The National Institutes of Health study finds that participants come out of the weight-loss reality competition burning about 500 fewer calories a day than expected. What's more, the contestants who drop the most weight see the greatest slowing of their metabolisms. Researchers say most contestants experience substantial weight gain in the years after the show. The news isn't all bad for "Biggest Loser" competitors, however. The study notes that participants have been quite successful at long-term weight loss when compared to people in other intervention programs aimed at shedding weight. The study is published this month in the journal Obesity.
Kate Upton Engaged To Detroit Tigers Pitcher
NEW YORK (AP) - Kate Upton has announced her engagement to baseball star Justin Verlander.
The 23-year-old supermodel and actress took to the red carpet at last night's Met Gala in New York City to show off her ring.
She tells E! News that the 33-year-old Detroit Tigers pitcher asked her just before the baseball season started and she's "excited to finally be able to share it with the world."
E! reports that Upton and Verlander have been dating for more than three years.
As for a date for the nuptials, Upton tells E! they're simply "enjoying the engagement period."