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)