TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017



Security "Haphazard" At Grande Concert
MANCHESTER, England (AP) - Survivors of the suicide bombing that killed 22 people at a Manchester concert hall say security screening ahead of the Ariana Grande show was haphazard. Nikola Trochtova said she was leaving the venue when she heard the explosion. She told Czech radio that there was almost no security screening ahead of the concert. It is still unclear how the bomber was able to enter the area undetected. The blast happened right after Grande left the stage and the arena lights went back up. Most of the 130 people killed in the November 2015 attacks on multiple Paris venues were attending a show at the Bataclan concert hall. Pre-event security protocols vary country by country and according to venues. Security experts say one protective measure that could have been taken was extending the security perimeter around the Manchester arena.

Ariana Grande's Tour Not Canceled
MANCHESTER, England (AP) - Ariana Grande's tour has not been canceled or postponed despite reports online, a person close to the situation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to publicly talk about the topic, said. The person said that Grande and her team are more focused on the victims at the moment, not the tour. It was unclear if Grande's next schedule show - Thursday in London - would take place.

Trump's Proposed Budget Gets Icy Reception
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's budget is getting an icy reception on Capitol Hill from many of his fellow Republicans. No. 2 Senate Republican John Cornyn calls the budget "dead on arrival." Longtime GOP Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky calls Trump's proposed cuts to domestic safety net programs "draconian."
Another senior Republican lawmaker, Fred Upton of Michigan, questioned inclusion of money for Trump's border wall, remarking: "I thought Mexico was going to pay for the wall, why is this in our budget?" House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin dismissed such criticism as typical rhetoric and praised the budget because it balances over 10 years. Independent economists say the budget relies on unrealistic projections of economic growth, but Ryan sidestepped that question, saying faster growth would "help so many of our problems."

Trump Prepares To Meet With Pope Francis
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) - President Donald Trump has arrived in Rome for a visit with Pope Francis. Air Force One landed from Tel Aviv Tuesday evening. Trump is slated to meet Francis Wednesday at the Vatican. It will be the first meeting for two leaders who have a contentious history. Francis was critical of Trump's campaign pledge to build a wall on the Mexican border and his declaration that the United States should turn away Muslim immigrants and refugees. Trump responded by calling the pope "disgraceful." The stop is the third on Trump first foreign trip and follows visits to Saudi Arabia and Israel.

Brennan Talks To Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former CIA Director John Brennan says he warned Russia against meddling in the presidential election during a call to the head of the Russian intelligence service on Aug. 4. Brennan told the House intelligence committee on today that he was the first U.S. official to call out the Russians for their activities. Brennan says he told the head of the FSB that continued Russian interference would backfire and prevent any warming of relations.

Target Reaches Settlement In Data Breach
NEW YORK (AP) - Forty-seven states and the District of Columbia have reached a settlement with Target, following the 2013 data breach that affected millions of customers. The New York attorney general's office says the settlement is for $18.5 million, and that Target will be required to maintain appropriate encryption policies and take other security steps. Two data breaches during the holiday season affected more than 41 million customer payment card accounts and exposed contact information for more than 60 million customers.

Wal-Mart Expands Military Leave-Of-Absence Policy
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Wal-Mart says it's expanding its military leave-of-absence policy by offering differential pay to all eligible employees who are on military assignments lasting more than three days. The new policy takes effect June 24.

Sir Roger Moore Dies
LONDON (AP) - Roger Moore, the longest-serving movie star to play iconic British spy James Bond in the famed film series, has died in Switzerland after a brief bout with cancer. He was 89. A message from his family shared on the actor's official Twitter account Tuesday read: "With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated." The statement continued that Moore "has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with cancer."The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone." (Photo: AP)

Jury Selection Continues In Cosby Trial
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The jury that will hear Bill Cosby's sexual assault case was filling up quickly Tuesday as lawyers and prosecutors worked to select panelists who they believe would be favorable to their side. A black woman who said she knows only "basic information" about the case and a young white man who initially expressed a tendency to believe police were the latest to be added to the panel. The man said he could put that bias aside if instructed to do so, leading defense lawyers to accept him on the panel. The jury so far consists of six men and four women - all but one of them white - in a case that Cosby says may have racial undertones. The actor-comedian once known as America's Dad for his beloved portrayal of Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show" is charged with drugging and molesting a Temple University women's basketball team manager at his home near Philadelphia in 2004. He has called the encounter consensual. (Photo: CNN)

Crash Closes Part Of Parkway East
A truck crash has closed part of the Parkway East between Penn Hills and Monroeville. The accident appears to involve an overturned truck that may have been hauling coal or dirt. Several cars sustained damage and one was flipped over on its roof. As of 2 p.m., a single outbound lane was open in the area of the crash as emergency crews worked to clear the scene. Two lanes of traffic were open in the inbound direction.  Police are detouring outbound traffic off the Monroeville/Business Route 22 (Exit 80).  (Photo: WPXI)

Death Of Amwell Township Man Ruled Suicide
Authorities have determined that a fire that broke out in an Amwell Township home Saturday night, was deliberately set. State Police say it appears that 59-year-old John Allen Stopka, whose body was found in the rubble at 485 ten Mile Road, deliberately set the fire in order to commit suicide. Troopers say evidence found at the scene helped them determine that the blaze was intentionally set as a suicide attempt.

Winning Lottery Ticket Sold In McDonald
The Pennsylvania Lottery reports there were seven Cash 5 tickets that will split a $1 million jackpoint from the May 22 drawing. One of the winning tickets was sold at McDonald Pharmacy in McDonald. Winneres should sign the back of the ticket right away and call the Lottery at 717-702-8146 and file a claim at the nearest Lottery office.

Window Washer Electrocuted
PITTSBURGH - A worker, believed to be a window washer, was electrocuted Tuesday morning when a lift truck came in contact with power lines in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. The incident was reported about 10:30 a.m. on North Neville Street. The worker was on the lift when the power lines were hit and witnesses say the transformers were visibly charred. “It was a huge, like, cloud of flames,” Lauren O’Brien, a witness, said. “It felt like a whole minute, but it was probably like 10 seconds, of just, like, engulfed in flames.” Crews checked to ensure that the lines were no longer live so that first responders could get to the man. Witnesses said the man was part of a crew that was washing windows at an apartment building. (WPXI)

Peters Addresses Well Site In Nottingham
Council members in Peters Township have voted to enter into an agreement with EQT Corporation over natural gas rights. The five-year non surface lease will provide 18 percent royalties for any gas extracted from under township owned property. Council and Township Manager Paul Lauer clarified that Monday's 5-2 vote does not indicate support of natural gas drilling. A well pad is planned for nearby Nottingham Township, about 1,500 feet from Venetia Road, and supervisors said that the lateral drilling will reach into Peters Township regardless of their decision. Officials said there will be a minimum 750 foot well bore separation from the township as part of the agreement

"Click It Or Ticket"
Area law enforcement gathered in South Strabane on Tuesday to discuss plans for the May "Click it or Ticket" mobilization, ran by PennDOT. In Washington County alone, North Franklin, Canonsburg, and Washington Police Departments have been doing extra enforcement since the program began on May 15, and will run until June 4. This program will mainly target 18-35 year-old drivers, nighttime occupants, and truck drivers because of their tendency to not wear their seatbelts. Local authorities will put in Traffic Enforcement Zones, Safety Checkpoints, and Roving Patrols on the road to target these drivers.

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