Plane Part Under Examination
PARIS (AP) - French prosecutors say the piece of an airplane wing that was found on an island in the Indian Ocean may be brought to mainland France on Friday to be analyzed by French investigators. The piece may have come from the Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared more than a year ago. French investigators have been carrying out their own probe of the disappearance because there were French citizens on board. And the wing piece was found on a French island. (photo: AP)
Three Hurt In South Strabane Crash
Three people were hurt in an accident Thursday morning at the intersection of Racetrack Road and Route 19 in South Strabane Township. Police say a truck driven by Barbara Meier of Jefferson Hills apparently lost its brakes coming down the hill on Route 19, crossed the intersection and collided with an SUV driven by Sarah Lindsay of Washington. The vehicles wound up in the parking lot of the Meadows Professional Center Plaza, with the truck on top of the SUV. A car parked there was also damaged. Lindsay and her nine-year-old son were able to climb out of the wreckage, while a passenger in the truck, 96-year-old Anna Williams, was flown to Mercy Hospital where she was in good condition. Lindsay's son was taken by ambulance to Washington Hospital, suffering minor injuries.
Amber Alert In Luzerne County
WILKES BARRE, Pa. (AP) - Authorities are looking for a 16-year-old who they say was abducted from her home in Wilkes Barre by a man who is considered armed and dangerous.
Pennsylvania State Police issued an Amber Alert for Jena Patterson.
They say she was taken from her home on East View Drive on Thursday night by 21-year-old Walter Lewis.
Police say Lewis has a handgun.
Police say the two left on foot but may be traveling in a red car.
Buyouts Offered At Post-Gazette
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A union at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says some newsroom employees are being offered buyouts. A memo says that about 120 Guild members at the Post-Gazette are eligible but that participation will be limited to 21. Newsroom employees at The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News are also currently weighing buyout offers.
Cop Charged With Murder Released On Bond
CINCINNATI (AP) - The University of Cincinnati police officer who fatally shot a motorist after stopping him over a missing front license plate has been released on $1 million bond.
Appearing in jailhouse stripes, fired officer Ray Tensing pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter.
His lawyer says Tensing is "very depressed." He's due back in court next month.
More California Wildfires
LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) - Several new blazes have flared up in Northern California. The state's 14 large fires, mostly in the scorched northern half of the state, are pushing 7,000 firefighters to their limits as they battle flames in drought conditions. California Department of Fire and Forestry Protection says dozens of fires also started yesterday, but crews quickly corralled all but five of them. The biggest challenge is a fast-spreading blaze in Lake County, 130 miles north of San Francisco that's destroyed two homes.
Beijing Awarded Olympic Games
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Beijing has been selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, becoming the first city awarded both the winter and summer games.
Beijing defeated Almaty, Kazakhstan, in a vote of the International Olympic Committee today. The voting numbers were not immediately released.
The Chinese capital, which hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics, came in as the favorite. Despite a lack of natural snow and winter conditions, Beijing was seen by the IOC as a reliable and safe choice.
Almaty had hoped to bring the games to Central Asia for the first time and raise Kazakhstan's profile on the international stage.
Toddler Nearly Drowns In Canonsburg
Police are investigating the near-drowning of a toddler in a swimming pool at a Canonsburg home Thursday afternoon. Authorities say the two-year-old boy was found unresponsive in an above-ground pool in the backyard of a home on Linda Court. The boy was pulled from the pool and first responders were reportedly able to get a pulse before taking him to Canonsburg Hospital. Police say the child's mother was home at the time. There was no immediate word on the toddler's condition.
Boy Shot In Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Police say a 12-year-old boy is in critical condition after a shooting that wounded at least two others in Pittsburgh.
Investigators say gunfire rang out around 10:45 p.m. Thursday.
Police say a gunman approached the victims and started shooting. He fired multiple shots before taking off on foot.
The 12-year-old boy is in critical condition at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Two others were treated for graze wounds.
No arrests have been made.
Homicide Suspect Escapes In Kittanning
KITTANNING, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania police are searching for an escaped jail inmate suspected of killing a woman after walking away from a work-release program.
Armstrong County officials say 38-year-old Robert Crissman ran from the jail around 6:30 a.m. Thursday while delivering meals to other inmates.
Sheriff William Rupert says Crissman walked outside to get the meals from a truck and took off.
The body of 55-year-old Tammy Long was discovered at a nearby home.
Officials say Crissman was in jail for violating probation on a drug charge and was trusted by staff. There were no violent crimes on his record.
Crissman is 5-foot-9 and 150 pounds with strawberry blond hair and blue eyes.
He was last seen driving a maroon 1999 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. It has a union sticker and Pennsylvania plate.
Congress Approves Highway Bill
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is sending President Barack Obama a three-month bill to keep highway and transit money flowing to states. The Senate approved the short-term bill today. The House passed the same bill a day earlier. The Senate also passed a sweeping, long-term transportation bill, setting up discussions with the House this fall.
Four Nominated For Federal Bench
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - President Barack Obama has nominated four veteran judges to serve on the federal bench in Pennsylvania.
Judges Susan Paradise Baxter, Robert John Colville and Marilyn Jean Horan would serve in Pittsburgh and Judge John Milton Younge in Philadelphia.
The president describes the nominees as distinguished judges with both integrity and an unwavering commitment to justice.
Baxter has been a federal magistrate judge for the past 20 years.
Colville has spent 15 years as a judge in Allegheny County.
Horan has been on the bench in Butler County and Younge in Philadelphia for nearly 20 years.
The nominees must first be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
New Windows 10 Up And Running
PALO ALTO, California (AP) - Microsoft says its new Windows 10 operating system is now running on more than 14 million computers, two days after the software was released as a free download. That's a far cry from the company's goal of getting Windows 10 onto a billion devices within three years. Microsoft says it's releasing the software in waves to make sure downloads go smoothly.