THKURSDAY, JULY 24, 2014

Fighting Rages On In Gaza
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Israeli tanks and warplanes are pummeling the Gaza Strip as U.S. and other diplomats push for a cease-fire with Hamas militants. Gaza police say an infant boy was among those killed when Israeli fighter jets struck the Jabaliya refugee camp early today. Palestinian health officials say that 718 Palestinians, mainly civilians, have been killed since the conflict began on July 8. Israel has lost 32 soldiers as it has tried to halt rocket fire from Gaza and destroy cross-border tunnels. Two Israeli civilians and a Thai worker in Israel have also been killed. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, in the region to pursue truce efforts, says some modest progress has been achieved.

Flight Ban Lifted To Israel
WASHINGTON (AP) - Delta Air Lines says it will obey orders from the Federal Aviation Administration, but it says it will continue to make its own decisions about safety. The FAA has lifted a ban on U.S. flights traveling to and from Israel. The temporary ban was put in place following a rocket strike that landed near Israel's main airport in Tel Aviv. Some U.S. airlines canceled their own flights before the FAA ban was put in place.

Phone Scam
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The district attorney is warning people in the Pittsburgh suburbs to beware of a telephone scam apparently based in Jamaica. Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. says the callers claim to work for Publisher's Clearing House - the legitimate sweepstakes firm - and tell residents they've won a prize but must first send a check to cover processing fees. Zappala says the callers have targeted residents of Whitehall Borough and South Fayette Townships in recent days, and that caller IDs have indicated the calls are being placed from the '876' area code in Jamaica. Zappala says residents should always refuse to send money when they're contacted by phone about any sweepstakes prize or similar offer. Residents can avoid the calls altogether by having their phone company block any calls from the Jamaican area code.

Schwebel's Bread Recall
YOUNGSTOWN, Oh. - Schwebel's Baking Company announced Tuesday a voluntarily recall on certain products after Listeria was discovered in its Youngstown bakery. The products that may be affected were shipped to retail outlets, restaurants and institutions in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia and Kentucky. Officials say the list of recalled items also includes Giant Eagle Brand bread. The company's president, Paul Schwebel, said at this point, no customers seem to have been affected. "Although there is no evidence at this point that any of our consumers or products have been impacted, we are taking this action as a precautionary measure to assure that our products are safe," Schwebel said. The bacteria was discovered during routine testing and the bakery halted production. The FDA was alerted and all shipments were put on hold. Schwebel's says if the product code near the "best by" date begins with the letter "A," the product is a part of the voluntarily recall. They should be discarded or returned to the point of purchase. Anyone with questions regarding the recall can call the company at 1-800-860-2867



Migrant Children Sent To Pensylvania
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - More than 500 migrant children are being housed in Pennsylvania as federal officials wrestle with a national crisis created by a flood of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors across the southern U.S. border.
State officials confirmed Wednesday that the federal government told them 120 children are in two temporary centers in Bethlehem and Womelsdorf, near Reading.
Kait Gillis of the state Department of Public Welfare says the other 386 youngsters are staying with "sponsors" that include relatives, religious groups and others.
More than 57,000 minors, mostly from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, have crossed into the United States since October. President Obama is seeking emergency funds for more immigration judges and detention facilities, while congressional Republicans are demanding changes in federal law to speed up deportations.

State Funding Will Provide Water Service To Homes
More Washington County residents will be enjoying public water, thanks to nearly 20-million-dollars in state funding. The project will allow Pennsylvania American Water to build nineteen miles of water lines, to connect more than two-hundred homes that currently rely on private wells, springs and cisterns. The water line improvements will take place in Amwell, Buffalo, Cecil, Chartiers, Jefferson, Mt. Pleasant, North Strabane and Smith Townships. Water company officials say construction should be completed by next summer.

New Speed Limits On Turnpike, I-80
HIGHSPIRE, Pa. (AP) - Speed limits on more than 100 miles of two interstates maintained by Pennsylvania's highway department will rise to 70 mph for the first time. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said Wednesday that the sections include 88 miles on Interstate 80 in northern Pennsylvania's Clearfield and Clinton counties and 21 miles of Interstate 380 in northeastern Pennsylvania's Lackawanna and Monroe counties. The change is to take effect the week of Aug. 11. The announcement comes a day after the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission raised that roadway's speed limit from 65 mph to 70 mph on a 97-mile stretch in central and eastern Pennsylvania. Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch says other highways could see increased speed limits next spring or summer. About 35 other states already allow speeds of 70 mph or more.

New Round Of Recalls At GM
DETROIT (AP) - General Motors is issuing six more recalls covering a total of almost 718,000 vehicles in the U.S. The latest recalls bring the total for GM so far this year to 60, affecting a record 29.7 million cars and trucks. The biggest recall announced today is for just over 414,000 cars and small SUVs for faulty seats. Other problems include incomplete welds on seat brackets, turn signal failures, power steering failures, loose suspension bolts and faulty roof rack bolts.

Computer Problems At Social Security
WASHINGTON (AP) - An internal Social Security Administration reports finds that, six years into an effort to replace outdated computer systems, the new system is nowhere near ready and agency officials are struggling to salvage it. After spending nearly $300 million, the project is still in the testing phase, and the Social Security Administration can't say when it will be completed or what the final cost will be. In the meantime, people filing for disability claims continue to face long delays.

Cruise Ship Complaints
WASHINGTON (AP) - Cruise ship passengers have been recounting horror stories for senators on Capitol Hill. During a hearing Wednesday, one woman called for more protections for passengers, saying she had been choked and raped on a ship by one of the line's employees. She told senators that other cruise staff were slow to help and didn't take her to the infirmary immediately.

 


 

 

 

   
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