Obama Visits Louisiana
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - President Barack Obama says the nation is "heartbroken" by the loss of life during recent flooding in Louisiana. Obama is speaking in East Baton Rouge Parish as he tours flood damage in Louisiana. Obama says people's lives have been upended by the flooding. He notes that families have lost homes and possessions while local businesses have suffered. The president says it's not just about property damage. He says it's also about "people's roots." Obama says he wants Louisianans to know they're not alone in recovering from the flood, even after the news cameras leave. He says the government will keep helping until people are back in their homes and their lives are rebuilt. (Photo: CNN)
AP Reviews Clinton Foundation Donations
WASHINGTON (AP) - An AP review of State Department calendars has found that a large proportion of non-government employees who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money to the Clinton Foundation. At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs. The donations totaled $156 million.
Longtime Peters Township Manager Retiring
Peters Township manager Mike Silvestri was given a street sign bearing his name during last night's council meeting. Silvestri retires this week after being on the job in the townshp since the mid-70's. He told WJPA News he wanted to thank the residents, calling it "a great community to work in." Taking over will be longtime assitance manager Paul Lauer. All three county commissioners attended the meeting to salute Silvestri for his many years of service.
Hand Transplant Recipient Shows Off New Hands
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - It's been just over a year since now-9-year-old Zion Harvey received a double-hand transplant - and now he can throw a ball, zip his clothes and write in his journal. The suburban Baltimore boy is talking about his progress Tuesday in a briefing at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he underwent the 10-hour surgery in July 2015. His mother, doctor and physical therapists were joining him. The nation's youngest hand transplant patient has been going through extensive rehab to learn how to use his new hands. He lost them and his feet to amputation seven years ago after suffering a serious infection. Zion has leg prosthetics that allow him to walk. Earlier this month, he showed off his new abilities by throwing out the first pitch at a Baltimore Orioles game.
Cost Of EpiPens Skyrocketing
WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers are demanding more information on why the price of lifesaving EpiPens has skyrocketed. EpiPens are used to ward off potentially fatal allergic reactions, and the price has surged in recent years. A two-dose package cost less than $60 nine years ago. The cost is now closer to $400.
Florida Teen Survives Brain-Eating Amoeba
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A South Florida boy has survived a brain-eating amoeba that kills most people who contract it. Florida Hospital officials in Orlando said Tuesday that 16-year-old Sebastian DeLeon came to the hospital two weeks ago complaining of a headache and sensitivity to light. Hospital staffers are trained to look for the amoeba since another boy died from it there previously. Officials say the infection has a fatality rate of 97 percent. It's often contracted through the nose when swimming in freshwater. Doctors lowered the teen's body temperature, induced a coma and gave him a drug that isn't readily available at most hospitals. Luck was also on his side since the drug's manufacturer is based in Orlando, and a shipment got to the hospital quickly. He is expected to recover with therapy.
McDonald's Recalling Happy Meal Fitness Bands
NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's is recalling millions of fitness bands that had been given away in Happy Meals because they might cause skin irritation or burns to children. The fast-food chain said last week that it would stop distributing the bands in Happy Meals. Now it's recalling 29 million of them in the U.S., and 3.6 million in Canada. The company, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, received more than 70 reports of incidents after children wore the bands, including seven reports of blisters, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
U.S. Soldier Killed
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The U.S. military says an American soldier has been killed and another wounded by a roadside bomb during an operation in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province. A statement says their patrol was struck by a roadside bomb in the provincial capital Lashgar Gah, and that six Afghan soldiers were wounded. The attack came a day after officials said that 100 U.S. troops had been sent to help defend the city, which appears to be at increasing risk of falling to the Taliban. Afghan officials say the insurgents effectively control around 80 percent of the province.
Man Freed After Being Stuck Between Buildings
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Crews have rescued a University of Pittsburgh student who became trapped between two off-campus buildings, reportedly after trying to jump from one rooftop to another to impress a woman he had just met. Authorities didn't immediately identify the man but say he could face charges once he's treated for what's believed to be a broken ankle. He was freed about 6 a.m. Tuesday after being trapped about four hours when he fell awkwardly into the narrow, debris-filled space between the buildings. The man was bleeding but waved to TV news cameras as he was wheeled on a gurney to an ambulance.Public safety officials say crews broke a hole through a restaurant wall to reach him, and lowered another medic on a rope to ensure the rescue efforts didn't injure the man even more. (Photo: WPXI-TV)
Hearing On Opioid Epidemic
Members of the House Democratic Policy Committee were Greene County Tuesday afternoon for a hearing on the heroin and opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania. The hearing was held at the Fire Hall in Jefferson. Representative Pam Snyder said the hearing "provided a local perspective on the magnitude of the problem and the strategies needed to counteract its deadly growth." Snyder added, "the deaths and devastation from this scourge will not subside without a comprehensive response."
Zika Virus Spreading In Florida
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Florida's governor says the state has confirmed five new non-travel-related cases of Zika, including one in the Tampa Bay area. But officials aren't yet declaring that a zone of active local transmission. Gov. Rick Scott said at a Zika roundtable in the Tampa area that four new cases were connected to mosquitoes in Miami's Wynwood arts district. Last week health officials announced five cases of Zika were linked to mosquitoes in Miami Beach.
Jennifer Lawrence Is Highest Paid Actress
NEW YORK (AP) - Jennifer Lawrence is a girl on fire - at least monetarily speaking. The actress topped Forbes magazine's list of the world's highest-paid actress for the second straight year, banking $46 million thanks to her paycheck for the final "Hunger Games" installment. Lawrence out-earned second-ranked Melissa McCarthy with $33 million and Scarlett Johansson at No. 3 with $25 million. Together, the world's 10 highest-paid actresses tallied a combined $205 million between June 1, 2015, and June 1, 2016, before fees and taxes. Acting is fine, but singing might be better. Earlier this summer, Forbes released its annual list of the 100 highest-paid celebrities and Taylor Swift was on top with $170 million and One Direction was at No. 2 with $110 million.
Social Security Administration Makes Changes
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Social Security Administration has rolled back extra security measures on the agency's website after getting complaints from people who had trouble accessing their accounts. For years, workers and beneficiaries have been able to use the My Social Security website to get information about benefits, logging in with a user name and a password. On July 30, the agency began requiring people to sign into their account using a one-time code that was sent to them in a text message. This is a common security method used by banks, credit card companies and other financial institutions to fight identity theft. Social Security has temporarily stopped the requirement after getting complaints. However, people can still request the extra security on a voluntary basis.
Only One Left...
BANGOR, Maine (AP) - One of the last two Howard Johnson restaurants will close in a couple of weeks, taking with it its fried clam strips and ice cream - and a slice of roadside Americana. Howard Johnson hotel owner Sally Patel says the last day for the restaurant at her hotel in Bangor, Maine, is Sept. 6. That'll leave one Howard Johnson restaurant in Lake George, New York. Howard Deering Johnson started the business in 1925 with a soda fountain outside Boston. That evolved into a chain of restaurants featuring comfort food and 28 ice cream flavors. The eateries predated the ubiquitous orange-roofed hotels. Patel said Tuesday she and her husband kept their restaurant going for four years because it's convenient for hotel guests. But she says business has been "very slow." She says the restaurant closing won't affect the hotel.