Pregnant Woman Hit By Vehicle Dies
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Authorities in Pittsburgh say an elderly driver struck and killed pregnant woman, whose baby was later delivered by cesarean section. The nearly full-term child remained in critical condition Wednesday night. Police say 30-year-old Jodie Guthrie was sitting outside a North Side drugstore on Wednesday afternoon when a man tried to pull into a parking space. Witnesses said the vehicle jumped the curb and pinned Guthrie against a wall. Police Commander RaShall Brackney says the 88-year-old motorist might have hit the gas instead of the brake. Detectives questioned the driver and his wife, who was a passenger. The man's identity was not released. It's not clear if charges will be filed. Police say Guthrie, who lived in the neighborhood, was nearly nine months pregnant.
Family Says Shooting Was Avoidable
CLEVELAND (AP) - The family of a 12-year-old Cleveland boy fatally wounded by a police officer says that if the officer had not acted so quickly, their son would still be alive. Video made public Wednesday shows Tamir Rice being shot no more than 2 seconds of a patrol car stopping near him at a Cleveland park Saturday. The video shows the boy reaching in his waistband for what police later discovered was a pellet gun that shoots non-lethal plastic projectiles.
"Fowl" Weather For Holiday Travelers
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - A wintry mix of snow and rain Wednesday hampered some holiday travel plans, grounding hundreds of flights and making for treacherous driving conditions in Pennsylvania. More than a foot of snow fell in some parts of the state. The National Weather Service says there also were multiple reports of thundersnow near Philadelphia.
Novelist P.D. James Dies at 94
LONDON (AP) - Publisher Faber and Faber says mystery writer P.D. James, who brought realistic modern characters to the classical British detective story, has died. She was 94. James' books sold millions in many countries and most were just as popular when made into television films. The publisher says James died Thursday at her home in Oxford, southern England. (Image: AP)
Additional Arrests From Ferguson In California
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Police in Oakland, California, say at least 135 people have been arrested since protests began Monday over the Ferguson, Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. About 100 people were closely followed by police as they marched through Oakland streets Wednesday. On Monday and Tuesday, some protesters vandalized businesses and blocked freeways. In Ferguson, scattered demonstrations are continuing, but they've been peaceful.
Big Stink In New Castle
NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) - State environmental officials don't believe a "cat urine" smell plaguing part of one western Pennsylvania city is harmful, but neither do they yet know what's causing it.
New Castle residents began noticing the smell Nov. 1 in the city . The New Castle News says the smell is still lingering near a sewage treatment plant in the city's Mahoningtown neighborhood.
Amanda Witman, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, says on-site monitoring didn't detect any hazardous substances in the air. But tests on air samples to determine what's causing the smell will take weeks to complete. The DEP is also testing wastewater to determine whether it's causing the smell.