Biden: Workers can’t turn down job and get benefits | TheHill

President Biden announced Monday that his administration would affirm that workers cannot turn down a “suitable” job they are offered and continue to take federal unemployment benefits.

Source: Biden: Workers can’t turn down job and get benefits | TheHill

2nd winning ‘Strike It Rich’ lottery ticket, worth $360K, sold in Westmoreland County | TribLIVE.com

Someone will be able to finance quite the summer vacation after purchasing a prize-winning lottery ticket worth more than $360,000 in Murrysville.

A progressive top-prize ticket worth $360,832 for the Pennsylvania Lottery’s “Strike It Rich” game was sold at the Sunoco fuel station and Choice Cigarette Discount Outlet at the corner of William Penn Highway and Berlin Farm Road.

Source: 2nd winning ‘Strike It Rich’ lottery ticket, worth $360K, sold in Westmoreland County | TribLIVE.com

Wendy Bell is off the Pittsburgh airwaves … again | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

Bell was hired in January by WJAS, a broadcasting station owned by St. Barnabas Health System, a retirement and assisted living community located in Pittsburgh’s North Hills. In a statement made to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, WJAS pulling Bell off the air was a “personnel matter” that is being handled within the company, according to St. Barnabas Health System spokesperson Michele Bradac.

Source: Wendy Bell is off the Pittsburgh airwaves … again | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

US Coast Guard ship fired around 30 warning shots at Iranian fast boats in latest tense encounter – CNNPolitics

Washington (CNN)A US Coast Guard ship fired approximately 30 warning shots as a “large group” of Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy fast boats conducted “unsafe and unprofessional maneuvers” near US naval vessels in the Strait of Hormuz on Monday, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said.

Six US Navy vessels were escorting a guided missile submarine, the USS Georgia, when they encountered a group of 13 IRGCN “fast attack boats,” Kirby told reporters. The boats approached the US Navy vessels “at high speed,” coming as close as within 150 yards.
After the US tried “all the appropriate and established procedures involving hip blasts, bridge to bridge radio transmission and other ways of communicating,” US Coast Guard Cutter Maui fired approximately 30 warning shots, Kirby said. Following the second round of warning shots, the IRGCN fast boats “broke contact.”

Source: US Coast Guard ship fired around 30 warning shots at Iranian fast boats in latest tense encounter – CNNPolitics

Israel strikes Gaza, Hamas fires rockets after hundreds of Palestinians wounded in clashes – CBS News

Israel’s army on Monday said it launched airstrikes on Gaza in response to rockets fired by Hamas militants after hundreds of Palestinians were hurt in clashes with Israeli police at a religious site in Jerusalem.

Israeli army spokesman Jonathan Conricus told reporters that Israeli forces had targeted “a Hamas military operative,” while Hamas sources in Gaza confirmed to AFP that one of their commanders had been killed.

Confrontations between Israeli security forces and protesters have been escalating for weeks. The clashes started at the beginning of Ramadan, almost a month ago, when Israeli police put up barriers to stop people sitting in the Damascus Gate plaza, a popular gathering area during Ramadan. Young Palestinians protested what they saw as Israeli authorities disrupting their religious and social traditions.

Source: Israel strikes Gaza, Hamas fires rockets after hundreds of Palestinians wounded in clashes – CBS News

Police standoff in Beltzhoover ends with no arrests | TribLIVE.com

Officials said members of Pittsburgh’s SWAT team surrounded a house on the 100 block of Freeland Street just before 10 p.m. after a domestic call. When officers arrived at the scene a woman came out of the home with injuries to her face. She was treated by medics at the scene.

According to police the woman claimed her male domestic partner had barricade himself in the house. Police said the suspect refused calls to come out of the residence.

Pittsburgh’s SWAT surrounded the house. After a two-hour standoff in which the suspect did not respond to repeated calls for him to exit the house police said they entered the home and found it to be empty.

No additional details were available Sunday morning, although according to a news release the investigation is ongoing, police said.

Rich Cholodofsky is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Rich at 724-830-6293, rcholodofsky@triblive.com or via Twitter .

Source: Police standoff in Beltzhoover ends with no arrests | TribLIVE.com

3 States Likely to Legalize Marijuana Next | The Motley Fool

Following years of debate, the green rush is fully under way in America. More than two-thirds of all states have given the green light to medical marijuana, with 18 of these states having existing or pending legislation in place that allows for recreational cannabis to be consumed and/or sold.

Support for nationwide legalization has also never been higher. Gallup’s national poll on marijuana sentiment, which dates back 50 years, showed that a record-high 68% of respondents want pot legal, as of 2020.

Connecticut

The only state left with a really good shot at legalizing adult-use cannabis in 2021 is Connecticut. The Constitution State is in close proximity to a bunch of states that have already chosen to legalize recreational pot. In order to avoid losing tax revenue to these surrounding states, it only makes sense to advance a legalization bill.

Minnesota

Next on the list is the Gopher State, Minnesota.

Unlike Connecticut, which has one party controlling its state’s legislature, friction between Democrats and Republicans in Minnesota’s legislature likely means a 2022 ballot initiative is what’ll lead to legalization.

The core bill being considered in the state is officially known as HF600. It was introduced at the beginning of February and aims to legalize recreational marijuana.

Hawaii

Lastly, the Aloha State looks to have a real shot at legalizing recreational marijuana — but there is a catch.

Hawaii’s legislature has been predominantly packed with Democrats for years. Since Democrats have a very favorable view of weed, they’ve, on multiple occasions, passed legislation designed to legalize adult-use marijuana and expunge low-level convictions.

So, why isn’t it legal? Democrat Gov. David Ige is the answer.

In 2019, Ige vetoed two of three cannabis reform bills from his state’s legislature — he OK’d decriminalization for persons possessing up to three grams of flower — and he’s expressed serious concern about a pair of bills the state’s legislature has been working on in 2021 concerning adult-use legalization and low-level expungement. Though Ige hasn’t specifically said he’d veto cannabis legislation, the thinking is he will, especially given his previous vetoes and his views of cannabis as a Schedule I (i.e., illicit) substance at the federal level.

The solution? Wait out Ige. Governors in Hawaii are limited to two terms, and Ige’s is up on Dec. 5, 2022. The election of a new governor in November 2022 that would support adult-use cannabis could clear a quick path to legalization shortly after the midterm elections.

Source: 3 States Likely to Legalize Marijuana Next | The Motley Fool

Police Investigating Times Square Shooting After Suspect Caught On Surveillance Video | NBC News – YouTube

The NYPD are investigating a shooting that injured three people, including a four-year-old girl, after capturing what they believe to be a suspect on surveillance.» Subscribe to NBC News: http://nbcnews.to/SubscribeToNBC » Watch more NBC video: http://bit.ly/MoreNBCNews

Colorado Springs: Gunman shoots dead six people and himself at birthday party – BBC News

A gunman shot dead six people and then himself at a birthday party in Colorado Springs on Sunday, US police said.

The shootings took place at a mobile home park where families had gathered in one trailer to celebrate.

“The suspect, a boyfriend of one of the female victims, drove to the residence, walked inside and began shooting people at the party before taking his own life,” the Colorado Springs Police Department said.

The motive for the attack is not known.

The victims were all adults, but a number of children were present in the trailer at the time.

The identities of the victims and the attacker have not yet been released.

Source: Colorado Springs: Gunman shoots dead six people and himself at birthday party – BBC News

2 Catholic bishops at odds over Biden receiving Communion

They share Roman Catholicism as a faith and California as their home base. Yet there’s a deep gulf between Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco and Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego in the high-stakes debate over whether politicians who support abortion rights should be denied Communion.

Cordileone, who has long established himself as a forceful anti-abortion campaigner, recently has made clear his view that such political figures — whose ranks include President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — should not receive Communion because of their stance on the issue. The archbishop issued a pastoral letter on the topic May 1 and reinforced the message in an hourlong interview Friday with the Catholic television network EWTN.

“To those who are advocating for abortion, I would say, ‘This is killing. Please stop the killing. You’re in position to do something about it,’” he told the interviewer.

The polarized viewpoints of the two prelates illustrate how divisive this issue could be if, as expected, it comes before the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops at its national assembly starting June 16. There are plans for the bishops to vote on whether the USCCB’s Committee on Doctrine should draft a document saying Biden and other Catholic public figures with similar views on abortion should refrain from Communion.

Source: 2 Catholic bishops at odds over Biden receiving Communion

US passes emergency waiver over fuel pipeline cyber-attack – BBC News

The US acts to keep fuel flowing after its largest pipeline was hit by a ransomware cyber-attack.

The Colonial Pipeline carries 2.5 million barrels a day – 45% of the East Coast’s supply of diesel, gasoline and jet fuel.

It was completely knocked offline by a cyber-criminal gang on Friday and is still working to restore service.

The emergency status relaxes rules on fuel being transported by road.

Source: US passes emergency waiver over fuel pipeline cyber-attack – BBC News

Incorrect ballots mailed to some Mt. Pleasant voters, Westmoreland County says | TribLIVE.com

Westmoreland County officials acknowledged that more than 190 incorrect mail-in ballots were issued to voters in Mt. Pleasant Township.

Ballots issued to voters in four precincts — Ridgeview, Mammoth, United and Westmoreland Homestead — erroneously omitted the race for district judge to replace Michael Mahady, who will retire at the end of his current six-year term, according to a news release issued Friday evening.

Source: Incorrect ballots mailed to some Mt. Pleasant voters, Westmoreland County says | TribLIVE.com

Florida mall shooting leaves multiple people injured after fight breaks out | Fox News

At least three people sustained non-life-threatening injuries during a shooting at Aventura Mall in south Florida on Saturday afternoon, Aventura Police said.

Several suspects are currently in custody and being questioned by detectives.

Aventura Major Michael Bentolila said that two groups of people got into a fight outside of a Hugo Boss store. One person brandished a weapon, which spurred someone in the other group to pull out a gun and start firing.

Multiple agencies are currently looking for the shooter, who fled the mall, Bentolila said.

Authorities started responding to the mall at 3:39 p.m. At least three people were transported to a local hospital and one of them is currently in the trauma center, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

Source: Florida mall shooting leaves multiple people injured after fight breaks out | Fox News

4 Dead in Shooting and Fire Near Baltimore, Police Say – The New York Times

Two men and one woman died after a shooting and a townhouse fire, which were related, officials said. The police fatally shot the gunman.

Four people died, including a gunman who was shot by the police, after officers and firefighters responded to reports of a shooting and a two-alarm fire on Saturday in Baltimore County, Md., the authorities said.

Around 6:40 a.m. on Saturday, the authorities responded to a residential neighborhood in Woodlawn, Md., an unincorporated area about 12 miles west of Baltimore.

When the police arrived, they found an armed man outside of a townhouse, and the “threat was neutralized,” said Joy Stewart, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore County Police Department.

The gunman, who was not immediately identified, was later pronounced dead.

Three other victims, two men and one woman, also died. It was not immediately clear how they died. A fifth victim had injuries that were not life-threatening, the authorities said.

Source: 4 Dead in Shooting and Fire Near Baltimore, Police Say – The New York Times

Bethel Park Residents On High Alert After 2 Home Break-Ins – CBS Pittsburgh

BETHEL PARK, Pa. (KDKA) – The Bethel Park Police Department alerted residents about two burglaries, and those who live near the burglarized homes were shocked.

Police said someone broke into the homes on Old Ox and Cambridge roads between 3 and 5 a.m. on Friday. Police said the person broke in through the back doors. Neighbors who live on those streets say this is very unusual for their safe neighborhood.

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“Really kind of shocked. All these years I’ve lived here, I’ve never heard of an incident like this and it’s very concerning,” said Laura Shaheen.

Bethel Park Chief of Police Timothy O’Connor provided some information about the burglaries. He said someone took items from the house on Old Ox Road and attempted to steal from the residence on Cambridge Road.

“It’s a quiet street and we’ve never had anything like this happen on Old Ox before,” said Tom Page.

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Police hope someone has security camera footage.

“I spoke to the police, and we have a Ring camera. But we don’t have it activated to record. So that may be something we change to be a little more proactive,” said Page.

Neighbors are staying alert as police continue to investigate.

“We’ll keep our eyes open for anything else that may go on,” said Page.

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If you have any information or security camera footage that can help the investigation, reach out to Bethel Park police. You can email crimewatch@bethelpark.net.

Source: Bethel Park Residents On High Alert After 2 Home Break-Ins – CBS Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Weather: Dropping Temperatures, Rain Chances – CBS Pittsburgh

By: KDKA-TV’s Bryan Shaw

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Some areas are waking to some rain and even some mix in the higher elevations.

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Things will dry out, but temperatures will stay chilly in the lower 50’s.

(Photo Credit: KDKA Weather Center)

It’s going to be cold on Saturday night, with temperatures in the 30s.

 

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Mother’s Day on Sunday will be soaked. Expect steady rain most of the day.

Temperatures on Sunday will be chilly too, with most of the day in the 40’s.

It starts to get a little warmer through the week, but stays below average (70).

Temperatures will be in the mid-to-upper 50’s by Monday and Tuesday, then up into the 60’s Wednesday through Friday.

(Photo Credit: KDKA Weather Center)

Source: Pittsburgh Weather: Dropping Temperatures, Rain Chances – CBS Pittsburgh

Chinese rocket expected to crash into Earth this weekend – CNNPolitics

(CNN)large Chinese rocket that is out of control is set to reenter Earth’s atmosphere this weekend, bringing a final wave of concern before its debris makes impact somewhere on Earth.

The Long March 5B rocket, which is around 100 feet tall and weighs 22 tons, is expected to enter Earth’s atmosphere “around May 8,” according to a statement from Defense Department spokesperson Mike Howard, who said the US Space Command is tracking the rocket’s trajectory.
The rocket’s “exact entry point into the Earth’s atmosphere” can’t be pinpointed until within hours of reentry, Howard said, but the 18th Space Control Squadron is providing daily updates on the rocket’s location through the Space Track website.
The good news is that debris plunging toward Earth — while unnerving — generally poses very little threat to personal safety.
“The risk that there will be some damage or that it would hit someone is pretty small — not negligible, it could happen — but the risk that it will hit you is incredibly tiny. And so I would not lose one second of sleep over this on a personal threat basis,” Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Astrophysics Center at Harvard University, told CNN this week.
The European Space Agency has predicted a “risk zone” that encompasses “any portion of Earth’s surface between about 41.5N and 41.5S latitude” — which includes virtually all of the Americas south of New York, all of Africa and Australia, parts of Asia south of Japan and Europe’s Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece.

Source: Chinese rocket expected to crash into Earth this weekend – CNNPolitics

11-year-old shot in Pittsburgh’s Upper Hill District, caught between gunfire – WPXI

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Police tell Channel 11, an 11-year-old boy was shot in the abdomen after a stray bullet hit him.

The shooting happened just before 6 p.m. on Anaheim Street.

According to officers, the child was injured after getting caught in the crossfire and rushed to an area hospital by a family member.

The child is in stable condition.

The investigation is ongoing, no arrests have been made.

Source: 11-year-old shot in Pittsburgh’s Upper Hill District, caught between gunfire – WPXI

Weak jobs report shows need for massive jobs and families bills: Biden

  • President Joe Biden said April’s lower than expected job growth shows that his massive infrastructure and family support bills are needed now more than ever.
  • The president rejected the idea that federal unemployment benefits are removing incentives for people to return to the labor force.

Hiring slowed dramatically in April, with nonfarm payrolls increasing by a much less than expected 266,000 and the unemployment rate rising to 6.1%.

Source: Weak jobs report shows need for massive jobs and families bills: Biden

Capitol rioter Ashli Babbitt’s family to seek $10 million from USCP in lawsuit

The family of Ashli Babbitt, who was fatally shot while participating in the Jan. 6 invasion of the U.S. Capitol, plans to sue the police department and the officer who fired the gun for at least $10 million.

News of the forthcoming lawsuit, first reported by Newsweek, came more than two weeks after the Justice Department said it would not file criminal charges against the officer who killed Babbitt.

Terrell Roberts, an attorney for the Babbitt family, told CNBC on Thursday that it had not been determined when, or in which court, the civil lawsuit against the U.S. Capitol Police would be filed.

Source: Capitol rioter Ashli Babbitt’s family to seek $10 million from USCP in lawsuit