Post-Gazette.com – The U.S. metropolitan area estimated to have lost more population than anywhere else in 2016 is Chicago, a place the president of the United States has compared to a Middle East war zone because of its high crime rate. The place that suffered the second worst decline in numbers among 382 metro areas has been lauded by national media as among America’s most affordable, friendliest, restaurant-rich, appealing places to live. Huffington Post labeled it both “the coolest American city you haven’t been to” and “one of the top 10 cities techies should consider moving to in 2016.” That is our beloved Pittsburgh, where not many people actually moved in 2016 — at least in relative terms — whether they considered it or not. The seven-county region lost 8,972 people between July 2015 and July 2016,
British authorities reportedly made several arrests during an armed raid at a home Thursday in connection to the terror attack which left five people dead, including the police officer and the attacker.
Authorities cordoned off several roads in Birmingham, which is just over 100 miles from London, Sky News reported. London metro police said they were not “prepared to discuss the matter for operational reasons.”
About 17,000 AT&T wireline technicians and call center employees went on strike in California and Nevada today while filing an unfair labor charge to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) alleging that AT&T violated federal law.
“The company has shown disrespect to the bargaining process by changing the work assignments of workers without bargaining as required by federal law,” the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union said in its strike announcement. “Further, AT&T reneged on an agreement to resolve the dispute without any explanation.”
The CWA said that AT&T “is asking its workers to do more for less—keeping them from their families with unpredictable overtime, undercutting pay and advancement, offshoring good jobs, and pushing more health care costs onto employees.”
Post-Gazette.com – An Aliquippa man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges he distributed the opioid, fentanyl, that led to a person’s death. Cory Bargerstock, 42, was indicted Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. On July 7, according to the indictment, Mr. Bargerstock distributed fentanyl that caused a death. The victim was not identified. The FBI and Hopewell Township Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the indictment. Mr. Bargerstock faces life in prison and a fine of up to $1 million if convicted.
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Kudos to Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD) for finally admitting what everyone already knew: it’s almost dead.
As TheStreet broke the news on Twitter Tuesday evening, Sears indicated in its newly filed annual report that “substantial doubt exists related to the company’s ability to continue as a going concern.” For those clickbait-loving headline writers out there with no financial services training: what Sears essentially said is that yes, it’s unsure if it could stay in business. Well, duh.
Sears’ cash position has melted from a high point of $1.7 billion for the 2009 calendar year to a mere $286 million to close out 2016. Revenue hasn’t grown since the credit boom lifted all ships in retail in 2006. The company hasn’t generated cash flow from its operations since 2006.
China says one of its citizens was among 40 people injured in the attack outside Britain’s Parliament, and is urging Chinese nationals in the country to avoid crowded areas or traveling alone at night.
The Chinese Embassy in London said Thursday it was in touch with the family of the Chinese citizen injured in Wednesday’s attack. Its statement did not provide further details.
Chinese President Xi Jinping condemned the attack, sent condolences to Queen Elizabeth II and extended his regards to the families of those killed and injured.
This week, the confirmation hearing began for Judge Neil Gorsuch to become our next Supreme Court Justice.
Since Judge Gorsuch was announced by President Donald J. Trump, there has been overwhelming, bipartisan support and praise for Judge Gorsuch’s experience, knowledge, and deep respect for the rule of law.
The American Bar Association unanimously rated Judge Gorsuch “well-qualified” to serve on the Supreme Court. According to the ABA, the “committee confines its evaluation to the qualities of integrity, professional competence and judicial demeanor,” and even Senator Chuck Schumer has described the assessment as the “gold standard” in evaluating judicial nominations.
In addition to the ABA’s rating, dozens of Judge Gorsuch’s former Harvard Law classmates came together to express their endorsement, stating, “we know that Judge Gorsuch is the real deal.” Having known Judge Gorsuch for a quarter-century and watching him in action, their unique perspective is a testament to the incredible kind of judge the Supreme Court would be gaining. Read about their experiences with Judge Gorsuch, here.
HOUSTON (KTRK) —
Two young men were killed when the gun they were playing with overnight went off twice, according to police.
Around 12:45 a.m., Houston police rushed to an apartment complex on Corder Street and Scott Street after receiving a call about a reported shooting.
When they arrived, they found two victims between the ages of 17 and 21. Both had gunshot wounds, one to the stomach, the other with a wound on his neck.
A SWAT team and other police officers are outside an apartment in northern Wisconsin as police investigate shootings at three locations.
ROTHSCHILD, Wis. (AP) — A SWAT team and other police officers are outside an apartment in northern Wisconsin as police investigate shootings at three locations.
Wausau Police Capt. Todd Baeten says the shootings happened Wednesday at a bank, a law firm and the apartment where authorities remained on the scene mid-afternoon in Rothschild, about 90 miles west of Green Bay.
Early police reports indicated two people were shot and critically injured, but Baeten wouldn’t confirm the injuries later Wednesday. He says the shootings involved “multiple scenes” and many law officers.
Dozens of police cars and emergency vehicles were responding after a shooting was reported in Rothschild. Wausau police say the situation was still active and has asked residents to avoid the area.
Schools in the D.C. Everest School District are on lockdown, as is Aspirus Wausau Hospital.