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House Impeachment Case Against Trump Grows Stronger – Bloomberg

House Democrats have facts on their side. House Republicans have party unity.

Here’s where the impeachment of President Donald Trump sits after the lawyers for the Democratic majority and the Republican minority made their presentations before the House Judiciary Committee on Monday.

The Democrats have solidified their abuse-of-power case against the president. A robust record of testimony and documentary evidence have now backed up the recording of the Trump call to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky and the initial whistle-blower accusations (which were second- and third-hand). If this were a judicial action, and the House were the equivalent of a grand jury, it would have done enough to secure impeachment, which is (if this were a judicial action) the equivalent of an indictment.

Of course, this is not a judicial proceeding. It’s a political one. So Democrats need more than the evidence; they need to make the case that impeachment and an election-year Senate trial are politically justified, and even compelled, by the evidence.

They’ve certainly persuaded almost all elite Democrats, almost all Democratic voters, most Democratic-leaning independents, a lot of elite specialists (such as nonpartisan prosecutors and legal and constitutional experts), and even a smattering of elite Republicans outside of the current Congress. They have not persuaded any Republicans in Congress — or at least none who are willing to say so.

That means we’re headed for party-line votes (or close to it) on the House floor.

Source: House Impeachment Case Against Trump Grows Stronger – Bloomberg

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Pennsylvania State Police trooper shot on duty, flown to hospital

Pennsylvania State Police said the trooper was shot during a welfare check in Tioga County on Tuesday afternoon.

Source: Pennsylvania State Police trooper shot on duty, flown to hospital

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Police officers shot in standoff with gunman, New Jersey governor says

Sporadic, heavy gunfire rang out over the course of at least an hour along a major thoroughfare where the shooting occurred.

 

Police officers were shot Tuesday in the Jersey City standoff that left a neighborhood, including a school, on lockdown, authorities said.

Sporadic, heavy gunfire rang out over the course of at least an hour along a major thoroughfare. SWAT teams, state police and federal agents responded to the scene, and police blocked off the area, which has a Catholic school, some stores, a kosher supermarket and a hair stylist.

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FBI spokeswoman Patty Hartman said that more than one officer has been shot but could not give any other information. She said the bureau is assisting.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the men and women of the Jersey City Police Department, especially with the officers shot during this standoff, and with the residents and schoolchildren currently under lockdown,” Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy said. “I have every confidence in our law enforcement professionals to ensure the safety of the community and resolve this situation.”

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I have been briefed on the unfolding situation in Jersey City. Our thoughts and prayers are with the men and women of the Jersey City Police Department, especially with the officers shot during this standoff, and with the residents and schoolchildren currently under lockdown.

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Source: Police officers shot in standoff with gunman, New Jersey governor says

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Health Medical

Pennsylvania Battles Severe Rise In Flu Cases, Up Over A Thousand Percent – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pennsylvania is battling rising numbers of flu cases. Five people have already died from the flu but not in this region of the state.

Doctors have also said they are seeing more and more of type B of the flu, which is atypical for the region. Cases of influenza in Allegheny County are up 1700 percent from last year.

At Wilson’s pharmacy in Bloomfield, over-the-counter products for the flu are disappearing from the shelves. More and more people are feeling those flu-like symptoms.

“The instances picked up. People asking for advice for what they should be taking for the flu or flu-like symptoms at least. A lot of head-colds and people coming in with aches and fevers and so on,” said pharmacy owner Jeff Wilson.

Dr. Brian Lamb’s office has already given hundreds of flu shots to patients. He said Australia, which has been a past indicator for the flu’s impact on the U.S., just finished a bad season.

Activity is picking up down south, and it’s already starting to reach Pennsylvania.

“It tell us that we should be for the possibility of a very bad flu season this year,” Lamb said.

Source: Pennsylvania Battles Severe Rise In Flu Cases, Up Over A Thousand Percent – CBS Pittsburgh

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HEALTH DEPARTMENT ALERT: Restaurant closed, mall kiosk alert issued by health department | WPXI

PITTSBURGH – A consumer alert was issued for a kiosk at South Hills Village Mall and a Homewood restaurant was shut down by the Allegheny County Health Department.

Agency officials said the Breaking Eggs Bakery Kiosk at the mall did not have the proper refrigeration for food, was not storing and preparing food in the right area and had “food from an unapproved source.” The food was being prepared at a different location and then brought to the kiosk.

The kiosk owner told Channel 11 that they are working to become compliant with the health department and are in the process of opening their own space in the South Hills. They said they do not agree with the department’s findings during the inspection and do make their products in a safe manner.

Source: HEALTH DEPARTMENT ALERT: Restaurant closed, mall kiosk alert issued by health department | WPXI

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White Castle recalls frozen hamburger products over Listeria fear – YouTube

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Gas prices fall in Pittsburgh area, most states, analyst says | TribLIVE.com

Gasoline prices fell in most states over the past week as a large increase in gasoline inventories may have offset a surprise oil production cut announced by OPEC, said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for price-tracking service GasBuddy.

Gas prices in the Pittsburgh area fell 2.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.82, according to GasBuddy’s survey of 731 stations. That’s 1.6 cents per gallon more than a month ago, and 13.1 cents per gallon more than a year ago.

Source: Gas prices fall in Pittsburgh area, most states, analyst says | TribLIVE.com

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12-year-old girl from Pittsburgh’s Hill District reported missing

Saniyah Gates did not return home after school on Monday

Pittsburgh police are searching for a 12-year-old girl from the city’s Hill District neighborhood who was reported missing when she didn’t return home after school on Monday.

Saniyah Gates is described as five-foot-four and 160 pounds.

While Gates is from the Hill District she attends South Hills Middle School.

Anyone with information should call their local police.

Source: 12-year-old girl from Pittsburgh’s Hill District reported missing

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Autos Crash News

Ambulance Struck By Tractor-Trailer While Responding To Another Crash – CBS Pittsburgh

Medics responding to a multi-vehicle crash on I-279 South were struck by a tractor trailer on Monday.

Source: Ambulance Struck By Tractor-Trailer While Responding To Another Crash – CBS Pittsburgh

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Business Movies News

Several bidders interested in Regent Square Theater – Pittsburgh Business Times

The theater has been dark since its owner, the Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media, laid off all its employees last month.

The Regent Square Theater has been closed for a few weeks, but there has been plenty of interest in the single-screen cinema.

At least three bidders are interested in buying the theater, according to a report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The theater, which opened in Edgewood in the late 1930s, has been owned by the Pittsburgh Filmmakers since the group renovated it in 1999. That organization merged with the Pittsburgh Center of the Arts in 2006.The Regent Square Theater

Source: Several bidders interested in Regent Square Theater – Pittsburgh Business Times

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Man Goes To His Mailbox, Gets Fatally Hit By Oncoming Car – CBS Pittsburgh

A pedestrian was struck and killed on Perry Highway in Sandy Creek Township, Mercer County, around 6 p.m. on Friday.

Source: Man Goes To His Mailbox, Gets Fatally Hit By Oncoming Car – CBS Pittsburgh

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Weather

Impact day: Rain to hit the Pittsburgh area throughout the day

Rain will change to light snow on Tuesday

Source: Impact day: Rain to hit the Pittsburgh area throughout the day

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Disasters News Volcanoes

People ‘unaccounted for’ after volcano erupts in New Zealand – BBC News

A volcano has erupted in New Zealand with 100 people in the vicinity – leaving some unaccounted for, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said.

Tourists were seen walking inside the rim of the White Island crater just moments before the eruption.

The local mayor told New Zealand media she feared there had been injuries.

White Island, or Whakaari, is off the coast of North Island – and is one the country’s most active volcanoes.

Despite that, the island is a tourist destination with frequent day tours and scenic flights available.

A live feed from the volcano showed a group of visitors inside the crater before images went dark after the eruption.

Source: People ‘unaccounted for’ after volcano erupts in New Zealand – BBC News

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Arkansas cop ‘ambushed, executed’ in fatal shooting near station

A police officer in Arkansas was shot and killed as he sat in his patrol vehicle outside his police station Saturday night before the suspected shooter was gunned down by responding officers in a nearby alley, according to officials.

The Fayetteville Police Department said in a news release the incident happened around 9:42 p.m. when officers inside the station heard gunshots, went outside and heard additional gunshots before encountering a suspect behind the police department fleeing the area. After a confrontation where the suspect was shot and killed, deputies discovered Officer Stephen Carr shot inside his patrol vehicle.

“It appears the suspect came into the back parking lot and just executed my officer,”  Fayetteville Police Chief Mike Reynolds said at a brief news conference.

Reynolds told reporters that the suspect, 35-year-old London Phillips, of Fayetteville, was chased into an alley between the police department and the city prosecutor’s office. Officers then “engaged the suspect,” and shots were fired, injuring Phillips.

Three minutes after the shooting was reported, police said that emergency medical personnel responded to the scene, but both the officer and suspected shooter died of their injuries.

Source: Arkansas cop ‘ambushed, executed’ in fatal shooting near station

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Football Sports

Steelers defeat Arizona Cardinals 23-17

The Steelers defeated the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday 23, 17 while being surrounded by a sea of black and gold at State Farm Stadium in Arizona.

Source: Steelers defeat Arizona Cardinals 23-17

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crime

Police Seize More Than 3,000 Bags Of Heroin And Nearly $10,000 In Cash During Lawrenceville Drug Bust – CBS Pittsburgh

Officials seized more than 3,000 bags of heroin and nearly $10,000 in cash during a drug bust in Lawrenceville.

Source: Police Seize More Than 3,000 Bags Of Heroin And Nearly $10,000 In Cash During Lawrenceville Drug Bust – CBS Pittsburgh

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News Science Space

NASA’s closest Sun probe flyby gave scientists ‘mind-blowing’ results

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has given us insight on how solar winds occur

Surprisingly, the results contradicted some expectations that scientists had regarding how solar winds behave. According to the results, there are flips in the Sun’s magnetic field direction called “switchbacks”, which can sometimes even point the winds back at the Sun. At the moment, the cause of these “switchbacks” is still unknown to scientists, but through the understanding of them, we could learn a deeper understanding of how stars are born. Scientists were again shocked at the discovery of solar winds traveling at speeds that are “nearly ten times larger than predicted by the standard models”, said Justin Kasper, principal investigator at the University of Michigan. Scientists also discovered that the Sun’s radiation vaporizes dust particles at about 3.5 million miles around itself. The Parker Probe is at the moment suffering in terribly hot conditions, but scientists say the information that it is providing them is revolutionary.

Read more: https://www.tweaktown.com/news/69104/nasas-closest-sun-probe-flyby-gave-scientists-mind-blowing-results/index.html

Source: NASA’s closest Sun probe flyby gave scientists ‘mind-blowing’ results

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Legal Middle East

American student freed from prison in Iran after three years

An American graduate student was released from prison in Iran after nearly three years as part of a prisoner exchange this weekend.

Xiyue Wang, a Ph.D. student of history at Princeton University, was released and flown from Tehran to Switzerland, where he was met by U.S. Special Representative Brian Hook. Wang, a Chinese national and naturalized American citizen, was in Iran studying the Qajar dynasty when he was arrested in August 2016. Wang, 38, was accused of attempting to smuggle documents and was convicted on two counts of espionage in April 2017.

Jason Poblete, Wang’s lawyer, bemoaned the political nature of his client’s imprisonment. “Hua & Shaofan are a remarkable young family on a new journey,” he said on Twitter. “Innocent, unjustly detained & for political reasons, suffered for over three years in Evin. This could’ve been avoided. Stakeholders on all sides should help secure the release of others and keep open a pathway.”View image on Twitter

Source: American student freed from prison in Iran after three years

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Autos Crash crime

GREENSBURG HIT-AND-RUN: Man in ICU at local hospital after being hit by truck, left on side of road | WPXI

A man remains in the hospital after he was hit by a truck and left along the side of the road, police said.

Source: GREENSBURG HIT-AND-RUN: Man in ICU at local hospital after being hit by truck, left on side of road | WPXI

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Disasters Fires India

Market fire in New Delhi, India, kills at least 43, sparks chaos outside hospital

Indian authorities investigated the cause of a devastating fire Sunday that killed at least 43 people in a crowded grains market in central New Delhi while chaos unfolded outside a hospital where some of the victims were taken.

NEW DELHI — Indian authorities investigated the cause of a devastating fire Sunday that killed at least 43 people in a crowded grains market in central New Delhi while chaos unfolded outside a hospital where some of the victims were taken.

Firefighters fought the blaze from 100 meters (yards) away because it broke out in one of the area’s many alleyways, tangled in electrical wire and too narrow for vehicles to access, authorities at the scene said.

Source: Market fire in New Delhi, India, kills at least 43, sparks chaos outside hospital

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Breaking: Houston police officer dead after east Houston shooting

A Houston police sergeant died Saturday night after he was shot in the chest with a semi-automatic pistol during a domestic disturbance near Magnolia Park in east Houston.

Mayor Sylvester Turner praised the service of Christopher Brewster, 32, who had been with the department since 2010.

“This is a tough moment for our city,” Turner said. “Today and in days to come, years to come, we will honor him as a hero in the city of Houston for the work he performed on behalf of everyone in the city.”

Officers were called at about 5:50 p.m. to the 7400 block of Avenue I after a woman told 911 dispatchers that her boyfriend was assaulting her and that he had two firearms, Police Chief Art Acevedo said during a press conference.

Source: Breaking: Houston police officer dead after east Houston shooting

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Legal Middle East News

American student freed from Iranian prison after three years

An American graduate student was released from prison in Iran after nearly three years as part of a prisoner exchange this weekend.

Source: American student freed from Iranian prison after three years

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Business News Opinion

Workers at LGBTQ service center Persad vote to unionize with United Steelworkers | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

Human service workers at the Persad Center in Lawrenceville voted to unionize. The unit of 24 workers — including therapists, program coordinators, case managers, and administrative staff, all focused on serving the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS community in Pittsburgh — announced its intention last month to file for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board. The Persad workers organized with the United Steelworkers (USW), which represents more than 850,000 members nationally.Source: Workers at LGBTQ service center Persad vote to unionize with United Steelworkers | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

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crime

Police: man tries to burglarize Fayette County home, gets shot

Pennsylvania State Police said a man was sent to the hospital after trying to burglarize a home Friday night.

Investigators were called to the scene at a home around 8:00 p.m. on National Pike in Fayette County.

Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 has learned only one man was inside the home when this happened.

Police said the would-be burglar ran away after being shot, but was later found outside.

He was flown to a Pittsburgh Hospital, but it’s unclear how he’s doing.

Troopers said that all people involved were accounted for and that there’s no threat to the public.

Source: Police: man tries to burglarize Fayette County home, gets shot

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Football Sports

Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Conner ruled OUT for Sunday’s game against Arizona Cardinals

Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and running back James Conner have officially been ruled out for Sunday’s game at the Arizona Cardinals.

Source: Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Conner ruled OUT for Sunday’s game against Arizona Cardinals

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Steelers running back James Conner says he will not play Sunday against Arizona Cardinals

James Conner’s shoulder injury will sideline him for a third straight game when the Pittsburgh Steelers visit the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

Source: Steelers running back James Conner says he will not play Sunday against Arizona Cardinals

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Fires News

ROBINSON TOWNSHIP APARTMENT FIRE: Student jumps from window to safety, 2 others hurt in Robinson Township apartment building

A student jumped out of a window to safety, and two others were injured after flames broke out early Friday at a Robinson Township apartment building, according to fire officials.

Source: ROBINSON TOWNSHIP APARTMENT FIRE: Student jumps from window to safety, 2 others hurt in Robinson Township apartment building

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1 dead, several injured in shooting at Naval Air Station in Florida; Gunman also dead

Authorities confirm an active shooter is dead after reports of a shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola.

Source: 1 dead, several injured in shooting at Naval Air Station in Florida; Gunman also dead

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Airplanes Disasters Military

Minnesota National Guard members dead in Black Hawk helicopter crash – CNN

Three members of the Minnesota National Guard have died after the Black Hawk helicopter they were in crashed 16 miles southwest of St. Cloud, Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz said at a news conference Thursday.

Source: Minnesota National Guard members dead in Black Hawk helicopter crash – CNN

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Food News

J.M Smucker Co. cat food line voluntarily recalled over health concerns | Fox Business

J.M. Smucker Co. is voluntarily recalling one of its canned wet cat foods amidst health concerns.

Cat owners, beware, as a line of wet, canned cat foods was recalled Thursday over health concerns regarding poor-quality ingredients.

J.M. Smucker Co. announced it is voluntarily recalling some of its Special Kitty wet, canned cat food product line, in particular its Special Kitty Mixed Grill Dinner Pate, which the company said didn’t meet its quality and safety standards. The recall is being conducted alongside the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to the company’s recall alert.

The recalled product in question is sold both individually as well as in variety packs, and the company urged cat owners to throw away any Special Kitty wet, canned cat food and stop feeding it to their pets immediately.

 

Source: J.M Smucker Co. cat food line voluntarily recalled over health concerns | Fox Business