SHADYSIDE WATER MAIN BREAK: Water main break closes street in Shadyside | WPXI

A water main break left people in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood without water service Thursday morning.

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Jussie Smollett Inflicted Own Wounds, Staged “Publicity Stunt,” Police Say – The Hollywood Gossip

Jussie Smollett has been taken into custody. See his mug shot here and read damning accusations leveled at him by the Chicago Police.

Smollett claimed to authorities on January 29 that he was assaulted by two white men around 2 a.m. on the streets of Chicago.

He said they yelled racial and homophobic slurs at him; screamed that he was in “MAGA country;” tied a rope around his neck; and poured bleah all over him.

The story made national headlines and was commented on by President Trump, Democratic candidates for President in 2020 and, of course, many celebrities from across Hollywood.

HOWEVER..

Questions were raised about whether Smollett staged the assault , although the motive why was never made clear.

Source: Jussie Smollett Inflicted Own Wounds, Staged “Publicity Stunt,” Police Say – The Hollywood Gossip

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China Trade Offer: $30 Billion More U.S. Agriculture Imports – Bloomberg

China is proposing that it could buy an additional $30 billion a year of U.S. agricultural products including soybeans, corn and wheat as part of a possible trade dealbeing negotiated by the two countries, according to people with knowledge of the plan.

The offer to buy the extra farm produce would be part of the memoranda of understanding under discussion by U.S. and Chinese negotiators in Washington, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans are confidential. The purchases would be on top of pre-trade war levels and continue for the period covered by the memoranda, they said.

Source: China Trade Offer: $30 Billion More U.S. Agriculture Imports – Bloomberg

Bernie Sanders Raises Record $5.9 Million as Trump’s Biggest Challenger

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Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) is joining what is shaping up to become the most crowded and most diverse field of presidential candidates ever to be presented by the Democrat party, with the likes of Sen. Kamala Harris (California), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts), Sen. Corey Booker (New Jersey).

President Trump sent out a dubious welcome to Sanders, who he derides as “Crazy Bernie” on Twitter, saying he wished the Vermont Senator well in the crowded presidential election race. Not long after, the Senator fired back.

Source: Bernie Sanders Raises Record $5.9 Million as Trump’s Biggest Challenger

Administrator, wife stole $1.2M from church to pay for vacations, sports tickets

SOUTH PARK, Pa. — Authorities say a western Pennsylvania church administrator stole $1.2 million that he and his wife used to pay for vacations, sports tickets and other personal expenses.

The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office says 50-year-old David Reiter, of South Park, is charged with theft, forgery and receiving stolen property. His 44-year-old wife, Connie Reiter, faces two counts of receiving stolen property.

Authorities say the money was stolen from the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair over the course of about 17 years.

David Reiter had been the church’s administrator since 2001. Authorities say he falsified accounting data and created a fake auditor who he claimed handled the church’s reviews.

The couple made their initial court appearances Tuesday but didn’t enter pleas. It’s not known if they’ve retained attorneys.

Source: Administrator, wife stole $1.2M from church to pay for vacations, sports tickets

Live updates: Jussie Smollett arrested – CNN

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett faces a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report claiming two men attacked him last month. Follow here for the latest.

What we’re covering here

  • The latest: “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett faces a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report claiming two men attacked him last month.
  • About the report: Smollett’s report to police said the two men yelled racist and homophobic slurs, tied a rope around his neck and poured an unknown substance on him.
  • 2:30 p.m. ET: Smollett will appear at a bail hearing.

Source: Live updates: Jussie Smollett arrested – CNN

Attorney General William Barr should release the full Robert Mueller report when it’s finished

When special counsel Robert Mueller concludes his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, it will be up to Attorney General William Barr to determine how much of the report to disclose to Congress and the public. He should release the full report.

Source: Attorney General William Barr should release the full Robert Mueller report when it’s finished

The Daily Beast: Mueller’s Report Could Be Delivered as Early as Next Week: CNN

The Daily Beast: Mueller’s Report Could Be Delivered as Early as Next Week: CNN.
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Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s long-awaited Russia report could be delivered to Attorney General William Barr as early as next week, CNN reports. Once Mueller is finished, the report on his nearly two-year long probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election will be submitted to Barr at the Justice Department—who will then decide how much of the report should be shared with Congress and the public. During his Senate confirmation hearingearlier this year, Barr told Congress that it’s “very important” that the results be shared with lawmakers and the public. “My goal will be to provide as much transparency as I can consistent with the law,” he said. “I can assure you that, where judgments are to be made by me, I will make those judgments based solely on the law and will let no personal, political, or other improper interests influence my decisions.”

Supreme Court civil forfeiture case: Justices back man whose $40K SUV was seized over $400 drug sale – CBS News

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that the Constitution’s ban on excessive fines applies to the states, an outcome that could help efforts to rein in police seizure of property from criminal suspects. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the court’s opinion in favor of Tyson Timbs, of Marion, Indiana.

Source: Supreme Court civil forfeiture case: Justices back man whose $40K SUV was seized over $400 drug sale – CBS News

Israel to launch first privately funded moon mission | Science | The Guardian

Attempt to become fourth country to send spacecraft to lunar surface blasts off this week

A team of Israeli scientists is to launch what will be the first privately funded mission to land on the moon this week, sending a spacecraft to collect data from the lunar surface.

Named Beresheet, the Hebrew word for Genesis, the 585kg (1,290lb) robotic lander will blast off from Florida at 01.45 GMT on Friday, propelled by one of Elon Musk’s SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets. Once it touches down, in several weeks, it will measure the magnetic field of the moon to help understand how it formed.

Beresheet will also deposit a “time capsule” of digital files the size of coins containing the Bible, children’s drawings, Israel’s national anthem and blue and white flag, as well as memories of a Holocaust survivor.

“It’s going to be on the moon forever,” said Yonatan Weintraub, the co-founder of SpaceIL, the non-profit organisation leading the project.

Source: Israel to launch first privately funded moon mission | Science | The Guardian

Salmonella Outbreak Tied to Raw Turkey Leaves 1 Person Dead in California, Sickens Over 275 Others | KTLA

Sixty-three more people have been infected with salmonella linked to raw turkey products in an outbreak that began in November 2017, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday.

There have been 279 reported cases of salmonella associated with raw turkey in 41 states and the District of Columbia as of February 13. Of those, 107 people were hospitalized, and one death was reported in California.

Source: Salmonella Outbreak Tied to Raw Turkey Leaves 1 Person Dead in California, Sickens Over 275 Others | KTLA

The Latest: Russia to deploy new hypersonic missile to navy

The Latest on Putin’s state-of-the-nation speech (all times local): 2 p.m. President Vladimir Putin says Russia will deploy a new hypersonic missile for its navy as part of an ongoing plan to modernize its military capabilities and efforts to counter what he described as hostile U.S. moves.

Source: The Latest: Russia to deploy new hypersonic missile to navy