Mitch McConnell recovering from surgery – POLITICO

The majority leader fractured his shoulder earlier this month.

Despite the injury, the majority leader has remained active, speaking to President Donald Trump and his fellow senators about possible action to curb gun violence when Congress returns from its August recess.

Source: Mitch McConnell recovering from surgery – POLITICO

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Doctors suspect vaping behind dozens of lung illnesses in U.S.

As many as 50 people in at least six states have come down with breathing illnesses that may be linked to e-cigarettes or other vaping products.

No deaths have been reported. Symptoms have included shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain and vomiting. Doctors say the illnesses resemble an inhalation injury.

Cases have been reported in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota. Officials in New York, California and Indiana have been looking into similar reports, too.

Health officials have only been counting certain lung illnesses in which the person had vaped within three months. Most are teens, but some adult cases have also been reported.

No single vaping device or liquid is associated with the illnesses.

Source: Doctors suspect vaping behind dozens of lung illnesses in U.S.

‘Easy Rider’ star Peter Fonda dead at 79 | Fox News

Actor Peter Fonda, who co-wrote and starred in the seminal 1960s counterculture film “Easy Rider,” has died. He was 79.

Born into Hollywood royalty, Peter carved his own path with his non-conformist tendencies. He earned a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination for co-writing “Easy Rider,” but lost out to William Goldman’s script for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”

Nearly three decades later, Fonda snagged a Best Actor nomination for his work in 1997’s “Ulee’s Gold.” He lost out to contemporary Jack Nicholson’s turn in “As Good As It Gets,” but did snag a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Television Movie for his work in the 1999 Showtime original “The Passion of Ayn Rand.”

Source: ‘Easy Rider’ star Peter Fonda dead at 79 | Fox News

Travelers beware: Work will close parts of the Pa. Turnpike

One closure will take place this weekend, and the others will be over the next few weekends.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 76) between the interchanges of Exit 75 (New Stanton) and Exit 161 (Breezewood) will be closed in both directions from 11 p.m. Saturday until 6 a.m. Sunday, weather permitting.

The seven-hour closure is in place so crews can safely remove the temporary bridge that carried traffic on North Center Avenue over the Turnpike at milepost 110 in Somerset County, according to the news release. The new bridge opened to traffic with restrictions on July 19.

Source: Travelers beware: Work will close parts of the Pa. Turnpike

Dow jumps 200 points to cap off a crazy week – CNN

The Dow shot higher Friday, as investors look to cap off a wild week for Wall Street on a high note.

US stocks rose after Europe and China announced plans for additional stimulus to shore up their economies in the wake of a global trade war.
China’s National Development and Reform Commission said Friday it would boost stimulus to shore up the country’s economy, stabilize employment and give people more disposable income. Although China didn’t elaborate on its plans, that was enough to soothe investors’ fears about the trade war’s harm to the global economy.

Source: Dow jumps 200 points to cap off a crazy week – CNN

GE Stock Plunges 11% on Fraud Allegations

A new report claims that GE stock is doomed and that accounting fraud will land the industrial conglomerate in bankruptcy court. Yet the allegations contain more innuendo than substance.

Shares of General Electric (NYSE: GE) seemed to have found their footing earlier this year, as the struggling conglomerate started to put its house back in order under the leadership of new CEO Larry Culp. However, investors have been dumping GE stock this month, even after the company raised its full-year guidance in late July.

GE just suffered an even bigger blow, as an accounting team led by Harry Markopolos — who became famous for having uncovered Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme well before it fell apart — accused the company of accounting fraud. Indeed, GE stock plunged 11% on Thursday, as Markopolos claimed that the concerns he identified would cause the company to go bankrupt.

Source: GE Stock Plunges 11% on Fraud Allegations

NYPD: Objects found at subway station aren’t explosives | KOMO

NEW YORK (AP) — Two abandoned objects that appeared to be pressure cookers prompted an evacuation of a major lower Manhattan subway station during the morning commute Friday before police determined they were not explosives. The bomb squad cleared the items found at the Fulton Street station, New York Police Department Counterterrorism Chief James Waters said on Twitter. Waters posted photos of the objects, which looked like pressure cookers or crockpots.

New York (CNN)A third suspicious device has been found Friday morning in downtown New York, according to multiple law enforcement sources, shortly after police said two other suspicious packages were not explosive.

The third device was found near a garbage can in the vicinity of West 16th Street and 7th Avenue, the sources said. It appeared to be similar to the first two.

Source: NYPD: Objects found at subway station aren’t explosives | KOMO

Source: https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/16/us/suspicious-packages-new-york/index.html

Westmoreland commissioners share concern regarding mini-casino name | Regional | observer-reporter.com

A new satellite casino approved to be built at a mall in Westmoreland County will give the county a boost with new jobs and revenue, but commissioners there have concerns

A new satellite casino approved to be built at a mall in Westmoreland County will give the county a boost with new jobs and revenue, but commissioners there have concerns over a name that will not reflect the community in which it will operate.

The state Gaming Control Board this week unanimously granted Stadium Casino LLC, owned by Cordish Companies of Maryland, a Category 4 satellite casino license to operate a casino in the shuttered Bon Ton space that the company will name Live! Casino Pittsburgh.

The commissioners are hopeful that some discussion with representatives from Cordish Companies could result in the selection of a more appropriate name.

“Hopefully, that’s not set in stone,” said Commissioner Gina Cerilli.

The commissioners said despite the name, they are thrilled that the project is moving forward and have learned from officials at Westmoreland County Community College that the company has reached out to the college to provide training for those interested in casino dealing.

Source: Westmoreland commissioners share concern regarding mini-casino name | Regional | observer-reporter.com

Mike Tomlin offers vague injury updates for Saturday’s second Steelers preseason game | TribLIVE.com

Though Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he expected more players to play Saturday than did in last week’s preseason opener, he was vague in disclosing any information on most of the injury news regarding players.

Safety Sean Davis again practiced Thursday and is expected to make his preseason debut at Heinz Field against the Chiefs. Center Maurkice Pouncey was in uniform (on a non-padded practice day) but appeared to be in a limited capacity. With his 10-year NFL veteran status, it would be shocking if Pouncey played Saturday.

Source: Mike Tomlin offers vague injury updates for Saturday’s second Steelers preseason game | TribLIVE.com

Are You A Taylor Swift Fan? – Watch Her Livestream Announcement (8/22/19 @ 5pm EST) – YouTube

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Epstein’s gal pal Ghislaine Maxwell spotted at In-N-Out Burger

Once spotted, Maxwell — who was sitting alone with a pet pooch — told an onlooker: “Well, I guess this is the last time I’ll be eating here!”

Source: Epstein’s gal pal Ghislaine Maxwell spotted at In-N-Out Burger

Mystery solved. Accused “madame” and “Lady of the House,” Ghislaine Maxwell, has been found after questions surrounding her whereabouts made international headlines. Is she in Europe? Or hiding in a picturesque Massachusetts beach town? Not exactly. Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein’s former girlfriend and alleged co-conspirator in his suspected sex-trafficking operation, was found at an In-N-Out Burger restaurant in Los Angeles.

The New York Post obtained an image of the 57-year-old sitting alone at the burger chain’s location in Universal City on Monday. With her dog in tow, she allegedly told an onlooker, “Well, I guess this is the last time I’ll be eating here!” Maxwell was reading a book called The Book of Honor: The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives. Ironic, as authorities have been scrambling to track her down. It’s the first time the British socialite has been photographed in public since 2016.

Source: Epstein’s alleged co-conspirator Ghislaine Maxwell found in L.A. — at In-N-Out – AOL Entertainment