North Korea has sentenced an American student to 15 years’ hard labour for trying to steal a propaganda banner from his hotel. Otto Warmbier was convicted on charges of subversion, in a move which has showcased the secretive and unforgiving North Korean regime and futher deteriorated relations with Washington.
The cousin of a 15-year-old boy who died after falling off a moving car has been charged with vehicular homicide in connection with the teen’s death, according to a criminal complaint obtained by CH11 News.
Post-Gazette.com – Pittsburgh police have increased patrols in Homewood and East Hills in response to the shootings at a backyard cookout in Wilkinsburg last week that killed five adults and an unborn child. Zone 5 Cmdr. Jason Lando said the move did not result from any specific threat involving those neighborhoods. “We’d much rather be prepared for any potential retaliations than hopeful that there won’t be any,” Cmdr. Lando said. “This is all just precautionary.” A 23-year-old man, Walli Hardy, was shot to death Monday on Wheeler Street in Homewood, but it was not known whether that killing was related to the Wilkinsburg slayings.
The Federal Reserve is expected to leave its influential interest rate unchanged after the central bank’s top officials wrap up their meeting in Washington today, following a rocky start to the year in the financial markets that is forcing them to reevaluate their plans.
The Fed raised its benchmark interest rate in December from near zero to a range of 0.25 to 0.50 percent — the first increase in nearly a decade. The move amounted to a vote of confidence in the nation’s economic recovery, and officials at the time indicated they anticipated hiking four more times this year.
Convicted pedophile Jared Fogle was left with a bloody nose, scratched neck and swollen face following the attack by criminal Steven Nigg, 60, at Colorado’s Englewood FCI.
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Borno State Emergency Management Agency spokesman Abdullahi Omar and army spokesman Sani Usman confirmed the blast.
Post-Gazette.com – In announcing Tuesday its largest police academy class since the mid-1990s, Pittsburgh touted another fact about its 62 new recruits: 18 percent of them are minorities. Following the settlement in May of a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union that alleged a “long-standing pattern and practice of racial discrimination … against African-Americans in the screening and hiring of applicants,” the city has been working to diversify its overwhelmingly white policing ranks. The minority composition of the new class is better than the one assembled in February 2015, when the 35-member group had three minorities. But it is not as good as the most recent class from August, when of the 40 cadets, 11, or 27.5 percent, were minorities.
Giant underwater craters have been discovered off the coast of Norway, giving rise to further speculation over the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle.
Republican Eric Nelson, in a landslide victory, won a special election Tuesday for the state House seat left open by the retirement of Tim Krieger, keeping the seat in GOP control.
With all 51 precincts reporting, Nelson received 66 percent of the vote. Democrat Linda Iezzi received 34 percent.
Nelson, 50, a businessman and college instructor, is expected to take office once the results are verified by the county’s election bureau. He will serve through Dec. 31 to complete the two-year term that was vacated when Krieger, a Delmont Republican, was elected a Westmoreland County judge.