With Megyn Kelly Gone, NBC’s ‘Today’ Show Viewers Return

In what must be considered an unwelcome twist for Megyn Kelly and the team haggling over her severance package from NBC News, ratings for the Today show’s third hour have measurably improved since she was summarily dropped from the program amid the “blackface” debacle.

This latest development is unlikely to enhance the former Fox News star’s negotiating leverage as her high-powered Hollywood attorney, Bryan Freedman, tries to persuade NBC’s upper management—including NBC News Chairman Andy Lack and his boss, NBC chief executive Stephen Burke—to maximize Kelly’s payout, midway through a three-year contract reportedly worth $69 million.

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Owner of small Westmoreland County store accused of selling stolen goods

The owner of a small grocery store in Mount Pleasant Township, Westmoreland County is accused of selling stolen items such as soda, energy drinks, coffee, laundry detergent and meats.

Melvin McCloy, known in the community as “Beanie,” was charged Thursday following a three-year investigation.

Scientists Spy On Bees, See Harmful Effects Of Common Insecticide : NPR

A team of researchers peered inside bumblebee colonies and spied on insects individually labelled with a tiny tag to figure out exactly how exposure to a common insecticide changes their behavior in the hive.

They found that the insecticide — from a controversial group called neonicotinoids — made the bees more sluggish and antisocial, spending more time on the periphery of the hive. It also made them less-attentive parents, according to research published Thursday in the journal Science.

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Philippines’ ex-first lady Imelda Marcos to appeal court’s graft ruling

The Philippines’ anti-corruption court on Friday ordered the arrest of former first lady Imelda Marcos after finding her guilty on seven counts of graft during the two-decade rule of her husband and former dictator, Ferdinand Marcos.

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Woolsey Fire: 75,000 Homes Evacuated Along Ventura-L.A. County Line as Massive Wind-Driven Blaze Rages

Some 75,000 homes have been evacuated along the Ventura-Los Angeles County line as a massive fire raged early Friday amid strong winds. Woolsey Fire erupted around 2:30 p.m. Thursday near the Santa Susana Field Laboratory south of Simi Valley and exploded to 2,000 acres by 6 p.m. Just before 3 a.m., L.A. County Fire Department said the fire had scorched about 8,000 acres. It was 0 percent contained.

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Asia markets: China economic data, the Fed, currencies in focus

Stocks in Asia were broadly lower on the final trading day of the week after the U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged at its latest policy meeting.

The big mover to the downside was in Hong Kong, where the Hang Seng index fell 2.39 percent to close at 25,601.92.

The mainland China markets, which investors are watching closely as trade tensions between Washington and Beijing continue to weigh on sentiment, ended the trading week lower. The Shanghai composite shed 1.39 percent to close at around 2,598.87 and the Shenzhen composite declined by 0.434 percent to about 1,328.19.

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Greensburg police trying to identify truck that caused $12K damage in hit and run | TribLIVE

Greensburg police are looking for help identifying a truck that pulled down a decorative light pole Tuesday morning.

Police Chief Chad Zucco said the truck had a long flatbed trailer and appeared to be hauling gas drilling equipment through the city at 8:44 a.m. Something on the truck hit a pole on South Main Street in front of First Commonwealth Bank and the driver did not stop, he said.

The pole is valued at about $12,000, Zucco said.

Police don’t know the name of the company or business that owns the truck. A surveillance image shows that it has a red cab with dark lettering on the passenger side door.

Anyone who recognizes the truck is asked to call police at 724-834-3800.

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