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Crash closes Interstate 79 southbound near Cranberry exit

Police are responding to the crash scene on Interstate 79 between exits 78 and 85.

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Winning Cash 5 tickets sold in New Ken, Pittsburgh; $400K jackpot will be split | TribLIVE.com

One of two jackpot-winning Cash 5 tickets was sold at the Golden Dawn supermarket on Freeport Road in New Kensington, the Pennsylvania Lottery announced Thursday.

The other ticket was sold at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood.

The ticket was sold in the hospital’s cafeteria, a UPMC spokeswoman said.

The winners will split the $400,000 jackpot. Each ticket matched all five balls drawn — 1, 12, 14, 25 and 32 — to win $200,000 each.

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Police: Man Released From Jail On Bond Returns To Victim’s Westmoreland Co. Home, Attempts To Kill Her – CBS Pittsburgh

A man who was freed from jail on domestic violence charges is accused of coming back to a woman’s home and trying to kill her.

Source: Police: Man Released From Jail On Bond Returns To Victim’s Westmoreland Co. Home, Attempts To Kill Her – CBS Pittsburgh

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Police search for men who held up Sheetz in Greensburg

Police are searching for the men involved in a hold-up at a Sheetz in Westmoreland County. The robbery happened at the Harvey Avenue store.

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Opinion Politics

John Delaney drops out of Democratic presidential race days before Iowa caucus

Delaney did not endorse another Democrat for president but vowed to support the eventual Democratic nominee.

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16-year-old boy charged in Wilkins Township shooting; police still investigating

Police said the suspects fled the scene in a green Toyota Camry.

Source: 16-year-old boy charged in Wilkins Township shooting; police still investigating

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Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles hold crisis talks over Prince Andrew

The Queen and her eldest son took time out for emergency talks just two weeks after the royal family’s historic summit on Megxit.

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Europe Health Medical

Coronavirus – 7,000 people on lockdown on cruise ship after Chinese couple fall ill – YouTube

About 7,000 passengers and crew are trapped on a cruise ship in Italy amid fears two holidaymakers have coronavirus. A husband and wife from China have been put in isolation on the Costa Smerelda, which might have Britons on board, after the couple came down with a fever and breathing problems.

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Tobacco smoking and somatic mutations in human bronchial epithelium | Nature

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Tobacco smoking increases mutational burden, cell-to-cell heterogeneity and driver mutations, but quitting promotes replenishment of the bronchial epithelium from mitotically quiescent cells that have avoided tobacco mutagenesis.

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Asia Health Medical

China virus cases surpass SARS as big economic hit looms

BEIJING (Reuters) – Infection from China’s coronavirus spread to more than 8,100 people globally on Thursday, surpassing the total from the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic in a fast-spreading health crisis forecast to deal a heavy blow to the world’s second-largest economy.

The vast majority of infections are in China where the virus originated in an illegal wildlife market in the city of Wuhan and has also claimed 170 lives, latest official data showed.

More than 100 cases have emerged in other countries, from Japan to the United States.

The World Health Organization (WHO), which has so far held off declaring the flu-like coronavirus a global emergency, began another meeting in Geneva to reconsider.

Such a declaration would trigger tighter containment and information-sharing guidelines, but may disappoint Beijing, which had expressed confidence in defeating the “devil” virus.

It could also further spook markets, already shuddering at the ripple effects of damage to China’s economy.

“The fear is that they (the WHO) might raise the alarm bells … so people are taking money off the table,” said Chris Weston, head of research at Melbourne brokerage Pepperstone.

The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome also came from China, killing about 800 people and costing the global economy an estimated $33 billion, or 0.1% of world GDP, in 2003.

Economists fear the impact on global growth could be bigger this time as China now accounts for a larger share of the world economy. One Chinese economist has forecast the crisis would lop a percentage point off China’s first-quarter growth.

Global stocks tumbled on Thursday, while the yuan hit its lowest this year, oil prices slid again and safe haven assets like gold gained.

The main stock index in Taiwan, 40% of whose exports go to neighboring China, closed down 5.75% on the first day of trade after the Lunar New Year holiday.

LOCKDOWN IN WUHAN

Almost all the deaths have been in Hubei province – of which Wuhan is the capital – where 60 million people are now living under virtual lockdown, only venturing outside with masks.

“Most of the shops are closed. We cannot go out and buy food,” Si Thu Tun, one of 60 students from Myanmar trapped in Wuhan, told online news outlet the Democratic Voice of Burma.

Workers make protective suits at a factory, as the country is hit by an epidemic of the new coronavirus, in Chaohu, Anhui province, China January 28, 2020. China Daily via REUTERS

“Honestly, I have one big potato and three packs of instant noodles and some rice,” he said. Myanmar plans a special flight to get the students out within three days.

Australia, South Korea, Singapore, New Zealand and Indonesia were quarantining evacuees for at least two weeks, though the United States and Japan planned shorter, voluntary isolation.

Three Japanese, from 206 evacuated on Wednesday, were infected, and worryingly two of them had not shown symptoms, Tokyo said. A second Japanese flight included nine people showing fever or coughing symptoms, broadcaster NHK said.

India was the latest nation to report a case, a student of Wuhan University. And South Koreans protested at facilities earmarked as quarantine centers, throwing eggs at a minister

“The weapons that will protect us from the new coronavirus are not fear and aversion, but trust and cooperation,” said South Korean President Moon Jae-in as Seoul prepared to evacuate the first of about 700 citizens from Wuhan.

An Italian cruise ship’s 6,000 passengers were kept on board while tests were held on two Chinese travelers.

The crisis has stoked a wave of anti-China sentiment around the globe, from shops barring tourists to online mockery.

‘WHEN CHINA SLOWS, WE FEEL IT’

In the corporate world, Alphabet Inc’s Google and Sweden’s IKEA were the latest big names to close China operations. South Korea’s Samsung Electronics extended holiday closure for some Chinese production facilities.

Airlines to suspend flights to mainland China include Lufthansa, Air Canada, American Airlines and British Airways. Air France cabin crew unions were demanding the same, sources said, though the company has already allowed pilots and crew to opt out of China flights.

Fuelling concern over damage to productivity, thousands of Chinese factory workers on Lunar New Year holidays may struggle to get back to work next week, due to travel restrictions.

Policymakers are anxious, with China dominating U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s news conference on Wednesday. “China’s economy is very important in the global economy now, and when China’s economy slows down we do feel that,” he said.

Streets in many Chinese cities were largely deserted and tourist attractions shut. Starbucks coffee shops were requiring temperature checks and masks.

Cases of human-to-human transmission outside China are of particular concern to medics, but it is too early to determine how lethal the coronavirus is, as there are likely to be many cases of milder infections going undetected.

It has an incubation time of between one and 14 days.

With local officials facing a backlash from China’s public, especially over their early response, the health chief of Huanggang city – also in Hubei province, with a population of 7.5 million – was dismissed, authorities said.

No explanation was given.

Reporting by Pei Li, Gabriel Crossley, Cate Cadell, Kevin Yao and Muyu Xu in Beijing; Samuel Shen and David Stanway in Shanghai; Josh Smith, Sangmi Cha and Joyce Lee in Seoul, Chang-Ran Kim in Tokyo and Se Young Lee; Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva; Kate Kelland in London; Crispian Balmer in Rome; Thu Thu Aung in Yangon; Ben Blanchard in Taipei; Writing by Andrew Cawthorne; Editing by Clarence Fernandez and Nick Macfie

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Police searching for missing 79-year-old woman from Beaver County

Woman missing from an area near Zernich Drive

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Ross Twp. Police Receive Reports Of Possible Sex Trafficking After Rumors Spread On Social Media – CBS Pittsburgh

Concerns of sex trafficking in the Pittsburgh area are on the rise after recent social media posts have become a hot topic.

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Missing man found dead in Pittsburgh parking garage | TribLIVE.com

A man reported missing in Pittsburgh last week was found dead Tuesday, authorities said.

Mark Hall, 47, was reported missing Jan. 27.2252892_web1_ptr-markhall-013020

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office reported that Hall was pronounced dead about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Hot Metal Garage near the SouthSide Works shopping center.

The medical examiner has not released a cause and manner of death.

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 412-380-8519, mguza@tribweb.com or via Twitter .

Source: Missing man found dead in Pittsburgh parking garage | TribLIVE.com

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Morgantown police seek public’s help in finding missing Elkins woman

Morgantown police are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing woman. Hildie Mae Williams, 29, of Elkins was last seen between 9 p. m. and 10 p. m. Saturday in the area of Mountaineer Station and Starbucks on Van Voorhis Road in Morgantown, according to a news release from the Morgantown Police Department. Williams is a white female with blond hair and green eyes. She has a tattoo on the right side of her face.

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Social Security numbers in some old tax liens visible to public on Allegheny County court website

“The numbers are there, but they’re prior to 2009. You know, this office took proactive action in 2012 and purchased redaction software,” McGeever told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4.

Source: Social Security numbers in some old tax liens visible to public on Allegheny County court website

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16-year-old charged in Monroeville shooting

Police said the teenage victim was found inside a car on Leslie Road in Monroeville.

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Greensburg Police Department seeks new officer | TribLIVE.com

The City of Greensburg Police Department is looking for a new officer.

The department is accepting applications for candidates to replace patrolman Peter Sandberg, who retired in October after 21 years on the force.2251308_web1_web-greensburg

The department will accept applications through Feb. 14.

Applicants will go through a multi-stage screening process. It starts with a written exam on Feb. 29, followed by a physical agility test, interview, and psychological and medical examinations.

Full details are available at greensburgpa.org/police-department.

Source: Greensburg Police Department seeks new officer | TribLIVE.com

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UPDATE: Firefighters rescue residents from high-rise apartment fire in L.A.

9A fire at a high-rise apartment building in Los Angeles has reportedly trapped multiple people inside, according to news reports.

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50 US troops sustained brain injuries in Iran missile strike: Pentagon – YouTube

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Magnitude 7.7 earthquake strikes between Cuba, Jamaica

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 struck between Cuba and Jamaica Tuesday afternoon and triggered warnings of a tsunami, according to The U.S. Geological Survey.

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