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Coroner called to crash in Donegal Township, Westmoreland County

ATV, Jeep in fatal crash at Route 130 and Donegal Lake Road

Source: Coroner called to crash in Donegal Township, Westmoreland County

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Pennsylvania raises legal age for buying cigarettes, other tobacco products to 21

Pennsylvania is banning the purchase of cigarettes and other tobacco products by people under 21, with one exception.

Source: Pennsylvania raises legal age for buying cigarettes, other tobacco products to 21

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Second Explosion at TPC plant in Texas

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Sunday hunting bill signed into law by Gov. Wolf

The bill permits Sunday hunting one day during rifle deer season, one day during archery deer season and a third day chosen by the PA Game Commission.

Source: Sunday hunting bill signed into law by Gov. Wolf

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US life expectancy is still on the decline. Here’s why – CNN

(CNN)Life expectancy at birth — the average length of time that you are expected to live — continues to drop for Americans, a new study finds. Drug overdoses, suicides, alcohol-related illnesses and obesity are largely to blame. These problems have been building since the 1980s, according to the study’s authors.

The US had been making steady progress. Life expectancy increased by nearly 10 years over the last half century — from 69.9 years in 1959, to 78.9 years in 2016.
But the pace of this increase slowed over time, while other high income countries continued to show a steady rise in life expectancy.
After 2010, US life expectancy plateaued and in 2014 it began reversing, dropping for three consecutive years — from 78.9 years in 2014, to 78.6 in 2017. This is despite the US spending the most on health care per capita than any other country in the world.

Source: US life expectancy is still on the decline. Here’s why – CNN

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Texas chemical plant explosion injures three, prompts evacuations – YouTube

County Judge Jeff Branick says there are no reports of any fatalities and only three people with injuries He calls that a miracle. One worker suffered burns and was taken by medical helicopter to a Houston hospital. Another sustained a fractured wrist and a third sustained a fractured leg. One of those victims was treated and released. He says all workers are accounted for.

There is damage reported to homes and even a school in the area.

Callers tell us it broke windows and could be felt miles away at about 1 a.m.

The plant produces butadiene and raffinate.

Butadiene is a colorless has used to make synthetic rubber and plastics, and to make other chemicals.

Raffinate is the residual product left after a reforming process. It’s also a colorless gas.

As a precautionary action Orange County Judge John Gothia is calling for a shelter in place south of I-10 until 6 am due to the explosion at the TCP plant in Port Neches and the East Northeast wind direction carrying a chemical plume. Shelter in Place means to stay inside, close windows, turn fans and air conditioning units off.

In a press conference with TDC officials, Troy Monk asked everyone to not-touch any debris you feel is contaminated. Call the hotline to have it evaluated and cleaned up.

TDC has established a hotline to report damage 866-601-5880.

A shelter is open at First Baptist Church in Nederland.

OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM TPC:

At approximately 1:00 a.m. today, Wednesday, November 27 an explosion was reported at the TPC Group Port Neches Operations site located at 2102 TX-136 Spur, Port Neches, TX 77561 involving a processing unit.

TPC Group has activated its Emergency Response Plan and requested assistance from Port Neches Fire Department and Huntsman. The event is ongoing but will be brought under control as quickly and safely as possible.

https://kfdm.com/news/local/breaking-plant-explosion-in-jefferson-county-rocks-homes-for-miles

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‘These winds will be packing a punch’: Wednesday is an Impact Day in Pittsburgh

Wind advisory takes effect at 10 a.m.

Winds reaching 55 miles per hour will be in the area.

Source: ‘These winds will be packing a punch’: Wednesday is an Impact Day in Pittsburgh

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Our view: Torn on just how to react to South Dakota’s anti-meth campaign | Grand Forks Herald

South Dakota has unveiled a new anti-methamphetamine campaign, creating shockwaves across the nation.

Source: Our view: Torn on just how to react to South Dakota’s anti-meth campaign | Grand Forks Herald

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Point Park grads capture picture-perfect moment with Tom Hanks in Pittsburgh | TribLIVE.com

Danette Levers changed her Facebook profile picture at 7:34 a.m. Friday.

There’s a pretty good chance she won’t ever change it again.

She waited for months to upload that photo of her standing next to Tom Hanks. She idolizes the actor. She can recite most of his movie lines from the likes of “Big” and “Forrest Gump.”

Levers finally met Hanks in Pittsburgh. Her best friend Missy Finnell captured the moment in a photo.

Levers wasn’t allowed to upload it until the movie “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” premiered nationwide last week. Hanks plays Pittsburgh’s favorite neighbor, the late Fred Rogers. The connection between Levers and Hanks began when she was 13 years old. Her father had died. She turned to watching Hanks’ films to help her through her grief.

Source: Point Park grads capture picture-perfect moment with Tom Hanks in Pittsburgh | TribLIVE.com

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John O’Hurley Reveals the ‘Beautiful’ New Dog Breed Joining The ‘National Dog Show’ | PEOPLE.com

The ‘National Dog Show’ host says they’re introducing the Azawakh into the competition this year

PEOPLE Now airs live, Monday through Friday, from the Meredith offices in New York City.

Catch PEOPLE Now every weekday at 12:00 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT on People.com or on the PeopleTV app on your favorite streaming device. Want even more? Check out clips from previous episodes of PEOPLE Now.

Source: John O’Hurley Reveals the ‘Beautiful’ New Dog Breed Joining The ‘National Dog Show’ | PEOPLE.com

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Opinion Politics

Trump ‘homecoming’ rally illustrates importance of Florida to reelection effort – The Washington Post

November 26, 2019 at 12:11 p.m. EST

President Trump’s Tuesday night rally near Miami, billed by his campaign as a “homecoming” extravaganza, follows his recent decision to move his formal residence from New York to Florida — and underscores the state’s importance to his reelection efforts as he grapples with the impeachment proceedings that threaten his presidency.

Florida is now not only Trump’s home but what Republicans hope is an emerging GOP bastion. His strategy in the state reflects his broader push to galvanize his core voters ahead of next year’s election by unleashing an incendiary defense of his conduct, be it on Twitter, cable news or in front of thousands in an arena.

Source: Trump ‘homecoming’ rally illustrates importance of Florida to reelection effort – The Washington Post

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President Donald Trump holds rally in Sunrise, Florida  – CBS News

Florida is one of the most important swing states for the 2020 presidential race.

Source: Trump rally Sunrise: Watch live stream as President Donald Trump holds rally in Sunrise, Florida today – CBS News

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WV MetroNews Damage being assessed, cause up in the air in Brooke County plant fire – WV MetroNews

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FOLLANSBEE, W.Va. — Officials with Mountain State Carbon are still working to determine the cause of a fire at its Follansbee plant over the weekend that damaged equipment and parts of the building.

Follansbee Fire Chief Larry Rea, whose department responded first to the scene, told MetroNews that in over 45 years of working with the department, says the size of the Saturday blaze was rare.

“They will have fires on the belt but they are usually small and the employees will handle it themselves,” he said. “On occasion, it will be big enough to where they will call us in. But this was one of the bigger ones that I have ever seen.”

Rea said on Monday that the plant is in the middle of its own investigation into what happened that left “extensive damage” to around 80 feet of a coal handling belt.

No injuries were reported.

Conveyor Fire at Furnace Coke Plant

November 25, 2019

Conveying equipment was damaged in a fire Saturday at the Mountain State Carbon plant in Follansbee, WV. Image courtesy of Pixabay

Conveying equipment was damaged in a fire Saturday at the Mountain State Carbon plant in Follansbee, WV. Image courtesy of Pixabay

A fire damaged conveying equipment and sections of a building last Saturday morning at the Mountain State Carbon furnace coke plant in Follansbee, WV, local news organizations reported.

“We had a fire on one of the belts that were shut down for maintenance,” Mountain State Carbon’s owner, AK Steel, said in a statement to television news station WTOV. “There were no injuries and no interruption to operations is expected.”

The blaze ignited at about 8 a.m., according to the company. Crews from several fire departments responded to the Brooke County facility.

Follansbee Fire Chief Larry Rea told WV Metro News that about 80 ft of conveyor belt used to transport coal received “extensive damage” and the top floor of a coal handling building at the site was left with “moderate damage.” The official said that coal dust, the conveyor belt, and coal burned in the fire.

No injuries occurred during the blaze.

Mountain State Carbon’s plant in Follansbee has a total coke production capacity of more than 1 million tn/yr, information on the company’s website said. The site produces furnace coke, foundry coke, and coke breeze and fractions.

Source: WV MetroNews Damage being assessed, cause up in the air in Brooke County plant fire – WV MetroNews

Source: https://www.powderbulksolids.com/news/Conveyor-Fire-at-Furnace-Coke-Plant-11-25-2019

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Ellwood City man accused of strangling woman during domestic inc – WFMJ.com

An Ellwood City man is facing charges after a domestic incident.

According to the release from Pennsylvania State Police, the incident happened on November 12th around 8:40 p.m. on Hogue Road in Slippery Rock Township.

State Police listed strangulation as the nature of the incident.

Reports say the male suspect fled on foot when police arrived.

Officers found the suspect on November 13th and charges were filed.

Source: Ellwood City man accused of strangling woman during domestic inc – WFMJ.com

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STRIP DISTRICT GAS LEAK: Busy Pittsburgh road shut down after contractor hits gas line | WPXI

 

PITTSBURGH – A busy Pittsburgh road is shut down Tuesday after a contractor hit a gas line.

It happened just before noon at the corner of Smallman and 16th streets in the Strip District, according to Allegheny County.

Map of Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA

Smallman Street is shut down between 15th and 17th streets until further notice

Source: STRIP DISTRICT GAS LEAK: Busy Pittsburgh road shut down after contractor hits gas line | WPXI

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Firefighters Investigate Report Of Smoke Inside Squirrel Hill Tunnel – CBS Pittsburgh

Fire crews are on the Parkway responding to reports of smoke inside the Squirrel Hill Tunnel.

Source: Firefighters Investigate Report Of Smoke Inside Squirrel Hill Tunnel – CBS Pittsburgh

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‘Bomb Cyclone’ Winter Storm Will Hit U.S. As Thanksgiving Nears, Forecasters Warn : NPR

Hurricane-force winds, blizzard conditions, heavy snowfall and a “bomb cyclone” on the West Coast: Those are the dire predictions of weather forecasters.

The National Weather Service’s U.S. forecast map is draped in alarming shades of pink, purple and red, reflecting winter storm warnings that are in effect from California to Michigan. And the bad weather is expected to last: The winter storm warning posted by the NWS office in Las Vegas will remain in effect from 5 p.m. PT Tuesday through 4 a.m. PT Friday.

Source: ‘Bomb Cyclone’ Winter Storm Will Hit U.S. As Thanksgiving Nears, Forecasters Warn : NPR

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Albania earthquake: At least three people killed in 6.4-magnitude tremor – CNN

(CNN)At least three people have been killed and 140 others wounded after an earthquake with a preliminary rating of 6.4 magnitude struck Albania on Tuesday.

The United States Geological Survey said the earthquake hit at an approximate depth of 20 kilometers (12 miles) early Tuesday local time.
The epicenter was in the port city of Durres, about 13 miles from the capital Tirana. Social media videos from the area show several buildings have collapsed.
Police told CNN-affiliate A2 that at least three people had been killed, adding that strong aftershocks were shaking Tirana.
Minister of Health Ogerta Manastirliu confirmed earlier in the morning that at least 140 people had been injured.
Schools have been closed in three cities — Durres, Lezhe and Tirana — until further notice.

Source: Albania earthquake: At least three people killed in 6.4-magnitude tremor – CNN

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Gutfeld on calling Trump supporters a cult – YouTube

“It’s not a party anymore….it’s a cult”

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Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media staff out in mass firing and termination of film programs

Just two days after the end of the Three Rivers Film Festival, its host organization, the Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media (PCAM), fired all film staff, including employees of the Harris and Regent Square theaters, and will end cinema arts programs, as well as any programming in its galleries.

The announcement and firings happened this morning during a mandatory meeting.

An official document, signed by PCAM executive director Kyle Houser and provided to Pittsburgh City Paper, said the group was ending its theater programs, as well as all programs housed in the Marshall Building and reducing personnel accordingly. PCAM is offering former employees severance benefits totaling $300 before taxes.

Source: Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media staff out in mass firing and termination of film programs

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Dresden museum heist thieves steal $1.1 billion in ‘priceless’ jewels | Fox News

Police in Germany were investigating Monday after professional thieves staged a daring early morning $1.1 billion heist at one of the world’s oldest museums.

Source: Dresden museum heist thieves steal $1.1 billion in ‘priceless’ jewels | Fox News

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Manhole fire breaks out during rush hour in downtown Pittsburgh

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Flames and dark smoke began coming out of a downtown manhole near the Allegheny County Courthouse during the Monday evening rush hour in Pittsburgh.

Firefighters responded to the corner of Grant Street and Forbes Avenue, along with police officers and Duquesne Light workers.

Chemical foam was being sprayed into the hole to extinguish the fire, which Pittsburgh Public Safety officials said was electrical in nature.

Traffic was continuing to move, but Public Safety was asking people to avoid the area.

Source: Manhole fire breaks out during rush hour in downtown Pittsburgh

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Two dead after passenger in car opens fire on man and woman in Wilkinsburg

Shooting happened late Sunday night

Source: Two dead after passenger in car opens fire on man and woman in Wilkinsburg

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One Person Injured In Two-Vehicle, Rollover Crash In Fayette County – CBS Pittsburgh

One person was transported to the hospital after a two-vehicle crash in Fayette County.

 

Source: One Person Injured In Two-Vehicle, Rollover Crash In Fayette County – CBS Pittsburgh

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Opinion Politics

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg officially enters 2020 presidential race | ABC News – YouTube

Mike’s Story

One of Mike Bloomberg’s earliest memories took place around his family’s dining room table in the middle-class neighborhood of Medford, Massachusetts.

His father – a bookkeeper at a local dairy who never earned more than $6,000 a year in his life – sat down and wrote out a $25 or $50 check to the NAACP.

When Mike asked him why, his father responded: “Because discrimination against anyone is a threat to everyone.”

With that simple act and that simple explanation, Mike’s father taught him one of his most important lessons:

We’re all in this together – and if you have an opportunity to help, you have an obligation to act.

The sense of duty and common purpose that he first learned from his father has guided Mike Bloomberg throughout his life and career as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and job creator who served as mayor of New York City for 12 years.

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Greensburg holds grand Holiday Parade | TribLIVE.com

Seasonal weather — brisk but not bitter cold — greeted hundreds of parade participants and visitors who lined Main Street in downtown Greensburg for the county seat’s 28th Annual Holiday Parade on Saturday.

More than 100 floats, bands, dance companies and fire trucks participated in the parade, which lasted more than an hour.

The grand marshals in the parade were two of the city’s former mayors — Scott Brown and the man who succeeded him, Daniel Fajt, whose tenures covered the 1980s and the 1990s. Two of the city’s more recent mayors, Karl Eisaman and Ronald Silvis, were unable to attend, but were recognized with a banner honoring them and others who held the office.

Source: Greensburg holds grand Holiday Parade | TribLIVE.com

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Crews work to repair water main break in downtown Pittsburgh

Crews are working to repair a water main break in downtown Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority officials said the break happened on private property belonging to PPG Place.

Highwoods Properties is working with PWSA and outside contractors to make repairs.

All PPG Place buildings have water and are open to customers, a spokesperson with Highwoods Properties said.

Source: Crews work to repair water main break in downtown Pittsburgh

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Football Sports

Steelers defeat winless Bengals 16-10

Steelers turned to third-string quarterback Devlin Hodges in second half, benching struggling Mason Rudolph.

Source: Steelers defeat winless Bengals 16-10

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized For ‘Chills And Fever’

“She was initially evaluated at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. before being transferred to Johns Hopkins Hospital for further evaluation and treatment of any possible infection,” the court said in a statement. “With intravenous antibiotics and fluids, her symptoms have abated, and she expects to be released from the hospital as early as Sunday morning.”

Source: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized For ‘Chills And Fever’

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Steelers QB Mason Rudolph fined $50,000 for role in Browns-Steelers fight

Browns defensive end Myles Garrett is suspended without pay indefinitely

Source: Steelers QB Mason Rudolph fined $50,000 for role in Browns-Steelers fight

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