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HEALTH DEPARTMENT ALERT: Restaurant closed, mall kiosk alert issued by health department | WPXI

PITTSBURGH – A consumer alert was issued for a kiosk at South Hills Village Mall and a Homewood restaurant was shut down by the Allegheny County Health Department.

Agency officials said the Breaking Eggs Bakery Kiosk at the mall did not have the proper refrigeration for food, was not storing and preparing food in the right area and had “food from an unapproved source.” The food was being prepared at a different location and then brought to the kiosk.

The kiosk owner told Channel 11 that they are working to become compliant with the health department and are in the process of opening their own space in the South Hills. They said they do not agree with the department’s findings during the inspection and do make their products in a safe manner.

Source: HEALTH DEPARTMENT ALERT: Restaurant closed, mall kiosk alert issued by health department | WPXI

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American student freed from prison in Iran after three years

An American graduate student was released from prison in Iran after nearly three years as part of a prisoner exchange this weekend.

Xiyue Wang, a Ph.D. student of history at Princeton University, was released and flown from Tehran to Switzerland, where he was met by U.S. Special Representative Brian Hook. Wang, a Chinese national and naturalized American citizen, was in Iran studying the Qajar dynasty when he was arrested in August 2016. Wang, 38, was accused of attempting to smuggle documents and was convicted on two counts of espionage in April 2017.

Jason Poblete, Wang’s lawyer, bemoaned the political nature of his client’s imprisonment. “Hua & Shaofan are a remarkable young family on a new journey,” he said on Twitter. “Innocent, unjustly detained & for political reasons, suffered for over three years in Evin. This could’ve been avoided. Stakeholders on all sides should help secure the release of others and keep open a pathway.”View image on Twitter

Source: American student freed from prison in Iran after three years

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American student freed from Iranian prison after three years

An American graduate student was released from prison in Iran after nearly three years as part of a prisoner exchange this weekend.

Source: American student freed from Iranian prison after three years

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Gun Rights Case Is First Before The Supreme Court In A Decade : NPR

Guns: when and how to regulate them. It’s one of the biggest issues across the country. But the U.S. Supreme Court has rarely weighed in on the issue. In modern times, it has ruled decisively just twice. Now it’s on the brink of doing so again.

With the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, there now are five conservative justices who may be willing to shut down many attempts at regulation, just as the NRA’s lock on state legislatures may be waning.

Source: Gun Rights Case Is First Before The Supreme Court In A Decade : NPR

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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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Bumble Bee Foods Files for Bankruptcy

NATIONWIDE — Bumble Bee Foods, one of America’s largest tuna brands, filed for bankruptcy Thursday.

  • 120-year-old Bumble Bee Foods files for bankruptcy
  • It pleaded guilty in 2017 in tuna price-fixing scheme
  • Taiwan-based company plans to bid almost $1 billion

The company says it’s selling its assets to Taiwan-based FCF Co. for $925 million.

The sale could be finalized within 60 to 90 days.

Bumble Bee CEO Jan Tharp said in a statement that “it’s been a challenging time for our company,” but the move should allow the brand to continue business as usual, CNN reported. The brand also sells sardines, clam juice, and other fish products.

This announcement comes more than two years after the brand, owned by London-based Lion Capital, pleaded guilty in a tuna price-fixing scheme. Major grocery chains including Albertsons, Kroger, and Walmart had sued Bumble Bee, StarKist and the maker of Chicken-of-the-Sea.

Source: Bumble Bee Foods Files for Bankruptcy

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JEANNETTE HEMP DRYING FACILITY: Hemp-drying facility in Jeannette back open on temporary basis | WPXI

A hemp-drying facility in Jeannette is back open on a temporary basis after ventilation was added, Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE reported.

Source: JEANNETTE HEMP DRYING FACILITY: Hemp-drying facility in Jeannette back open on temporary basis | WPXI

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Utah Woman Charged With Lewdness After Being Topless In Her Own Home : NPR

The case is the latest legal battle amid a broader “free the nipple” campaign that seeks to normalize the exposure of female nipples.

A Utah woman has been charged with lewdness in her own home after her stepchildren walked into the room and saw her bare chest.

Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah argued this week that the statute under which Tilli Buchanan, 27, was charged is unconstitutional, and they have asked a judge to drop the charges against her and change the state law.

Buchanan and her husband had been installing drywall in the garage and had taken off their shirts that were itchy from the fibers, she told The Salt Lake Tribune.

When her stepchildren, aged 9, 10 and 13, walked in, she “explained she considers herself a feminist and wanted to make a point that everybody should be fine with walking around their house or elsewhere with skin showing,” her lawyers wrote in court documents, The Associated Press reports.

Source: Utah Woman Charged With Lewdness After Being Topless In Her Own Home : NPR

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Denied: Big Beaver mini-casino denied by Pa. Gaming Control Board – News – The Times – Beaver, PA

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board denied Mount Airy Casino’s application to open a mini-casino in Big Beaver, thwarting a second plan to bring gambling to Beaver and Lawrence counties.

Source: Denied: Big Beaver mini-casino denied by Pa. Gaming Control Board – News – The Times – Beaver, PA

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VEGAN SUES BURGER KING

A Georgia man who is vegan has sued Burger King for false advertising, alleging the burger chain “duped” customers into eating Impossible Whoppers by not adequately disclosing that the plant-based patties are cooked with beef fat. The lawsuit is seeking class-action status.

According to the complaint filed in a federal court in Florida on Monday, Phillip Williams of Georgia said he visited an Atlanta Burger King in August and ordered an Impossible Whopper, which, when prepared without mayonnaise, he believed conformed to his “strict vegan diet.” Williams was unaware that Impossible Whoppers are by default “cooked on the same grills as its traditional meat-based products, creating a meat-free patty that is in fact covered in meat by-product,” the lawsuit alleges.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/food/2019/11/19/vegan-sues-burger-king-claiming-meatless-impossible-whopper-is-contaminated-by-beef-fat/

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Roger Stone guilty – The Washington Post

BREAKING: Roger Stone convicted in federal case over statements to Congress related to WikiLeaks. Stone, a longtime Trump friend and adviser, was on trial in Washington on charges of lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstruction over his remarks about WikiLeaks’ email releases in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Source: Roger Stone guilty – The Washington Post

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A doorbell camera captured a woman screaming for help from a passing car. Police want to find her – CNN

(CNN)A Los Angeles doorbell camera captured the gut-wrenching screams of a woman police say they believe may have been kidnapped, but it did not capture images of what caused her calls for help.

Witnesses in the Leimert Park neighborhood called Los Angeles police Tuesday to report hearing a woman screaming, according to an LAPD news release.
“Help me,” a woman’s voice can be heard screaming in the footage, which shows only a dark street from a porch. “Somebody help me, please.”
A car then races into and out of the frame.

Source: A doorbell camera captured a woman screaming for help from a passing car. Police want to find her – CNN

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PennDOT rolls out new truck restriction program

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is looking ahead to winter weather and rolling out a pilot program that will restrict travel lanes for commercial vehicle drivers.

The new PennDOT program will restrict semi trucks to the right lane any time that the weather is bad enough to lower the speed limit to 45 m.p.h., according to local news outlet WNEP.

Source: PennDOT rolls out new truck restriction program

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UAW union president takes leave of absence as corruption probe expands – CNN

New York (CNN Business)The president of the United Auto Workers, Gary Jones, will take a leave of absence amid a growing scandal involving the union and its finances.

Jones requested the leave of absence following a vote by the executive board, the UAW said Saturday in a statement. Vice President Rory Gamble, head of the union’s Ford department, will serve as interim president starting Sunday.
“The UAW is fighting tooth and nail to ensure our members have a brighter future. I do not want anything to distract from the mission. I want to do what’s best for the members of this great union,” Jones said in the statement.
Jones is stepping aside as federal prosecutors continue a probe into allegations union leaders embezzled funds and accepted bribes, including from at least one automaker, Fiat Chrysler. (FCAU)
Jones has not been charged in the scandal, and both he and the UAW have pledged full cooperation with the probe.
A lawyer for Jones did not immediately respond Saturday to a request for comment.
Agents from the FBI, IRS and Labor Department searched Jones’ home in August, an FBI spokesman confirmed to CNN.
Nine people have pleaded guilty in the scandal, including former union officials, the widow of one union official, and employees at Fiat Chrysler who dealt with the union. Fiat Chrysler has declined to comment.
A top union official, Vance Pearson, was the first active union official to be indicted earlier this year.

Source: UAW union president takes leave of absence as corruption probe expands – CNN

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Megyn Kelly calls on NBC News to have ‘outside investigator’ look into shocking allegations at network | Fox News

In her first televised interview since leaving NBC News last year, Megyn Kelly called for an “outside investigator” to look into the shocking allegations levied against the Peacock Network.

Source: Megyn Kelly calls on NBC News to have ‘outside investigator’ look into shocking allegations at network | Fox News

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Trump demands whistleblower be identified and testify

President Trump on Monday said the whistleblower whose complaint sparked an impeachment inquiry must be identified and testify to Congress after Rep. Adam Schiff said the person may not appear because of safety concerns.

“Adam Schiff now doesn’t seem to want the Whistleblower to testify. NO! Must testify to explain why he got my Ukraine conversation sooo wrong, not even close,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Did Schiff tell him to do that? We must determine the Whistleblower’s identity to determine WHY this was done to the USA.”

Source: Trump demands whistleblower be identified and testify

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Defense Intelligence Agency worker arrested for leaking to reporters

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  • An employee of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency was arrested on federal charges that he leaked classified information, including details of a foreign country’s weapons systems, to two reporters in 2018 and this year.
  • The worker, Henry Kyle Frese, 30, held top-secret clearance at the DIA.
  • The Justice Department said that it appears that Frese and one of the reporters “were involved in a romantic relationship for some or all of that period of time” in which Frese allegedly leaked the information.

Source: Defense Intelligence Agency worker arrested for leaking to reporters

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Supreme Court’s New Term: Abortion, Guns, Gay Rights On The Table : NPR

Separation of church and state, immigration and questions about impeachment could be on the table this term, which starts Monday and will almost surely be a march to the right on flashpoint issues.

Source: Supreme Court’s New Term: Abortion, Guns, Gay Rights On The Table : NPR

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Governor signs new restrictions on robocalls in Pennsylvania | WJAC

A Pennsylvania law is ending a requirement that telephone customers who want to remain on the state’s do-not-call registry have had to renew their listing every five years.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday signed changes to the Telemarketer Registration Act that also allow business phone customers to sign up for the do-not-call list.

The legislation requires that robocalls start with a clear way for recipients to opt out of them and that telemarketing voicemails must include a phone number to prevent future calls.

It bans telephone solicitation on legal holidays in the state.

Lawmakers voted unanimously for the legislation. It takes effect in two months.

Source: Governor signs new restrictions on robocalls in Pennsylvania | WJAC

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Fiske Elementary School in Chicago accused of kicking 9-year-old out into the cold, reporting him missing – CBS News

Family accuses officials at Fiske Elementary School of kicking a nine-year-old boy out into the cold without a coat, after he’d repeatedly complained of being bullied

Source: Fiske Elementary School in Chicago accused of kicking 9-year-old out into the cold, reporting him missing – CBS News

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Deadline For Real ID Is One Year Away : NPR

Starting Oct. 1, 2020, when the REAL ID law takes effect, you’ll need a star at the top of your driver’s license if you plan to fly anywhere in the United States. Essentially an enhanced driver’s license, it will be required at the airport gate, unless you have another accepted form of ID. And officials are worried that one year out, many people don’t yet have one.

Source: Deadline For Real ID Is One Year Away : NPR

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Former Spanish dictator Francisco Franco’s remains to be exhumed decades after death

Six judges unanimously rejected an appeal by Franco’s relatives against the government’s plan to move the body to a cemetery on the capital’s outskirts.

Source: Former Spanish dictator Francisco Franco’s remains to be exhumed decades after death

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Tom Brady didn’t want his viral Antonio Brown comment to leak | Fox News

 

Tom Brady was “a million percent in” with the Patriots signing Antonio Brown — he apparently just didn’t want everyone to know it.

“That was supposed to be a private conversation,” the quarterback told Westwood One Sports radio on Monday of his comments to team owner Robert Kraft when New England signed the disgraced star in early September.

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It instead was broadcast to the world around the same time by NBC’s Al Michaels on “Sunday Night Football,” in addition to the development that Brady had invited Brown to move into his stunning, 10,000-square-foot Massachusetts mansion.

Source: Tom Brady didn’t want his viral Antonio Brown comment to leak | Fox News

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Johnstown priest put on leave following sexual misconduct claims | WJAC

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has placed a Johnstown priest on leave following accusations of sexual misconduct involving minors.

Reverend Matthew E. Misurda, Pastor of Saint Clare of Assisi Parish in the Woodvale section of Johnstown, has been with the parish since 2012 and has served at various parishes in the area dating back to 1977, the diocese said in a statement released Saturday.

The claims, according to the diocese, date back to the late 1970s and early 1980s and have been reported to civil authorities.

Source: Johnstown priest put on leave following sexual misconduct claims | WJAC

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At least 16 states reject settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma

Purdue has reached a tentative multi-billion-dollar settlement with at least 27 states and territories. But 16 states told NBC News they said no.

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Supreme Court clears the way for new asylum restrictions to take effect – CNNPolitics

The Supreme Court cleared the way for the Trump administration’s rule that dramatically limits the ability of Central American migrants to claim asylum to go into effect nationwide while the appeals process plays out.

Source: Supreme Court clears the way for new asylum restrictions to take effect – CNNPolitics

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Pennsylvania man’s ‘gunlike hand gesture’ toward neighbor was a crime, court rules | Fox News

Pennsylvania court ruled Tuesday that making a “gunlike hand gesture” is a crimeafter a man made the hand motion during an argument with his neighbor — an act which reportedly made several nearby residents nervous and prompted a call to police.

Stephen Kirchner, 64, made the gesture toward his neighbor in Manor Township in June 2018, according to surveillance video. Kirchner, walking alongside a female neighbor, “stopped, made eye contact with [the male neighbor] and then made a hand gesture at him imitating the firing and recoiling of a gun,” according to court documents.

Source: Pennsylvania man’s ‘gunlike hand gesture’ toward neighbor was a crime, court rules | Fox News

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PennDOT tests digital license plates

The plates would be equipped with GPS, which would allow first responders to find crashes faster and help police find stolen cars. They could also display messages, alerting police to anything from vehicle infractions to Amber Alerts.

Source: PennDOT tests digital license plates

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Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $572M in opioid case | Fox Business

An Oklahoma judge found Johnson & JohnsonOpens a New Window. and Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies liable for stoking the opioid crisis in the state and said the company must pay $572 million, far less the $17 billion that the state was seeking.

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The drug maker will appeal the ruling.

Source: Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $572M in opioid case | Fox Business

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North Huntingdon bans tobacco products from parks, playgrounds | TribLIVE.com

North Huntingdon has joined other communities and school districts in Westmoreland County in banning the use of tobacco products from the township’s public parks, playing fields and playgrounds.

Source: North Huntingdon bans tobacco products from parks, playgrounds | TribLIVE.com

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