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Washington Post Suspends a Reporter After Her Tweets on Kobe Bryant

While social media praised the N.B.A. star after his death, Felicia Sonmez posted a link to an article on the allegations of sexual assault made against him in 2003.

Source: Washington Post Suspends a Reporter After Her Tweets on Kobe Bryant

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‘Non-specific, potential threat’ closes Plum Borough School District for Monday

A district notification said the closure will be in place as “an abundance of caution and until the investigation can be thoroughly completed.”

Source: ‘Non-specific, potential threat’ closes Plum Borough School District for Monday

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Virus in China Is Part of a Growing Threat – WSJ

The virus implicated in a mysterious outbreak of pneumonia in central China is in a class of pathogens that are a growing player in global infectious disease epidemics.

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US embassy attack: Rockets strike embassy in Baghdad – CNNPolitics

(CNN)Three rockets struck the US Embassy in Baghdad on Sunday, a US official told CNN.

The official said one person was injured in the attack, but that the injury was minor and the individual had since returned to duty.
A State Department spokesperson said Sunday evening that they “are aware of reports of rockets landing in the International Zone,” but did not address the US embassy itself. The State Department did not respond to a query as to whether any embassy employees were injured.
“We call on the Government of Iraq to fulfill its obligations to protect our diplomatic facilities,” the spokesperson said.
The State Department did not directly blame Tehran for the rocket strikes in the Iraqi capital, but the spokesperson’s statement made reference to Iranian threats in the region and past attacks by Iranian-backed militias on US interests. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

“The security situation remains tense and Iranian-backed armed groups remain a threat. So, we remain vigilant,” the spokesperson said. Since September there have been more than 14 attacks by Iran and Iranian-supported militias on US personnel in Iraq, according to the State Department.The spokesperson said the State Department would not comment further on the security situation in Baghdad.

Source: US embassy attack: Rockets strike embassy in Baghdad – CNNPolitics

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Kobe Bryant, daughter among 5 killed in California helicopter crash

Kobe Bryant, former NBA superstar, dies in helicopter crash

Source: Kobe Bryant, daughter among 5 killed in California helicopter crash

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Schiff ‘has not paid the price’ for impeachment, Trump says 

The president on Sunday escalated his attacks on Democratic Rep. Adam B. Schiff, the lead impeachment manager, as the Senate trial enters its second week.

Source: Schiff ‘has not paid the price’ for impeachment, Trump says in what appears to be veiled threat

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A woman shot and killed an ex-Illinois State Trooper and injured two other law enforcement officers at a cigar lounge – CNN

(CNN)A former Illinois State trooper was killed and two others were injured when a woman opened fire in a cigar lounge before taking her own life, police say.

The Friday night shooting, which was captured on surveillance footage, appeared to show several people watching television in a media room when the woman sitting behind the victims stands up “without apparent provocation,” the Lisle Police Department said in a news release.
The woman draws a handgun, shoots one victim in the head and then fires several rounds at the other two victims, the department said, before turning the gun on herself.
One of the victims, 51-year-old retired Illinois State Police Trooper Gregory Rieves succumbed to his injuries in a nearby hospital, Illinois State Police said.

Source: A woman shot and killed an ex-Illinois State Trooper and injured two other law enforcement officers at a cigar lounge – CNN

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Two men taken to hospital after head-on crash in Westmoreland County

Emergency dispatchers confirmed that injuries have been reported.

Source: Two men taken to hospital after head-on crash in Westmoreland County

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Walmart takes a step toward owning the food chain – CNN

New York (CNN Business)America’s biggest retailers are pushing back against this country’s largest meat processors. The future of the nation’s food chain is on the line.

Walmart last week opened a meatpacking plant in south Georgia that will cut, package and label its own brand of steaks and roasts to deliver to meat cases at 500 stores in the region. It is Walmart’s first meatpacking plant. Costco has also developed its own farm-to-store poultry production operation in Nebraska to control some of its chicken production.
Although Walmart’s plant is a step toward a farm-to-shelf meat production, Walmart doesn’t actually operate the facility, nor does it own any cows or butcher the meat. An outside processor will operate the plant in Thomasville, Georgia, 20 miles from the Florida border and a little bigger than the size of a Walmart supercenter.

The plant’s opening is the latest move in top US retailers’ attempts to muscle into the food supply chain, an area traditionally dominated by food processors. Four companies control around 85% of the US cattle market, according to the Department of Agriculture. Walmart (WMT) buys its beef from Tyson (TSN) and Cargill, and it’s Tyson’s largest customer.”I think the broader implications are more big retailers exploring expanding into processing themselves versus buying the product from a current packer or processor,” said David Anderson, agricultural economist at Texas A&M University.

Source: Walmart takes a step toward owning the food chain – CNN

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Stuck in Washington: Democratic senators trade presidential campaign for impeachment trial – CNNPolitics

Washington (CNN)As the clock above the entrance to the Senate chamber inched toward 9:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday night, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar looked antsy.

It was nearly time for her “tele-town hall” virtual meeting with potential Iowa caucus-goers, and while the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump appeared to be winding down for the night, it was clear she was going to be late.
As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell officially closed the session, Klobuchar was already halfway to the door, a purse over her shoulder, before any of the other senators had risen from their desks. After a quick ride across Constitution Avenue to an office building just off Capitol Hill, she finally joined the town hall just after 10 p.m. — video conferencing in from a drab conference room.
Klobuchar began with an apology: “Sorry, this is a little later than we planned.”

Source: Stuck in Washington: Democratic senators trade presidential campaign for impeachment trial – CNNPolitics

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Antonio Brown’s bond set at $100,000 after turning himself in to Florida police

Former Pittsburgh Steeler and NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown turned himself in to police and arrived at a Florida jail Thursday night.

Source: Antonio Brown’s bond set at $100,000 after turning himself in to Florida police

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George Soros accuses Facebook of working to re-elect Trump: report

Left-wing billionaire George Soros has accused Facebook of helping to re-elect Donald Trump leading up to the 2020 election.

Source: George Soros accuses Facebook of working to re-elect Trump: report

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Police searching for missing 14-year-old girl who was last seen Monday

Police said Daisha Reyes-Burgos was last seen on Monday when she left her house in the 700 block of 6th Stret in McKeesport at 6 p.m.

Source: Police searching for missing 14-year-old girl who was last seen Monday

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Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai announces he will not seek reelection

Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai, the most prominent fiscal and social conservative in state government, will hold a news conference Thursday amid speculation in the Capitol this week that he will leave the powerful office after five years.

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Here's a list of the 40 Bed Bath & Beyond locations closing in 2020

A spokesperson for the company told TODAY that the stores “no longer meet the standards our customers expect from us.”

A store in Johnstown, PA is on the list.

Source: Here’s a list of the 40 Bed Bath & Beyond locations closing in 2020

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Reports: Arrest warrant issued for Antonio Brown in Florida

Bleacher Report said that Fox Sports Radio’s Andy Slater first reported the warrant for Brown’s arrest with no bond on Wednesday evening.

Source: Reports: Arrest warrant issued for Antonio Brown in Florida

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This is the best place to live in Pennsylvania, according to a survey – pennlive.com

According to homesnacks.net, the best place to live in Pa. is in Cumberland County.

According to homesnacks, Camp Hill has the 27th lowest unemployment rate and the 7th highest median income in Pennsylvania.

The median home values in Camp Hill are the 19th highest in the state and the crime rate is the 24th lowest in the state, “making Camp Hill a safe and great place to live.”

Camp Hill was also No. 1 on the 2019 list. The population there, according to homesnacks, is 7,911. The median home value is $212,900 and the unemployment rate is 3.8 percent.

Coming in at No. 6 is another central Pa. community – Lititz in Lancaster County. (Don’t you just love Lititz Springs Park and Wilbur chocolate?)

The population of Lititz is 9,288. Last year it came in at No. 2. The median home value is $189,200 and the unemployment rate is 3.9 percent.

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Driver of car dies in crash with Port Authority bus on McKnight Road in McCandless

Sky 4 video showed the car and an O12 McKnight Flyer bus at the crash scene on McKnight Road in McCandless.

Source: Driver of car dies in crash with Port Authority bus on McKnight Road in McCandless

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Outbreak cases from new virus rises to 440 in China, with 9 dead

Deputy Director of the National Health Commission Li Bin told reporters all the deaths had been in Hubei province, where the first illnesses from the new coronavirus were reported in December.

Source: Outbreak cases from new virus rises to 440 in China, with 9 dead

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Police investigating after 2 children found unresponsive in Wilkinsburg home

Police are investigating after two children were found unresponsive in a Wilkinsburg home hours apart.

Source: Police investigating after 2 children found unresponsive in Wilkinsburg home