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FBI seeks interview with whistleblower who triggered impeachment inquiry

The FBI is seeking an interview with a CIA whistleblower whose complaint led to an impeachment inquiry into whether President Trump abused his office in his dealings with the Ukrainian president, according to three people familiar with the matter.

A special agent with the bureau’s Washington Field Office contacted one of the whistleblower’s lawyers last month, and the FBI and the legal team have traded messages since, said two of the individuals, all of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter.

No date for an interview has been set, and it is not clear whether one will be, the people said.

Source: FBI seeks interview with whistleblower who triggered impeachment inquiry

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2 Epstein jail guards arrested on federal charges – YouTube

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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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Rob Rogers Sinkhole T-Shirts now available! – Pittsburgh Current

The only way to make the Pittsburgh Sinkhole even more Pittsburgh is to give it the special Rob Rogers’ cartoon treatment

Get on the bus and get yours by visiting our Spreadshirt shop today!

Source: Rob Rogers Sinkhole T-Shirts now available! – Pittsburgh Current

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PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES: Pennsylvania’s natural gas production growth continues to lead U.S. | WPXI

This tower is in place to drill into the Marcellus Shale Formation for natural gas. This well is seen from Pa. Route 118 in eastern Moreland Township, Lycoming County. (RUHRFISCH)

Pennsylvania’s natural gas production growth led the United States in 2018 — and helped set a national record.

Source: PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES: Pennsylvania’s natural gas production growth continues to lead U.S. | WPXI

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Thousands of hats, gloves distributed around Greensburg to help homeless, those in need | TribLIVE.com

The gear — affixed to telephone poles, fences and trees or left out in the open — won’t hang around long.

Source: Thousands of hats, gloves distributed around Greensburg to help homeless, those in need | TribLIVE.com

 

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Asteroid danger: NASA reveals why it has no insight into 20,000 near-Earth asteroids | Science | News | Express.co.uk

NASA’S asteroid trackers keep a watchful eye on the skies above Earth but one scientist has warned the space agency has “no insight” into the behaviour of at least 20,000 asteroids.

Knowing how these so-called Near-Earth  (NEAs) behave could one day save our planet from a devastating impact. But a peculiar cosmic phenomenon known as the Yarkovsky effect renders some of ’s asteroid tracking efforts futile. Thanks to the Yarkovsky effect, NASA scientist Steve Chesley said there are thousands of asteroids that could potentially change their orbit.

Source: Asteroid danger: NASA reveals why it has no insight into 20,000 near-Earth asteroids | Science | News | Express.co.uk

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Guest editorial | Poor condition of many state dams should worry every Pennsylvanian | Editorials | tribdem.com

The following editorial appeared in The York Dispatch. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Tribune-Democrat or Wpanews.

Infrastructure isn’t the most scintillating topic.

For most folks, it probably rates somewhere between researching tax deductions and discussing life insurance. Just like those two topics, however, you ignore infrastructure issues at your own risk.

That’s why every Pennsylvanian, including the 450,000 folks in York County, should be more than a little concerned about a recent Associated Press report on the condition of the state’s nearly 3,400 dams.

Here’s a quick synopsis. An alarmingly high number of those dams are not in good shape. That’s according to the Dam Safety Division for the state Department of Environmental Protection.

In fact, about 740 are deemed “high hazard,” meaning a structural failure is likely to lead to loss of human life. That’s more than 20% of the state’s dams. Most of the high-hazard dams are privately owned and more than half are more than 50 years old. Some were even built in the early 19th century.

The agency’s greatest concern, however, is for a group of 145 dams that are rated, in data supplied to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as both high hazard and in either poor or unsatisfactory condition.

Of course, this is not just a Pennsylvania problem. A two-year investigation by the AP identified 1,688 dams nationwide that are rated as high hazard and are deemed to be in poor or unsatisfactory condition.

Despite those rather frightening numbers, most folks take a rather lackadaisical attitude about the issue.

Rich Reisinger, the chief of the Pennsylvania Dam Safety Division, probably put it best when he said most state residents likely think: “The dam’s been there 100 years. It’ll be there 100 more.”

That’s a very dangerous outlook. Such a lack of vigilance could lead to millions of dollars of property damage and dozens, hundreds or even thousands of lost lives.

It’s happened before. The infamous 1889 Johnstown flood killed 2,200 people. The disaster was blamed on poor maintenance on the South Fork Dam on the Little Conemaugh River, sending a 36-foot wall of water roaring into a populated area at 40 mph.

As recently as 1977, the Laurel Run Dam outside Johnstown failed, killing 40 people.

So, it’s clear, something must be done now to ensure such tragedies don’t happen again.

In Pennsylvania, there’s both good news and bad news on that front.

The state’s dam safety program has a budget that increased from $2.6 million in 2010 – the third most in the country – to $2.8 million last year, the second-most. That’s the good news.

Unfortunately, the program has 28 dam-safety personnel, down slightly from 30 a decade ago. That’s the bad news.

There have been efforts to mitigate the threat from high-risk dams. Under a decade-old program known as H2O PA, the state has issued 19 grants for unsafe high-hazard dams, funding projects valued at a total of $50 million. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s infrastructure proposal would steer additional grant money to upgrade dams.

That money must be approved and spent. Yes, spending taxpayer money is never a popular topic for politicians, but our representatives have a simple choice.

They can spend a little for prevention and safety now, or pay a whole lot more later, in both property damage and, much more importantly, lost lives.

We need to make a serious commitment to fix this issue. An ounce of prevention now may save us a pound of cure in the future.

Source: Guest editorial | Poor condition of many state dams should worry every Pennsylvanian | Editorials | tribdem.com

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Gutfeld: Dems’ joke impeachment hearings are all feelings, no facts – YouTube

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American Airlines Flight Diverted To Pittsburgh Lands Safely – CBS Pittsburgh

An American Airlines flight was diverted to Pittsburgh International Airport Saturday morning.

Source: American Airlines Flight Diverted To Pittsburgh Lands Safely – CBS Pittsburgh

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Man arrested in Wilkinsburg Homicide

Police said argument led to deadly gunfire

A man was arrested after a deadly shooting in Wilkinsburg.

Allegheny County Police charged 32-year-old Dilon Bartifay with criminal homicide.

WTAE-TV

Police were called to Center Street around 10:30 P.M. Saturday.

Officers found a 46-year-old man with a gunshot wound.

He died at the hospital.

Officers said the victim and Bartifay got into an argument.

During the argument, Bartify allegedly shot the victim and then walked away.

The victim has not been identified.

Source: Man arrested in Wilkinsburg Homicide

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Water Main Break In Scott Township Reportedly Impacting 600 Residents – CBS Pittsburgh

A water main break in Scott Township is reportedly impacting 600 residents.

Source: Water Main Break In Scott Township Reportedly Impacting 600 Residents – CBS Pittsburgh

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Yellow vest protests: More than 100 arrested as violence returns to Paris – BBC News

Rioters clash with police, unleashing some of the worst violence Paris has seen in months.

With many clad in black and wearing masks to hide their faces, rioters in parts of the city burned barricades, vandalised banks, set rubbish bins on fire and hurled cobblestones at police.

By Saturday evening, Paris police said 147 people had been arrested across the capital.

The nationwide protests were intended to send a message to French President Emmanuel Macron, whose government has been accused of ignoring the needs of ordinary citizens.

Source: Yellow vest protests: More than 100 arrested as violence returns to Paris – BBC News

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8 Killed In Bolivia As Protesters Call For Return of Ousted President Evo Morales : NPR

With tensions running high following Morales’ resignation last Sunday, demonstrators have taken to the streets to decry the nation’s interim president, Jeanine Añez.

Source: 8 Killed In Bolivia As Protesters Call For Return of Ousted President Evo Morales : NPR

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Venice flooding: Urgent weather warning as tide to rise above 5 FEET tomorrow | World | News | Express.co.uk

VENICE is bracing itself for another huge tide of more than five feet on Sunday with the massive flooding set to unleash more devastation on the historic city.

Source: Venice flooding: Urgent weather warning as tide to rise above 5 FEET tomorrow | World | News | Express.co.uk

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John Bel Edwards: Louisiana’s Democratic governor wins reelection, CNN projects – CNNPolitics

Louisiana Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards narrowly won reelection, CNN projected Saturday night, beating out Republican challenger Eddie Rispone, who was backed by President Donald Trump.

Washington (CNN)Louisiana Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards narrowly won reelection, CNN projected Saturday night, beating out Republican challenger Eddie Rispone, who was backed by President Donald Trump.

Edwards will claim victory in a deep red state Trump won by 20 percentage points in 2016, and against a businessman who closely aligned himself with the President. Trump held two rallies in Louisiana over the past 10 days, but the attempt at a last-minute boost was not enough to carry Rispone over the finish line.
This is the second Democratic gubernatorial victory in a red state this month, coming after a Democratic victory in Kentucky. Democrat Andy Beshear defeated Republican Gov. Matt Bevin in a state that Trump won by 30 percentage points in 2016.
“Tonight, the people of Louisiana have chosen to chart their own path,” Edwards told a crowd of supporters in the state Saturday night. “You know, I have never been more hopeful that Louisiana’s best days are ahead, because we’ve proven what we can do when we put people over politics.”

Source: John Bel Edwards: Louisiana’s Democratic governor wins reelection, CNN projects – CNNPolitics

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City Paper Live – 11/15/19 | Lynn Cullen Live | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

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Source: City Paper Live – 11/15/19 | Lynn Cullen Live | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

 

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Cat food sold nationwide recalled over risks to pets and humans – CNN

A Utah company is recalling two-pound frozen bags of Quest beef cat food sold nationwide over fears it may be contaminated with salmonella.

Source: Cat food sold nationwide recalled over risks to pets and humans – CNN

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Marie Yovanovitch is sincere, but that doesn’t legitimize Trump’s impeachment

Former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch is no doubt sincere in her belief that President Trump has weakened U.S. relations with Ukraine to the benefit of Russia. But there’s one thing: Ambassadors don’t determine what our international relations are like. The president makes that determination, and his name is Donald Trump.

During her opening testimony in front of the House Intelligence Committee on Friday, Yovanovitch talked at great length about her harrowing life as a career foreign service officer, even describing the time she dodged bullets in Eastern Europe. I’m sure she did a fine job, but what did any of it have to do with the price of tea in China?

We’re talking about the way Trump did his job. We’re talking about the way the president of the United States spoke with a foreign leader on the phone and what he wanted out of their relationship.

Yovanovitch suggested that there was corruption at play. But so far, we haven’t seen any proof of Trump attempting to enrich himself or anyone close to him.

Source: Marie Yovanovitch is sincere, but that doesn’t legitimize Trump’s impeachment

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Driver Rescued, Hospitalized After Car Goes Over Hillside In Baldwin – CBS Pittsburgh

One person was transported to the hospital after they got trapped inside a vehicle that went over a railing and down a hillside in Baldwin.

Source: Driver Rescued, Hospitalized After Car Goes Over Hillside In Baldwin – CBS Pittsburgh

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New paper details how Pittsburgh is no longer a post-industrial city | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

Written by Colby King (assistant professor of sociology at the University of South Carolina-Upstate) and Laura Crommelin (research lecturer at the City University of New South Wales Sydney in Australia), the paper is titled, “A different perspective on post-industrial labor market restructuring in Detroit and Pittsburgh,” offering a deep dive into the employment figures of Pittsburgh since the Great Recession of 2008.

Source: New paper details how Pittsburgh is no longer a post-industrial city | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

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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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Poll: National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

Our refrigerators work hard to keep our foods stored, so why not give it some TLC today! It’s National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day.

Source: Poll: National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

 

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Several people injured in shooting at southern California high school, says LA County Fire Dept.

https://www.wtae.com/article/people-injured-in-shooting-at-southern-california-high-school-says-la-county-fire-dept/29798744

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SIDNEY CROSBY: Penguins captain out for at least 6 weeks after surgery

https://www.wtae.com/article/pittsburgh-penguins-sidney-crosby-out-minimum-6-weeks-surgery/29797210

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‘The Five’ breaks down today’s historic Trump impeachment hearing – YouTube

‘The Five’ breaks down today’s historic Trump impeachment hearing

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Fox News: Schiff cuts off GOP congresswoman who brings up his ‘parody’ of Trump-Zelensky call

Fox News: Schiff cuts off GOP congresswoman who brings up his ‘parody’ of
Trump-Zelensky call.
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Gov. Tom Wolf’s KDKA radio interview on cracker plants and natural gas | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

Two weeks ago, following statements against future development of cracker plants made by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald went on KDKA radio and gave an interview full of boosterism for natural-gas drilling, aka fracking, and of potential future cracker plants.

Petrochemical plants, aka cracker plants, refine natural gas into plastic pellets. The region’s first cracker plant is currently being constructed in Beaver County by oil giant Shell, which will likely be fueled by natural gas fracked in the Southwestern Pennsylvania region

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Source: Fact checking Gov. Tom Wolf’s KDKA radio interview on cracker plants and natural gas | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

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Pittsburgh to Cleveland in 9 minutes: Presentation on Hyperloop held in Pittsburgh

Imagine zooming from Pittsburgh to Cleveland in less than 10 minutes, a trip that takes roughly two hours by car. The Great Lakes Hyperloop could make that possible.

https://www.wtae.com/article/pittsburgh-to-cleveland-in-9-minutes-presentation-on-hyperloop-held-in-pittsburgh/29790761

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Takeaways: The most important moments of the first day of public impeachment hearings – CNNPolitics

The House Intelligence Committee opened historic impeachment hearings Wednesday to investigate whether President Donald Trump (and his allies) abused his office in an attempt to strong-arm Ukraine into opening an inquiry into his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

Source: Takeaways: The most important moments of the first day of public impeachment hearings – CNNPolitics