Trump says he discussed a mutual defense treaty with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Trump’s call comes only three days before Israel’s election. Netanyahu faces a tough re-election bid after a more than 13-year tenure as Israel’s prime minister.

KEY POINTS
  • President Trump’s call comes just three days before Israel’s election. Netanyahu faces a tough re-election bid after a more than 13-year tenure as Israel’s prime minister.
  • The right-wing leader has promised that if re-elected, he would extend Israeli sovereignty over Jewish settlements and up to a third of the occupied West Bank.
  • The controversial move would encircle the 2.5 million Palestinians living there and make a two-state solution more difficult.

Source: Trump says he discussed a mutual defense treaty with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

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PA FERRIS WHEEL FALL: 2 injured during Ferris wheel ride at Pennsylvania fair | WPXI

YORK, Pa. (AP) – Authorities say a Ferris wheel at a Pennsylvania fair will remain closed following an accident that injured two people, one of whom fell from the attraction.

York Fair chief executive officer Bryan Blair said one person fell from a car on the Giant Wheel on the midway at about 8 p.m. Friday. He said the other person in the car didn’t fall but couldn’t confirm Saturday whether the person was on the ride or on the ground. He said both were taken to York Hospital, which has released no information about their condition.

Source: PA FERRIS WHEEL FALL: 2 injured during Ferris wheel ride at Pennsylvania fair | WPXI

Part of Route 380 shut down due to police investigation

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. – Emergency officials told Channel 11 the Westmoreland County Coroner was called to the scene of an investigation. 

The initial call to 911 was shortly after 9 p.m. officials said.

PART OF A MAJOR ROAD IS SHUTDOWN FOR A POLICE INVESTIGATION. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT PART OF ROUTE 380 IN MURRYSVILLE, WESTMORELAND COUNTY.

PITTSBURGH’S ACTION NEWS 4 REPORTER KATELYN SYKES IS ON SCENE . >>

POLICE ARE NOT RELEASING MANY DETAILS ABOUT WHAT THIS INVESTIGATION ENTAILS. WE DO KNOW THAT ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE EMERGENCY VEHICLES IS A BODY THAT WAS FOUND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD WAY.

FIRE OFFICIALS SAID THEY WERE CALLED OUT HERE JUST AFTER 9:30 THIS EVENING AND THEY SAY THEY PLAN TO BE OUT HERE FOR QUITE SOME TIME.

Source: Part of Route 380 shut down due to police investigation

Police: Drugs, guns seized in raids at 2 Jeannette homes | TribLIVE.com

Charges were filed Friday against five adults in connection with the raids on Pine and Good streets. Officials said a 16-year-old boy also is facing charges.

Arrested at the Pine Street home were Stefon Wilson, 21, of Pittsburgh; Takeya Shantail Woods, 24, of Jeannette; Maurice Patrick Williams, 24, of Jeannette; Jonah M. Raymaley, 28, of Penn Township; and the teen.

Source: Police: Drugs, guns seized in raids at 2 Jeannette homes | TribLIVE.com

Watch an Asteroid Fly by Earth Today in a Live Webcast from Slooh! | Space

This weekend you can see live telescope views of an asteroid hurtling past Earth, thanks to astronomy broadcaster Slooh.

You can start watching the asteroid online in the hour before it gets closest to Earth on Saturday at 7 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT)

An asteroid known as 2000 QW7 is expected to pass by Earth closely, but safely, at 3.3 million miles (5.3 million kilometers) from Earth, or about 14 times the average distance between Earth and the moon. (NASA sent out a statement reassuring people that this happens all the time, and there’s no need to panic.) The asteroid’s closest approach will be at 7:54 p.m. EDT (2354 GMT) on Saturday (Sept. 14).

Source: Watch an Asteroid Fly by Earth Today in a Live Webcast from Slooh! | Space

Greensburg Police Searching For Truck Involved In Hit And Run – CBS Pittsburgh

GREENSBURG (KDKA) — Greensburg Police are looking for a truck pulling a car trailer that was part of a hit and run.

According to the police, the accident occurred at the intersection of Union Cemetery Road and Route 119 (New Alexandria Road). The truck is a white Dodge.

They are asking anyone that recognizes the truck to call the City Of Greensburg Police Department at 724-834-3800.

Source: Greensburg Police Searching For Truck Involved In Hit And Run – CBS Pittsburgh

Who won the Democratic debate? – CNN

CNN Opinion curates commentary on Thursday’s Democratic primary debate.

With each debate, former Vice President Joe Biden’s performance has improved. He handled the predictable incoming questions much better than past debates with greater passion and authenticity. Biden finally began to remind voters of his experience and accomplishments, not only as a senator, but as vice president, proudly serving at the side of the Democrats’ most popular living president. No one else in this race has that resume.

Going forward, Biden needs to continue to focus on his proven ability to get things done, his readiness to lead on day one and his ability to restore normalcy to the presidency. He may have flubbed a few answers, but I attribute that more to the debate format than his competency. The bigger picture is what matters — not nitpicking at inconsequential gaffes.

When he’s speaking from the heart, rather than as a policy wonk, Biden thrives. His final answer of the evening about personal setbacks was a perfect example. Biden was relaxed, empathetic, personally raw and relatable. Biden’s campaign needs to put him in more situations that showcase these attributes. There’s a reason the former vice president is the frontrunner and his camp must capitalize on those assets. The country is crying out for decency, stability and respectability to once again occupy the Oval Office.

Source: Who won the Democratic debate? – CNN

Why Are Democrats in Disarray Over Impeaching Donald Trump? – Bloomberg

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee are planning a step Thursday to make their de facto impeachment inquiry into something more formal. They’re doing it, however, in what Greg Sargent describes as a “muddle.” He has it right: This isn’t a messaging failure as much as it is a substantive one.

The basic problem is that House Democrats can’t seem to agree on where their impeachment effort stands. Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler says that “formal impeachment proceedings” are underway. Others, including in the House leadership, have expressed much more ambiguous views of what’s happening.

Source: Why Are Democrats in Disarray Over Impeaching Donald Trump? – Bloomberg

Trump administration readies ban on flavored e-cigarettes

The Trump administration is preparing to ban flavored e-cigarettes as federal health officials call for restrictions to combat an outbreak of a mysterious lung disease that has sickened hundreds and killed at least six people, U.S. health secretary Alex Azar told reporters Wednesday.

The Food and Drug Administration is currently finalizing its guidance to remove all non-tobacco flavors of e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol, from the market. Vaping companies like Juul have been criticized for hooking children on e-cigarettes with their fruity flavors like mango and creme. The surge in underaged vaping, which U.S. health officials have labeled as an “epidemic,” is one of the reasons why they plan to ban them — at least until the FDA can thoroughly review their safety, Azar said after meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House on the issue.

For Pa. Parole Board Chief, helping others gain clemency is a personal mission – Pittsburgh Current

With the eagerly anticipated Clean Slate law soon to go into effect, Pa. Reps Ed Gainey and Jake Wheatley said it was time for a crash-course in the different paths to pardons the commonwealth has to offer.

In that vein, elected officials, residents, and an assortment of experts gathered Sept. 5 at the Hosanna House in the heart of Wilkinsburg to learn the ins and outs of obtaining a clear record.

Under the state’s Clean Slate Law, after 10 years the criminal records of those convicted or found not guilty of non-violent offenses will be automatically sealed, barring any further brushes with the law. However, for others with convictions on record, problems can persist. For some people, this means difficulty in gaining employment or even being able to find housing.

Source: For Pa. Parole Board Chief, helping others gain clemency is a personal mission – Pittsburgh Current