Pennsylvania liquor stores put 2-bottle limit on some booze

Pennsylvania’s state-run liquor system will begin rationing sales of a few dozen products on Friday in response to what it describes as supply shortages beyond its control.

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board notified license holders on Thursday that two-bottles-per-day purchase limits for customers at state stores, as well as well for bars, restaurants and other license holders, will remain in place indefinitely.

The PLCB said “sustained supply chain disruptions and product shortages” prompted the restrictions on certain types of alcohol.

The 43 items on the list of restricted products also will not be available through store-to-store transfers starting Friday.

Source: Pennsylvania liquor stores put 2-bottle limit on some booze

Two bank robberies under investigation in Pittsburgh area

Two bank robberies are under investigation in the Pittsburgh area on Thursday afternoon.

One happened at the PNC Bank on Washington Road in South Strabane Township, Washington County.

The second robbery happened at the Brentwood Bank in South Fayette.

South Fayette police said one person of interest was taken into custody during a traffic stop near the McKees Rocks area, about 20 miles from the Brentwood Bank.

Police said a second person of interest has been identified but has not yet been arrested.

Police are not releasing their identities at this time.

South Fayette police said no money was taken at the PNC Bank, however, money was taken from the Brentwood Brank.

An FBI spokesperson said no injuries were reported.

This is a developing story. Stay with Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 for updates. Download the WTAE mobile app to stay connected with breaking news.

Source: Two bank robberies under investigation in Pittsburgh area

Northview Heights man charged with plotting potential terror attack against Pittsburgh church pleads guilty

Alowemer is charged with planning an attack on a church on Pittsburgh’s North Side in the name of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization.

A Northview Heights man, Mustafa Alowemer, charged with plotting a potential terror attack against a Pittsburgh church pleaded guilty on Thursday morning before U.S. District Judge Marilyn J. Horan.

He will be sentenced in January.

Source: Northview Heights man charged with plotting potential terror attack against Pittsburgh church pleads guilty

Spirit flight from Las Vegas to Pittsburgh rejects takeoff

A Spirit Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Pittsburgh ended up with a flat tire a short time after rejecting takeoff because of technical issues.

Spirit said the plane braked safely but while taxiing back to the gate, it experienced a flat tire.

Guests were taken off the plane and given hotel and meal accommodations.

A McCarran International Airport Spokesperson said there were 186 people on board.

No injuries were reported.

Source: Spirit flight from Las Vegas to Pittsburgh rejects takeoff

Another round of child tax credit payments are going out to families

Millions of families will soon receive their third child tax credit payments, which are set to be distributed on Wednesday.

Most parents will automatically receive the enhanced credits of up to $300 for each child up to age 6 and $250 for each one age 6 through 17. The Internal Revenue Service is scheduled to send three more monthly payments in 2021.

Source: Another round of child tax credit payments are going out to families

1,400 dolphins were killed in the Faroe Islands in one day, shocking even some pro-whalers – CNN

(CNN)More than 1,400 white-sided dolphins were killed Sunday night in the Faroe Islands, in what local authorities said was a traditional whaling hunt.

The killing has been denounced by marine conservation group Sea Shepherd as a “brutal and badly mishandled” massacre, and the largest single hunt in the Danish territory’s history.
The organization said a super-pod of 1,428 Atlantic white-sided dolphins was corralled by speed boats and jet skis onto Skálabotnur beach on the island of Eysturoy, where they were then killed.

The Faroe Islands are an autonomous territory of the Kingdom of Denmark, lying about halfway between Scotland and Iceland in the Atlantic Ocean.

Source: 1,400 dolphins were killed in the Faroe Islands in one day, shocking even some pro-whalers – CNN

Mark Milley’s alleged China call ‘violated the law’, retired colonel says; ‘He has no statutory authority’ | Fox News

Retired Army colonel Douglas Macgregor told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that if allegations Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Mark Milley assured China he would warn them if Trump were to launch a military strike, it would be a violation of the law.

If the allegations made by Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa about Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley assuring China they would be forewarned, should then-President Trump decide to launch a military attack, the top White House military advisor has violated the law and should be called before Congress to testify, according to retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor.

Macgregor, who retired from the military in 2004 and became a senior Pentagon adviser to Trump-era Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” he was not as surprised as much of the public by the allegation Milley essentially undermined his boss, the then-president, and gave comfort to a rival nation.

Macgregor told host Tucker Carlson that he is not surprised by the allegation, but noted that Milley – as of 8 PM ET – has yet to offer his side of the story. The colonel added that Woodward – who has written other exposes on the Trump era – has a tendency to be “somewhat flexible in interpretation” of events and quotations.

Source: Mark Milley’s alleged China call ‘violated the law’, retired colonel says; ‘He has no statutory authority’ | Fox News

Woodward/Costa book:  Milley took secret action to protect nuclear weapons – CNN

Two days after the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, President Donald Trump’s top military adviser, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley, single-handedly took secret action to limit Trump from potentially ordering a dangerous military strike or launching nuclear weapons, according to “Peril,” a new book by legendary journalist Bob Woodward and veteran Washington Post reporter Robert Costa.

Right after Trump lost the election, Milley discovered the President had signed a military order to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by January 15, 2021, before he left the White House.

The authors write, ‘Milley was overseeing the mobilization of America’s national security state without the knowledge of the American people or the rest of the world.’

Source: Woodward/Costa book: Worried Trump could ‘go rogue,’ Milley took secret action to protect nuclear weapons – CNNPolitics

President Trump: Many say Obama is running Biden admin. | One America News Network

President Trump said he suspected former President Barack Obama was covertly running the Biden administration. Trump said during an interview on Tuesday, he believed Obama and his surrogates could be exerting control over the White House.

The 45th president said several people have confirmed this theory, but he did not disclose his sources. In the past, Trump has repeatedly questioned Biden’s apparent mental decline and fitness for office.

Source: President Trump: Many say Obama is running Biden admin. | One America News Network

New book claims Biden’s ancestors owned slaves | The Independent

According to a bombshell new book, three of the president’s great grandfathers owned slaves and he has a family link to Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

Joe Biden plays up his Irish heritage but another side of his linage is less talked about, and a new book claims the president had slave owners in his family.

According to The Bidens: Inside the First Family’s Fifty-Year Rise to Power by Ben Schreckinger, President Biden’s great great great grandfather was Jesse Robinett, who owned two slaves in Maryland, according to the 1850 US federal census.

Another great great great grandfather, Thomas Randle, reportedly owned a 14-year-old slave in Baltimore County. Research also found that Mr Biden shares distant ties to Varina Anne Banks Howell, the wife of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

In an adaptation of Schreckinger’s book, published in Politico, the author claims that in 2004 Biden called genealogist James Petty – based in Salt Lake City, the home of an esteemed genealogical research library – to look into his backstory, but the findings were never publicly revealed. The Independent has requested comment from the White House.

Following the 2020 election, West Virginia genealogist Alexander Bannerman and Gary Boyd Roberts researched Biden’s lineage and claim they found evidence that Biden’s relatives had enslaved people, citing the census records and slave schedules associated with Robinett and Randle.

This isn’t the first time Biden has been associated with claims of a racist lineage – in the past those claims proved false. Ahead of the 2020 election, photo was shared on social media allegedly showing a black and white picture of Biden’s gun-toting great-grandfather, with the text “Joe Biden’s great grandfather Joseph J. Biden (1828-1880) was a slave-owner and fought for the Confederate States of America”. The photo was later debunked, the man was instead identified as Richard Young Bennett, a member of the Confederate army.

Being an Irish Catholic has been part of the president’s persona for some time. He famously once told a BBC reporter who was asking for comment: “The BBC? I’m Irish!”

Mr Biden cites Seamus Heaney as his favourite poet, has spoken about his mother’s Irish Catholic family and going to Catholic school in Delaware, and more recently dyed the White House fountain green for St. Patrick’s Day.

Source: New book claims Biden’s ancestors owned slaves | The Independent

Amazon To Announce Hiring Spree In Pittsburgh, With Hundreds To Be Hired – CBS Pittsburgh

Amazon is planning to hire hundreds of new workers as it expands in the Pittsburgh area.

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — KDKA has learned that Amazon is planning to hire hundreds of new workers as it expands in the Pittsburgh area.

Amazon prides itself on the fast delivery of online orders. But to do that, the world’s largest online retail store has to have fulfillment and distribution centers in most major markets. Pittsburgh is no exception.

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With the opening of its newest facility in Imperial last week, Amazon says it needs more people on its payroll in Pittsburgh. The company told KDKA’s Jon Delano that it will announce Tuesday the total number of workers it will be hiring, and it will be “substantial.”

Source: Amazon To Announce Hiring Spree In Pittsburgh, With Hundreds To Be Hired – CBS Pittsburgh

Winner Takes All: California Recall Explained

For the second time in California history, the state’s governor is facing a recall. On Tuesday, voters will decide whether Gov. Gavin Newsom will stay in office. If a majority votes “yes” to oust him, California will have a new governor.

There are 46 candidates on the ballot, including radio talk show host Larry Elder, former San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, and reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner. The special election was triggered after more than 1.5 million people signed the recall petition, which began circulating last year during the pandemic.

Opponents of Gov. Newsom have criticized his administration’s COVID-19 restrictions and made that a focal point of the recall. If he is recalled, Newsom would be the third governor in U.S. history to be removed from office in this manner.

This has happened before in California. In 2003, voters recalled Democratic Gov. Gray Davis. Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger won the special election and became the 38th governor of California. Schwarzenegger went on to win reelection in 2006, making him the last Republican to win a statewide election.

Californians will vote on two questions: Should Newsom be removed and if so, who should replace him? About 22 million ballots have gone out to registered voters. If a majority votes to remove Newsom, whichever candidate captures the most votes will become the next governor of California.

Millvale police seek man who broke into several homes

One burglary was caught on camera

Millvale police said they’re looking for a man who broke into multiple homes in that community.

According to police, surveillance video caught Elwood Bartrug breaking into one person’s home and running off when an alarm went off.

Source: Millvale police seek man who broke into several homes

Biden claims first job offer from Idaho lumber company, ‘no record’ of it

President Biden said at a wildfire-focused event in Idaho that his “first job offer” came from the local lumber and wood-products business Boise Cascade.

President Biden said at a wildfire-focused event in Idaho Monday that his “first job offer” came from the local lumber and wood-products business Boise Cascade, but the company says it has “no record” of that being true.

Biden, who is renowned for sharing memories that did not happen, said that he regularly mentioned the job offer to his Senate colleague from Idaho, the late Democratic Sen. Frank Church.

“I used to tell Frank Church this, I got a — my first job offer, where I wanted — my wife, deceased wife and I wanted to move to Idaho because we — not a joke — it’s such a beautiful, beautiful state. And I interviewed for a job at Boise Cascade,” Biden said.

He added: “And in the meantime there was a war going on. Anyway. But the whole point was that I used to always kid Frank.”

But Boise Cascade spokeswoman Lisa Tschampl told The Post, “We have no record of President Biden’s application or of him having worked for the company. “

Tschampl said that “we checked our system internally and nothing has turned up.”

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Source: Biden claims first job offer from Idaho lumber company, ‘no record’ of it

Pennsylvania Turnpike: Free rides take big toll on finances

More than $104 million in Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls went uncollected last year as the agency fully converted to all-electronic tolling, with the millions of motorists who don’t use E-ZPass having a nearly 1 in 2 chance of riding without paying under the “toll-by-plate” license plate camera system.

An internal turnpike report issued in July and obtained by The Associated Press through a Right-to-Know Law request showed nearly 11 million out of the total of about 170 million turnpike rides generated no revenue for the agency in the year that ended May 31.

“We take this issue very seriously. It is a big number, there’s no question,” turnpike Chief Executive Mark Compton said. “But we, as an organization, are leaving no stone unturned in the way in which we’re going after that leakage.”

Toll revenue “leakage” – an industry euphemism for uncollected tolls – has become the focus of turnpike agencies across the country as the use of E-ZPass transponders and license plate cameras continues to spread.

It is a particular problem for the debt-strapped Pennsylvania Turnpike, where more than half of its total revenue goes to pay borrowing costs and tolls have more than quadrupled in 12 years for the minority of motorists who don’t have E-Z Pass to pay for rides.

Last year, license plates could not be identified in 1.8 million Pennsylvania Turnpike rides, bills were undeliverable in just over 1 million instances, and motor vehicle agencies failed to provide vehicle owner addresses more than 1.5 million times. An additional 6.7 million transactions were marked as “not paid.”

After tolls and fees go uncollected for about three years, the turnpike writes them off.

Source: Pennsylvania Turnpike: Free rides take big toll on finances

Beaver County crash involving car and motorcycle sends one to the hospital

Crash happened on Monday afternooncrash in harmony township

A crash involving a car and a motorcycle sent the operator of the motorcycle to the hospital on Monday afternoon.

The crash happened on Duss Avenue in Harmony Township, Beaver County, in front of the Shop ‘n Save.

The Harmony Township Volunteer Fire Department said the car was pulling out of the parking lot when the crash happened.

Duss Avenue was shut down for a short time while emergency responders were on scene.

Source: Beaver County crash involving car and motorcycle sends one to the hospital

Pittsburgh shooting sends man to the hospital; shooter still on the run

Shooting happened late Monday night

A shooting in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood sent a man to the hospital and left police searching for the shooter.

The shooting happened a little before 11 p.m. Monday on the 7100 block of Frankstown Avenue.

Source: Pittsburgh shooting sends man to the hospital; shooter still on the run

When Will Californians Know the Recall Election Results? – The New York Times

The polls close Tuesday at 8 p.m. Pacific time, and nearly 40 percent of registered voters have already cast ballots.

  • Californians have been voting early for weeks in the election to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom.

But it is unclear how long it will take to get a definitive answer on whether he will keep his job.

Depending on the number of early ballots and the amount of in-person voting on Tuesday, the math could be clear within a few hours of when the polls close at 8 p.m. Pacific time, election experts say. But if the race is tighter than expected, weeks could pass while the counting drags on.

Recall attempts are a fact of political life for governors of California. But they do not usually make it onto the ballot, and Californians have gone to the polls only one other time to determine whether the state’s top officeholder should be ousted. That was in 2003, when Gov. Gray Davis was recalled and replaced by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Since then, the state’s voting rules and electorate have changed substantially.

Because of the safety concerns around the coronavirus pandemic, ballots were mailed early to all of the state’s 22 million or so registered and active voters in the 2020 election. Voters can return their completed ballots by mail, deposit them in secure drop boxes, vote early in person or vote at a polling place on Tuesday.

Source: When Will Californians Know the Recall Election Results? – The New York Times

Westmoreland Commissioner Chew pledges to cover lost drug court grant for weekend testing | TribLIVE.com

Westmoreland Commissioner Doug Chew said he will pay for weekend drug tests of participants in the county’s drug court program until a permanent funding source is secured.

In an email sent to county judges over the weekend, the first-term Republican from Hempfield pledged to help identify future funding sources for the testing program and that he would pay to keep it running when a state grant runs out at the end of September.

“This may not be solved overnight, but until I can either get another grant approved or another funding source, I’ll cover the weekend program costs,” Chew wrote in an email to the two drug court judges and other county officials on Sunday.

Chew did not respond to requests for comment on Monday.

County officials learned late last week that a state grant to pay for the drug testing program, which expires at the end of September, will not be renewed. They estimated the drug testing program costs about $750 each weekend.

Common Pleas Court Judges Christopher Feliciani and Megan Bilik-DeFazio on Friday emailed all three county commissioners and asked for funding help to cover drug court’s lost grant and a specific request to use money from the county’s budget until another permanent funding source can be found.

“In light of this recent development, our participants will be at an increased risk of relapse in the absence of weekend drug testing. Continued funding of expanded drug testing is not only critical for the (drug court) participants, but also their families, employers and all who are dependent upon them remaining clean and sober,” the judges wrote.

Chew said over the weekend that he did not know about the terminated grant when he responded Friday to the Tribune-Review about his reasons for diverting promised donations to drug court.

During his 2019 campaign for county commissioner, Chew pledged to donate 60% of his $81,000 annual salary to drug court. That pledge amounts to $48,600 each year.

This summer, amid criticism from Controller Jeff Balzer during a public meeting, Chew admitted he has yet to make any donations to drug court. He said he donated to other social service agencies and charities in lieu of his drug court pledge and claimed his money was not needed since no plans were in place to increase the number of participants enrolled. Drug court has been capped at 60 participants for the last several years.

Emails and text messages obtained by the Tribune-Review under the state’s Right-to-Know law revealed there were no communications between Chew and the judges in which his initial promise to donate to drug court was rejected.

Rich Cholodofsky is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Rich at 724-830-6293, rcholodofsky@triblive.com or via Twitter .

Source: Westmoreland Commissioner Chew pledges to cover lost drug court grant for weekend testing | TribLIVE.com

California Recall Election Live: Biden Campaigns for Newsom – The New York Times

Voting ends on Tuesday in the election to decide whether to remove Gov. Gavin Newsom from office, and if so, who should replace him.

According to Gov. Gavin Newsom, California residents have one day left to decisively reject a Republican takeover of the nation’s biggest and most powerful Democratic stronghold.

On Monday, President Biden is set to join the governor in Long Beach to make his case on behalf of Mr. Newsom — the last in a stream of national Democratic leaders to offer their support in the final days of the campaign to help Mr. Newsom keep his job.

Mr. Newsom’s leading rival, the conservative radio host Larry Elder, was making his own last push on Monday. The day before, he held a news conference with the actor Rose McGowan, who accused Mr. Newsom’s wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, of trying to bribe her to prevent her from publicly disclosing her sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein. A spokesperson for Ms. Siebel Newsom told ABC News that the allegation was “a complete fabrication.”

Source: California Recall Election Live: Biden Campaigns for Newsom – The New York Times

House Democrats propose hiking capital gains tax to 28.8%

The proposal differs from a prior Biden administration plan to raise the top combined rate to 43.4% for those with income over $1 million.

  • House Democrats proposed a top federal rate of 25% on long-term capital gains, according to legislation issued Monday by the House Ways and Means Committee. The top rate would be 28.8% when combined with a 3.8% surtax on net investment income.
  • The new rate would apply to gains realized after Sep. 13.
  • In 2022, it would kick in for single filers with taxable income over $400,000 and for married couples at $450,000, according to a Committee aide.

Source: House Democrats propose hiking capital gains tax to 28.8%

$3.74 million winning lottery ticket sold at Sheetz in Westmoreland County

Someone who played the Pennsylvania Lottery at a Sheetz store is holding a winning ticket worth over $3 million.

Lottery officials said a winning ticket from Sunday’s Match 6 Lotto drawing was sold at Sheetz on Ronda Court, just off Route 30 in North Huntingdon.

Source: $3.74 million winning lottery ticket sold at Sheetz in Westmoreland County

Police: 1 Dead, 1 Injured After East Pittsburgh Shooting

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an overnight shooting in East Pittsburgh that left one person dead and injured another.

Police were first called to Prospect Terrance for reports of shots fired around 4 a.m. Sunday.

State Police say that the one victim showed signs of “apparent gunshot wounds” and was 22-years-old.

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The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Medics transported the other victim, whose age is not known at this time, for emergency treatment.

Pennsylvania State Police and the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating.

Source: Police: 1 Dead, 1 Injured After East Pittsburgh Shooting