Yes. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the second federal and state holiday of the year. It is one of several holidays where the date changes each year in accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. Others include Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Columbus Day, Juneteenth, Labor Day and Veterans Day.
The purpose of the act, which became a law in 1968, was to increase the number of three-day weekends for federal employees.
There will be no mail delivery on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
No. United States Postal Service offices will be closed.
No. The following banks are scheduled to be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
A Pittsburgh-area woman has died two days after being struck by a Port Authority bus in downtown Pittsburgh.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner says 64-year-old Dal Rai of Whitehall died Friday evening at the hospital after being struck by a moving vehicle early Tuesday morning.
A man was shot in the leg after a fight broke out at a business in Downtown Saturday night.
Pittsburgh police responded to reports of a male shot around 10 p.m. at a business on the 130th block of 6th Street.
First responders found a victim with a gunshot wound to the leg. Medics transported him to the hospital in stable condition.
Police say the shooting stemmed from a fight. One person is in custody.
The building was evacuated out of precaution and no other injuries were reported.
Police are continuing to investigate.
Pennsylvania State Police are warning area businesses that some counterfeit $100 bills have been circulated in the area that appear to defy rapid detection using the standard counterfeit detector pens.
“We’ve had two reports in the past few days of the counterfeits being passed locally. In over 20 years as a trooper, I never saw them get around the counterfeit detector pens like this before,” state Trooper Stephen Limani said.
Limani said one bill was passed this week at Sally Beauty in Greengate Center Plaza in Hempfield.
When a trooper responded and used a detection pen on the suspected fake currency, the marking turned a light yellow.
“If it’s counterfeit, the line usually would be a dark brown or even black,” Limani said.
Limani said the trooper took the suspected counterfeit bill to a nearby PNC Bank, also in Hempfield, to inquire if the bill was fake, “and they said they had a counterfeit one too — with the same serial number.”
“It apparently came through and was detected in a night deposit,” he said.
Limani said both fake bills are being forwarded to the U.S. Secret Service for further investigation.
According to Limani, the fake bills appear to look “much older” than authentic hundreds. The Ben Franklin portrait on the fake bill is much smaller than on a legitimate bill.
Limani said both counterfeit hundreds also carried the same serial number, B22081273B. He said genuine currency has a security thread — a plastic strip — running from top to bottom consumers can see to verify authenticity.
“We’re asking anyone who may see any of these bills to contact us and save video security footage so we are able to learn who is circulating them,” Limani said.
EUGENE — Police set up a tip line Saturday and asked for witnesses to come forward with any information about a shooting that injured six people outside a concert.
Officers responded to the WOW Hall in Eugene after reports of a shooting near the venue’s rear entrance around 9:30 p.m. Friday. They arrived to find chaos and began rendering aid, including applying tourniquets, the Eugene Police Department said in a news release Saturday.
The FBI and local police said at a news conference Saturday night that three hostages who were held in a Colleyville synagogue for nearly 11 hours are unharmed and the hostage-taker is dead after a hostage rescue team breached the building.
Authorities said the hostage-taker was killed in a shooting but did not answer a question about whether he was shot by law enforcement or if the gunshot was self-inflicted. The man claimed to have explosives, according to statements he made on livestreamed video, but police have not commented on whether any weapons were found.
Exclusive video taken by WFAA-TV photographer Josh Stephen shows at least some of the hostages running out of a door at the synagogue just before FBI agents enter the building. The footage, shot just before 9:15 p.m., shows a man who appears to be holding a gun following the hostages as they escape, then almost immediately going back inside.
A Texas SWAT team responded Saturday afternoon to a hostage situation at a synagogue near Fort Worth.
The Colleyville Police Department said on Twitter that they are conducting SWAT operations “around the 6100 block of Pleasant Run Rd.”
All residents in the immediate area of the incident are being evacuated, according to the tweet.
The Congregation Beth Israel’s address is 6100 Pleasant Run Rd.
The police department posted an additional update at 1:20 p.m. stating that the situation is ongoing and advised individuals to avoid the area.
According to ABC News, the rabbi and three others are being held hostage at the synagogue.
In a statement, Colleyvile Police Department Sargeant Dara Nelson said that their department received a call for service at 10:41 a.m.
Currently, the Colleyvile Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Dallas Field Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety, North Tarrant Regional SWAT Team, and other neighboring agencies are on the scene of the incident.
Law enforcement officials have confirmed that no injuries are currently reported, and Federal Bureau of Investigation crisis negotiators are in communication with the subject of the incident, according to the statement.
One male hostage was released with no injuries shortly after 5:00 p.m., according to Nelson.
In 2021, Pittsburgh was hit with a 17% jump in non-fatal shootings and homicides. And over the course of the entire pandemic, the results are even more striking: a 49% spike since 2019 — the city’s sharpest two-year increase in at least a decade, largely reversing the reductions in gun violence in the years leading up to the pandemic.
(CNN)Six people were taken to a hospital after shots were fired Friday night at a rap concert in Eugene, Oregon, police said.Police Chief Chris Skinner told reporters early Saturday morning that one victim is in critical condition after “certainly one of the highest-profile shootings we’ve had in the city of Eugene.”That person was undergoing surgery, he said. He did not know the status of the others who were shot.The shooting occurred during a Lil Bean and Zay Bang show, police said.“Reports came in at 9:29 p.m. of multiple shots fired at WOW Hall, 219 W. 8th Avenue. EPD & multiple law enforcement agencies responded, along with Eugene Springfield Fire,” police tweeted.Skinner asked any witnesses with video or audio of the incident to help police.“We just need people to feel comfortable and bring that forward so we can better understand what happened and better identify our suspect,” he said. “All we know at this point is we have a male in a hoodie that was seen running westbound … right after the shooting.”WOW Hall Interim Executive Director Deb Maher and Board Chair Jaci Guerena posted a statement on the venue’s website and called the shooting “unprecedented.”“There is not much information currently available however we heard gunshots in the back parking lot. The motives are not yet known. We do know that some people were injured, but we do not know the extent of the injuries, and we do not want to speculate,” the statement said.
A massive underwater volcano that erupted just before sundown Friday sent waves several feet high smashing into the shores of the Pacific island nation of Tonga and triggered tsunami advisories from Australia to Canada, including the U.S. West Coast.
Plumes from the explosion reached more than 12 miles above sea level, according to the Tonga Geological Services. At its widest, the cloud caused by the ash and steam reached about 150 miles across, making it easily seen from satellites.
In Tonga, home to 105,000 people, the extent of the injuries and damage caused were still largely unknown. Communications were disrupted for hours, according to the Associated Press.
Waves flooded parts of the capital Nuku’alofa — just 40 miles from the site of the eruption — including parts of the grounds at the Royal Palace, according to Radio New Zealand.
On Twitter, a Tonga resident named Faka’iloatonga Taumoefolau posted a video on Saturday showing feet-high waves washing across a road into homes.
The activity from the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano continued into Saturday morning with another, less powerful 10- to 15-minute-long eruption, according to the Tonga Geological Service.
Significant snowfall is projected with a winter storm expected to hit western Pennsylvania Sunday afternoon into Monday morning.
Snow total projections
In and around Pittsburgh, 5 to 9 inches of snow is expected to fall.
Some areas north and west of Pittsburgh could see 6 to 10 inches of snow.
Areas south and east can expect a range of 3 to 6 inches.
All eyes are on the chance for snow over the holiday weekend.
Pittsburgh’s Action Weather meteorologist Jeff Verszyla provided an update on Thursday afternoon, saying the track has the potential for snow to move through the Pittsburgh region starting Sunday afternoon.
WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccination-or-testing mandate for large businesses – a policy the conservative justices deemed an improper imposition on the lives and health of many Americans – while endorsing a separate federal vaccine requirement for healthcare facilities.
Biden voiced disappointment with the conservative-majority court’s decision to halt his administration’s rule requiring vaccines or weekly COVID-19 tests for employees at businesses with at least 100 employees. Biden said it now is up to states and employers to decide whether to require workers “to take the simple and effective step of getting vaccinated.”The court was divided in both cases, centering on pandemic-related federal regulations at a time of escalating coronavirus infections driven by the Omicron variant in a nation that leads the world with more than 845,000 COVID-19 deaths.
It ruled 6-3, with the six conservative justices in the majority and three liberal justices dissenting, in blocking the rule involving large businesses – a policy that applied to more than 80 million employees. The court’s majority downplayed the risk COVID-19 specifically poses in the workplace, comparing it instead to “day-to-day” crime and pollution hazards that individuals face everywhere.
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — By now, you probably have heard about the winter storm system that is eyeing the east Sunday into Monday.
An important thing to remember is that the main energy of this system is still out in the Pacific Ocean.
When the energy is out that far, there are things we can see, but there are many that we can’t. Once this “low” comes on the shore, we will have the opportunity to gather a lot more data from weather balloons and surface instruments.
This will allow us to tighten up the projected path and have a better idea of how this will impact the Pittsburgh area.
Fire broke out on Tuesday night
One person was rescued from a porch roof when fire broke out in a home in the Pittsburgh’s Middle Hill neighborhood.
The fire was reported a little after 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on the 2300 block of Reed Street.The person who was rescued was taken to the hospital.
No other injuries were reported.
The Red Cross is helping several people who were displaced by the fire.
An investigation is underway into the cause.
A vehicle ended up on its roof following a crash in Pittsburgh’s Marshall-Shadeland neighborhood on Wednesday morning.
The crash happened around 2:45 a.m. along Wadlow Street.Allegheny County 911 dispatchers said there were no medical transports from the scene.
There was no word on what caused the crash.
No reports of injuries
All four passengers on a medical helicopter carrying a 2-month-old baby girl to a hospital in Pennsylvania survived when that helicopter crashed next to a church on Tuesday afternoon, CBS Philly reported. Officials called the landing, which also did not injure anyone on the ground, a “miracle.”
A pilot, a crew member, a nurse and the infant were taken to local hospitals and are in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries, Upper Darby Fire Chief Derrick Sawyer said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.
The medical chopper was heading to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia from Maryland when it crashed near the Drexel Hill United Methodist Church in Delaware County just before 1 p.m., CBS Philly reports. According to FlightAware, the helicopter took off from Hagerstown, Maryland, at 10:29 a.m. Tuesday and landed in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, less than 10 minutes later. Then at 12:06 p.m. the helicopter took off from Chambersburg before crashing 47 minutes after that. The helicopter appears to have maintained its speed while rapidly dropping in altitude.
All four victims were out of the aircraft by the time authorities arrived, Upper Darby Police Department Superintendent Timothy M. Bernhardt said.
A Pittsburgh man has been charged with acting as a straw buyer in the purchase of dozens of guns across the region because he “needed money,” according to federal agents.
Donald Ware Jr., 22, who has several addresses around the city, was in federal court Tuesday afternoon on a complaint filed by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Agents said Mr. Ware bought 34 guns for others at numerous firearms dealers in the Pittsburgh region and admitted he lied on firearms purchase forms that he was the actual buyer.
It’s not clear for whom he was buying, but typically straw buyers purchase weapons for criminals who can’t have one.
Marc Wilner, an ATF agent, said in an affidavit that he began investigating Mr. Ware in October after noticing that he was buying a lot of guns, didn’t have much income from a job and was associated with another accused gun trafficker, John Louis Moon.
Agents interviewed Mr. Ware in November, and he told them he’d been buying guns for other people and lying about it. Most of the guns were Glock semi-automatics bought at Dunham’s stores in the North Hills, Monroeville and Homestead, Island Firearms in McKees Rocks, Pete’s Firearms in Westmoreland County and other area dealers.
He bought 34 guns in all, ATF said.
The crash happened near the intersection of Liberty Avenue and Smithfield Street in downtown Pittsburgh on Tuesday morning.
A woman was taken to the hospital in critical condition after being hit by a bus in downtown Pittsburgh early Tuesday morning, the Port Authority said.
The incident happened a little after 6:15 a.m. near Liberty Avenue and Smithfield Street.
Port Authority spokesman Adam Brandolph said the front of a 61A North Braddock bus struck the woman, who was then caught between the front bumper and the street.
The bus driver was not injured, Brandolph said.
The Port Authority said the driver, a 23-year employee, will be tested for drugs and alcohol as per the authority’s policy.
Food supply shortages impacted local businesses
The Charley family owns three Shop ‘n Save locations in Westmoreland County.
“It’s something that we’re fighting every day,” Tom Charley said. “We’re sourcing from multiple vendors. We’re using more vendors today than we ever have.”
Charley said his store only received half of their weekly order from their distributors this past week. It’s an issue stores have faced with various products throughout the pandemic.
“People have been very understanding and they know now what to expect at the store, but it’s very frustrating when you put in an order to fill up the store and you only get half the order,” Charley said.
National experts have cited staffing, rising COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant and winter weather across the country as the reasons behind the latest stretch of supply chain problems.
Those concerns, coupled with recent inflation trends have also caused the price of groceries to jump.
“All of the costs are going up and it’s hitting us with cost increases too,” Charley said. “We are being very deliberate in trying to find the best deals we can possibly find and it’s a challenge.”
Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reached out to a spokesperson for U.S. Foods, one of the area’s largest suppliers, but did not hear back.
(CNN)An asteroid estimated to be a kilometer (3,451 feet) wide will fly by Earth on January 18.It will pass within 1.2 million miles of our planet, moving at 47,344 miles per hour, according to NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies, which tracks potentially hazardous comets and asteroids that could collide with our planet.The approaching asteroid is known as 7482 (1994 PC1) and it was discovered in 1994, according to NASA.Nobody expects 7482 (1994 PC1) to hit Earth, but it’s the closest the asteroid will come for the next two centuries, according to NASA projections. The flyby is expected to take place on Tuesday January 18 at 4.51 p.m. ET.
Firefighters made the discovery as they sifted through the scorched rubble of the second-floor in the duplex apartment where the Sunday morning fire started.
The blaze sent thick plumes of choking smoke throughout the Twin Parks North West building on E. 181st St. near Tiebout Ave. in Fordham Heights.
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) — A Home Depot employee was shot on the job by two men, according to North Las Vegas police.
NLVPD Officer Alexander Cuevas said the shooting happened around 11 a.m. at the Home Depot in the 1200 block of Craig Road near Martin L. King Boulevard.
Arriving officers found a man suffering an apparent gunshot wound. The man was taken to University Medical Center, Cuevas said.
A man was taken to the hospital following a shooting in Pittsburgh’s Homewood North neighborhood.
According to Pittsburgh Public Safety, the investigation began when officers responded to a Shotspotter alert a little after 5 p.m. Monday along Brushton Avenue.
A Monroeville woman was accused of drug possession, carrying a gun without a permit and driving while intoxicated following a traffic stop by Upper Burrell police. Taylor Stringer, 22, of Garden City Drive is charged with illegal possession of a firearm and four counts of drug possession, all felonies.
A winning ticket in the New Year’s Millionaire Raffle was sold at Community Supermarket in Lower Burrell, Westmoreland County.
Pittsburgh Police have issued an arrest warrant for a man in connection to the fatal shooting of three people on New Year’s Eve in Homewood South.
Ronald Steave, 29, of Pittsburgh, is being charged with three counts of criminal homicide and possession.
Los Angeles police at the scene of a plane crash Sunday pulled a bloodied pilot to safety seconds before a train smashed into the wreckage.
The crash of the single-engine Cessna 172 on tracks near county-run Whiteman Airport, a one-runway facility in L.A.’s northeastern San Fernando Valley, put its injured pilot in a precarious position as a double-decker commuter train barreled in its direction shortly after 2 p.m., authorities said.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said in a statement that the plane went down at a busy intersection after taking off from Whiteman. “The pilot was the only person on board,” he said.
Multiple officers from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Foothill Division, based about a half-block away, blocked the roadway with their SUVs as one officer stood at the tracks in the direction of the oncoming train in an apparent attempt to warn the conductor, according to body camera footage released by the LAPD.
But the train from taxpayer-supported Metrolink, which says it’s the nation’s third-largest commuter rail system in miles covered, roared ahead, its horn as crossing arms were down and warning bells rang.
Two officers yanked at the pilot out of the upright plane as a third and fourth tried to help and warn them that the train was near.
“Go, go, go!” one of the officers yelled as the pilot was dragged along the ground and away from the wreckage.
The span of time between the video’s focus on officers tugging on the pilot in his seat and the collision is roughly 6 seconds. The only thing missing for a Hollywood ending was an exaggerated, unrealistic explosion.
The pilot, who has not been identified, was taken to a trauma center for treatment of unknown injuries, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. No other injuries were reported.
The intersection was closed and the plane, seen on video of the crash site as a crumpled hulk, remained at the scene, the department said. The Metrolink line, which runs to the Antelope Valley in the high desert, was suspended.