AP PA Headlines 1/8/19
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf is stepping up the fight against climate change and setting targets to slash Pennsylvania’s greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decades. Wolf, a Democrat, is planning to sign an executive order Tuesday committing his administration to meeting certain targets. The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions says 20 states already set targets, but Pennsylvania is among the nation’s biggest polluters.
Making major progress will likely require agreements with lawmakers. Wolf wants to reduce emissions by 26 percent by 2025, based on 2005 levels, and by 80 percent by 2050. That’s in line with 2015’s Paris climate agreement. Meeting 2025’s goal may be within reach, since federal data shows Pennsylvania’s carbon dioxide emissions shrank more than 20 percent between 2005 and 2016, mostly because of cleaner power generation.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A rabbi who was leading services the morning a gunman killed 11 people inside a Pittsburgh synagogue will give the invocation next week at Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s second inaugural ceremony. Wolf’s inaugural committee said Monday that Rabbi Jeffrey Myers of the Tree of Life synagogue will speak immediately before the governor is sworn in.
The Democrat’s second term ceremony begins at noon on Jan. 15 at the Capitol in Harrisburg. Tickets are free but must be reserved. Myers presided over seven funerals for members of his congregation in the week that followed the Oct. 27 attack. Wolf will be sworn in by Chief Justice Thomas Saylor of the state Supreme Court. The inaugural celebration that night at the Farm Show Complex will feature music by The Roots.
LANGHORNE, Pa. (AP) — A long-running dispute over a Pennsylvania school district’s “Redskins” nickname for its sports teams has been taken up by a state commission. Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission attorney Lisa Knight argues the Bucks County district wouldn’t use a nickname based on any other racial group, so they should not use the current “Redskins” nickname either. Philly.com reports Neshaminy’s attorney Craig Ginsburg argues that students aren’t offended by the nickname and that it has been in use for over 60 years.
The dispute dates back to 2013 when the PHRC received a complaint which then resulted in the commission filing its own charge which accused Neshaminy of violating a state human-relations law. Also in 2013, the high school’s student newspaper moved to ban the word “Redskins” from the publication. If the hearings result in a finding of discrimination, the commission could order the district to change its nickname.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Hundreds of protesters — many openly carrying guns — are gathered in downtown Pittsburgh to rally against the city council’s proposed restrictions on some firearms and ammunition. The protest is underway Monday outside the City-County Building. The bills would ban semi-automatic rifles and certain ammunition and firearms accessories within city limits. City Council introduced the bills last month in the wake of the October massacre at Tree of Life synagogue, where 11 worshippers were killed.
Gun rights activists are decrying the proposals, contending the restrictions would violate Pennsylvania law. State law prohibits municipalities from regulating firearms. The protest was organized by Justin Dillon, the founder of the advocacy group Open Carry Pennsylvania. Speakers include Kaitlin Bennett, who drew attention when she posted photos of herself on the Kent State University campus with an AR-10 and a mortar board reading “Come and take it.”
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SAXONBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania high school student accused of posting a Snapchat video of himself shooting a gun with a caption reading “Training for Prom Walk” has been arrested. The video showed 18-year-old Jason Bowen, of Middlesex Township, firing multiple rounds from a semi-automatic, AK-style rifle, according to a police criminal complaint.
It’s not clear when the video was made. The complaint also said a separate Instagram photo showed a man resembling Bowen giving a thumbs-up in relation to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, according to the complaint. A gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators at the Connecticut school on Dec. 14, 2012.
Bowen was charged Monday with terroristic threats, prohibited offensive weapons, use or possession of drug paraphernalia and causing catastrophe. A search of Bowen’s room uncovered brass knuckles and drug paraphernalia, police said.
He was jailed Monday in the Butler County Prison in lieu of posting $25,000 bail, according to court records. Bowen is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Jan. 16. His lawyer, David Shrager, said Monday he understands why police and school district officials were concerned about the images on social media, but said Bowen just made a bad, unfunny joke that doesn’t rise to the level of a crime.
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL’s strong regular season of TV ratings continued into its opening weekend of the postseason. The league said on Monday that there was an average of 28.4 million viewers for the four wild-card round games, which is a 12 percent increase over last year. The Philadelphia Eagles game against the Chicago Bears on NBC averaged 35.89 million, making it the network’s most-watched wild-card game on record. NBC’s previous best was the Jan. 3, 1988, game between Seattle and Houston at 35.86 million.
The audience for Sunday’s game peaked at 45.1 million viewers during the final nine minutes. Sunday’s first game between the Los Angeles Chargers and Baltimore Ravens on CBS averaged 25.4 million. Fox’s telecast of Saturday night’s Seattle Seahawks-Dallas Cowboys game averaged 29.5 million while the weekend’s first game between the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans averaged 22.8 million on ESPN and ABC. Digital streaming also increased 139 percent with an average minute audience of 496,000.
NEW YORK (AP) — Preliminary figures from Nielsen show that Sunday night’s Golden Globes were watched by 18.6 million viewers, a slight drop from the 19.1 million that tuned in last year. The NBC broadcast dipped despite an enviable lead-in from the nail-biter NFL Wild Card game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Chicago Bears.
This year’s nominees also featured a number of hit films, including “Black Panther” and “A Star Is Born.” The night’s best drama picture winner, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” has made $743.1 million worldwide.
Hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg, the 76th Globes at least stopped recent dramatic ratings skids for awards shows like the Oscars and Grammys. Last year’s Globes fell 5 percent and 11 percent among those aged 18-49. This time, viewership in that key demographic increased four percent.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The game of corporate leapfrog continues. Amazon has hopped over Microsoft as the nation’s most valuable publicly traded company. The shift came yesterday after Amazon’s shares rose 3 percent, lifting its stock market value to $797 billion. Meanwhile, Microsoft’s stock value rose by less than 1 percent, leaving its value at $784 billion. The flip-flop marks the first time Amazon has captured the top spot. And it ends Microsoft’s brief return to the top of the corporate pecking order. Microsoft captured the number-one slot from Apple in late November.
PITTSTON, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in Pennsylvania have arrested a man in connection with a break-in at a music store — and apparently the suspect is not only a fan of guitars, he’s an fan of the Philadelphia Eagles. WNEP-TV reports Dale Sourbeck was arrested and charged last week with burglary. Police say Sourbeck used a hammer to break into the Rock Street Music store in Pittston around 3 a.m. Thursday.
He was captured on surveillance taking two guitars. And police say he returned to grab three more guitars. When TV cameras caught Sourbeck being escorted to a cruiser. Asked by a reporter if there was anything he wanted to say, he paused and said, “Go Eagles!” The team got the message — they won their wild-card playoff contest Sunday over the Chicago Bears.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — You can see a lot of things at a hospital. But Stephanie Hupton says the one thing she didn’t expect to see — was a live moose. Hupton was working in billing at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage the other day — when word got out that a moose had gotten in. She scooted out with her camera — and began recording.
The footage she came up with shows the moose browsing around near an entrance before gazing at the camera — and heading out of the door. Hupton, an Iowa native, says she never felt threatened by the massive animal. But she acknowledged that her close encounter of the moose kind was “definitely different than small-town Iowa.”
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When the Philadelphia Eagles gather around their coach in the locker room after each win, Doug Pederson yells: “We’re not done yet.” The defending Super Bowl champions were written off after a 48-7 loss to the New Orleans Saints dropped their record to 4-6 in November. They responded with two wins before an overtime loss to Dallas knocked them out of contention for a division title. The Eagles play on our sister station Eagle 107 this Sunday 3pm.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cody Parkey’s missed 43-yard field goal in the final seconds that gave the Philadelphia Eagles a 16-15 upset win over the Chicago Bears in Sunday’s wild-card playoff game was officially ruled a block by the NFL. Video showed Philadelphia’s Treyvon Hester tipped the ball, which bounced off the upright and hit the crossbar.
CHICAGO (AP) — Nick Foles came through just in time for the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. Foles threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate on fourth down in the final minute, and the Eagles hung on for a 16-15 wild-card victory over the Chicago Bears after Cody Parkey’s missed field goal hit the upright and crossbar. After squeezing past the NFC North champions, the Eagles will visit top-seeded New Orleans next Sunday.
BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Halifax 41, Greenwood 33
Juniata 58, East Juniata 56
Loyalsock 76, Central Mountain 37
Mount Carmel 68, Mahanoy Area 44
GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Berwick 44, Dallas 39
East Juniata 44, Bald Eagle Area 26
Greenwood 43, Midd-West 24
Hughesville 58, Benton 33
Mifflinburg 46, Jersey Shore 31
Milton 44, Muncy 28
Mount Carmel 41, Shamokin 33
South Williamsport 48, Lewisburg 47
Southern Columbia 52, Millville 36
POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS=
Bellefonte vs. Huntingdon, ppd.
Lourdes Regional vs. Minersville, ppd.
Towanda vs. Warrior Run, ppd.
Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final San Antonio 119 Detroit 107
Final Boston 116 Brooklyn 95
Final New Orleans 114 Memphis 95
Final Milwaukee 114 Utah 102
Final Houston 125 Denver 113
Final L.A. Lakers 107 Dallas 97
Final Portland 111 N-Y Knicks 101
Final Sacramento 111 Orlando 95
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Nashville 4 Toronto 0
Final St. Louis 3 Philadelphia 0
Final Minnesota 1 Montreal 0
Final Calgary 4 Chicago 3
Final San Jose 3 L.A. Kings 1
TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Indiana at Cleveland 7:00 p.m.
Washington at Philadelphia 7:00 p.m.
Atlanta at Toronto 7:30 p.m.
Denver at Miami 7:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Oklahoma City 8:00 p.m.
Sacramento at Phoenix 9:00 p.m.
N-Y Knicks at Golden State 10:30 p.m.
Charlotte at L.A. Clippers 10:30 p.m.
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Minnesota at Boston 7:00 p.m.
Carolina at N-Y Islanders 7:00 p.m.
Florida at Pittsburgh 7:00 p.m.
New Jersey at Buffalo 7:00 p.m.
Philadelphia at Washington 7:30 p.m.
Columbus at Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m.
Montreal at Detroit 7:30 p.m.
Dallas at St. Louis 8:00 p.m.
Colorado at Winnipeg 8:00 p.m.
N-Y Rangers at Vegas 10:00 p.m.
Edmonton at San Jose 10:30 p.m.
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(1) Duke at Wake Forest 7:00 p.m.
(3) Tennessee at Missouri 7:00 p.m.
Purdue at (6) Michigan St. 9:00 p.m.
(23) Oklahoma at (8) Texas Tech 9:00 p.m.
(12) North Carolina at (15) NC State 9:00 p.m.
(14) Mississippi St. at South Carolina 9:00 p.m.
Texas A&M at (18) Kentucky 7:00 p.m.
Toledo at (19) Buffalo 7:00 p.m.
(20) Iowa St. at Baylor 7:00 p.m.
(24) St. John’s at Villanova 7:00 p.m.
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