Associated Press http://wesa.fm en Taliban Suspends Talks On Prisoner Exchange http://wesa.fm/post/taliban-suspends-talks-prisoner-exchange The Taliban has suspended talks over a possible exchange of Taliban and U.S. prisoners due to the "complexity" of the situation in Afghanistan, the militant group said on Sunday.<p>"Due to the political complexity of the current situation in the country, the leadership of the Islamic Emirate has decided to suspend the issue for some time," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an email to media organizations, using the name the Taliban gave their 1996-2001 government.<p>"Therefore, the prisoner exchange process has been delayed until further notice," Mujahid said. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 06:01:00 +0000 Associated Press 24858 at http://wesa.fm One Dead, 28 Sickened By Carbon Monoxide At New York Mall http://wesa.fm/post/restaurant-manager-dies-carbon-monoxide-new-york-mall A 55-year-old restaurant manager died and more than two dozen others were taken to hospitals Saturday after being overcome by carbon monoxide at a New York mall, police said.<p>Suffolk County police identified the man who died as Steven Nelson, a manager at the Legal Sea Foods restaurant at the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station on Long Island.<p>Police said 28 others affected by carbon monoxide were taken to area hospitals.<p>Three officers were among those overcome by carbon monoxide at the mall, which is about 35 miles east of New York City, police said. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 05:40:00 +0000 Associated Press 24857 at http://wesa.fm Allegheny Health Network, Johns Hopkins to Collaborate on Cancer Care, Research http://wesa.fm/post/allegheny-health-network-johns-hopkins-collaborate-cancer-care-research <p>Allegheny Health Network and Johns Hopkins Medicine have announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding between their two cancer centers.</p><p>When finalized, Allegheny Health Network and the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center will collaborate on several initiatives, share research and participate in joint projects, among other things.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 19:28:54 +0000 Deanna Garcia & Associated Press 23188 at http://wesa.fm Allegheny Health Network, Johns Hopkins to Collaborate on Cancer Care, Research PA Casinos Suffer Revenue Hit Despite Table Games http://wesa.fm/post/pa-casinos-suffer-revenue-hit-despite-table-games <p>Revenue from Pennsylvania’s 12 casinos dipped 1.4 percent in 2013 to $3.1 billion. That’s the first time the industry has experienced an overall decline in revenue since casino play began in 2006.</p><p>“We saw a little up, we saw a little down,” said Doug Harbach, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. “Table games continue to be a growing segment. We saw their revenue go up around 6 percent. A slight decrease in slot machines, but that’s not unexpected.”</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:52:49 +0000 Deanna Garcia & Associated Press 22977 at http://wesa.fm Boeing Machinists Approve Contract To Secure 777X Work http://wesa.fm/post/boeing-machinists-approve-contract-secure-777x-work The stakes were high and the vote was close as Boeing production workers agreed to concede some benefits in order to secure assembly of the new 777X airplane for the Puget Sound region.<p>Washington Gov. Sat, 04 Jan 2014 12:08:00 +0000 Associated Press 22334 at http://wesa.fm Boeing Machinists Approve Contract To Secure 777X Work 'Fast & Furious' Star Dies In Car Crash http://wesa.fm/post/fast-furious-star-dies-car-crash Paul Walker, the star of the "Fast & Furious" movie series, died Saturday in a car crash that killed one other person north of Los Angeles, his publicist said. He was 40.<p>Walker died Saturday afternoon, Ame Van Iden told the Associated Press.<p>A statement on the actor's Facebook page said he was a passenger in a friend's car, and that Walker was in the area to attend a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.<p>"We ... Sun, 01 Dec 2013 05:52:00 +0000 Associated Press 20629 at http://wesa.fm 'Fast & Furious' Star Dies In Car Crash Lottery Bid Extended Again http://wesa.fm/post/lottery-bid-extended-again <p>Gov. Tom Corbett's keeping his option alive for at least two more months to hire a private manager for the $3.7 billion Pennsylvania Lottery.</p><p>The administration said Tuesday that the British national lottery operator, Camelot Global Services, agreed to extend the company's bid through Dec. 31.</p><p>Corbett began searching for a private manager in April 2012, but Attorney General Kathleen Kane rejected the contract with his eventual choice, Camelot, as illegal.</p><p>Corbett hasn't said whether he's asking state lawmakers for help or whether he'll resubmit the contract to Kane.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 21:35:54 +0000 Associated Press 18948 at http://wesa.fm Judge to Decide Later on Paterno Family Lawsuit http://wesa.fm/post/judge-decide-later-paterno-family-lawsuit <p></p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 19:24:02 +0000 Associated Press 18933 at http://wesa.fm Judge to Decide Later on Paterno Family Lawsuit Effort to Curb Cell Phone Theft Comes to Pennsylvania http://wesa.fm/post/effort-curb-cell-phone-theft-comes-pennsylvania <p>Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has joined top prosecutors in San Francisco and New York in a nationwide initiative to thwart smartphone&nbsp;thefts by rendering the devices useless after a robbery.</p><p>The “Secure Our Smartphones” initiative was introduced in Pennsylvania by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman this week. It’s a collaboration among attorneys general and municipal leaders asking cell phone manufacturers to develop a “kill switch” for stolen phones.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 17:05:59 +0000 Deanna Garcia & Associated Press 18916 at http://wesa.fm ACLU Threatens Robinson Twp. http://wesa.fm/post/aclu-threatens-robinson-twp <p>The American Civil Liberties Union is threatening to sue a Pittsburgh suburb for allegedly singling out Republican campaign signs in a crackdown to remove such items from public rights of way.</p><p>The ACLU sent a letter Wednesday to Robinson Township officials. Township manager Jeffrey Silka says he isn't commenting because "it is a legal issue and a subject of potential litigation."</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 18:10:46 +0000 Associated Press 18686 at http://wesa.fm Judge to Decide if UPMC Has Any Employees http://wesa.fm/post/judge-decide-if-upmc-has-any-employees <p>A federal judge says she's likely to put on hold a civil rights lawsuit over Pittsburgh's challenge to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's tax-exempt status.</p><p>Meanwhile, in the related state case, attorneys wrangled Monday over whether UPMC has employees.</p><p>The city sued UPMC in earlier this year, saying the medical center shouldn't be treated like a charity because it doesn't act like one.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 11:36:38 +0000 Associated Press 18526 at http://wesa.fm Judge to Decide if UPMC Has Any Employees Former Pittsburgh Police Chief Harper Pleads Guilty http://wesa.fm/post/former-pittsburgh-police-chief-harper-pleads-guilty <p>Former city police Chief Nathan Harper has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he conspired to steal police funds deposited into unauthorized credit union accounts and willfully failed to file income tax returns.</p><p>The guilty plea was entered Friday in a hearing before U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon and is the latest incident in a remarkable fall from grace for Harper who joined the city's police force in 1977 and rose through the ranks before being appointed chief in 2006 by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.</p><p>Harper, who is 60-years-old, will be sentenced Feb. 25.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 18:55:14 +0000 Associated Press 18374 at http://wesa.fm Former Pittsburgh Police Chief Harper Pleads Guilty Edinboro University Won't Cut B.A. Music Program http://wesa.fm/post/edinboro-university-wont-cut-ba-music-program <p>Officials with Edinboro University say the school won't cut bachelor degree programs in music and music education as it works to address a budget deficit. In July, the state system of higher education school had said that it might cut the music programs because there were only 70 students enrolled in them. Now, the school's interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, Michael Hannan, said the music department will not be cut, but will be restructured a bit.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 18:48:36 +0000 Deanna Garcia & Associated Press 18373 at http://wesa.fm Three U.S. Economists Win Nobel Prize http://wesa.fm/post/three-us-economists-win-nobel-prize Americans Eugene Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert Shiller won the Nobel prize for economics on Monday for developing new methods to study trends in asset markets.<p>The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the three had laid the foundation of the current understanding of asset prices.<p>While it's hard to predict whether stock or bond prices will go up or down in the short term, it's possible to foresee movements over periods of three years or longer, the academy said.<p>"These findings, which might seem surprising and contradictory, were made and analyzed by this year's laureates," the ac Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:29:00 +0000 Associated Press 18096 at http://wesa.fm