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SWAT Team Called To Incident In Homewood

The SWAT team is on the scene of an incident in Homewood, where a man is holed up inside his home with weapons and a possible hostage.

According to emergency dispatchers, the incident is happening in the 7200-block of Frankstown Avenue.

Roads in that area have been blocked off.

A hostage negoti…

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FTC Says Scammers Stole Millions, Using Virtual Companies

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has disrupted a long-running online scam that allowed offshore fraudsters to steal millions of dollars from U.S. consumers -- often by taking just pennies at a time.

The scam, which had been run for about four years, according to the FTC, provides a case le…

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Mexican Leader Blames Candidate's Killing on Gangs

Mexican President Felipe Calderon is blaming drug cartels for the assassination of a front-running gubernatorial candidate.

He warns drug gangs are trying to infiltrate the election process.

Calderon said the assassination Monday of Rodolfo Torre in northern Mexico shows "organized crime is a…

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Feds Say 10 Alleged Russian Secret Agents Arrested

The Justice Department says 10 Russian intelligence officers have been arrested for allegedly serving as illegal agents of the Russian government in the United States.

Eight of the people were arrested Sunday for allegedly carrying out long-term, deep cover assignments in the United States on …

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Cybersecurity Measures Will Mandate Government “ID Tokens” To Use The Internet

The move to shut down and regulate the Internet under a new government-controlled system has accelerated into high gear with the announcement that the government’s cybersecurity strategy revolves around issuing Internet users with ID “tokens” without which they will not be able to visit webs…

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90-yr-old Driver's Car Hit by Train

The county coroner's office said a 90-year-old Erie-area man with vision problems died when he drove his car onto a railroad crossing and was hit by a train.

Louis Rzodkiewicz, of Harborcreek Township, was the only person in the car when it was hit by a CSX train traveling about 60 mph just bef…

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China says 107 people trapped in a landslide

A landslide caused by heavy rains trapped at least 107 people Monday in southwestern China and there was little hope for their survival, a local official said. Rescue efforts were hindered by rain that threatened to wash more mud down hill slopes.

Many homes were buried when the landslide str…

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Cops Arrest More Than 500 At Toronto G20

Police raided a university building and rounded up more protesters Sunday in an effort to quell further violence at the global economic summit after black-clad youths rampaged through the city, smashing windows and torching police cruisers.

Police said they have arrested more than 500 demonstrat…

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Sinkhole Opens Up At Parkway Center Mall

A trip to the grocery store turned into a major ordeal for one man Sunday afternoon.

A sinkhole opened up in front of the Giant Eagle at the Parkway Center Mall.

A man's car partially sank into the hole, but crews were able to get it out with minimal damage.

"I was just about to pull out of th…

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Obama says US expects rise in China's currency

President Barack Obama said Sunday that the United States expects the value of China's currency to rise significantly. He vowed to closely monitor over the next several months how China follows through on a pledge to introduce more flexibility in the management its currency.

Obama's comments…

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Russia Alarmed by CIA View of Iran's Weapons

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Sunday he was alarmed by U.S. assertions that Iran may have enough fuel for two nuclear weapons and warned that if confirmed the Islamic Republic may face new measures.

Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta told ABC's "This Week" television …

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Tropical Depression Alex moves into southwestern Gulf of Mexico

Tropical Depression Alex moved into the Gulf of Mexico Sunday after weakening as it swirled across Belize and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, dumping rains that left at least four people dead across the region.

Alex is expected to regain strength in the coming days as it moves over warmer waters in t…

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Is BP CEO Tony Hayward Mmaking the Gulf Oil Spill Disaster Worse?

This hasn't been a good few weeks for Tony Hayward, the chief executive officer of BP. In the weeks since the huge oil spill in the Gulf began, he has struck an occasionally Churchillian tone: "We are going to defend the beaches," he proclaimed. "We will fix this." But the British leader he m…

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Fire at Upstate NY Home - Kills 6 Kids - Ages 1 to 12

As a lethal fire intensified, one woman shoved an air conditioner out a window and then threw a 5-year-old boy out after it to safety, even as the blaze devoured a two-story house, killing six children.

Two other adults tried in vain to rescue the children trapped inside the blazing building in …

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Iran has Enough Uranium for 2 Nuclear Bombs #CIA #Nukes

CIA Director Leon Panetta says Iran probably has enough low-enriched uranium for two nuclear weapons, but that it likely would take two years to build the bombs.

Panetta also says he is doubtful that recent U.N. penalties will put an end to Iran's nuclear ambitions.

He says the penalties could…

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Oil Spill's Psychological Toll Quietly Mounts

The Gulf of Mexico oil disaster feels far worse to shrimper Ricky Robin than Katrina, even though he's still haunted by memories of riding out the hurricane on his trawler and of his father's suicide in the storm's aftermath.

The relentless spill is bringing back feelings that are far too famil…

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Thunderstorm Watch Issued For Several Counties

The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement regarding thunderstorms moving through the area tonight

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for Butler, Clarion, Lawrence, Mercer and Venango Counties until midnight.

The storms are capable of producing small hail, heav…

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Storms Moving into Region #Pittsburgh

Thunderstorms with heavy rain were expected to move through Washington, Allegheny and Westmoreland counties early this afternoon.

In a special weather statement, the National Weather Service said that at 2 p.m., radar showed storms with heavy rain four miles northeast of Avella, moving northeast.…

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Greece Ready to Sell Rhodes, Mykonos to Investors

There’s little that shouts “seriously rich” as much as a little island in the sun to call your own. For Sir Richard Branson it is Neckar in the Caribbean, the billionaire Barclay brothers prefer Brecqhou in the Channel Islands, while Aristotle Onassis married Jackie Kennedy on Skorpios, his Gree…

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How many Americans are targeted for assassination?

When The Washington Post’s Dana Priest first revealed (in passing) back in January that the Obama administration had compiled a hit list of American citizens targeted for assassination, she wrote that “as of several months ago, the CIA list included three U.S. citizens.”  In April, both …

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