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Local News | December 20, 2014 Butler Eagle Online
Woman delivers daughter's baby
ALLEGHENY TWP — After calling 911, April McMasters knew it was too late to get her pregnant daughter to a hospital.

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Local News | December 20, 2014 Butler Eagle Online
TRAILER TIPS ON 422
Wreck closes expressway
BUTLER TWP — Westbound traffic on Route 422 came to a halt Friday afternoon after a tractor-trailer hauling two vehicles overturned.

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Local News | December 20, 2014
School survey figures shared
BUTLER TWP — Butler School District administrators this week released the results of two school consolidation surveys: One by the public and one by district employees.

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Pennsylvania | December 20, 2014
Pennsylvania jobless rate falls, hiring flattens
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s jobless rate has fallen to another post-recession low even as payrolls remain static and below pre-recession levels, according to employment figures released Friday.

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National | December 20, 2014
Coal ash ruling a setback for environmental groups
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Six years ago, there was a massive spill of coal ash sludge in Tennessee. Three years later, tons of coal ash swept into Lake Michigan. Last February, there was another spill and gray sludge spewed into the Dan River in North Carolina.

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Local News | December 20, 2014
Man faces charges in Rt. 68 accident
CONNOQUENESSING TWP — A Connoquenessing man is facing charges after allegedly causing a multi-car accident Friday morning on Route 68.

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Pennsylvania | December 20, 2014
IN BRIEF
HARRISBURG — A new ruling by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is clearing the way for something few if any state residents have experienced — home delivery of beer.

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Local News | December 20, 2014
Iron Mountain agrees to pay $44.5M to U.S.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Information storage and management company Iron Mountain, which has a facility in Boyers, agreed to pay $44.5 million to settle allegations that the company overcharged federal agencies for record storage services, authorities announced Friday.

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Local News | December 20, 2014
Home fire victim is identified
JACKSON TWP — The Butler County Coroner’s office identified the man who died Thursday night in a mobile home fire.

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Pennsylvania | December 20, 2014
Police officer killed in crash remembered
LIGONIER — Emergency responders, Army reservists and law enforcement officials across the state paid tribute Friday to a police officer killed in the line of duty, remembering him as a joyful man enamored with public service and his job in particular.

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International | December 20, 2014
Jailed militants executed after school massacre
ISLAMABAD — Pakistan executed two convicted terrorists Friday, the first of 400 militants headed to the hangman’s noose amid a government crackdown ordered after Taliban attackers gunned down 148 children and teachers Tuesday at a school in the northern city of Peshawar.

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International | December 20, 2014
Children killed, mother arrested
SYDNEY — An Australian woman was arrested in the killings of eight children, seven of whom are believed to be her own, police said Saturday. The children were found dead inside the woman’s home.

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National | December 20, 2014
Emergency coordination lacking
WASHINGTON — The U.S. government isn’t fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or a large-scale natural catastrophe, lacks effective coordination, and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter and medical treatment, congressional investigators have found.

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National | December 20, 2014 Butler Eagle Online
CIA withheld details on interrogations
WASHINGTON — In July 2004, despite growing internal concerns about the CIA’s brutal interrogation methods, senior members of George W. Bush’s national security team gave the agency permission to employ the harsh tactics against an al-Qaida facilitator the agency suspected was linked to a plot to disrupt the upcoming presidential election.

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National | December 20, 2014
Boxing champion Ernie Terrell dies
CHICAGO — Ernie Terrell, whose brief reign as heavyweight champion ended with a punishing loss to Muhammad Ali in a 1967 grudge match, has died. He was 75.

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National | December 20, 2014
Army invesigation of Bergdahl done
WASHINGTON — The Army has finished its investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan and leaders were briefing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, officials said Friday.

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International | December 20, 2014 Butler Eagle Online
Hope, fear in Cuba amid thaw with U.S.
HAVANA — The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States unleashed expectations Thursday of even more momentous changes on an island that often seems frozen in a past of classic cars and crumbling Art Deco buildings.

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National | December 20, 2014
For MLB, changes in Cuba will take some time
NEW YORK — Fred Claire can see the day when Major League Baseball teams open academies for prospects in Cuba.

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National | December 20, 2014
Education Department releases ‘framework’ for rating U.S. colleges
WASHINGTON — Colleges and universities have fretted over how they will be judged under a new college ratings system President Barack Obama announced last year would be developed to encourage transparency and affordability.

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National | December 20, 2014
Cuomo praised, panned for fracking ban
ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is getting heaped with praise by environmentalists and scorn by business interests for a planned state ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, even as he insists the decision wasn’t his.

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National | December 20, 2014
IN BRIEF
Lawmaker: Grand jury 'maniuplated'

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Local News | December 20, 2014
Humane society pledges placements
The Butler County Humane Society wants to get the word out to municipalities that stray dogs and cats are welcome at its Evans City Road shelter.

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Local News | December 20, 2014
Donations continue to pour in
CRANBERRY TWP — The Cranberry Township Community Chest has attracted more than 250 donors who have given more than $343,000 to the 2015 Project of the Year.

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National | December 20, 2014
Obamas aim for quiet holiday stay in Hawaii
KAILUA, Hawaii — A tumultuous year all but behind him, President Barack Obama set off for his annual winter getaway in Hawaii hoping for one thing: Quiet.

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National | December 20, 2014
Obama vows response to hacking by N. Korea
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama declared that Sony “made a mistake” in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond “in a place and manner and time that we choose” to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government.

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Local News | December 20, 2014 Butler Eagle Online
Mock Town Hall
ADAMS TWP — Fifth graders at the Mars Centennial School participated Thursday in a mock town hall meeting on the effects of pollution on the Chesapeake Bay. The students worked in groups of four or five and portrayed a demographic that affects the bay's health.

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