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'Mommy!': Families Terrified After Strangers Hack Their Ring Security Cameras Multiple reports of Ring cameras being hacked in recent days are raising new concerns about the system's security.

Hambone's Shut Down For Not Paying Alcohol Tax PITTSBURGH - The county has shut down a popular bar in Lawrenceville after it didn't pay its alcohol tax. Hambone's is now padlocked, Allegheny County Treasurer John Weinstein announced on Thursday.

Man Says He Was Kicked Out Of Mall Because He Looked Too Much Like Santa I said, 'Why?' You look too much like Santa Clause. I said, 'What, all I want to do is get some lunch,'" said Allen. Representatives for the mall told WBTV it has an exclusive contract with another Santa so it's not allowed to have any Santa look-alikes hanging around.

Astrorobotic Lunar Logistics Company To Open Headquarters In North Side PITTSBURGH - Astrobotic, a "lunar logistics" company, has announced that it will open headquarters in the North Side. Astrobotic announced Thursday that its 47,000 square foot facility in the North Side neighborhood of Manchester will open in May 2020.

Police Chase In Venango County Ends In Arrest - When Venango County Sheriffs attempted to arrest a man on a domestic relations arrest warrant, he fled the scene and led them on a chase. Donald Smith, a 41-year-old male of Cooperstown, Pa., fled police in a vehicle and traveled along State Route 427 and State Route 27.

Warren gets campaign effort going in Pennsylvania - Elizabeth Warren's campaign is moving to become the first in the Democratic presidential primary to hire field staff and open field offices in Pennsylvania, early moves in a late primary state that could become an important prize if the nominee remains in doubt past March.

Former Westmoreland Co. Sheriff's Deputy Accused Of Bribing Female Inmates With Cigarettes For Sexual Favors GREENSBURG - A former Westmoreland County sheriff's deputy was arrested for allegedly bribing female inmates with cigarettes in exchange for sexual favors. State police say 32-year-old Daniel Gradischek often preformed prisoner transports as part of his sheriff's deputy duties.

Pittsburgh Steelers Center Maurkice Pouncey Named Walter Payton Man Of The Year Nominee PITTSBURGH - Maurkice Pouncey is being recognized by the Steelers for his good works on and off the field. The team announced that the former Pro Bowl center was the team's nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award. "Always finding ways to help others.

Your view: Can't understand continuing support for Trump It is difficult to understand why 40 percent of adult Americans still support our president. It may be true that the rising stock prices are especially helping the rich get richer, but our president hasn't reduced drug prices or health insurance premiums, or increased the minimum wage, or done anything else to help most of our working class.

Jay Ambrose: Lies can kill people and our presence in Afghanistan is an example It's no small thing when grotesque mistakes and lies about them cost 2,300 lives and a trillion dollars, but that's what we got from U.S. officials who have kept us at war in Afghanistan for 18 years. A chief culprit is the Pentagon, of course, but also presidents, Congress and the State Department.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Becomes First Democratic Primary Candidate To Open Field Offices In Pennsylvania It has the fifth-most Democratic primary delegates. Warren may have ground to make up in Pennsylvania. Former Vice President Joe Biden has his campaign headquarters in Philadelphia and deep political inroads in the state.

Pittsburgh Penguins Forward Patric Hornqvist Donates $7,200 To Western PA Diaper Bank PITTSBURGH - Patric Hornqvist is helping young families in the area with a generous donation. The team announced the donation of $7,200 to the Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank Thursday afternoon. The donations will help children from families at low-income or the poverty level in the region.

Public meeting on Wilkes-Barre sewers cancelled, Mayor-elect Brown to reschedule WILKES-BARRE - The public will have to wait until next year to learn about proposals to sell or lease the city's sewer system. The public meeting scheduled for Tuesday was cancelled due to the unavailability of information on a possible lease by the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority.

Decorated war veteran Granville declares candidacy for Congress - Decorated war veteran and veterans advocate Earl Granville on Thursday announced his candidacy for Congress in Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District. Granville, 36 of Scott Township, is seeking the Republican nomination.

Woman pleads guilty to newborn death WILKES-BARRE - A woman is facing up to 18 months in jail after she pleaded guilty Thursday to an involuntary manslaughter charge for discarding a newborn baby after she gave birth inside a Union Township residence last year.

'Nope, Sorry. He's Ours,' XFL Blocked Pittsburgh Steelers From Signing QB Landry Jones, Phillip Walker In 2019 PITTSBURGH - When the Steelers were injury-riddled early this season, they thought they were going to rely on a familiar face for help. But, when push came to shove, the former Steelers backup was not available. That's right, the XFL was not going to allow any players signed under contract for their upcoming season to go to the NFL.

Congressman Conor Lamb Says He Will Vote For Articles Of Impeachment Conor Lamb says he will vote for both articles of impeachment against President Trump, the Post-Gazette reports.

Pa. Food Bank Receives Nearly 100,000 Eggs From Farm - A farm that supplies vaccine manufacturers is donating nearly 100,000 surplus eggs to a central Pennsylvania food bank that's scrambling to get them to needy families.

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Police Work To Identify 2 Males Accused Of Stealing From Cars In Indiana Co. - Police are trying to identify two males who have been going around Indiana, entering cars and stealing valuables. Sergeant Eric Slovinsky shared surveillance footage of the suspects on twitter. They're accused of going into four different cars and stealing valuables in Indiana Borough.

Pittsburgh Penguins Recall Joseph Blandisi On Emergency Basis From Wilkes-Barre Scranton PITTSBURGH - Joseph Blandisi is making his way back the the NHL on an emergency basis. The team made the move Thursday morning. "The Penguins have recalled forward Joseph Blandisi on an emergency basis from the @WBSPenguins." There was no reason given for the call-up.

Take the Philly holiday quiz: How well do you know this city's winter traditions? This edition of Billy Penn Philly Quizzo will find out how much you know about the city's early winter fun. On Tuesday evening, we took over The Common in West Philly with our monthly trivia night. About 30 people split into five teams to answer three rounds of questions: Philly Holiday Past, Philly Holiday Present and Philly Holiday Future.

Surrender a gun, no questions asked? Not an option in everyday Philadelphia Unless it's during a special give-back event, department policy requires anyone turning in a gun to provide identification, a police spokesperson confirmed to Billy Penn. That poses a potential conflict for people who want to get rid of weapons without risking criminal charges for themselves - or their loved ones.

Pittsburgh Councilwoman Darlene Harris Sues City Over Campaign Finance Laws A Pittsburgh councilwoman is suing Mayor Bill Peduto, the city's ethics board and its executive director over Pittsburgh's campaign finance laws.

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