Former CIA Director Tells Lawmakers About 'Very Aggressive' Russian Election Meddling

Updated at 12:41 p.m. ET Former CIA Director John Brennan told the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday that Russia "brazenly interfered in the 2016 election process," despite U.S. efforts to warn them off. Brennan testified in an open session of the committee, one of a handful of congressional committee now investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Brennan said he told his Russian counterpart, the head of Russia's FSB, last August that if Russia pursued its efforts to interfere, ...

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The Democratic primary race for Centre County District Attorney is being fought fiercely in Letters to the Editor, campaign mailers, debates and even Facebook pages specifically aimed at ousting current district attorney, Stacy Parks Miller.

There’s no Republican challenger on the ballot, so the winner of the Democratic primary will likely be the next district attorney.

More than 100 people gathered at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg on Wednesday for Keystone Crossroads’ second annual Urban Ideas Worth Stealing conference. Panelists and audience members discussed Pennsylvania cities’ biggest challenges, and offered their experience addressing them. Some of the day’s tweets can be found below, but here are a few of the highlights:

Thirty-one million Americans experience lower back pain. What’s the secret for long-term back health? We’ll talk with a classically trained spine surgeon who advises back- and neck-pain sufferers not to rush to surgery. What’s the secret to long-term back health? We’ll talk about that with Dr. Kamshad (Raiszadeh, author of Take Back Control: A Surgeon’s Guide to Healing Your Spine Without Medications or Surgery.

 

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Opera legend Marilyn Horne returned to her hometown of Bradford on Saturday, May 6 for the dedication of the Marilyn Horne Museum at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.  WPSU’s Kristine Allen spoke with Horne and toured the museum.

WPSU Jazz Archive - May 12, 2017

May 12, 2017
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An archive recording for the WPSU Jazz show as aired on May 12, 2017 and hosted by Rana Glick. 

In the first hour, hear the Ralph Moore Quartet, Nina Simone, Miles Davis, Benny Golson, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, and more.

In the second part, hear Larry Young, Jon Hendricks, Joco Pastorius, Kurt Elling, Art Tatum, Maggie Green, Lionel Hampton and more.

 

This I Believe: I Believe In Working With My Hands

May 11, 2017

Like many children, I had a set of blocks and a tree house to play with when I was little. Mine were special, though - my grandfather built them. Dazzled by his ability to work with his hands and obsessed with firefighters, I asked him to build me a working fire truck. Although the finished product did not quite match my dream, it was a mechanical marvel and a testament to my grandfather’s skill. It was made almost entirely of wood, including the steering wheel, axles, and ladder.

 

Providence, Rhode Island had Buddy Cianci. Bridgeport, Connecticut had Joe Ganim. Washington, D.C. had Marion Barry.

Will Allentown mayor Ed Pawlowski join the list of mayors re-elected despite federal corruption charges?

Michael Black has been borough resident since 1991 and is a local business owner. He earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Springfield College and his master’s degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. He served as a student affairs professional at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and pursued a doctorate degree at Penn State in higher education. He is a graduate of the of the Leadership Centre County program. Black was once a volunteer on-air host for WPSU. 

Janet Engeman was elected to the State College Borough Council in 2015. She is a graduate of State College High and Lock Haven University with a degree in economics. Engeman left the area for many years after high school before returning with her husband in 1995. Engeman was a labor market analyst for the New Jersey Department of Labor, and worked on multiple projects with Applied Data Research, Mathematica Policy Research, and Computer Associates.

Don Hahn is a Centre County native, and graduated from State College High and Penn State. He holds a law degree from Villanova University, and is currently an attorney at Stover-McGlaughin Law firm in State College. Hahn has held numerous public service positions including member and president of the State College Borough Council, a member of Centre Region Council of Governments and has served on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Municipal League, and the State College Community Land Trust. 

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The only thing bigger than a classic beef in hip-hop is a monumental collabo. And when Kendrick Lamar, the artist with the biggest selling album of the year (DAMN.), hooks up with Future, the artist responsible for making history in 2017 with back-to-back No. 1 albums (FUTURE, HNDRXX), it's bound to be the best of both worlds. That's exactly what happens on a newly released remix of Future's runaway hit "Mask Off," featuring an inspired verse from Lamar.

The pairing is unexpected, no doubt, but here's what makes it so compelling and dope.

"Peace is a choice we must make each day," President Trump said during a visit to the West Bank city of Bethlehem, where he reiterated his resolve to help mediate a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians and sounded upbeat about its prospects.

"The United States is here to help make that dream possible for young Jewish, Christian and Muslim children across the region," Trump said Tuesday as he stood alongside Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

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Report: Trump Asked Intel Heads To Push Back On FBI Russia Probe

President Trump asked two top U.S. intelligence chiefs to push back against the FBI's investigation into possible collusion between Russia and his presidential campaign, the Washington Post reported Monday evening. According to the Post , the president made the request to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers shortly after then-FBI Director James Comey — who Trump fired almost two weeks ago — confirmed the existence of the FBI...

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Manchester Concert Bombing: What We Know Tuesday

Updated at 12:30 p.m. ET A bombing at the end of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, has killed 22 people and injured 59 more, police say. Monday night's concert had drawn thousands of children and young people — many of whom were trying to leave when the blast hit. The bomber died at Manchester Arena, police say. Greater Manchester Police have identified Salman Abedi, 22, as the suspected suicide bomber. Earlier on Tuesday, police said they were trying to learn whether the...

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In Some Rural Counties, Hunger Is Rising, But Food Donations Aren't

One in eight Americans — 42 million people — still struggles to get enough to eat. And while that number has been going down recently, hunger appears to be getting worse in some economically distressed areas, especially in rural communities. Food banks that serve these areas are also feeling the squeeze, as surplus food supplies dwindle but the lines of people seeking help remain long. As a result, food banks such as Feeding America Southwest Virginia are trying to shorten those lines by...

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Medical Research, Health Care Face Deep Cuts In Trump Budget

The proposed budget unveiled Tuesday by the Trump administration doubles down on major cuts to biomedical research, fighting infectious disease outbreaks, health care for the poor, elderly and disabled, and prevention of HIV/AIDS. It restates the goals of the "skinny budget" the administration released in March, which was widely condemned by scientists and public health advocates. Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, said Monday that the goal is to cut back on...

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British Police Confirm 22 People Dead After Explosion At Manchester Arena

Updated at 4:30 a.m. ET Police in Manchester, England, confirm 22 people dead at Manchester Arena following an explosion after a concert by Ariana Grande. Nearly 60 people have been injured. Authorities say they believe one man detonated an improvised explosive device, and was killed in the explosion. Chief Constable Ian Hopkins of the Greater Manchester Police said in a news conference, "We have been treating this as a terrorist incident and we believe, at this stage, the attack last night...

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GOP Bill Could Undercut Some Coverage In Job-Based Insurance

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Former CIA Director Tells Lawmakers About 'Very Aggressive' Russian Election Meddling

Updated at 12:41 p.m. ET Former CIA Director John Brennan told the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday that Russia "brazenly interfered in the 2016 election process," despite U.S. efforts to warn them off. Brennan testified in an open session of the committee, one of a handful of congressional committee now investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Brennan said he told his Russian counterpart, the head of Russia's FSB, last August that if Russia pursued its efforts to interfere, ...

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Nacho Cheese Sauce Tainted With Botulism Kills California Man

A rare outbreak of botulism has hospitalized nine people and killed one man in northern California, health officials say. The outbreak began early last month when several people fell ill after eating nacho cheese sauce bought at a gas station in Walnut Grove, Calif., just outside Sacramento. Health officials removed four batches of nacho cheese sauce from the Valley Oak Food and Fuel gas station on May 5. Now, that cheese has tested positive for the botulinum toxin, the California Department...

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President Trump's Budget Proposal Calls For Deep Cuts To Education

President Trump's full budget proposal for fiscal year 2018, to be released Tuesday, calls for a $9.2 billion, or 13.5 percent, spending cut to education. The cuts would be spread across K-12 and aid to higher education, according to documents released by the White House. None of this can be finalized without Congress. And the political track record for Presidents who want to reduce education funding is not promising, even in a far less poisoned atmosphere than the one that hovers over...

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Supreme Court Rejects 2 N.C. Congressional Districts As Unconstitutional

Civil rights advocates and Democrats are celebrating after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Republican-controlled North Carolina Legislature had drawn two congressional districts that amount to unconstitutional racial gerrymanders. Election experts say the decision is likely to boost the prospects for success in similar challenges across the South. For more than a quarter century, the Supreme Court has been struggling with the question of race and partisanship in drawing both...

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With Trump In Office, Did The Kremlin Get More Than It Bargained For?

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Seattle Mom Sues Trump To Stop Travel Ban And Bring Her Son Home

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In 'A King's Obsession,' Anne Boleyn's True Love Is Power

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Ethics Agency Rejects White House Move To Block Ethics Waiver Disclosures

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South African Man Crushed To Death By Wounded Elephant

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Flynn Takes The 5th, Refuses To Turn Over Documents To Senate Panel

Updated at 6 p.m. ET Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn is invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination on Monday, refusing to hand over documents subpoenaed by the Senate Intelligence Committee. The panel wants to see documents relating to Flynn's interactions with Russian officials as part of its probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Meanwhile, the House Oversight Committee's top Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, says...

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