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'Fire hazard' home burns as couple signs deed to buy it

My Way News - 'Fire hazard' home burns as couple signs deed to buy it: A western Pennsylvania couple who bought a neighboring vacant house because they feared it was a fire hazard was right: It caught fire while they were at the county courthouse signing the deed.

The (Somerset) Daily American ( ) reports that Bradley and Penny Mason bought the house in Meyersdale intending to tear it down. It's located just feet from their home about 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

A neighbor called 911 to report the fire at about 3 p.m. Wednesday, and fire officials have determined the origin was suspicious. The fire marshal is still investigating the cause.

Penny Mason tells the newspaper the home has "been sitting empty for a couple years. We didn't even know about the fire until the fire department was called."

The first-floor fire was quickly extinguished.

New Jersey teacher who was late for work 111 times keeps job

My Way News - New Jersey teacher who was late for work 111 times keeps job: An elementary school teacher has been allowed to keep his job even though he was late for work 111 times over a two-year period.

In a decision filed Aug. 19, an arbitrator rejected an attempt by the Roosevelt Elementary School to fire 15-year veteran Arnold Anderson from his $90,000-a-year job, saying he was entitled to progressive discipline.

Anderson was late 46 times in the most recent school year through March 20 and 65 times in the previous school year, the arbitrator said. But the arbitrator criticized Anderson's claim that the quality of his teaching outweighed his tardiness.

He relied on "micro-quibbles of a few unpersuasive explanations, with a macro-default position that even when he is late he nevertheless delivers a superb educational experience to his grateful students," the arbitrator wrote.

The arbitrator found that the district failed to provide Anderson with due process by providing him with a formal notice of inefficiency or by giving him 90 days to correct his failings before terminating his employment.

The district has withheld raises for his tardiness and Anderson will remain suspended without pay until Jan. 1.

Police confront North Dakota students armed with telescope

My Way News - Police confront North Dakota students armed with telescope: Two North Dakota State University students got a scare when armed police officers mistook their telescope for a rifle.

WDAY-TV reports ( ) that Levi Joraanstad and Colin Waldera were setting up the telescope behind their apartment Monday night when they were blinded by a bright light and told to stop moving.

They couldn't see who was shining the light and presumed it was a prank by other students.

An officer on patrol had spotted the two and thought the telescope was a rifle. He also thought Joraanstad's dark sweater with white lettering on the back looked like a tactical vest. He called for backup and the officers confronted the students.

Police say the students were never in danger and that it was a situation of "better safe than sorry."

​Trump vows to stop eating Oreos, citing move to Mexico

​Trump vows to stop eating Oreos, citing move to Mexico - CBS News: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump repeated his claim Tuesday evening that he would stop eating Oreos, citing the cookie maker's decision to close a plant in Chicago and move it to Mexico.

"I'm never eating Oreos again," Trump said, before adding that he would consider it if he could find some that were made in the U.S.

Trump's claim is partly true.

Oreo's parent company Mondelez International Inc. said last month that it decided to invest $130 million in building four new production lines at a plant in Mexico, which will replace nine older production lines at its Chicago plant.

That will mean the number of jobs at the Chicago plant will go from about 1,200 to about 600, said Laurie Guzzinati, a Mondelez representative. But the plant in Chicago will remain open.

Guzzinati said the decision to invest in the Mexico plant came after discussions with union representatives for workers at the Chicago plant. She said the company determined that the new production lines would cost $46 million less per year in Mexico than in Chicago, and said labor was "one of many factors."

Pastor robbed at gunpoint after anti-violence rally

Pastor robbed at gunpoint after anti-violence rally - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports: Just hours after a group of religious leaders finished a community outreach event in Savannah on Saturday, speaking out against recent crime in the city, one of those leaders was the target of an armed robbery.

It's exactly the kind of activity Sweetfield of Eden Baptist Church Pastor Thomas Sills and dozens of other church leaders are fighting to stop here in Savannah.

The "We Must Do Something" event focused on offering a message of hope, to young adults especially, in high crime areas this past Saturday.

But according to a police report, when Sills was at a River Street parking lot Saturday night, two people jumped out of the bushes and robbed him.

McDonald's Declines Burger King's 'McWhopper' Offer

McDonald's Declines Burger King's 'McWhopper' Offer - NBC News: Hold the pickle, please. McDonald's has declined Burger King's proposal to collaborate on a "McWhopper" for world peace.

The "McWhopper" would have combined elements of the chains' famous "Big Mac" and "Whopper" burgers to create a new double-decker burger. The burgers would have been sold for one day in a franchise jointly run by employees of both companies.

Burger King is tying the publicity stunt to a nonprofit called Peace One Day, which says it promotes Peace Day. The United Nations created the International Day of Peace in 1981 to coincide with its annual opening session in September. It then designated Sept. 21 as the annual "day of non-violence and cease-fire" in 2001.

Burger King touted the idea in full page ads in the New York Times, social media, and a taste test on the TODAY show.

But apparently they didn't ring anyone over at the Golden Arches first.

"We love the intention but think our two brands could do something bigger to make a difference," read a post on McDonald's Facebook signed by McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook.