Today's News - Cinco de Mayo, Monday, May 5, 2014

State police in Indiana County say a wreck Saturday may have been drug or alcohol-related. Twenty-four-year-old Bobbie Stewart of Clymer was flown to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh after her car struck an oncoming vehicle along Route 403 east of Clymer. Stewart was not wearing a seat belt. The other driver was taken to Indiana Regional Medical Center.

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There were 14 heroin overdoses in a 72-hour period last week in Cambria and Somerset counties, and now authorities say an arrest has been made. Twenty-four-year-old Aaron Walters of Johnstown is accused of selling a bad batch of heroin stamped with the words “7 of hearts.” Walters turned himself in Saturday evening after he saw his picture on social media sites. Earlier this year, 22 people died in one weekend in the Pittsburgh area due to heroin laced with fentanyl. Officials cannot yet confirm if this batch of heroin is laced with fentanyl.

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Jury selection is scheduled to begin today for the Cambria County murder trial of 31-year-old Jonathan Kuzma of Johnstown. Police say Kuzma stabbed his father, John, and beat him with a hammer because he refused to let his son use his car to go to a methadone clinic in Altoona. The body was found in the basement. Jonathan allegedly broke into his father’s safe and stole jewelry, money, prescription drugs and a handgun which he used to buy heroin.

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The price of a gallon of gas rose three cents to $3.72 nationally over the past two weeks, but the latest Lundberg survey believes prices will start to fall a little bit. This latest increase marks 12 straight weeks of price hikes. In our area, a gallon of gas will cost you $3.85. The statewide average is $3.80.

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An investigation is underway in Providence, Rhode Island after as many as 20 people were injured in a circus accident. At least eight female acrobats with Ringling Brothers fell to the ground from 25 to 40 feet up when their aerial apparatus collapsed during a hair-hanging routine on Sunday.

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Four passengers and two crew members are recovering from injuries sustained when a jetliner encountered severe turbulence Sunday afternoon. US Airways Flight 735 left Philadelphia International Airport for Orlando, but was forced to turn back shortly after takeoff because of the turbulence.

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The mayor of Los Angeles is expecting the owner of the L.A. Clippers to fight NBA sanctions. Eric Garcetti told CBS' "Face The Nation" he's urging Donald Sterling to apologize for his racist remarks about blacks. Sterling was banned for life from the NBA last week and fined millions after his remarks on an audio recording were leaked to the media.

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The United Nations is taking a hard look at the Vatican this week. Starting today, the U.N. Committee Against Torture will be taking up the Roman Catholic Church's handling of its sexual abuse scandal involving priests. Vatican officials had warned the U.N. against what they call "ideological pressure" after the release of a United Nations report on the scandal earlier this year.

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The murder trial of South African track star Oscar Pistorius is back on today. The Paralympic and Olympic sprinter is charged with deliberately shooting and killing his girlfriend. The double-amputee athlete insists he shot Reeva Steenkamp through a closed bathroom door because he believed an intruder had broken into his home.

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The chair of a House select committee to investigate the deadly 2012 Benghazi attack could be named as early as today. Republican Trey Gowdy of South Carolina is expected to be tapped to head up the committee. The panel will be probing the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans dead including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

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One botched execution does not justify doing away with the death penalty. That's what Texas Governor Rick Perry told NBC's "Meet The Press." The Republican lawmaker also said it's up to individual states to find solutions to problems with executions.

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The Indiana man who became the first in the country to be sickened by MERS is improving. He was diagnosed last week after returning to the United States from Saudi Arabia, where he was a health care worker.

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Two U.S. lawmakers disagree on how to stop Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions in Ukraine. Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin told CNN's "State of the Union" sanctions aren't working. Democrat Representative Eliot Engel of New York says sanctions need time to work.

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A man who didn't want to evacuate his home is dead where a wildfire erupted Sunday afternoon near Guthrie, Oklahoma. Fire officials say the blaze has destroyed at least 20 homes. It's one of several fires in the state that have been fueled by hot weather and high winds.

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Today is Cinco de Mayo. It marks the Mexican army's victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Over time, the anniversary has evolved into a colorful cultural event celebrated across the U.S.

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Rumors about Kim Kardashian and Kanye West marrying in a secret ceremony in L.A. over the weekend are apparently false. A source close to Kim's family tells "People" magazine the reality TV star and her rapper fiance are still just engaged.  

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A dramatic discovery could help reverse the effects of aging. Three studies published over the weekend show that blood from young mice can restore the muscles and brains of older mice. Researchers from Harvard and Stanford universities surgically attached younger mice to older animals and had them share the same blood supply.

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LeBron James' journey to basketball stardom may soon be on the silver screen. According to the "Hollywood Reporter," Universal Pictures is inching nearer to closing a deal that would dramatize LeBron's rise as a high school basketball prodigy. So far, the project is untitled, but it's based on the 2008 documentary "More Than a Game."

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