Today's News - Columbus Day, Monday, October 14, 2013

Governor Tom Corbett is scheduled to be in Johnstown tonight as the keynote speaker at the Veteran Community Initiatives’ Salute to Veterans Dinner. The Pennsylvania Army National Guard’s 1-104th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, which recently returned from Afghanistan, will be honored guests at the event at the Pasquerilla Conference Center downtown.

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Police in Cambria County are still searching for 31-year-old Michaelson Ferdinand of Conemaugh Township. He is wanted in connection with a recent burglary, and last night police were searching Ferndale for Ferdinand. Earlier in the day, he struck a vehicle with his truck after a police chase from Tire Hill into Ferndale. He then fled on foot. One woman suffered minor injuries in the crash.

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In Cambria County Saturday afternoon, neighbors acted quickly and helped save a house when a fire broke out on Spruce Street in Sankertown Borough. Fire crews say the blaze started in the kitchen area, but they haven’t pinned down the exact cause. No one was home at the time and damage is estimated at $100 thousand.

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The Senate will reconvene this afternoon to continue negotiating a way out of the government shutdown. The Senate met in a rare Sunday session focused on the shutdown after talks between President Obama and House Republicans hit a dead end on Saturday.

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The government shutdown and stalemate over raising the debt ceiling has Republicans' polling numbers taking a big hit. Arizona Senator John McCain joked on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that public support for his party is dwindling down to “blood relatives and staffers.”

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The U.S. government is only days away from a possible default and that has many other countries worried. International Monetary Fund Director Christine Lagarde told NBC’s “Meet The Press” the gridlock in Congress is sparking very real concern among finance leaders around the globe. Lagarde warned a default by the world’s largest economy could create worldwide economic destruction.

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More rain is in the forecast for central Texas after the region was pounded by about a foot of rain on Sunday. Flooding damaged homes and prompted the need for numerous water rescues. The rain also caused the unprecedented cancellation of the last day of the Austin City Limits Music Festival.

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Senate Chaplain Barry Black says members of Congress need some real humility to get out of their political gridlock. He spoke with “Fox News Sunday” about what he calls a level of insanity involved in the government shutdown.

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More than 30 people were rescued in the Miami area after their boat capsized on Sunday. The Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission responded to the scene.

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Former Steelers great Hines Ward is now an ironman. Ward finished the Ironman Triathlon in just over 13 hours, completing a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike-ride and a 26.2 mile run in Hawaii on Saturday. Ward says the experience has been, “life-changing.”

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The estimated jackpot for Wednesday's Powerball drawing is 156-million dollars with a lump sum cash option of more than 89 million.

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Jamie Foxx may be taking on the role of the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. According to The Wrap.com, Foxx is in talks to play King in an upcoming biopic. The film will be produced by Steven Spielberg and his DreamWorks Studios, which obtained the rights to the film in 2009. At that time they were also able to secure the rights to King's famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

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Justin Bieber and his bodyguards are being accused of starting an altercation at a nightclub in Seoul, South Korea over the weekend. According to “E! News,” Friday night's DJ, Michael Woods, took to Twitter to post an account of the incident. In his tweets, Woods claims that a shirtless Bieber and his crew “muscled” their way into his booth in the middle of his set, demanding he play more hip-hop music.

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A man in Canada claims grabbing a bear's tongue may have saved his life. The man told CBC News he was walking through the woods near Grand Falls, New Brunswick when the black bear attacked. He says it was on top of him before he knew it and he instinctively grabbed the animal's tongue, which helped him to escape and hide behind a tree.

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