Today's News - Friday, August 29, 2014

Testimony resumes at 9 a.m. in Johnstown for the murder trial of 22-year-old Demetrius Gibson of Tire Hill. He’s charged in the August 2013 stabbing death of his girlfriend Elizabeth Miller. The prosecution is seeking a first degree murder conviction, but the defense says Gibson wasn’t the aggressor. Miller’s brother testified that he saw Gibson hitting his sister earlier that night and that Gibson threatened him with a hammer and a kitchen knife.

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Beginning Monday, Penelec customers will see a significant drop in their monthly bills. First Energy Spokesman Scott Surgeoner says the residential rate for electricity will decrease from 9.28 cents per kilowatt hour to 7.05 cents. The average residential customer will see their bill fall from $109.61 cents to $92.93.

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The Pennsylvania DUI Association is warning drivers to be safe on the roads over the Labor Day holiday. Officers will be conducting stationary checkpoints and roving DUI patrols with PennDOT’s "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. During last year’s Labor Day weekend, there were 150 alcohol-related crashes and two fatalities as well as 47 drug-related crashes and seven fatalities.

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A new poll shows Democrat Tom Wolf with a wide lead over incumbant Republican Governor Tom Corbett. The statewide telephone survey released Thursday by Franklin & Marshall College shows Wolf favored by 49 percent of registered voters, Corbett backed by 24 percent, and 25 percent undecided. Those results are about the same as those from a June poll done by the same college. Election Day is November 4.

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AAA projects that 34.7 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2008 and a 1.3 percent increase over last year. Nearly 86 percent of travelers will make a final road trip before summer wraps up. About eight percent will fly somewhere.

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President Obama says he wants to make sure there's a plan for dealing with ISIS militants in Syria before he consults Congress on the situation. In a White House news conference yesterday, the President also warned that rooting out ISIS militants will not be quick or easy.

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The Army psychologist who murdered 13 people at Fort Hood wants to join ISIS. Nidal Hasan sent a letter to ISIS leadership a few weeks ago, saying it would be an honor to be an obedient citizen soldier for someone who doesn't compromise the religion of All-Mighty Allah.

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A group of protestors in Ferguson, Missouri is suing local police officials over their tactics during riots and looting following the Michael Brown shooting. The $40 million lawsuit is being filed by six people who say law enforcement engaged in "militaristic displays of force and weaponry" as if they were "war combatants." Neither the city nor the police department have made any comments on the lawsuit.

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The pilot of an F-15 fighter jet that crashed in western Virginia Wednesday is dead. The commander at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Massachusetts said the pilot was unable to eject and died in the crash.

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NATO says over one-thousand Russian troops are operating inside Ukraine and has released satellite images that it says show Russian combat forces with heavy weapons inside Ukrainian territory. In a White House news conference, President Obama insisted that Russia is responsible for the violence and instability in eastern Ukraine.

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Hillary Clinton is speaking for the first time about the recent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri following the killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown. Speaking Thursday in San Francisco, Clinton said "we cannot ignore the inequities" in America's justice system.

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Lava began flowing from a fissure on a volcano in Iceland Thursday evening. Scientists haven't seen any ash spewing from the volcano, but Icelandic Air Traffic Control has closed the airspace above the eruption.

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The National Institutes of Health is about to start testing an experimental Ebola vaccine on humans. The testing will begin next week at the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Hundreds of items that belonged to civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks are headed for public display. The son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett has bought the items, including Parks' Presidential Medal of Freedom. Howard Buffett says his foundation will make sure the items are put on public display because they belong to all Americans.

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A group of protestors in Ferguson, Missouri is suing local police officials over their tactics during riots and looting following the Michael Brown shooting. The 40-million dollar lawsuit is being filed by six people who say law enforcement engaged in "militaristic displays of force and weaponry" as if they were "war combatants." Neither the city nor the police department have made any comments on the lawsuit.

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There's more drama for the University of Southern California football program. Ex-USC running back Anthony Brown is calling first-year head coach Steve Sarkisian a racist. Brown, who quit the team last week, posted on Instagram "Sark treated me like a slave in his office. Can't play for a racist man."

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More Americans are getting away for Labor Day. Triple-A projects close to 35 million of us will travel at least 50 miles this weekend, an increase of almost one and a-half percent from last year.

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Melissa Rivers says her mom, Joan Rivers, is "resting comfortably" and is with their family. Melissa reportedly flew to New York to be at her mother's side after news broke about Joan's medical emergency. The 81-year-old comedienne was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City Thursday after she reportedly stopped breathing during vocal cord surgery at her doctor's office.

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