Today's News - Friday, January 10, 2014

For the third time in less than two years, Johnstown police are looking for 28-year-old sex offender Timothy Lee Jones, Jr. who failed to report his address. In October of 2007, Jones, Jr. pleaded guilty to indecent assault of a child younger than 16 and was placed on the Megan’s law registry program. Johnstown police believe Jones is working in Pittsburgh area. Sex offenders failing to register where they work is also a violation of Megan’s law orders.

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On Wednesday afternoon, one of the coldest days of the year, a dog was found frozen to death inside its dog house in Curtin Township, Centre County and police say 46-year-old Ronald Haines will be charged with a summary offense of animal cruelty, which is only punishable by fine. Now, state representative Scott Conklin wants to change that. He’s proposed House Bill 990 and if it is passed, each county will be able to hire a humane officer to enforce animal cruelty laws. Conklin says animal lovers can call their local representatives to support the bill.

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The latest unemployment numbers are out and Pennsylvania did not fare well. The report showed 11,000 new people seeking benefits during the last week of December. Officials say cuts to manufacturing, transportation, construction and administrative services led to the layoffs. Pennsylvania was one of 3 states with the biggest increases in unemployment claims including Michigan and New Jersey.

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is being slapped with legal action for his role in September's gridlock at the George Washington Bridge. Six Bergen County commuters have filed a lawsuit, claiming they were late for work after being, quote, "trapped on local roads." The lane blockages were reportedly an act of political retaliation against a mayor who did not support Christie's re-election bid.

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Nine West Virginia counties are under a state of emergency this morning after a chemical leak along the Elk River. Thousands of residents are being told to refrain from drinking, cooking or washing with the water until further notice. Officials say the water is okay to use for sanitation and fire protection.

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The December jobs report is due out this morning and will help indicate which way the economy is heading. During the three months ending in November, the Labor Department estimates the economy added 193,000 jobs each month.

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A hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois is at the center of a disturbing outbreak of what's being called a "nightmare bacteria." The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the superbug has infected 44 people there in the past year.

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The U.S. is looking into resuming its nonlethal military aid to the Syrian opposition. "The New York Times" cites senior U.S. officials as saying the aid may restart even if some ends up in the hands of Islamist groups.

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The Indian diplomat at the center of a controversy with the U. S. is on her way back home. She was asked to leave the country after she was indicted Thursday on visa fraud charges. The diplomat was arrested and strip-searched in New York last month, setting off a diplomatic crisis with India.

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The polar vortex is easing its grip on parts of the U.S. that got slammed with frigid temperatures. Weekend temperatures will be above mid-January averages throughout the country. Daytime highs in the 60s are possible in Washington, DC and 70s are a good bet for parts of North Carolina and southern Virginia.

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Something new will hit the U.S. roadways in 2015. Elio Motors is revving up an ultra-high fuel economy car for a price tag of $6,800 dollars. It's a sleek looking model that has only three wheels. The company hopes to begin delivering the car in the first quarter of 2015.

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A Mercer County prison inmate is suing the NFL. Daniel Spuck says referees should have called an illegal formation penalty against San Diego in their game against Kansas City on December 29th. He thinks if the penalty had been called, Kansas City would have had another chance at the field goal which cost them the game. If the Chiefs had won, the Steelers would have made the playoffs. Spuck is asking that the playoffs be postponed so Kansas City can re-do the kick.

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Suspended Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez may be considering taking a lesser penalty. ESPN New York cites a source in the "A-Rod" camp as saying the embattled slugger has discussed the idea of accepting a reduced ban of 100 games or less. Rodriguez was given an unprecedented 211-game suspension last season for his alleged ties to the Biogenesis clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.

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Gatorade is getting some heat over an ad campaign that referred to water as "the enemy of performance." A food activist and blogger has filed a complaint with the New York State Attorney General, saying the viral campaign is deceptive advertising. A mobile app game connected to the campaign features an avatar of Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt going faster through an obstacle course if he picks up bottles of Gatorade.

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A new study has found that wasting time waiting on slow technology could be making you less healthy. The research, commissioned by retailer Crucial.com, finds that the average American spends about two hours per week waiting on their slow computers to load. When asked what they would do with those extra two hours, 31 percent said they would do use it to exercise more. Being in a rush is also what keeps many from eating right. Thirty-seven percent said they would likely use the time to cook healthier meals for themselves and their family. The act of waiting on a computer alone isn't helpful to the body. Forty-five percent of respondents said it leaves them feeling more "drained" than an intense workout.

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