Today's News - Friday, June 6, 2014

A federal grand jury in Johnstown has indicted 34-year-old Leigh Ann Rummel of Twin Rocks on a charge of misapplication of funds by a bank employee. She was working as a teller C&G Savings Bank in Altoona in 2013 when she allegedly took $7,500. If found guilty, Rummel faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

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Cresson police say they responded to two heroin overdoses Wednesday. One victim was found unconscious in the bathroom at McDonald’s, and a woman overdosed at an apartment on Front Street. She told police Troy Shilling injected her, then himself. Shilling and the first victim have both been arraigned on drug charges and locked up in the Cambria County Prison.

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In Cambria County Court Thursday, 34-year-old Dale Malloy of Vintondale, pleaded guilty to reduced charges of homicide by vehicle in a fatal DUI wreck. Malloy’s pickup crashed on Chickaree Hill Road in Jackson Township in December 2011, killing his passenger, Kaylynn Reynolds. He will be sentenced July 22.

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According to “The Tribune-Democrat,” a newly unveiled historical marker recognizes Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross, and her contributions in helping care for the survivors of the 1889 Johnstown Flood. The marker is located on Johns Street in downtown, near the river walking path. Barton is credited with providing care, shelter and food to 25,000 survivors.

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State Senator Jake Corman’s lawsuit against the NCAA could go to trial in January. He’s seeking to keep millions of dollars in sanctions imposed against Penn State from leaving Pennsylvania. Commonwealth Court Judge Anne Covey says discovery must be complete by September 8, and the trial is set to begin January 6 if the case isn’t resolved by then.

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A newly-compiled report, summarizing a survey about the financial condition of Pennsylvania's public schools, is not encouraging. The report, released yesterday, presents responses from 279 of the state's 500 school districts. One in seven plans to furlough teachers next year and many more plan to reduce or eliminate academic programs and extracurricular activities. The survey also found that three-quarters of school districts will have to raise property taxes next year.

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Pennsylvania lawmakers are pushing for legislation that would help catch drivers who pass stopped school buses by placing cameras on the outside of the buses. Officials are currently testing the system on a Cornwall Lebanon School District bus and have caught more than 25 drivers illegally passing buses since December. The bill would fine violators $250.

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Police say the suspect in the shooting that killed one person and wounded three others at Seattle Pacific University is not a student at the school. Investigators say 26-year-old Aaron Ybarra of Mountlake Terrace is believed to have acted alone before he was subdued by students and staff at Otto Miller Hall Thursday afternoon.

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President Obama is making "no apologies" for the deal that led to the release of U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. Speaking in Brussels after a global economic summit Thursday, Obama said prisoner exchanges with enemies are not unique to his administration. He insisted that getting Bergdahl out of Taliban custody was consistent with a longstanding U.S. policy of never leaving a man behind in wartime.

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The suspect in the shooting deaths of three Canadian Mounties is now under arrest. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have confirmed that Justin Bourque was captured early this morning in the backyard of a home in Moncton, New Brunswick, the same city where he went on a shooting rampage. Bourque was wanted for killing three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers and wounding two others.

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A bipartisan deal to start reforming the troubled Veterans Affairs Department is in the works in the Senate. A group of Democrats and Republicans has worked out legislation aimed at speeding up care for veterans. The measure would authorize the hiring of more doctors and nurses and the construction of more VA hospitals.

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Bank of America is negotiating a huge settlement with the Justice Department. The settlement could total as much as 12-billion dollars. B-of-A allegedly defrauded buyers of home loans by misleading them about the quality of the loans that were issued. Those loans played a key role in the 2008 financial crisis that triggered a housing market collapse.

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The head of General Motors is apologizing for problems related to a recall of millions of small cars linked to more than a dozen deaths. Speaking in Detroit today, GM's Mary Barra insisted the automaker's goal is to build high-quality, safe vehicles, and in this case the company fell short. Barra also said 15 employees have been fired for not doing their jobs properly.

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Another U.S. citizen is reportedly being detained in North Korea. The American is identified as Jeffrey Edward Paole, who entered the isolated country on April 29. North Korea's official news agency claims he "carried out acts that were inappropriate for a tourist."

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There are still Americans being held by the Taliban. A top congressional aide told "USA Today" the deal that freed Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was chosen over a broader plan that included the release of more U.S. citizens. The larger plan reportedly wasn't complete before State Department negotiations secured Bergdahl's release.

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A federal agent is dead after shooting himself inside the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Building on the south side of Pittsburgh. Police say 43-year-old James McConaughy took his own life Thursday and was pronounced dead at the scene. There is no word yet on what may have prompted McConaughy to take his own life.

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Casey Kasem is in critical condition as he continues to battle an infected bed sore. In a written statement, St. Anthony Hospital spokesman Scott Thompson says the ailing radio legend is on I-V antibiotics, blood pressure and pain medication while he's being treated for the wound. Kasem arrived at the hospital in Washington state with the injury on Sunday.

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Chrysler is recalling more than ten-thousand SUVs to fix a defect that could cause brief, unintended acceleration in cruise-control mode. The recall affects some 2014 Dodge Durangos and Jeep Cherokees and Grand Cherokees. The automaker said it was unaware of any injuries or accidents related to the defect.

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A massive asteroid dubbed "The Beast" will thankfully miss Earth as it harmlessly buzzes by this weekend. Astronomers say the thousand-foot-wide rock will be about three lunar distances away from us as it zooms by. The Beast is up to 20 times bigger than the asteroid that injured at least a thousand people when it slammed into Siberia last year.

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With summertime approaching many Americans are hearing the call of the open road. Nearly 85 percent of the respondents in a Bridgestone poll say they'll head out on at least one road trip this summer. Most say they'll drive instead of fly because it's cheaper.

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By the age of ten, most children will have had their first "facts of life" talk with their parents. That's according to a recent study by AVG Technologies, which says the talk comes an average of five years earlier than the previous generation. The majority of parents surveyed blamed the Internet for motivating the conversation so early on.

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Who wants to share the silver screen with Jake Gyllenhaal? The boxing film “Southpaw” will be shooting in Indiana and Pittsburgh this summer and an open casting call for extras is being held from 10:00 to 3:00 tomorrow at Indiana Mall. You must be 18 or older. For information, go to movieextraspittsburgh.com.

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