Today's News - Friday, May 23, 2014

Tomorrow, Indiana County officials will honor a fallen hero. Glen Stivison was killed in Afghanistan in 2009. A dedication ceremony for the Glen Stivison Memorial Interchange is set for 11 a.m. It’s at the intersection of Routes 229 and 22 in Burrell Township.

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Police in Conemaugh Township, Somerset County, are warning residents about a scam that cost two township residents thousands of dollars this week. “The Tribune-Democrat” reports that both residents received phone calls from people claiming to be their relatives in trouble, then requested they send green dot money packs to them One person lost $7,000 and the other $2,500 before her daughter intervened.

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A goal of $3.45 million has been set to completely update the Johnstown Flood Musuem. The fundraising kicked off with a $75,000 grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation of Pittsburgh. Next week marks the 125th anniversary of the Great Johnstown Flood.

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Police in Pennsylvania are gearing up for the busy Memorial Day holiday weekend and are reminding motorists to be careful on the roads. This week, officers from Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio kicked off a multistate summer driving enforcement effort called the Combined Accident Reduction Project. Troopers will be conducting checkpoints and roving patrols this weekend looking for intoxicated or aggressive drivers. Officials say travel this weekend is expected to be the heaviest travel time since 2000.

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A Pennsylvania lawmaker is introducing legislation that would require certified lifeguards at all state parks with public beaches. Senator Rob Teplitz says unguarded beaches pose a safety risk and he feels it is important to ensure people have a trained safety professional on hand. Lifeguards were eliminated from lake beaches at state parks in 2008 due to the expense.

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The electric chair is making a comeback in the state of Tennessee. Governor Bill Haslam signed the bill Thursday allowing use of the electric chair as an option for executions if lethal injection drugs are unavailable. The law was introduced as various states are having difficulty in obtaining drugs for lethal injections.

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Toyota is recalling more than half a million cars for three separate problems. The biggest recall applies to Sienna Minivans produced between 2004 and 2011. Highlander SUVs manufactured within the past year and some Lexus cars made in 2012 are also being recalled.

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Millions of Americans are cleaning up after the severe weather that hammered much of the country. Fierce winds, hail, and scattered tornadoes knocked out power, damaged and destroyed property, and disrupted travel. Large hail and damaging winds are in the forecast for parts of eastern New Mexico and West Texas, and the eastern regions of North and South Carolina.

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The House is making a strong statement about NSA spying. A measure to scale back NSA surveillance programs was approved on a vote of 303-121. The bill now goes to the Senate. Lawmakers have expressed growing concerns about NSA eavesdropping ever since details were leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

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They're on edge in northern Arizona, where thousands of people have been told to be ready to leave their homes if the raging Slide Fire continues burning across the landscape as it has been for days now. The fire has scorched about seven thousand acres near the scenic town of Sedona, just ahead of a holiday weekend that would normally see scores of visitors.

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The Obama administration is breaking its silence about a U.S. Marine who's been behind bars in Mexico for weeks on gun charges. A State Department spokeswoman confirmed Thursday that Secretary of State John Kerry raised the issue of Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi in meetings this week in Mexico City.

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Neighbors of the Los Angeles-area woman who claimed she was kidnapped against her will and held captive for ten years are questioning the validity of the story. Residents who lived near Isidro Garcia and the 25-year-old victim in Bell Gardens say they seemed like a happy couple.

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The recent hacking of eBay appears to be the second-largest data breach in U.S. history. The online auction site says hackers got access to its entire database of 145 million user records. eBay says the hackers accessed the database using login credentials obtained from a small group of employees.

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Federal investigators say the accused Boston Marathon bombers had help. "The Boston Globe" reports prosecutors say the sophisticated nature of the bombs would have been difficult to build without training or assistance.

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President Obama will nominate San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro as secretary of housing and urban development today. A White House official said outgoing HUD chief Shaun Donovan will become the president's new budget director. Castro is considered a rising star in national politics.

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The parents of George Zimmerman are suing to get $750,000 from TV comedienne Roseanne Barr after she posted their address on Twitter. Robert and Gladys Zimmerman say they spent more than $35,000 living in hotels and eating out because they were afraid to go home after Roseanne briefly tweeted their address. That happened after Zimmerman shot and killed unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

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Mark Cuban is apologizing to Trayvon Martin's family for examples used in defending his self-described bigotry. The entrepreneur and Dallas Mavericks team owner took to Twitter Thursday to say he didn't consider the Martin family when he said he would move to the other side of the street if he saw "a black kid in a hoodie."

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Facebook is finally getting picky about privacy. The company announced on Thursday that new users will have settings only their friends can see. Switching to a "public" setting will alert users that anyone on the internet can see their photos and messages.

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Where you work, is probably less stressful than where you live. It's especially true for most women, who seem to be much happier at work than they are at home. Researchers at Penn State University say women often face a long list of seemingly endless household chores, a factor that makes work a simpler and less stressful environment.

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