Today's News - Friday, May 9, 2014

Two brothers from Jerome, Somerset County, overdosed on “Seven of Hearts” heroin last Thursday. They are now facing drug charges. Conemaugh Township police charged 21-year-old Kevin Lowery and 23-year-old Kirk Lowery Jr. along with 33-year-old Jessica Sharer of Sidman. Sharer called the police after they injected heroin and the men became unconscious. When cops arrived, Kevin Lowery was not breathing, but he was revived. Both men have recovered. Aaron Walters of Johnstown is charged with selling them the heroin. More than 10 overdoses were reported in Cambria and Somerset counties last week.

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State police in Somerset County found a stolen 9 millimeter pistol, $11,000 worth of gold, and $6,000 in cash when they searched a car Wednesday in Stonycreek Township. Troopers say Jonathan Guzman was stopped along the turnpike for a vehicle code violation. Guzman is in the Somerset County Prison.

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State police in Cambria County are searching for a missing man who is considered endangered. Forty-five-year-old Mark Snyder of Lilly was last seen Tuesday morning at his home. Snyder is thought to be driving a blue 2008 Kia Optima. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call the Ebensburg barracks at 471-6500.

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After a system upgrade, Cambria County residents will soon be able to send text messages and pictures to the 911 center. The project should be completed by year’s end and will cost $400,000, which will come from the 911 user fund that charges county landline users $1.25 a month and cell phone users $1 a month.

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The Penn State board of trustees election is over and the results will be announced this morning during the board’s meeting at the Penn Stater. Meanwhile, Cliff Benson and Todd Rucci officially joined the board Thursday, replacing Ira Lubert and Alvin Clemens. They were appointed by Governor Tom Corbett who will also name a student to the board before its scheduled July meeting. Benson is chief development officer for the Buffalo Sabres hockey team, and Rucci is a former Penn State football letterman who once served as the executive director of the Pennsylvania lottery.

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Governor Tom Corbett said he won't appeal a state court ruling that struck down Pennsylvania's voter identification law. He released a statement Thursday defending the law, but saying it needed changes and he hoped to work with the legislature on them. The law was one of the strictest in the nation, requiring nearly all voters to show certain forms of photo id at the polls. It was never enforced after being declared unconstitutional by a commonwealth court judge in January.

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The national letter carriers and the U.S. Post Office are conducting a food drive tomorrow. Residents can place canned goods and dry goods on their doorsteps or under their mailboxes. Carriers will pick them up and distribute them among local food pantries.

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Embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is ordering a nationwide review of V.A. health clinics. Shinseki is under fire over levels of patient care at V.A. clinics in Arizona and Colorado. Dozens of veterans may have died while waiting to get appointments at the V.A. clinic in Phoenix. Meantime, Shinseki is expected to testify next week in a Senate hearing and is resisting growing calls to resign.

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The FBI is investigating last month's standoff between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management over cattle grazing fees. Some of Bundy's supporters and militia members allegedly pointed weapons at officers, taunted them, and told them they should be ready to die.

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The newest player for the Houston Texans is South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. He was the first overall pick in Thursday night's first round of the NFL Draft. The St. Louis Rams chose Auburn offensive lineman Greg Robinson and also took Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

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Police say the four people found dead in a fire at a Florida mansion owned by former tennis star James Blake had been shot. Authorities aren't yet calling it a murder-suicide, but said they are not pursuing any suspects.

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Blustery, wet weather is predicted today for a large portion of the country. Powerful storms are likely from Arkansas to Indiana. Parts of the Midwest, South and Northeast can also expect lots of rain. This, after tornadoes touched down Thursday in Colorado and Minnesota and winds up to 70 miles an hour caused serious damage in Dallas, Texas.

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A House select committee on Benghazi will be starting its work soon. House Republicans have pushed through legislation authorizing the panel. Republicans have accused the Obama administration of obstructing House efforts to investigate the deadly 2012 terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

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The White House is blasting the publication of a lengthy North Korean racist rant aimed at President Obama. The Korean language essay released by the North's state-run news agency said it would be perfect for Obama to live with a group of monkeys in the world's largest African natural zoo.

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The chief operating officer of Facebook is giving away half of her billion-dollar fortune to charity. Sheryl Sandberg is the world's first self-made woman tech billionaire. She now joins a list of more than 100 billionaires who've decided to donate at least half of their net worth to charitable causes.

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Police in Georgia are looking for a missing elderly woman after her husband was found headless in their home. The body of 88-year-old Russell Dermond was found Tuesday in their home on Lake Oconee in central Georgia. The man's head has not been found and authorities believe the wife was abducted.

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The Federal Trade Commission says it's settled a privacy lawsuit with Snapchat. The messaging service told users that pictures and messages would disappear permanently if they weren't viewed within a certain timeframe. The FTC said that wasn't true, because there were a number of ways the files could be saved before the Snapchat time limit ran out.

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The Federal Elections Committee is giving the green light for bitcoin to be used for donations to political action committees. The FEC voted Thursday to allow political committees to accept the virtual currency under certain conditions. PACS can accept bitcoins up to an individual limit of 100-dollars for each election cycle and can also purchase bitcoins.

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Chris Brown could soon learn his fate in his probation violation case. The singer is expected to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom Friday. Since a hearing earlier this month, Brown's legal team has been working with prosecutors to try to hash out a deal that could see Chris being release from jail.

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Having frequent arguments with a spouse or partner can raise the risk of dying in middle age. Danish researchers found constant arguing can raise someone's mortality risk by two or three times the normal rate. They say men and people who are unemployed are most likely to be affected.

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Dr. Dre's Beats Electronics may be on the verge of a major deal with Apple. According to the "Financial Times," Apple is close to purchasing Beats for a reported three-point-two-billion-dollars. Sources close to the talks between the two companies say a deal could be announced as soon as next week, however, there are a number of key details that still need to be hashed out.

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The Archdiocese of Boston is denouncing a satanic "black mass" planned at Harvard University on Monday. The black mass is being hosted by the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club. In a statement, the archdiocese says Satanic worship separates people from God and is contrary to charity and goodness.

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Most mothers say being a parent is the most rewarding aspect of their personal lives. Nearly 90 percent of the married moms answering an LG Electronics survey admit that raising their children is "more fulfilling" than being a spouse.

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Some of ABC's biggest shows are coming back next season. TheWrap reports ABC has renewed "Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy." The 2014-2015 season will mark "Scandal's" fourth season, while "Grey's Anatomy" will return for an 11th season.

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