Today's News - Friday, November 1, 2013

A teenage boy is facing charges for writing a bomb threat in a bathroom at Central Cambria High School in Ebensburg on Wednesday. Police haven’t released many details regarding the case, but say there was no real threat to students even though they took the threat very seriously.

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21-year-old Cody Jerin of Hooversville was taken to Johnstown’s Memorial Medical Center with major injuries after he was thrown from his car and slammed into a home early Thursday morning. State Police say the accident happened on Greenbridge Road in Jenner Township, Somerset County, around 2am.

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The newest version of the city’s Financial Recovery Act 47 was approved by Johnstown City Council earlier this week, according to The Tribune-Democrat. Council was divided in disagreement, mostly due to discussion to possibly increase the earned income tax. Act 47 is a state program for distressed municipalities.

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A new Franklin & Marshall College poll shows that 33 percent of registered Republicans surveyed think Governor TOM Corbett should not seek re-election in 2014. The poll also shows that only 34 percent of Republicans rated Corbett’s job performance positively. Officials say the poll is based on interviews with 628 Pennsylvania voters and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3.9 percent.

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Beginning today, 2 million people who receive food stamps in Pennsylvania will be getting less. Congress is planning to let lapse the temporary boost in food-stamp benefits for more than 47 million Americans. Benefits for a family of four will fall by 36 dollars a month, according to the Department of Agriculture.

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“The Altoona Mirror” reports that the State Supreme Court has ruled 4 to 3 that a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision barring automatic life sentences without parole for juveniles convicted of murder does not apply to defendants whose cases were closed prior to that ruling. Several convicted killers from Blair County were hoping to apply for parole.

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Rather than holding an official meeting and naming a new president, Penn State’s board of trustees will hold an executive session today to discuss the candidates. President Rodney Erickson has said he will retire no later than the end of June.

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Jerry Sandusky is appealing his conviction again, this time in the State Supreme Court. According to State College.com, Sandusky’s appeal lawyer filed the request this week asking for a new trial. The State Superior Court previously denied Sandusky’s appeal.

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Enrollment in the federal health insurance program was very light in the first days of its existence. Documents released yesterday by a House panel show just six enrollments on the books as of October 2nd, the day after the HealthCare.gov website was launched. The documents further indicate that as of October 3rd, only 248 enrollments were on the books.

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A big portion of the U.S. spent Halloween night amid a backdrop of some spooky weather. Dangerous storms pounded several states in the nation's mid-section and southern region. Heavy rain and floods raked Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, West Virginia and Kentucky Thursday night. Storms also roared across Ohio, Indiana and Mississippi.

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New York City’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy is undergoing a legal about-face. A federal appeals court has blocked a judge’s order requiring changes to the NYPD’s program. It also removed the judge from the case, saying Judge Shira Sheindlin had violated the code of conduct for judges, in part because of media interviews and statements she gave.

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Three suspected drug runners are under arrest following the discovery of an elaborate tunnel between San Diego, California and Tijuana in Mexico. Members of the San Diego Tunnel Task Force found the passageway earlier this week. Authorities also say they seized eight tons of marijuana and 325 pounds of cocaine.

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A former NFL player is ripping into the league for what he claims is indifference to ex-players who suffered brain damage on the field. Hamza Abdullah posted a lengthy string of tweets, laced with profanity. He accused the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell of lying about the dangers and extent of brain damage among players who suffer concussions.

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Kim Kardashian is suing the co-founder of YouTube for allegedly leaking the video of Kanye West proposing to her. According to court documents obtained by TMZ.com, she wants an unspecified amount of damages from Chad Hurley for capturing video of the October 21st proposal and posting it online.

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Banksy is bidding farewell to New York City. The elusive British-based street artist appears to have reached the end of his much-talked about month-long residency in the Big Apple. In that time, he's been labeled a vandal, incurred the wrath of the NYPD and turned a donated thrift store painting into a work of art that sold in an online auction for 615-thousand dollars.

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It’s time to fall back and turn your clocks back one hour before bed Saturday night. Area fire departments also remind everyone to put fresh batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

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Many Latin Americans are paying tribute to loved ones who have passed on. It’s all part of the traditional Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead festivals that happen this time of year. Curiously, the native observances fall on the same day as All Saints Day celebrated by Roman Catholics around the world.

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Hallmark is admitting it made a mistake in removing the word “gay” from lyrics to the Christmas carol “Deck the Halls.” A line from the song appeared on the company’s Holiday Sweater ornament with the word “gay” changed to “fun.”

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