Today's News - Friday, September 13, 2013

State Police in Indiana say 45-year-old Jeffrey Pellegrino of Ebensburg confessed to robbing S&T Bank in Armagh Tuesday, saying he did it because he didn’t have money to buy food for his kids. Pellegrino is also a suspect in Wednesday’s hold up at First National Bank in Cresson. Pellegrino told police he considered suicide, but couldn’t go through with it.

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Johnstown police are looking for Richard Burggraf who has been missing since Tuesday. Burggraf is a double amputee who rides in a chargeable wheelchair. He sometimes shows symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. He was last seen at the Dollar Store in downtown Johnstown. Anyone with information should call 1-800-281-1680.

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16-year-old Joshua Coleman of Johnstown is charged as an adult with robbing a man at gunpoint Tuesday Evening in front of a store in the city’s West End. Officers later found Coleman hiding inside an apartment at Oakhurst Homes. They recovered the stolen items and a .22-caliber handgun. Coleman is in the Cambria County Prison.

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Bilger’s Rocks near Grampian in Clearfield County could become the Eighth Wonder of the World. An online competition is currently underway, sponsored by VirtualTourist.com. Hundreds of places in the world are also in the running, but Bilger’s is already among the top 50 vote getters. The contest runs through September 30.

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Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini has ordered Montgomery County Register of Wills Bruce Hanes to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, saying he didn’t have the power to decide on his own whether the same-sex marriage ban violates the state constitution. Hanes issued four more licenses to same-sex couples on Wednesday, bringing the total number to 174.

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People applying for unemployment benefits in Pennsylvania are now required to register on a state job-searching website.  Officials say people who do not register at JobGatewayPA.gov within 30 days of applying for unemployment will not receive benefits. Job-hunters receiving benefits will also be required to compile a track record of their job-searching activity.

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U.S. Senator Bob Casey is pushing for more federal money for bridges owned by counties and municipalities.  Casey’s proposing a bill where states would have to put aside one quarter of federal transportation money for bridges that are in that group.  Casey says Pennsylvania is ranked number one in the number of structurally deficient bridges.  Casey's information says Lancaster County has the highest number of locally-owned bridges in Pennsylvania and Allegheny County is second. Penn DOT recently put weight restrictions on a number of bridges to try to slow the deterioration process.

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The Colorado towns of Estes Park, Jamestown, and Lyons are now isolated due to rising floodwaters.  There's flash flooding from Boulder, south to Colorado Springs.  And with more rain in the forecast, today promises to bring more danger, damage, and misery.  The flooding that's killed at least three people and left one missing has forced thousands from their homes.

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The leader of al-Qaeda is calling for attacks inside the U.S.  Ayman al-Zawahri is urging small-scale attacks within U.S. borders to “bleed America economically.”

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Presidential spokesman Jay Carney is drawing a line in the sand over looming spending battles.  The government faces a shutdown after September 30 unless a deal is approved to extend funding.  Carney said the White House will not accept any funding deal that includes defunding the healthcare reform law. 

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Authorities say between 40 and 50 businesses along New Jersey’s iconic Seaside Park boardwalk are destroyed after a fire swept through on Thursday.  Roughly 400 firefighters were brought in from all over the state as the wind driven fire chewed up the boardwalk first in Seaside Park and then into Seaside Heights.

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A bill to allow undocumented immigrants in California to obtain driver’s licenses is headed to Governor Jerry Brown's desk.  Brown has said he will sign it into law so millions of people can get to work legally and safely in his state. 

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A Georgia teen convicted of shooting a baby to death during a robbery attempt will spend the rest of his life in prison.  A judge in Marietta on Thursday sentenced 18-year-old De’Marquise Elkins to life in prison without parole.

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Carnival cruise lines is guaranteeing its passengers a good time.  The company made headlines earlier this year when a generator failure left passengers dealing with overflowing toilets while one of its ships was docked in the Caribbean.  Now, the company is working to repair its reputation by offering a “Great Vacation Guarantee.”

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Women may be more aggressive with their road rage than men.  A new poll commissioned by Insurance.com shows 44 percent of women said they use foul language in front of their kids while driving, compared to 30 percent of men.  Thirty-one percent of women said they have flipped someone the bird while behind the wheel, compared to 27 percent of men.  Women are also more likely to tailgate slow drivers.

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NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft is boldly going where no man-made object has gone before.  It’s the first to reach interstellar space.  Speeding away from the Earth at a million miles a day, Voyager 1 is more than 12-billion-miles from the sun.  The plutonium-powered probe and its twin, Voyager 2, are expected to keep beaming back information for at least another decade. 

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Twitter is taking the first step towards going public.  The social networking site said, in a tweet of course, that it submitted basic paperwork to the SEC for an initial public offering.  Twitter’s value has been estimated in the ten-billion-dollar range by some analysts.

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If you suffer from triskaidekaphobia, you'll have a tough time today.  The word means “fear of the number 13,” and today is Friday the 13th.  Experts say more than 20-million people are afraid of Friday the 13th and consider it an unlucky day.

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The Jewish high holy day of Yom Kippur is here.  It begins at sundown tonight and ends at sunset tomorrow.  This holiday ends the ten-day period of introspection among followers of Judaism which began with the two-day Rosh Hashanah celebration of the Jewish New Year

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