Today's News - Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 20, 2014

State police in Cambria County are investigating a Saturday morning burglary at Gardens of Paradise on Admiral Peary Highway in Loretto. Surveillance video shows two suspects stealing the cash register and a fax machine. The suspects had their faces covered, but they were also seen at Colver Sportsman's Club later Saturday. If you have information, call state police in Ebensburg.

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“The Tribune-Democrat” reports that 19-year-old Richard Rivera of Massachusetts is in the Somerset County Jail for allegedly taking a 14-year-old runaway with him to the Days Inn motel in Somerset Township. State police say Rivera met the girl Wednesday at a church in Jenner Township. Rivera is charged with concealing the whereabouts of a child and interference with custody of children. A preliminary hearing is scheduled January 29th.

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The statue of Joe Paterno was removed from outside Beaver Stadium two years ago. Now Penn State trustee Joel Myers is calling for a new statue of Paterno and Fred Pattee to be placed outside the libraries that honor the two men. Myers told the board of trustees Friday that the university community has to come together to move forward past the divide that erupted after the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

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Governor Tom Corbett is disappointed with a ruling that struck down a state law requiring voters to show identification before voting. Corbett spoke about the law Saturday, saying he has not decided if he will direct the Attorney General's Office to appeal the Friday ruling. Democrats oppose the law, saying it is an attempt to suppress voter turnout among groups likely to support Democrats. Corbett says the law is necessary to prevent voter fraud.

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Gun rights advocates are voicing their opinions with a series of rallies across the country. Yesterday, the rally was in Harrisburg. Gun Rights Across America, an organization made up of gun owners and advocates, gathered at the State Capitol to discuss second amendment rights. The event featured several speakers including retired Pennsylvania Army Sergeant, Robert Mansfield.

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The American missionary who's been held in a North Korean prison for more than a year is appealing to the Obama administration to get him released. Kenneth Bae appeared at a news conference today, saying he hopes the U.S. government will do its best to secure his release. North Korea arrested Bae 14 months ago while he was leading a tour group. He was accused of crimes against the state and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.

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The recent Target security breach has Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal urging retailers to do a better job of safeguarding sensitive customer data. Blumenthal says he is proposing a bill that would create fines for retailers who do not properly safeguard that information.

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Mexico is strongly objecting to the planned execution of a Mexican national by the state of Texas. Edgar Tamayo is scheduled to be put to death on Wednesday, after being convicted of killing a Houston police officer in 1994 when he was in the United States illegally. Mexico claimed on Sunday that the execution would violate international treaties, because Tamayo was not informed of his right to diplomatic assistance.

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U.S. military and intelligence officials are studying rescue plans in case of a crisis at next month's Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. This comes amid concerns of possible attacks at the games, which begin February 7th.

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The Colby fire that continues to burn east of Los Angeles is now 78 percent contained. The blaze that first erupted Thursday morning has blackened just over 19 hundred acres and destroyed five homes. The final mandatory evacuation order in connection with the fire was lifted Saturday evening.

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Today marks the first time the archives of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum will be subject to Freedom of Information Act requests. Library officials are expecting a flood of requests for information on everything from the Iraq war to 9-11 to AIDS relief.

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President Obama doesn't think marijuana is more of a danger than consuming alcohol. However, the President tells the "New Yorker" magazine he does view smoking pot as a bad habit and a vice like smoking cigarettes. The President also says he's troubled that so many minority kids get in legal trouble for using marijuana when so many others go unpunished.

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani says continuing efforts to link Governor Chris Christie to lane closures on the George Washington Bridge are nothing more than a "witch hunt." Giuliani told NBC's "Meet the Press" that he thinks the New Jersey Democrat conducting the investigation should step aside in the interest of fairness.

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Another key element of the Affordable Care Act will not be enforced this year due to a lack of action by the Obama administration. The "New York Times" reports the Internal Revenue Service will not enforce the portion of the healthcare law that prevents employers from giving executives better healthcare coverage than other employees.

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\Scientists with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control say a Salmonella outbreak traced to three Foster Farms poultry plants in California appears to be winding down. The outbreak sickened 430 people in 23 states and Puerto Rico.

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The polar vortex is apparently coming back for more. Temperatures across parts of the Midwest and Eastern Seaboard should hover right around normal on Monday, but they're forecast to take a plunge after that. This arctic blast won't be as cold as the last one, as temps should stay above zero in most areas.

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Today is a national holiday set aside to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Americans are urged to take time to reflect on the civil rights leader's life and legacy of nonviolence and justice. Volunteers are urged to find ways to help their communities.

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Filming for the newest "Star Wars" is set to begin in just a few months. Director J.J. Abrams says he's completed the script for "Episode VII" and will start shooting in England in May.

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The Producers Guild of America couldn't decide which movie it liked best this year – "12 Years a Slave" or "Gravity." The PGA handed out its annual awards Sunday night, and in an unprecedented move the top honor went to the teams behind both films.

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Amazon says it has a way to start shipping something even before a customer order is placed. The online retail giant says what it calls "anticipatory shipping" involves using everything the company knows about a customer's shopping patterns to box and ship items that customers in a specific area will likely want.

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Will Smith is among the stars ready to help Jimmy Fallon kick off his "Tonight Show" career. NBC has announced that the actor and rapper will join members of the rock band U2 as the first guests for the premiere of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on February 17th. Smith will likely be on hand to promote his upcoming films "Focus" and "Winter's Tale."

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