Today's News - Monday, April 21, 2014

State police say the body of 30-year-old Amanda Sherry-Griffon of Northern Cambria was found in the woods along grace street just before 8 Saturday night. Cambria County Coroner Dennis Kwiatkowski has ruled the death suspicious, but he can’t say how long the body was there before the property owner discovered it. An autopsy is scheduled this morning.

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DUI roving patrols over Easter weekend in Somerset County. State police say four people were arrested and charged with drunk driving along state route 281. Five people were cited for speeding and 25 other traffic citations were handed out along with 36 warnings.

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A vicious dog attack Friday night in Johnstown’s Hornerstown section. Police say a 56-year-old man was walking along Pine Street when two dogs attacked him. A neighbor heard the screams and shot one of the dogs. When police arrived, they shot and killed the other dog. The victim is in the intensive care unit at Memorial Medical Center. Charges are pending against the dog owner.

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Fire damaged a house on the 800 block of 39th street in Northern Cambria Saturday afternoon. The woman who lived in the house was not home at the time and no one was hurt. A state fire marshal is investigating the cause.

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The “Altoona Mirror” reports that Bishop Guilfoyle will start having virtual school days next year instead of snow days. Each student already has an iPad funded through donations and they will sign in for each of their eight classes on a virtual day. This school year was interrupted by lots of snow days due to the harsh winter.

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Dozens of people turned out for a special weekend bloodmobile in Murrysville and they collected more than the goal of 75 units. KDKA reports they wanted to help replenish the blood supply following the mass stabbing at Franklin Regional High School earlier this month. Several of the 22 victims needed multiple transfusions. Sixteen-year-old Alex Hribal remains jailed on attempted homicide charges.

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Thousands of runners will hit the streets of Boston today in the 118th Boston Marathon. It's the first marathon since the bombings that shocked the nation, killed three people and injured hundreds more. Many of those who were injured will run today in a triumphant show of grit, courage and defiance.

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A California teen is lucky to be alive after stowing away in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose to Maui. The FBI says the 16-year-old boy from Santa Clara was unharmed despite enduring frigid temperatures at 38-thousand feet and a lack of oxygen on the Hawaiian Airlines flight.

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The death toll keeps climbing after a South Korean ferry capsized last week. It's now at 64 dead with more than 230 people still missing. There's little hope anyone can be found alive so many days after Wednesday's disaster as the waters are near freezing.

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A Republican National Committee member says the Affordable Care Act will be the central mid-term election issue. Communications director Sean Spicer told CNN's "State of the Union" people are losing coverage and doctors every day under the ACA.

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A California teen is lucky to be alive after stowing away in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose to Maui. The FBI says the 16-year-old boy from Santa Clara was unharmed despite enduring frigid temperatures at 38-thousand feet and a lack of oxygen on the Hawaiian Airlines flight. The boy told authorities he had run away from home when they found him on the tarmac at the Maui airport Sunday morning.

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At least 21 people are injured after a car plowed into a church in Fort Meyers, Florida Sunday night. Authorities say the incident occurred at the Second Haitian Baptist Church. An emergency services official says four people are hospitalized with traumatic injuries.

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Authorities are investigating after an experienced skydiver was killed in a skydiving accident in Monroe, New Jersey. Arkady Shenker was injured after he jumped out of a plane and landed in a backyard Sunday afternoon.

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Vice President Joe Biden is set to travel to Kiev for a Tuesday meeting with Ukraine's acting president. The White House says Biden will meet with president Oleksander Turchinov and the nation's prime minister. He'll also talk with members of Ukraine's parliament as well as representatives from non-governmental organizations during his two-day visit.

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The U.S. drone strikes in Yemen are making one congressman very happy. Texas Republican Mike McCaul told ABC's "This Week" he's glad the Obama administration is taking terrorism threats seriously. Dozens of suspected al-Qaeda operatives were killed in the strikes. Several civilians also died.

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Most U.S. companies are likely to spend more on equipment and buildings to boost economic growth in the coming year. A new survey done by the National Association of Business Economics shows 61-percent of corporate economists think their firms will increase capital spending.

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A weekend celebration for marijuana users is now a happy memory. Thousands of pot enthusiasts attended rallies, concerts and trade shows in both Colorado and Washington state since they are the first two states to legalize recreational marijuana.

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Gas prices are higher than they've been in more than a year. The latest Lundberg Survey finds the national average price of regular jumped eight-and-a-half cents a gallon in the past three weeks, to more than $3.69 a gallon. That's the highest in 13 months. Some local drivers are paying up to $3.79. -0- Major League Baseball is sure to hand out some punishment this week after yesterday's benches-clearing brawl in Pittsburgh. The incident occurred after Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez tripled and flipped his bat after hitting a long drive to center field. After he slid into third base, Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole had words for Gomez, who then took off his helmet and moved in Cole's direction as the benches cleared. Gomez appeared to throw at least one punch before he was ejected and other players threw punches as well. Pittsburgh's Travis Snider was also ejected.

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Think twice before you eat that hot dog. Federal officials say Kraft Foods is recalling 96 thousand pounds of hot dogs because packaging labels were incorrect. The Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners packages may have contained cheese dogs, but the packaging does not advise consumers that they contain milk. The 16-ounce packages were produced on March 2 and 3 and have the establishment number “Est. 537H” inside the USDA mark of inspection. If you have questions, call Kraft consumer relations at 855-688-43-86.

-0- Lindsay Lohan drops another bombshell revelation in the final episode of her OWN docu-series "Lindsay." Besides that alleged list of lovers that leaked to the press a few weeks ago, Lohan shared on Sunday's finale that she suffered a miscarriage during production of the docu-series and missed two weeks of filming because of it. She doesn't say who the father might have been, only that "It's a very long story."

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Renowned boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter is dead at the age of 76. Carter had been stricken by prostate cancer and died in his Toronto home early Sunday morning. Carter spent 19 years in prison after he was wrongfully convicted of the same murder charges twice. He was the subject of the Bob Dylan hit titled "Hurricane" and the feature film by the same name.

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