Today's News - Monday, August 25, 2014

Three people were hurt in a DUI wreck in Somerset County early yesterday. Police say 24-year-old Joseph Hutchinson of Berlin lost control of his car along Route 160 in Brothersvalley Township and struck a drainage ditch and a tree. Hutchinson and his passengers, 23-year-old Emmily Nist and 29-year-old Jesse Sleasman, both of Berlin, were taken to Johnstown’s Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center. None of them were wearing seatbelts.

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Fatal crashes early Sunday. The coroner says 23-year-old Christopher Maddy of Cairnbrook was killed when his car left monument road, struck a utility pole, and rolled over in Shade Township, Somerset County. And 29-year-old Clifford McCachren, III of Vintondale died when his car left Route 403 and struck several trees in Buffington Township, Indiana County. McCachren was not wearing a seatbelt and police say alcohol may have been a factor.

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Jury selection is scheduled to begin today in Cambria County Court for the murder trial of 21-year-old Demetrius Gibson of Tire Hill. He’s charged with stabbing of his estranged girlfriend Elizabeth Miller in the Moxham section of Johnstown last August. Gibson was on the run for about two weeks before turning himself in.

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Officials in Iceland say no eruption is imminent from a volcano that could threaten travel to Ireland for Saturday’s Penn State football season opener. Aviation warnings were lowered over the weekend, but Penn State continues to monitor the situation. Concern grew last week after thousands of earthquakes were reported in Iceland near the volcano. According to the “Orlando Sentinel,” central Florida already sent its equipment oversees for the game.

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Losses from Sunday's powerful earthquake that rocked Northern California's wine country could reach a billion dollars. Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency and directed state resources to the Napa Valley for recovery efforts. More than 100 people were injured when the magnitude 6.0 quake hit at 3:20 a.m. Sunday. It's the Bay Area's most powerful earthquake in nearly 25 years.

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Hundreds of people, including three White House officials, are expected at today's funeral for Michael Brown. The 18-year-old African-American was killed by a police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri more than two weeks ago.

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A wanna-be rapper who grew up in a plush West London home could be the man who savagely beheaded American journalist James Foley. Intelligence officials in the UK tell the London "Telegraph" newspaper Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary might be the masked killer shown in the bone-chilling execution video ISIS terrorists posted online last week.

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Arizona Senator John McCain calls President Obama's foreign policy "feckless." Making an appearance on "Fox News Sunday," McCain discussed the president's response to ISIS in Iraq and the situation in Ukraine by saying Obama must have a comprehensive and cohesive strategy.

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Three people are dead after at least a dozen shootings across Chicago on Sunday. Those killed include a 14-year-old boy and two people shot to death by police. One person who was shot is hospitalized in critical condition.

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A letter from James Foley to his parents is revealing more about his captivity. The American journalist, who was executed recently by his ISIS captors, said in the letter he shared his cell with 17 other hostages. He mentions playing games and having endless conversations about movies, trivia and sports to pass the time. He talks about his memories of his mother and father and says dreams of family and friends take him away and happiness fills his heart. Foley dictated the letter to another hostage who promised to commit it to memory.

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Reverend Jesse Jackson is defending his comments after he called the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri a "state execution." He made an appearance on "Fox News Sunday," citing the fact that Brown was shot several times as the reason he used such words. Jackson called racial disparity and mistrust "combustible formulas." Brown's funeral is set for Monday.

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Hospital officials say at least 170 people have been treated for injuries after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake rocked Napa, California early Sunday. Dozens of buildings sustained extensive damage and four homes were destroyed by fire. Fire officials say three people were seriously injured. Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency because of the damage done to critical infrastructure, homes and other buildings.

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An American journalist is free after being held captive for almost two years in Syria. Peter Curtis was released Sunday after his abduction in 2012 while on his way from Turkey to the Syrian border. Secretary of State John Kerry said Curtis had been held by Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda linked group based in Syria.

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Video footage is surfacing from the West Hollywood nightclub where rap music mogul Suge Knight and two others were reportedly shot early Sunday morning. TMZ says Knight was hit by six bullets – one in his arm, and five others in his stomach. The shooting took place at a Chris Brown-hosted, pre-MTV Video Music Awards party.

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Sir Richard Attenborough, the Oscar winning director and producer of "Gandhi," has died at the age of 90. He had been in a nursing home with his wife actress Sheila Sim for several years since suffering a fall that left him in a wheelchair. Attenborough spent decades working as a character actor before winning the Best Director Oscar in 1982 for "Gandhi."

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The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards is delivering on another year of surprises from the biggest names in music. On Sunday's award show, Beyonce stole the show with her closing performance accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

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A life-size statue of President Obama is back with its rightful owner after being stolen last week. The "Citizens' Voice" newspaper says police in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania found the statue seated on a park bench at the Francis E. Walter Dam in Bear Creek Township.

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