Today's News - Monday, December 23, 2013

Officials are concerned – Silver Airline, the company that provides air service from the Johnstown-Cambria County Airport is three months behind on rent. That’s more than $17,000. The 2014 county budget projects $104,000 in profit to be made from airline services, which was earmarked to pay down some of Cambria County’s debt early next year, but some warn the airport may not make that projected number.

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37-year-old Lawrence Horner III, of Windber, was sentenced in federal court to 14 years in prison and 5 years supervised release for kidnapping a person in 2011 and transporting the person across state lines. Horner will also have to pay restitution to the victim.

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Two proposed state bills would increase transparency within school districts so that people can see how their taxes are being spent towards education. One would create a website which would track government spending within school districts. Another would have school districts make public proposed teacher contracts before they are voted on. Both bills will be up for a final vote in January.

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According to 6 News, locked out Penelec workers will meet with representatives of parent company First Energy today in Pittsburgh. More than 100 Employees have been locked out since the end of November when their union rejected First Energy’s last, best and final offer. First Energy says that nothing has changed and that the only way the lockout can end is if the union agrees to the current contract offer.

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For anyone hoping to be insured on January 1st under the Affordable Care Act, today is the deadline to sign up. The original deadline for coverage was December 15th, but the date was pushed back because of the flawed launch of the HealthCare.gov website. Administration officials have said they're confident the site can handle a last-minute flood of visitors.

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A wild storm system that's affecting at least 35 states is producing everything from snow and ice to flooding and tornadoes. At least eight people died over the weekend in the Midwest and the South due to the severe weather. It's also causing serious problems for millions of people who have travel plans for the Christmas holiday.

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Target is facing multiple lawsuits over its holiday shopping season credit card breach. "USA Today" reports class action lawsuits against the retail giant are now pending in California and Oregon. Millions of accounts have popped up on the black market for sale.

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A member of the Senate Intelligence Committee says the National Security Agency has gone too far with its domestic surveillance and reforms are needed. Senator Mark Udall of Colorado appeared on ABC's "This Week" and said President Obama should consider all 46 recommendations by a White House-appointed task force that reviewed NSA activities.

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NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman has left North Korea but didn't get to meet this time with the man he calls his "good friend," dictator Kim Jong-Un. Rodman spent four days in the isolated communist country working with the North Korean national basketball team.

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There's a slight dip in gas prices just in time for people hitting the road for Christmas. The latest Lundberg survey shows the average price for a gallon of gas has dropped by nearly two cents over the past two weeks.

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The NYPD is on high alert after Sunday's bus bombing in Tel Aviv. There is increased security on city buses and subways, at local synagogues and any sensitive locations tied to Israel and its government.

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A federal appeals court is declining to stop Utah officials from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. A judge's ruling last week had overturned Utah's ban on gay marriage. Utah Governor Gary Hebert had asked for an emergency stay.

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A 35-year old man and his three year old son are dead after falling from the roof of a 52 story building in Manhattan Sunday. Police say the father was going through a bitter custody dispute with the boy’s mother and was supposed to hand his son over to his wife on Sunday. Witnesses say the little boy was wearing Christmas pajamas and was alive when paramedics arrived. He died a short time later at a nearby hospital.

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Protestors stood outside SeaWorld Sunday greeting visitors with signs asking them to boycott the San Diego park. The demonstration was in response to the documentary "Blackfish" and the alleged mistreatment of animals. More than 100 people showed up, with organizers noting that they have been protesting this issue for years but the film put the issue front and center.

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Not quite as many people are interested in seeing the "Anchorman" legend continue as they are in "The Hobbit." Will Ferrell's new Ron Burgundy film, "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," is opening second to "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug."

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The man who helped free three kidnapped women in Cleveland has a book deal. Charles Ramsey made headlines in May when he broke Amanda Berry out of the home of kidnapper Ariel Castro. Berry had been held captive for years along with two other women. The publisher says Ramsey's memoir will include a detailed account of the day of the rescue. Ramsey will also describe living next door to Castro while unaware the women were being held captive in his neighbor's house.

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"Duck Dynasty" isn't going anywhere if the state of Louisiana has anything to say about it. The Louisiana-based reality TV show is in limbo after one of its stars made controversial comments about gay marriage. But Louisiana's lieutenant governor says they'll help find the show new producers if A&E decides to part ways with the Phil Robertson and his family for good.

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Gas prices are down slightly just in time for people hitting the road for Christmas. The latest Lundberg survey shows the average price for a gallon of gas has dropped by nearly two cents over the past two weeks.

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