Today's News - Monday, February 3, 2014

Two major drug busts in our region. In Somerset County, police found 7,500 stamp bags of heroin after pulling a car over on the Turnpike for a traffic violation Thursday. Two men were jailed in that case. On Friday night in Johnstown, six individuals from Ohio were arrested after police were sent to a home on the 600 block of Bedford Street. The call was originally for a weapons incident, but police found drugs – including 90 grams of crack cocaine, approximately 90 grams of marijuana and 23 bags of heroin – in addition to approximately $5,000 in cash and two handguns.

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America's most popular groundhog is the bearer of bad news. Punxsutawney Phil made his appearance in the western Pennsylvania borough Sunday morning and saw his shadow. As the legend goes, we can expect six more weeks of winter. Thousands of people were gathered to watch Phil prognosticate. There was a smattering of boos when Phil issued his gloomy prediction.

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Seahawks fans filled the streets of Seattle after their team's 43-8 win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 48. It was Seattle's first major sports championship since the Sonics' 1979 NBA title. Police report a handful arrests through the night, including one for assaulting a police officer and paramedics were called on to treat a few people injured in fights.

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Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith had a bit of a surprise during his postgame press conference. The Seahawks linebacker was cut off by a 9-11 "truther" who approached the podium and grabbed the microphone. The man stated that "9-11 was perpetrated by people within our own government" before he was ushered off by security.

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President Obama says no one in his administration expected the problems in the rollout of Obamacare. In a pre-Super Bowl interview with Fox host Bill O'Reilly, the President said he's holding everyone accountable for the problems with Healthcare.gov website.

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is expressing his support for embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Jindal told CNN's "State of the Union" he doesn't think Christie should step down as head of the Republican Governors Association.

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Budweiser's commercial featuring an adorable puppy that buddies up with a Clydesdale horse, is this year's "USA Today" Super Bowl Ad Meter winner. Nearly 63-hundred consumers signed up to vote for their favorite TV ads shown during Sunday's Super Bowl broadcast.

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Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's death has sparked numerous tweets from famous friends and admirers. Ellen DeGeneres is remembering him as "a brilliant talented man, while Mia Farrow says he was "a truly kind, wonderful man and one of our greatest actors - ever." Hoffman was found dead of an apparent drug overdose Sunday morning at his home in Manhattan. He was 46.

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A Colorado state Senate committee today will take up a bill that would throw out one of the controversial gun-control laws adopted last year. Pueblo Republican Senator George Rivera's sponsoring the bill that would repeal a law that requires background checks for all private gun transfers and sales.

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The Federal Communications Commission says it's doubling a fund to bring broadband Internet connections to schools and libraries. The FCC's action backs an Obama administration push to wire all U.S. schools with faster Internet connections.

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Stocks move into February trading after one of the worst months in more than a year. January was tough for Wall Street and a Friday sell-off ended the month with all three major indexes in negative territory. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped nearly five-a-half-percent and the S&P 500 lost more than three-and-a-half percent.

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The HealthCare.gov website is not yet able to handle thousands of enrollment appeals. About 22-thousand people who signed up for health insurance through the Obamacare marketplace have filed appeals to get enrollment errors corrected that were caused by flaws in the computer system. A spokesman for HealthCare.gov says most of those system flaws have now been fixed and consumers can go back on the site to reset their applications without going through the appeals process.

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The Powerball is growing and it could mean a huge check this week for someone in our area. The estimated jackpot for Wednesday's drawing is 215-million dollars and even the lump sum cash option is more than with a 124 million.

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Athletes from around the world are gathering in Sochi, Russia for the 22nd Olympic Winter Games. Ninety-eight events will take place spanning 15 sport disciplines. The Opening Ceremony is set for Friday, with competition coming to a close on Sunday, February 23rd.

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Woody Allen is blasting allegations made by his adopted daughter as "untrue" and "disgraceful." Responding to Dylan Farrow's open letter published in "The New York Times" over the weekend, the director's attorneys said Dylan's accusations of sexual abuse were "engineered by a vengeful lover" 20 years ago. Dylan was adopted by Allen and his former partner, actress Mia Farrow, as a toddler. Allen, who has been enjoying renewed attention over his award-nominated film "Blue Jasmine," infamously took up with Farrow's other adopted daughter whom he eventually married.

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