Today's News - Monday, January 13, 2014

Johnstown police are investigating a shooting that happened Sunday afternoon on the 500 block of Fronheiser Street. One man was driven to Memorial Medical Center with a shoulder injury. No other details have been released.

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Between 4- and 5 thousand gallons of milk spilled in East Saint Clair Township, Bedford County, early Saturday morning when the driver of a tanker truck wrecked into a utility pole along Covered Bridge Road. Hazmat teams were called in because milk can be a significant environmental hazard if it gets into a stream or creek. Luckily, the nearest water was about a mile away.

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In Cambria County Court today, 47-year-old Todd Mummert of Salix is scheduled to be sentenced. He pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with a fatal crash in July of 2012. Mummert failed to stop at a red light at the intersection of Route 219 and Elton Road in Richland Township, and his car collided with a motorcycle driven by 47-year-old Bryon McDermott of Johnstown.

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A dog is being blamed for a fire Sunday morning at a house on the 100 block of Mogart Road in Ryot, Bedford County. The dog apparently knocked over a candle. One resident received minor injuries, but did not have to go to the hospital. The Red Cross is helping the family.

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Flu season has hit our area hard, particularly the H1N1 strain. Blair County now has 260 confirmed cases, second only to Allegheny County with 280. The State Health Department says Cambria County has 110 confirmed influenza patients, Somerset 55 and Bedford 75. There have been six flu-related deaths confirmed statewide. Officials say the most severe illnesses are found in young and middle-aged adults. Children are also at higher risk for complications. In 2009, more than 1,200 people died from the H1N1 flu in the U-S, and more than 14,000 worldwide.

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World leaders like Vice President Joe Biden and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair joined Israeli leaders in bidding farewell to former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon this morning in Jerusalem. Biden said Sharon's unwavering commitment was to the security of Israel's people. The 85-year-old Sharon died Saturday after being in a coma for the past eight years following a massive stroke.

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The mayor at the center of the bridge flap is talking about his private meeting with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich told NBC's "Meet the Press" it was basically "a mini version" of Christie's nearly two-hour news conference last week. Sokolich said he accepts Christie's apology, but believes the governor should have known what his top aides were doing.

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani doesn't expect the George Washington Bridge scandal to derail Chris Christie's political future. Giuliani told ABC's "This Week" he's pretty sure the flap over the lane closures linked to former top aides of the Republican New Jersey governor "will go away."

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The head of retail giant Target is promising "significant changes" after the latest report that as many as 110-million customers were caught in a sweeping security breach. CEO Gregg Steinhafel told CNBC in an exclusive interview that company officials won't rest until they know how the credit and debit card information was stolen during the holiday shopping season.

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Protestors are showing support for a Texas family that wants to take a brain dead pregnant woman off life support. The demonstrators gathered outside John Peter Smith Hospital on Sunday, saying they believe Marlise Munoz' human rights are being violated by keeping her on a ventilator.

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Former NBA star Dennis Rodman says he's sorry he "couldn't do anything" to help win the release of an American missionary imprisoned in North Korea. Rodman arrived in Beijing early this morning after winding up his fourth visit to North Korea in the past year.

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A Republican congressman is renewing his call for those who receive food stamps to do some sort of work to get federal benefits. Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Congressman Steve Southerland of Florida said he felt the GOP proposal to include work, work training or volunteering in exchange for food stamps makes sense to most Americans.

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The warning not to use tap water in nine West Virginia counties remains in effect days after a chemical spill tainted the water supply. There may be good news on the horizon however, as the chemical levels appear to be dropping.

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Michigan is under a State of Energy Emergency due to shortages of heating oil and propane. Governor Rick Snyder made the declaration on Friday as a result of the extreme cold and hazardous winter weather of the past week. Some shipments were delayed, and demand shot up substantially to keep homes and businesses warm in frigid weather.

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Bill Gates ranks as the "most admired" person in the world in a new survey. The Microsoft founder and philanthropist was the top choice in a survey done by YouGov for "The Times." Gates narrowly beat out President Barack Obama. In third place came Russian President Vladimir Putin, followed by Pope Francis.

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The movie "12 Years A Slave" gets one of the top awards at the Golden Globes. The other major film winner was "American Hustle," which won for Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical.

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The Weather Channel is asking viewers to get involved as it fights to stay on DirecTV. The outlet wants people to contact Congress, saying its service is a matter of public safety during extreme conditions.

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Gas prices have shot up eight cents over the past three weeks. The latest Lundberg Survey out Sunday puts the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline at $3. 35. Drivers in Albuquerque, New Mexico are getting a bit of a break. They're paying $2.97 a gallon, the lowest price in the lower 48 states.

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There might be a reason so many people fail to keep their New Year's resolutions. According to a new American Well survey, just eight-percent are successful in maintaining the promises they make on January 1st. And this could be because 56 percent refuse to tell anyone about their resolutions. A third of the respondents admit that their resolutions fall by the wayside because they lose their motivation. However, American Well's Dr. Peter Antall says a support system – especially for health-related resolutions like losing weight or quitting smoking – can provide helpful motivational boosts. So people could be sabotaging their efforts unintentionally, simply by keeping their resolutions to themselves.

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