Today's News - Monday, January 27, 2014

A murder in Johnstown Saturday evening. Police say 27-year-old Jereek Adams was killed and another person was injured when they were shot along Wagner Street in the Oakhurst Homes area. The second victim is listed in stable condition at Memorial Medical Center. No arrests have yet been made.

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20-year-old Shaliek Green of Johnstown faces up to 40 years in prison when he’s sentenced today in Cambria County Court. He pleaded guilty in the murder of Joshua Price at his home on Cypress Avenue back in February of last year. After the gunfire, Greene fled and was later picked up at a home on Von Lunen Road. Police say Greene was dating Price’s girlfriend's mother at the time.

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18 year-old Vladislav Miftakhov spent most of the weekend in the Blair County Prison after being arrested Saturday after police found bomb-making materials at his apartment on the 100 block of North 9th Avenue in the Juniata section of Altoona. Police originally thought the Russian teen, a student at Penn State Altoona, was growing and selling marijuana. According to court documents, Miftakhov claims he was only planning to detonate the bomb in a remote field, but his roommate says he previously set off 3 mini-bombs right outside their apartment. a preliminary hearing is set for February 5th.

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Prepare for another Arctic blast beginning later today. Forecasters predict lows of 10 below zero late tonight and wind chills that could approach 40 below zero into early Tuesday. Tomorrow’s high is only in the single digits. Stay indoors if you can, and dress in multiple layers if you have to go out. “The Tribune-Democrat” says a shelter will be set up inside Johnstown’s Salvation Army headquarters on Vine Street, and the Portage Volunteer Fire Company also has set up a warming shelter that will remain available 24/7 through Thursday.

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Penn State is under review by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights for its handling of sexual assault complaints. WTAJ reports the review comes after a Penn State report highlighting the increase in sexual offenses reported to campus police between 2010 and 2012. University spokesperson Lisa Powers says Penn State is looking forward to working with the Office for Civil Rights on this pro-active compliance review.

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Michaels Arts and Crafts stores may be the latest retail store to suffer a security breach. According to CBS News, the company says customers payment card information may have been hacked. Michaels CEO says customers should take steps to protect themselves including checking over their statements.

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The Maryland mall where three people died in a deadly shooting over the weekend is set to reopen today. Authorities have identified the shooter at The Mall in Columbia as 19-year-old Darion Aguilar. It's not believed that the College Park teenager had any connection with the victims before killing them and himself.

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The Justice Department could take civil and criminal action against dozens of banks that do business with payday lenders. The "New York Times" reports federal prosecutors are investigating to see whether more than 50 large and small banks made it possible for payday lenders to illegally siphon billions of dollars from Americans' checking accounts.

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The U.S. has carried out a missile strike against a suspected militant leader in Somalia. U.S. military officials say Sunday's attack was directed against a "senior leader" with ties to al-Qaeda and al-Shabaab.

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Representative Peter King describes the Winter Olympics in Sochi as being a "dangerous situation." Appearing on ABC's "This Week," King – who chairs a House panel on Counterrorism and Intelligence – said he can't guarantee the safety of Americans visiting Russia.

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The gay son of an Indiana lawmaker says he's "disappointed" that his dad supports a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in the Hoosier State. Over the weekend, Chris Smith wrote on the Indiana Equality Facebook page that his father, Milo Smith, isn't going to change his beliefs if he hasn't done so yet. Indiana law already prohibits same-sex marriage, but supporters of the proposal say it's needed to ensure the courts don't throw out the law.

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The coaches of the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks are already worried about the weather in the New York-New Jersey area. Denver's John Fox and Seattle's Pete Carroll told reporters they'd prefer to practice outdoors to prepare for Sunday's Super Bowl 48, but they say practicing indoors may be the only option.

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Marlise Munoz's family is preparing for a funeral after their very public battle over taking the pregnant woman one off life support came to an end. The Fort Worth, Texas woman was removed from life support over the weekend and her body released to her husband. The 33-year-old Munoz was about 22 weeks pregnant and had been on life support since Thanksgiving, against the wishes of her family.

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Two firefighters have died battling a blaze in downtown Toledo, Ohio. Officials say the two died while fighting a fire at an apartment complex before dawn Sunday. Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins is asking that city flags be flown at half-staff today.

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Economic inequality is expected to highlight President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night. The President will try to reboot his second term after a sluggish 2013 that resulted in few accomplishments. Obama has called for a "year of action" in 2014 and threatens to increase the use of executive actions, wherever possible, if Congress does not become more active.

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Royal Caribbean is cutting a cruise short after about 300 people on a ship contracted a nasty stomach bug. Experts believe a noro-virus is spreading on the Explorer of the Seas. The ten-day cruise set sail last Tuesday and by Friday the captain decided to skip a stop in Haiti and go to Puerto Rico for cleaning because of the outbreak.

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A live wedding made Grammy history as 34 couples exchanged vows and rings and walked down the aisles with music's biggest stars looking on Sunday night. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis helped bring the message of marriage equality to the Grammy stage, performing their hit "Same Love," as a group of gay and straight couples stood in the aisles for a wedding ceremony officiated by Queen Latifah.

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It's costing a little less to fill up the gas tank lately, at least in some parts of the country. The average price of gas dropped almost three-and a-half cents over the past two weeks. The Lundberg survey released Sunday shows the nationwide average is $3.31.

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Readers beware. Some of the reviews of products and services found online aren't authentic. Twenty-one percent of those taking part in a YouGov poll admit they've left opinions about products and services they've never purchased or even used. Nearly a quarter of the men along with 17 percent of the women confess to contributing fake reviews, along with 32 percent of the parents with kids under the age of 18. A third say they've done it simply because they "felt like it." Twenty-two-percent posted a false review because they "did not like the idea of the product," while 19 percent "did not like the manufacturer or service." The majority of Americans have submitted a product or service review online, and most of the reviews are positive. Just 21 percent say they've panned a product or service online. And among these people, 88 percent say they wrote their negative review "to warn other people."

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