Today's News - Monday, Labor Day, September 2, 2013

A two-vehicle accident on Bedford Street Sunday afternoon is being investigated by Johnstown police. One person was taken to Memorial Medical Center. No further information was available.

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A $9,000 monument created to honor veterans will be unveiled at Seward’s Memorial Park today. The dedication will take place at 10 this morning.

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A Clearfield County man is dead, the result of an apparent accidental drug overdose. State police say 28-year-old Zachary Johns of West Decatur was found Friday at a house on South Second Street in Philipsburg Borough. Drug paraphernalia was found at the scene. The investigation continues.

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Today is Labor Day and state and local police are partnering with PennDOT to crack down on impaired driving. As part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” effort, Pennsylvania’s enforcement will focus not only on drivers impaired by alcohol, but also the increasing number of drug-impaired motorists. PennDOT statistics for 2011 show there were 3,079 drug-related crashes statewide, with 116 fatalities. In 2012, those numbers increased to 3,306 drug-related crashes statewide with 126 fatalities. Alcohol-related crashes also increased although fatalities in those crashes decreased from 428 in 2011 to 404 last year. During last year's Labor Day weekend, there were 125 alcohol-related crashes and 8 fatalities as well as 30 drug-related crashes.

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State College police charged Timothy Stover with harassment Friday night. Cops say he was following around several employees at the Ross Dress For Less store on Benner Pike. One of the workers wrote down Stover’s license plate and police were able to track him down.

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Today is Labor Day, a federal holiday. Schools are closed along with all federal, state and local government offices. Post offices are also closed for the day along with liquor stores and some area businesses.

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“The Altoona Mirror” reports that intercontinental hotels group plans to build a 90-room, new-style Holiday Inn Express by the fall of next year on a vacant lot in front of Health South Rehab Hospital in Altoona. Greg Morris, who owns the property, says it remains for sale and a deal is not yet in place.

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A recently-released poll shows President Obama’s approval rating dropping in our state. According to the latest numbers from Franklin & Marshall University, his popularity fell 10-points in the past 6 months. just 34-percent of Pennsylvanians polled believe Obama is doing an excellent or good job, his lowest rating since 2010.

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After nearly three months in the hospital, Nelson Mandela is now at home with his family. The 95-year-old former South African president and anti-apartheid leader’s health remains critical and sometimes unstable.

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The Obama administration is working to make its case for military intervention in Syria to a largely skeptical Congress.  The President announced on Saturday that he'd ask Congress to approve military strikes. Secretary of State John Kerry appeared on all the major Sunday talk shows armed with new evidence that Syria's hard-line regime used sarin gas on its own people.  Lawmakers expressed a wide range of support, condemnation and uncertainty over President Obama's call for a military strike in Syria. 

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Wall Street is quiet for Labor Day but trading will resume tomorrow.  The week will be filled with economic reports, including the August jobs reports.  Concern over Syria is likely to have an impact on this week's trading.  The markets in general were hit hard in August, showing their worst decline in more than a year. 

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The authority that controls Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant says it may consider dumping irradiated water into the ocean.  The plant's operator may be forced to dump water that is below currently enforced radiation limits.  The Fukushima plant was badly damaged by the powerful earthquake and tsunami that hit northern Japan in 2011.  Officials say the facility is rapidly running out of storage space for the irradiated water, which was used to cool the plant's nuclear power rods.

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A one-year old boy is dead after being shot in the head as his parents pushed him in his stroller near their home in Brooklyn, New York.  Police think the bullet may have been intended for the baby's father.  There have been no arrests yet. 

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the first U.S. Supreme Court Justice to officiate a same-sex marriage.  She made history over the weekend by presiding at the marriage of her longtime friend and Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser to economist John Roberts in Washington, DC. 

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