Today's News - Monday, March 24, 2014

State police in Cambria County have confirmed that a K-9 officer was hurt in a police standoff last Thursday. 51-year-old Jack Prescott refused to come out of his home in Scalp Level when cops came to serve warrants. Prescott shot Deanna Hoffman in the head as she tried to flee the home, but she survived and was taken to Johnstown’s Memorial Medical Center. Prescott then killed himself. Police did not provide specifics, but say K-9 officer Dutch was injured. He is now on medicine and recovering. -0- Plans for a water pipeline from the Quemahoning Reservoir through Conemaugh Township and into water needy Hooversville are stuck. According to The Tribune-Democrat, costs and contract language have halted negations between the three Somerset County entities. Hooversville currently gets its water from the Stonycreek River, an often expensive and unreliable source. -0- Penn State’s men’s rugby team is under suspension after two players were arrested for allegedly setting the fire that destroyed the team’s storage shed in January. Police say 22-year-old Christopher Petri and 21-year-old Sean Herbert used lighter fluid to ignite the blaze, causing more than $30,000 damage. The university’s student conduct official is currently reviewing the case. -0- Governor Tom Corbett, Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter, and Archbishop Charles Chaput are flying to Rome this week to ask Pope Francis to attend a Roman Catholic gathering in the city next year. The eighth World Meeting of Families is set for September 2015 and the event could attract more than 1 million people from around the world. The Vatican has not confirmed a papal visit to the U.S but other popes have attended past world family meetings, and family issues are a top priority for Pope Francis. 3-24-14 Former Acting State Attorney General Walter Cohen says charges against ex-Penn State administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz were a “miscarriage of justice” resulting from the disputed role of in-house university lawyer Cynthia Baldwin. According to the Centre Daily Times, Cohen offered a scathing review for the defense lawyers of Curley and Schultz, who wanted to have Cohen testify as an expert witness at a hearing in December. The review, in a signed affidavit, was filed in Dauphin County Court under seal, and it was just unsealed by the judge last week. Curley and Schultz, along with former Penn State President Graham Spanier, are charged with perjury and failure to report abuse properly in the case against Jerry Sandusky. -0- The U.S. Navy is sending its "Black Box Finder" to join the search for a missing Malaysian jet in the southern Indian Ocean. Meanwhile, China's official state news agency reports that the crew of one of its search planes has spotted something in the search area that may be wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The Boeing 777 vanished from radar more than two weeks ago. -0- President Obama and other leaders of G7 nations are focusing on the crisis in Ukraine. In their meeting in The Hague starting today, the U.S. and its NATO allies will discuss their response to Russia annexing Crimea and ways of putting more pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin. -0- A U.S. official says NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is probably a Russian spy. GOP congressman Mike Rogers of Michigan chairs the House Intelligence Committee. He told NBC's "Meet The Press" Snowden was under Russian influence when he revealed the National Security Agency's snooping and data-mining. He also said Snowden is still receiving protection from Russia. -0- Washington Governor Jay Inslee says crews are doing everything they can to find those missing in the area of a massive mudslide in Snohomish County. Eight people are confirmed dead and 18 others remain unaccounted for following Saturday's slide. Officials say the slide area measures about one square mile. -0- Today is the 25th anniversary of the devastating Exxon Valdez oil spill. The tanker dumped an estimated eleven million gallons of crude oil in Prince William Sound, Alaska when it crashed into a reef, causing one of the biggest man-made environmental disasters in history. -0- More than a half-dozen people are recovering after a drive-by shooting in San Francisco. Police say it happened Sunday night in the city's often violent Tenderloin neighborhood. The seven who were wounded were taken to the hospital with wounds that police say are not life-threatening. -0- Major shipping channels in Texas are closed as crews work to clean up an oil spill. An oil barge and a cargo ship collided in the Houston Ship Channel, spilling 168-thousand gallons of fuel oil early Saturday. The channels deliver crude to more than a tenth of the nation's refining capacity. -0- Former President Jimmy Carter says he guards against spying by using snail mail. Carter told NBC's "Meet The Press" he feels his communications with foreign leaders are monitored. That's why, when he corresponds with them, he actually writes letters and drops them in the mail. -0- Federal investigators who headed up the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers are speaking out. FBI Executive Assistant Director Stephanie Douglas tells CBS' "60 Minutes" there was an "ah ha" moment when one still image clearly showed a man looking away at the sound of the explosion while everyone else looked toward it. That man was Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. -0- A new futuristic thriller is beating up the "Muppets" at theaters in the U.S. and Canada. "Divergent" tells the story of a world where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. It made 56-million dollars during its debut weekend. Disney's "Muppets Most Wanted" came in second. Third place went to the animated "Mr. Peabody & Sherman." -0- Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher may be expanding on their recent engagement news. Sources tell "People" magazine the couple is expecting their first child together. Kunis and Kutcher began dating quietly in 2012 but have been friends since their days co-starring on "That '70s Show." -0- Apple and Comcast may be teaming up to provide streaming TV service. The "Wall Street Journal" reports the electronics giant and the nation's biggest cable provider are working on a deal that would mark a new level of cooperation between technology and cable TV companies. Comcast would give special treatment on its cable system so the video data would get around Internet congestion. Apple would allow users to stream live and on-demand programming from "cloud" servers. -0- Jeff Weiner, the CEO of LinkedIn, is one of the best employers in the country, according to a survey conducted by career site GlassDoor.com. Weiner received a 100-percent approval rating from members of his staff, earning him the top spot on the list of top CEOs. Ford Motors head Alan R. Mulally and Edelman's Richard Edelman follow just behind Weiner on the list, each receiving a 97-percent approval from those in their companies. The results come from a yearly survey in which Glassdoor collects information about the insides of large corporations based on questions asked to anonymous respondents. Qualcomm's Paul Jacobs and Costco's Craig Jelinek round out the top five, and the CEOs of Intuit, Goldman Sachs, Starbucks, Facebook and Google make up the top ten. -0- A new study has found that most men don't take much time off for paternity leave. According to a survey of nearly 2,000 employed males with children conducted by the Institute of Leadership and Management, only one in four take the amount of time off that's offered to them. Fewer than one in ten new fathers opt to take two or more weeks off after welcoming a child. Among those in management positions, the number drops to just two percent. The study suggests that paternity pay could be a factor in their decision to return to work. Nine percent of fathers say their company gives them more than two weeks at full pay.
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