Today's News - Monday, March 3, 2014

A deadly kayaking accident this weekend in Clearfield County. Authorities say 48-year-old Edward Heberling of Westover was kayaking with a relative in the west branch of the Susquehanna River when his kayak overturned and he was thrown into swift moving, freezing water. He could not be found due to ice covering the river. After 45 minutes of searching, emergency crews found Heberling 100 yards downstream, but they were not able to revive him with CPR.

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The USS Somerset was commissioned into service Saturday. The U.S. Navy ship honors the 40 passengers and crew of United Flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville during the 9-11 attacks. Around 5,000 people attended the ceremony.

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A three-vehicle crash on Saturday injured two Nicktown residents. A Pittsburgh driver failed to stop at a red light on Indian Springs Road in Indiana County and struck another car, injuring two passengers. They were taken to Indiana Regional Medical Center. The impact caused the second car to spin and strike a third vehicle, the driver of which sustained unknown injuries.

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The week is starting off with schools and government offices shut down in the nation's capital. The huge winter storm that pounded the middle of the country over the weekend will keep local and federal government offices, including Congress, closed in Washington today.

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The murder trial of "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius is underway in South Africa. The Olympic hero is accused of deliberately killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year. Pistorius claims when he shot his girlfriend through the bathroom door he thought she was an unknown intruder.

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The world's biggest bitcoin exchange is staging a comeback after filing for bankruptcy. Mt. Gox is now taking calls from the many people who are wondering what happens next. The Tokyo-based firm's website announced Sunday that it's set up a call center to "respond to all inquiries."

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Investors around the world are worried this morning, after Russia's central bank jacked up interest rates over the weekend. Stock markets in Tokyo and Hong Kong are down as the chance of war between Russia and Ukraine looks more possible every hour.

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Hundreds of people protesting the Keystone XL oil pipeline are facing legal trouble following their arrest in Washington, DC. Some of the demonstrators taken into custody yesterday used plastic ties to fasten themselves to the White House fences and others held signs reading, "There is no Planet B."

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The U.S. is prepared to give as much financial support as Ukraine needs to get the crisis-torn nation's economy back on track. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says Washington could lend a hand through either bilateral programs or larger international institutions.

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The week is starting off with schools and government offices shut down in the nation's capital. The huge winter storm that pounded the middle of the country over the weekend will keep local and federal government offices, including Congress, closed in Washington today.

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Barbie is behind bars after allegedly attacking a woman in a bathroom stall in San Diego. Gregory Schwartz is in custody after police say he walked into the woman's restroom inside a Big Lots store, dressed in a pink Barbie costume, and attacked a woman inside one of the stalls.

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Work is scheduled to begin today to bring up the first of the classic Corvettes that fell into a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum. Officials say three cars at the bottom of the crater will be brought up slowly, then sent to Michigan to be restored. The sinkhole swallowed eight Corvettes last month while the museum in Kentucky was closed.

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The historical drama "12 Years A Slave" is this year's Best Picture winner at the Academy Awards. The space thriller "Gravity" received seven Oscars Sunday night, including Best Director. Other notable winners included Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto for their roles in "Dallas Buyers Club." The public seems pleased with Ellen DeGeneres' performance as host of the 86th Academy Awards. Nearly three-quarters of the respondents in an AccessHollywood.com poll say they "love her!" and what she did on the show.

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There's another shot at huge lottery winnings this week for someone in the Pittsburgh area. The Mega Millions estimated jackpot tomorrow is 240-million dollars with a cash option of 133-million. Pennsylvania lottery revenue helps older residents of the state. That includes senior centers, prescription drugs, transportation and property taxes.

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Justin Bieber seems to be on his best behavior in the days ahead of his next court hearing in Miami this week. The star celebrated his 20th birthday on Saturday with less flashy festivities than in past years. Tweets from his family and close friends indicated that a small group gathered to be with the singer in Atlanta.

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