Today's News - Monday, May 19, 2014

Officials with the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese say priest Michael Lewandowski has been suspended from the public ministry after allegations of sexual misconduct involving a minor back in the 1980s. Father Lewandowski has served in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown since 1997 as pastor of Saint Anne Parish in Davidsville. Anyone who has concerns about misconduct should report it immediately to the proper state or local authorities. The diocesan victim’s advocate can be contacted at (814) 695-55-79.

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Forty-nine-year-old James Coyle of Somerset is jailed, charged with stabbing his stepson Saturday night during an argument on the 300 block of West Patriot Street. Thirty-three-year-old Bruce Clites suffered wounds to his lower back and face. Bail is set at $10,000 dollars.

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Rescue crews spent most of Sunday looking for a 19-year-old who may have drowned Saturday in the Susquehanna River near Karthaus, Clearfield County. A church group from eastern Pennsylvania was out canoeing when two teens ran into some trouble. The water is high due to recent rain and the current is also running pretty fast. Search crews will continue looking.

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Cambria County Chief Deputy Coroner Jeffrey Lees says 70-year-old James Lang of Fallentimber is the man who was killed when a roof collapsed Saturday afternoon. Lang and another person were tearing down an abandoned mobile home at Zimmie's Campground when the roof collapsed, killing Lang instantly.

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Three people died early Sunday in a house fire in White Township, Indiana County. Officials say the blaze broke out around 3:30am at a mobile home at 105 Keystone Drive. The victims have been identified as 28-year-old Shawn Marsh, 27-year-old Nicole Novak, and 9-year-old Gabbriella Novak. Two dogs also died. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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President Obama is very angry about the Veterans Affairs scandal. White House chief of staff Denis McDonough told CBS' "Face The Nation" the President wants waiting-list allegations investigated and handled immediately. There are reports that at least 40 veterans died while waiting to see doctors at the VA hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.

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British drugmaker AstraZeneca is flatly rejecting Pfizer's latest multi-billion dollar offer. Late Sunday, Pfizer raised its offer for AstraZeneca to $119 billion. However, the British firm said the offer was only a "slight improvement" and said the U.S. drug giant would need to nearly double the offered amount.

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New Jersey governor Chris Christie says he's still thinking about running for President. However, Christie told CBS's "Face The Nation" it would be stressful running in Republican primaries with former Florida governor Jeb Bush. Christie also said campaigning with Bush would be fun and that they share much of the same philosophy in solving problems.

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The Utah woman accused of strangling a half-dozen of her babies and hiding the tiny corpses in boxes is due in court today. Megan Huntsman was arrested last month when investigators made the gruesome discovery. Huntsman remains jailed on $6 million dollars bond.

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A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship is back from a 28-day mission to the International Space Station. The ship parachuted into the Pacific Ocean Sunday. Space station commander Steven Swanson radioed mission control in Houston to report everything went as planned.

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Another mega-merger is shaking up the telecom industry. AT&T and DirecTV are announcing a nearly $50 billion merger that will create a powerhouse to rival the largest cable companies. Under the deal AT&T will gain DirecTV's 20 million subscribers.

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GOP political strategist Karl Rove says Hillary Clinton's health could be an issue in the 2016 presidential election. Rove told "Fox News Sunday" the former First Lady must consider that carefully if she decides to run. Clinton underwent treatment for a blood clot after she fell and hit her head in 2012. Last week, the "New York Post" quoted Rove as saying Clinton suffered brain damage from that clot. He's since denied saying that.

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People are heading back home in San Marcos, California after a wildfire destroyed thousands of acres. The Cocos Fire laid waste to more than three dozen structures in its path, forcing thousands of people to leave their homes and possessions behind. Fire officials say it's nearly 90 percent contained.

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An Arizona Republican congressional candidate says Democrats perpetrate "99 percent" of mass shootings. Congressional District 1 candidate Gary Kiehne made the comment during a state primary debate on Saturday. No one challenged his claim, and he provided no evidence to support it. The primary election will be held on August 26.

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Gas prices are down across the U.S. The average price of regular has fallen three-and-a-half cents a gallon over the past two weeks. The highest prices are being paid by motorists in San Francisco, where the going rate is $4.17. On the other hand, drivers in Albuquerque, New Mexico are shelling out about $3.32 per gallon – the lowest price in the lower 48 states.

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Disgraced Congressman Michael Grimm is due in court Monday on more than 20 counts of fraud. A judge is expected to set a trial date for the New York Republican, which will likely fall smack dab in election season. Grimm has proclaimed his innocence and vowed to fight the criminal charges against him. He's accused of stashing millions of dollars in his Healthalicious restaurant to avoid paying taxes.

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It's shaping up to be one of the most anticipated commencement speeches of 2014. Jill Abramson, the ex-executive editor of the "New York Times," will address the graduating class of Wake Forest University today, six days after she was fired from her job. Abramson touched off a media firestorm when she said she was let go because she complained she was being paid less than her male predecessor.

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The same bacteria that causes gum disease also promotes heart disease. A new study from the University of Florida shows that when oral bacteria enters the bloodstream it could create an increased risk for heart problems. The study's authors say they hope the research will pressure the American Heart Association to acknowledge the link between oral and heart disease.

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Justin Bieber is jet-setting off to France. The pop star flew out to Cannes this weekend, not to attend the annual film festival but to enjoy some of the best after-parties. The singer tweeted photos of himself at the Vanity Fair and Armani party on Saturday night. The magazine says he made a surprise appearance at the event, creating quite the stir among the movie star guests there.

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Justin Timberlake dominates the 2014 Billboard Music Awards without even stepping foot inside Las Vegas' MGM Grand. The pop superstar is in the midst of a world tour, but on Sunday night he earned a leading seven new trophies during the Sin City ceremony. In his taped acceptance speech for the coveted Top Artist award, Timberlake said he wanted to thank everybody on Earth – except Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

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