Today's News - Monday, September 23, 2013

State police on the Pennsylvania Turnpike found a woman driving with five pounds of marijuana. Police arrested Kimberly Fulton on Interstate 76 in Stonycreek Township, Somerset County. The Brownsville resident was charged and released and is now awaiting her preliminary hearing.

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State police are investigating a motorcycle accident on Route 30 near Route 219 yesterday afternoon. According to “The Daily American,” one person was injured and transported to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center. Boswell fire department and ambulance also assisted at the scene.

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A man with ties to the Hells Angels motorcycle gang recently came forward saying he knew what happened to missing Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar, but Bellefonte police are dismissing his claims as unsubstantiated. The man, who’s jailed in state prison, claimed he met someone behind bars who said Gricar ran a corrupt office and was in debt to the Hells Angels for a large sum of money. The man also claimed another inmate who also has knowledge could even lead police to where Gricar’s body was dumped after he was murdered somewhere in central Pennsylvania. FBI agents took the man to where he thought Gricar's body was buried, but nothing was found. Bellefonte police said Friday they are always willing to follow new leads in the Gricar mystery, but this one is a false claim.

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The Penguins are cutting their training camp roster.  Eight players have been assigned to the Baby Penguins farm team.  It brings the roster to 35 and more cuts are coming today.

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The University of Pittsburgh is getting money for nuclear energy research.  The grant is for 800-thousand dollars as part of a 42-million dollar Department of Energy program.  Thirty-eight institutions are getting funding.

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The sound of gunfire and explosions could be heard this morning coming from the Nairobi, Kenya shopping mall where gunmen are holding hostages.  Today is the third day of an attack that started Saturday.  At least 68 people have died and dozens of others, including five Americans, were wounded.  The gunmen are members of the Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab. 

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The heated rhetoric just keeps coming but members of Congress are no closer to averting a looming government shutdown.  Republican Utah Senator Mike Lee appeared on NBC's “Meet The Press” Sunday to urge the Senate to pass a budget that strips funding from the Affordable Care Act.

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President Obama is paying tribute to the 12 people who died in last week’s Washington Navy Yard mass shooting.  He spoke at a memorial service in the nation's capital on Sunday and said he fears there is a creeping resignation in the U.S. to deadly shooting sprees. 

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A Milwaukee woman is under arrest in New York City for allegedly bringing a loaded semi-automatic handgun to the 9-11 Memorial.  ABC News reports the 41-year-old woman was stopped as she tried to enter the memorial when a metal detector picked up the weapon. 

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Rescuers are looking for two people reported missing after a Navy helicopter plunged into the Red Sea Sunday.  The chopper and those aboard are all based out of San Diego.  Three people who were on board the MH-60S Nighthawk were rescued and are in stable condition. 

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The guessing game about whether Hillary Clinton will run for the White House in 2016 continues.  The former first lady, New York senator and Secretary of State has given her first interview in months to “New York Magazine.”

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There's another shot at very big money this week for someone in the Pittsburgh area.  The Mega Millions estimated jackpot for tomorrow's drawing is 160-million dollars with a cash option of 109 million. 

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Sunday night’s Primetime Emmy Awards paid special attention to five men and women the television world lost this year.  Among them was James Gandolfini.  His “Sopranos” co-star Edie Falco gave an emotional tribute and spoke about Gandolfini as the man she grew to know during the hit show’s six seasons on HBO. AMC’s “Breaking Bad” is celebrating its first Emmy for Outstanding Drama, just a week before the show's highly-anticipated series finale. Another highlight of the Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday night in Los Angeles was when ABC’s “Modern Family” won its fourth consecutive award for Outstanding Comedy. 

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There’s good news for motorists needing to fill their gas tanks.  The latest Lundberg survey shows the average price for a gallon of gasoline dropped more than six cents in the last two weeks.

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A prominent German hacking group is claiming it has cracked the fingerprint scanner on Apple's brand new high-end iPhone model. The claim by the Chaos Computing Club or CCC could prove embarrassing for the tech giant if it’s verified. 

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