Today's News - Thursday, August 21, 2014

A man was taken the Johnstown’s Memorial Medical Center yesterday morning after falling about 30 feet from a roof during a rainstorm near Davidsville, Somerset County. The man was working for a contractor and trying to put sheeting on the roof of a home at 305 Seneca Trail. He suffered a serious head injury.

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A settlement conference to end the legal battle among the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, Johnstown’s Bishop McCort High School, and more than 80 alleged victims of Franciscan Brother Stephen Baker was cancelled yesterday. Blair County Judge Kopriva has not set a new date. Baker committed suicide after the allegations came to light.

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Somerset Borough police are investigating two home invasions. About 8 p.m. Tuesday, an 82-year-old Sanner Street man was held at gunpoint by a masked man who demanded money. The victim chased the thief off with a stool. About seven hours later, a masked man went to a home on Rosina Avenue and demanded money an 82-year-old woman. She told police the intruder pointed a gun at her and had her drive to her bank to get money from the ATM. Anyone with information should call the police.

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Officials are asking for the public's help keeping a foreign species of beetle out of the state. The Asian Longhorned beetle could affect lumber, pulp and maple syrup production and it’s already living in New Jersey, New York and Ohio. The beetle is about an inch long, with a black glossy body, white spots on the wings black and bluish-white antennae. Suspected sightings should be reported to badbug@state.pa.us.

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Governor Tom Corbett says he believes he fulfilled the spirit of his 2010 campaign pledge to not raise taxes or fees, but he tells the associated press he will not renew that sweeping promise in his current bid for a second term. The Republican faces a stiff challenge from Democrat Tom Wolf.

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State Attorney General Kathleen Kane is warning consumers about a credit card phone scam involving an automated call that says a hold will be placed on your credit or debit card account. Victims are asked to press 1 and then enter their credit card number. Sometimes, they will leave messages with a number to call back or to have a family member call. Multiple cases have been reported recently. Kane says you should never give out personal information over the telephone and never wire money or purchase Green Dot-type prepaid cash cards in response to a telephone appeal.

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The White House says U.S. special forces tried to rescue journalist James Foley and others held hostage by ISIS militants. The White House released a statement saying President Obama had authorized the rescue attempt in Syria earlier this summer. The rescue failed because the hostages weren't there.

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Law enforcement officials are pleased with the quiet way Wednesday night passed in Ferguson, Missouri. Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said it was a "very good night in Ferguson" at a press conference early Thursday morning. Johnson said there were only six arrests Wednesday, and praised the community for making "another step toward healing."

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is promising a thorough civil rights probe into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. Before a briefing at the local FBI office, Holder said the Justice Department is looking for "possible violations of federal civil rights statutes." Holder, who also met with community leaders, said he hopes his visit "will have a calming influence on the area."

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President Obama is condemning the beheading of veteran American journalist James Foley. Speaking from Martha's Vineyard, the President said the murder has shocked the conscience of the entire world. Obama called ISIS a cancer and said the terrorist group's ideology is bankrupt.

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A Malaysian couple is charged with stealing thousands of dollars from the accounts of people who were on an airliner that disappeared earlier this year. Police accuse the couple of using cards belonging to one of the passengers to withdraw $35 thousand from the passenger's accounts.

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Two Southern California teenagers are charged with plotting a mass shooting at South Pasadena High School. The 16- and 17-year-olds are each charged with one count of making criminal threats. Police say they arrested the two on Monday after investigating information that the boys told another teen about their plans, and threatened to kill him.

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A new government report is showing a dramatic free fall in teenage birth rates saving taxpayers billions of dollars. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate 4 million fewer teenage pregnancies occurred during the last two decades, saving taxpayers around $12 billion in 2010 alone.

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Same-sex marriages in Virginia won't become legal today after the U.S. Supreme Court put a hold on a lower court ruling. The high court stayed a decision by the federal Court of Appeals in Richmond which ruled the state's ban on gay marriages is unconstitutional and that such marriages would be legal as of today.

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Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is distancing himself from his wife in their federal corruption trial. McDonnell took the stand in his own defense Wednesday in Richmond, saying he couldn't have conspired with his wife Maureen because they were estranged at the time. McDonnell and his wife are charged with accepting more than $170 thousand in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams.

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A friend of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will plead guilty to obstruction of justice charges. The friend's lawyer says his client will change his "not guilty" plea in court Thursday. The man is accused of taking a backpack and computer from Tsarnaev's college dorm after the bombing.

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A patient in a California hospital is being tested for the potentially deadly Ebola virus. Dr. Gil Chavez with the California Department of Public Health says blood samples from the patient been sent to the CDC in Atlanta.

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Pitching sensation Mo'ne Davis and Philadelphia's Taney Little League is on the brink of elimination at the Little League World Series. Davis and the Taney Dragons were rocked 8-1 by Las Vegas on Wednesday at Lamade Stadium. The team from Philly now faces Jackie Robinson West out of Chicago in an elimination game on Thursday.

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The late Robin Williams is reportedly already at rest. Citing what it says is the actor's official death certificate, TMZ.com says Williams was cremated the day after he died and that his ashes were scattered in San Francisco Bay. According to the website, the document says cause of death is "pending investigation."

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Hundreds of chinchillas are now safe after they were rescued from a ranch in Southern California. The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA say it's the largest animal rescue in the group's history. Some 420 of the little rodents were rescued yesterday after PETA officials tipped off the Humane Society about the issue at the Vista ranch.

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More Americans are struggling to make their car payments. A new study by Experian Automotive shows the rate of repossessions surged 70 percent in the second quarter.

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