Today's News - Thursday, August 7, 2014

A woman has been charged in connection with the April shooting death of Zachary Andrews in Johnstown. 20-year-old Tashale Boyko was in the Grove Avenue house when Andrews was killed. When interviewed by police, she reportedly gave several different stories, so she was charged with hindering and obstructing administration of law. Officials also they believe Boyko drove another victim to the hospital. Right now, no one is charged in the murder.

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Fire destroyed a house on the 800 block of Oak Street in Johnstown’s Hornerstown section early Wednesday morning. Fire crews were worried the flames would spread to the house next door, so the family got all ten of their dogs and three cats safely out. Firemen were able to contain the fire to the first house and no one was injured.

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32-year-old Jonathan Kuzma of Johnstown pleaded guilty in the brutal beating and stabbing death of his father, John, last year, but the prosecution and defense couldn’t agree on the degree of murder. Yesterday, a Cambria County judge ruled that it was third degree murder and not first. Kuzma says he was angry because his father wouldn’t give him the car keys to go to a methadone clinic. He also admitted to stealing the car and money after the murder. Kuzma will be sentenced September 9.

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Fire gutted the kitchen of a house in Northern Cambria last evening. There was also some damage to the living room, and the entire home had severe heat and smoke damage. Authorities say someone was cooking on the stove when the flames broke out.

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50-year-old Bobby Joe Kerby of Johnstown is in the Blair County Prison on $80 thousand bail. Greenfield Township police say Kerby repeatedly molested a 9-year-old girl while he was staying at her family’s Claysburg home. The girl is on the autism spectrum. Kerby’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for today.

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A Democratic State House candidate is filing a complaint against Governor Tom Corbett. Dauphin County activist Gene Stilp said yesterday that his ethics complaint involves Corbett holding "political meetings in his state-funded office." Stilp says Corbett's behavior is the same kind as when he sent people to jail when he was attorney general. Corbett's campaign called the complaint frivolous.

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The NCAA and Pennsylvania officials, including Governor Tom Corbett, are working on a settlement in the lawsuit filed by college sports’ governing body against a state law requiring Penn State’s $60 million in fine money to remain in the state. According to the centre daily times, both parties asked a federal judge yesterday to halt the suit. The NCCA calls the law unconstitutional.

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Closing arguments are underway in the murder trial of South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius. The South African paralympic star insists he mistakenly shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year at the Pretoria home the two shared. The judge in the case will hear closing arguments today before rendering a verdict.

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The Ebola outbreak is receiving the highest alert from the Centers for Disease Control. The "level 1 activation," is reserved for the most dangerous public health emergencies, with hundreds of CDC employees shifting their focus to the deadly outbreak. Meantime, President Obama claims the deadly Ebola virus is controllable if a strong public health infrastructure is in place.

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The death of an Oregon woman missing for nearly two weeks is being ruled a suicide. Police said Jennifer Huston died of asphyxiation close to the time she was reported missing. The mother of two was found dead near her SUV in a remote area about 30 miles southwest of Portland.

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The woman who stowed away on a Southwest airlines flight from San Jose to Los Angeles is being told to stay away from Los Angeles International Airport. Marilyn Hartman pled no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor count of entering the city as a stowaway and was sentenced to 24 months of summary probation.

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Americans are deeply worried that the flood of migrants at the border is threatening the nation's culture and economy. A Reuters/Ipsos poll released late Wednesday shows that 70 percent of Americans believe undocumented immigrants threaten traditional U.S. beliefs and customs.

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Hawaii is preparing for two hurricanes heading to the islands. Meteorologist Rob Carolan says Hurricane Iselle is expected to hit Maui and the Big Island this afternoon. Hurricane Julio could strike part of Hawaii on Sunday night, but at this stage it probably won't be much of a factor for the islands.

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Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl will be answering more questions about his time in Afghanistan from an Army investigator today. The attorney for the former prisoner said Bergdahl answered every question that was put to him yesterday about the circumstances of his capture by Taliban militants in 2009.

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says there is a real and growing threat that Russia will invade Ukraine. Hagel said Wednesday that the build-up of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine raises the risk of a ground assault.

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President Obama vows to continue signing executive orders to counteract what he sees as congressional inaction. Obama told a news briefing Wednesday that he prefers to work with Congress but said he cannot reverse political gridlock and dysfunction by himself. House Republicans plan to sue the President over his increased use of executive actions.

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U.S. and Iranian officials will meet in Geneva Thursday to discuss Tehran's nuclear program. The State Department said the U.S. delegation will be led by Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns. The talks between the two countries will be held in the hopes of breaking a deadlock between Iran and six major powers on the nuclear issue.

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Saturday's Powerball jackpot will be a bit bigger. No one matched all six numbers in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing, moving the jackpot to an estimated $90 million for this Saturday. The numbers drawn Wednesday were 1-8-24-28-49 with the Powerball of 24.

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An Italian professor is in hot water for inviting a shipwreck captain to give a lecture on panic management. The professor is facing an ethics investigation after bringing in the captain of the Costa Concordia. Captain Francesco Schettino is being tried for manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning ship in the January 2012 capsizing of the Italian cruise liner.

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