Today's News - Thursday, January 16, 2014

A Somerset man was charged with 15 counts related to child pornography after police found disturbing images on his computer. 70-year-old Daryle Burket, of Somerset, was arrested after a visitor to his apartment notified police about the files. A state police crime lab was able to extract more than 30 images from Burket’s computer.

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24-year-old Dwight Bumford, of Johnstown, allegedly stole the keys to an Upper Yoder Township apartment building superintendent, then used them to access apartments and steal items to sell from drug money, his former girlfriend testified in Cambria County Court Wednesday. Bumford pleaded not guilty to the thefts, which took place at the Norwood Gardens complex last November. His father, 55-year-old Lee Roy Bumford was also charged with hindering apprehension of his son.

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Three alumni seats on Penn State’s board of trustees are up for grabs. As of yesterday, the university is circulating ballots for nominations ahead of this spring’s election. Fifty nominations are needed for candidates to appear on the ballot. Alumni who do not receive a ballot can request one online or by calling 866-307-0041.

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Death row inmate Andre Staton used his handcuffed wrists to club his defense attorney during a Blair County Courthouse hearing back in May, and Tim Burns, who is still recovering from a concussion and other injuries, is suing, claiming security should have been tighter. Now “The Altoona Mirror” reports that the Blair County Court administration has asked the State Supreme Court to assign a visiting judge to preside over the case. The lawsuit seeks at least $50 thousand in damages on each of five counts. The county has also asked that the suit be dismissed because county officials have immunity, except in limited circumstances.

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The New Jersey legislature is kicking off its probe into September's George Washington Bridge lane closures. The first subpoenas in the case are expected today, though New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski declined to say who would be targeted by the investigation. The assemblyman added that there was no evidence that Governor Chris Christie was directly involved in the George Washington Bridge lane closures, but that an investigation into the Port Authority has led "to the governor's office."

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Three people are dead after a shooting at an Indiana supermarket. State police say they received calls last night that there was a man with a gun at the Martin's supermarket in Elkhart, a community some 110 miles east of Chicago. The dead include an employee, a shopper and the gunman.

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A cheating scandal within the U.S. Air Force's nuclear command involves nearly three dozen officers. The cheating on an exam involving intercontinental missile launch officers at Malmstrom Air Force base in Montana was apparently done by text. The case involves 34 officers.

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More than 100 college and university presidents and higher education leaders will meet with President Obama at the White House today. They'll talk with the President, First Lady Michelle Obama, and other administration officials about increasing access to higher education for lower-income students.

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More West Virginia residents are being given the okay to use tapwater again. It comes exactly one week after a chemical leak into the Elk River contaminated the water supply in nine counties. About 153-thousand people have been told the water is once more safe to use.

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United Continental's cost-cutting plan will cost nearly 700 flight attendants time on the job. The airline announced late Wednesday that it will furlough about 685 flight attendants as part of its two-billion dollar a year cost-cutting plan. United officials say the involuntary furloughs are necessary because not enough attendants opted for voluntary furloughs and job sharing.

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Americans are in a dead heat over legalizing marijuana. A new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds 49 percent of people surveyed support making small amounts of weed legal for personal use, and 48 percent are opposed. However, more people intensely believe marijuana should not be legalized.

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A new video appears to show the teenager who was killed by a fire truck after surviving the Asiana plane crash was seen alive on the runway. Helmet camera video obtained by CBS shows at least one firefighter on the scene at San Francisco International Airport trying to stop an emergency vehicle. Another video from a fire truck shows a firefighter directing traffic around a clearly visible victim on the ground.

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Passengers and crew members of the US Airways Flight 1549 reunited yesterday to mark the fifth anniversary of the emergency landing in the Hudson River. They returned with Captain Chesley Sullenberger, who landed the plane on the icy Hudson. Sully said if just one person had died he wouldn’t be able to take part in celebrations such as the one today.

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Foreclosure filings dropped last month. RealtyTrac says default, auction and repossession notices in December took a one-percent dive from the previous month and were down 28 percent from a year earlier. The number of homes in the repossession process declined to the lowest level since 2007 amid rebounding U.S. property prices.

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Everyday citizens are being invited to put their names on a microchip that will travel to an asteroid. University of Arizona researchers are leading the project. They're inviting anyone to submit their names, which will be put on a microchip that will fly inside the spacecraft.

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Anticipation is building for Hollywood's biggest night. "Thor" and "Rush" star Chris Hemsworth will help announce the nominees for the 86th Academy Awards this morning. Starting at 8:30 a.m., Eastern time, Hemsworth will join Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs to do the honors at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

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The 2014 Sundance Film Festival gets under way Thursday in Park City, Utah. From January 16th through January 26th filmmakers from all over the world will showcase their work. It's billed as one of the largest independent film festivals in the United States. The festival is an offshoot of Robert Redford's Sundance Institute which was founded in 1981.

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The "Duck Dynasty" crew is back after controversial anti-gay and racist comments by family patriarch Phil Robertson. Season five of the hit A&E show debuted with back-to-back new episodes on Wednesday. Despite promising to launch a series of public service announcements promoting tolerance, the network didn't air the PSAs during the show's premiere.

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There's good news for parents whose kids bought Apple mobile apps without their permission. Under terms of a settlement announced Wednesday, Apple is setting aside more than 32 million dollars to refund consumers for unauthorized app purchases. The Federal Trade Commission says it has logged tens of thousands of complaints from parents over the unauthorized purchases of apps.

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Arby's is coming out on top in a new consumer survey of dining experiences at fast-food restaurants. The restaurant chain ranked number one in of almost all the categories in the poll conducted by Service Intelligence. It was also voted number one in overall experience, followed by Chipotle Mexican Grill, Wendy's, Taco Bell and Panera Bread. Arby's earned the top spot when it comes to interior cleanliness at fast-food restaurant, while Chipotle led in overall customer service. In the exterior appearance category, Tim Hortons was number one, followed by Starbucks.

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If Journey's music fuels your journeys, you aren't alone. Thirty-percent of those taking part in Insurance.com's poll of the Best and Worst Songs for Driving give a nod to "Don't Stop Believin'," putting it at the top of the Best list. And it's one of two Journey songs in the top five. "Any Way You Want It" is tied for third place tie with AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long." Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" ranks second, while Tom Cochrane's "Life is a Highway" rounds out the top five. ABBA's "Dancing Queen," Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' "American Girl," and Bruce Springsteen's "Born To Run" are also in the top ten. Meanwhile, 29-percent find "Who Let The Dogs Out?" tough to listen to -- at least when they're behind the wheel. That percentage is putting the Baha Men's hit at the top of the Worst Songs list. Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" follows in second place, with Cher's "Believe" at number three. Morris Albert's "Feelings" and Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach" complete the Worst top five. However, while Swift's massive hit ranks high among the Worst Songs, she joins Bruno Mars in leading the rundown of drivers' "guilty-pleasure listening favorites." Journey and Madonna are also on the guilty-pleasures list, along with Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry.

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