Today's News - Tuesday, April Fools' Day, April 1, 2014

Two men are jailed in connection with Sunday evening’s deadly shooting outside the Edder’s Den Bar in Johnstown’s Oakhurst section. 33-year-old Joshua Cambric of Johnstown is in the Cambria County Prison charged with homicide for killing Tony Phillips. Video surveillance shows Cambric going up to Phillip’s car and firing two shots from a nine millimeter handgun. Cambric fled in a black SUV driven by Jeremy Woodard, who is charged with hindering and apprehension, driving with a suspended license and DUI. Police have not commented on a motive.

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25-year-old Michael Cox, of Somerset Township, is in the county jail after assaulting a paramedic. According to Police, Cox’s mother called for help on Sunday, saying that he was highly intoxicated and could be a danger to himself. When troopers and an ambulance arrived, Cox backhanded a paramedic, made threats and acted as if he were having a seizure.

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Legislation that would toughen penalties for deliberately harming or killing a K-9 officer is on its way to the state senate. The bill was approved yesterday by the senate agriculture and rural affairs committee and would increase penalties from a third to a second degree felony. A second degree felony warrants a $25,000 fine and up to 10 years in prison.

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Jay Paterno is trying to have his name removed from the May 20 ballot for Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor. Paterno filed the petition in court yesterday after dropping out of the race Friday. Paterno exited the race two days after the deadline for candidates to withdraw, but officials fear if his name remains on the ballot, it could take votes away from other candidates.

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The price of natural gas is down, but Peoples Natural Gas rates are going up starting today. Peoples says the cost recovery rate is down, which should mean a very small price cut for customers. However a rate payer refund credit, set up three years ago following the sale of the company, has expired. That means the average bill will jump from $80.87 to $83.28 per month.

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Some employers around the state are saving money on their workers' compensation rates, starting today. Insurance commissioner Michael Consedine says the rate reduction is "the third workers compensation insurance decrease since 2012" and he says it's "a very positive trend." He says they expect an annual savings for employers of roughly $140 million. The decrease isn't for every employer with premium savings depending on a number of factors including risk and their claims experience.

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Supporters of medical marijuana are making their feelings known to lawmakers. Several hundred people gathered at the capitol yesterday for the Keystone Cannabis Reform Rally, in support of the use of marijuana for medical purposes. A medical marijuana bill is currently pending in the state senate. Governor Tom Corbett opposes the bill but has said if federal drug regulators find it to be safe and effective for patients, he will review the matter.

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Certain PennDOT fees are increasing today. Officials say the increased fees, which include the cost of duplicate licenses, title certificates and certified records, will fund projects on Pennsylvania roadways. PennDOT says the increase will raise over $2 billion over the next five years.

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Obamacare's first open enrollment season is over. The administration says it appears 7 million Americans have signed up for health insurance. A huge surge in sign-ups over the weekend and through Monday brought hundreds of thousands of people under the Affordable Care Act umbrella.

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The number of people missing from the massive mudslide in Washington state is down to 22. At the same time, more bodies were located Monday and officials say the death toll has risen to 24. A Snohomish County executive said of those 24 victims, 18 have been identified.

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Searchers trying to find missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may have a few extra days before the plane's black box stops transmitting a signal. Underwater search expert Colleen Keller says the black box is designed to ping for 30 days but the batteries could hold out for another ten days.

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A Senate committee report says the CIA misled the government and the public about its so-called "enhanced interrogations" program for years. Critics, including President Obama, say the program was organized torture of terrorism suspects.

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The National Transportation Safety Board is finished with its on-site investigation of a deadly building explosion in East Harlem. A preliminary report says gas leaks were found along a cast iron gas main, but it has not concluded that those leaks actually caused the building to blow up. The investigation will continue in Washington DC.

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General Motors is issuing another recall as its CEO testifies before Congress. The automaker said Monday that power steering assist may go out and revert to manual steering, which means drivers will have to use more effort to control the vehicle. GM officials say some injuries and crashes, but no deaths, have been reported because of the problem.

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The FBI is hunting for an Army recruit who is suspected of hatching a terrorist plot. FoxNews.com cites military and law enforcement officials saying a man identified as Booker has told friends about his "intention to commit jihad." The report says the man is also known as Muhammad Abdullah Hassan and he was recruited by the Army in February in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Police in the nation's capital say they may have found the body of a kidnapping suspect. DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier is tentatively identifying the body found Monday in a Northeast Washington park as that of Kahlil Tatum. Tatum is suspected of abducting an eight-year-old DC girl almost a month ago and killing his wife.

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Rearview cameras are going to become the norm by mid-2018. All new cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. will be required to have the cameras. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the move will save lives.

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Arizona's new abortion-pill rules take effect Tuesday. On Monday a federal judge in Tucson refused to block them. The new rules say women can't get RU-486 past the seventh week of pregnancy. The current limit is nine weeks.

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Four seasons later "The Walking Dead" is still very much alive with viewers. AMC's zombie drama drew 15.7 million viewers to Sunday's Season Four finale, making it the highest-rated finale in the show's history. It capped a stellar season for the series, which averaged 13.3 million viewers over 16 episodes.

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Google is accepting applications for the next Pokemon Master. The company is ringing in this year's April Fools' Day by peppering Google Maps with wild Pokemon. Although the job opening is a joke, there's still a mini-game in Maps that gives players until April 2nd to find more than a hundred hidden Pokemon.

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A man who says he killed Bigfoot is admitting the body is a fake. Rick Dyer said in a now-deleted Facebook post he had a rubberized prop named "Hank" created for his U.S. tour. Dyer still says he killed Bigfoot near San Antonio in 2012, but didn't want to bring the real body on a tour over fears it would be stolen.

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It's April Fool's Day, how's your spaghetti crop? On April Fools' Day in 1957, the BBC fooled listeners into believing spaghetti grew on trees. Swiss spaghetti farmers were said to be having a bumper crop because of the virtual elimination of the dreaded spaghetti weevil.

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