Today's News - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Johnstown police haven’t released many details about the weekend murder near the Oakhurst Homes, but 6News reports that investigators believe the victims were targeted. 27-year-old Jareek Adams was killed and a second person was injured when they were shot just before 7:30 Saturday evening. The second victim Is reported in stable condition at Memorial Medical Center. No word on any suspects.

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A Cambria County Judge yesterday sentenced 20-year-old Shahliek Greene to 15- to 35-years in a state prison for the February shooting death of Joshua Price at his home on Cypress Avenue. Greene pleaded guilty to murder. Price’s mother told the judge that Price’s twin sister committed suicide just months after the murder.

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It took more than a year, but Johnstown police tell “The Tribune-Democrat” they have arrested 23-year-old Justin Brandon for robbing a Domino’s Pizza employee at gunpoint in November of 2012. Officers spotted Brandon Saturday near the Family Dollar store on Bedford Street. He ran and cops had to chase him down. He’s in the Cambria County Prison.

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Pennsylvania officials are considering expanding lottery gambling and looking into the legalization of online gambling. The Senate Finance Committee is hearing testimony today relating to adding keno to the Pennsylvania Lottery's game lineup. The Legislative Budget and Finance Committee is also studying the possible implications of online gambling on Pennsylvania's casinos and state tax collections. Officials say a report is expected to be released on May 1.

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Governor Tom Corbett is asking a judge to reconsider his ruling which said the state's voter ID law is unconstitutional. Corbett's lawyers filed the request yesterday but stopped short of saying they will appeal the decision. Opponents of the law say it was designed to suppress the votes of minorities and the poor.

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Most Americans are feeling pessimistic about the state of the nation as President Obama prepares to deliver his State of the Union address tonight. The latest NBC News/"Wall Street Journal" poll shows nearly 70 percent of respondents think the country is either stagnant or worse off than when Obama took office.

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The Deep South is in the deep freeze today. Ice and snow are expected all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has declared a state of emergency, while state officials in neighboring Mississippi say as much as four inches of snow could fall on the south-central part of the state.

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Congressional Democrats and Republicans have a deal on a new farm bill that leaves most programs in place. The deal announced Monday couples a one-percent cut in the food stamp program with cuts in a few subsidies to producers. The House is scheduled to vote on the deal tomorrow.

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Most Americans either actively support or would not oppose legalizing marijuana. A new NBC News/"Wall Street Journal" poll shows 55 percent of those asked would support recreational marijuana laws similar to those in Colorado and Washington state.

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The last week of January is a time to reflect on three of NASA's greatest tragedies. Monday was the 47th anniversary of the launch pad fire that killed the crew of Apollo One. Today is the 28th anniversary of the day Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after its launch. Saturday will mark eleven years since Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart during reentry.

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will begin his final two-day meeting as head of America's central bank today. The "Financial Times" reports that Bernanke is expected to oversee another ten-billion dollar "tapering" of the Fed's current $75 billion a month bond buying program.

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The North Carolina police officer who shot and killed a former FAMU football player is being indicted for voluntary manslaughter. Prosecutors say Officer Randall Kerrick shot Jonathan Ferrell ten times last September while he was investigating reports of a possible home invasion.

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Three people are dead after a helicopter crash in rural Colorado. Law enforcement officials say the chopper crashed Monday morning while inspecting power lines near the ranching community of Silt in western Colorado.

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An alarming number of heroin overdoses in Pennsylvania are being blamed on a new concoction making its way across the region. Health officials say 22 deaths over the past week alone are linked to a powerful blend of heroin and another narcotic commonly used for pain relief by cancer patients. Authorities say the heroin in question is being sold under the names "Bud Ice," "Theraflu" and "Income Tax."

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A lot of analysts are saying Apple guessed wrong when it brought out two new iPhones at the same time. The company announced Monday that it sold 51 million iPhones for the quarter that ended in December, below Wall Street's expectation of 55 million units.

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A total of ten-thousand children in the U.S. are either injured or killed by guns every year. That's the staggering finding in a new study by the Yale School of Medicine published in the journal "Pediatrics." The most recent data from 2009 shows almost 46,000 gunshot injuries suffered by kids and teens were intentional assaults while more than 2,000 were accidental.

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Congressman Trey Radel is leaving Washington for good. The Florida Republican resigned from Congress Monday after a stint in rehab following last year's arrest for cocaine possession. Radel was caught in a law enforcement sting in Washington, DC.

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers are using their Super Bowl appearance to raise money for charity. Drummer Chad Smith is auctioning off the kit he'll play during the halftime show. Following the performance, the custom-built Pearl set will be reassembled into two separate drum kits -- with one featuring the NFC logo and the other getting the AFC logo. Money raised is going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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The "Father of American Folk Music" is dead. Legendary singer-songwriter Pete Seeger passed away Monday in New York. He was 94.

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Today is Super Bowl Media Day. Thousands of reporters will converge on players from the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks in Newark, New Jersey, for interviews leading up to Sunday's big game.

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Basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson is voicing his frustration with Dennis Rodman over his recent trip to North Korea. On Monday's "Tonight Show With Jay Leno," Magic called Rodman's trip to the nation "pathetic." Apart from the simple fact that Rodman took a team to the isolated nation, Magic was also irritated that Rodman's team didn't win their game against the North Koreans.

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Most parents don't think their kids have much to learn from watching "SpongeBob SquarePants." The cartoon was voted the least educational show on television in a survey of parents conducted by publishers Learning At Home. When they asked a group of 15-hundred parents with children ages two to ten to rank shows - "SpongeBob" ranked lowest, and "Sesame Street" came out on top." When it came to digital games, only 40 percent of parents said they felt their kids could learn "at lot" by playing them. Angry Birds and Minecraft were ranked the least educational among games and apps that children play on smartphones and computers.

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