Today's News - Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Zachary Stewart of Massachusetts hopped a train and ended up in East Conemaugh Borough, where he tried to kick in a few doors. But instead of detaining him, authorities dropped his charges, gave him credit for the time he served overnight in jail and gave him a summary citation for disorderly conduct, all to make sure he doesn't have to come back to Cambria County. Magisterial Judge John Barron told Stewart to get out of his county and a borough police officer gave Stewart $25 of his own money to purchase a bus ticket.

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After a drunken altercation at a wedding reception in Adams Township, a man allegedly showed up at a Johnstown home with what appeared to be a rifle, threatening to shoot. Police were initially called to the reception when 36-year-old Allen Luker, of Johnstown, fought several reception attendees after he was shut off from more alcohol. Police say he drank a half-gallon of whiskey before they even arrived. A few hours later, police were called again after Luker threatened a person at their home with a rifle style BB gun. Luker is in the Cambria County prison.

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The new $18 million CamTran operations center on Maple Avenue in the Woodvale section of Johnstown, is nearing completion. Board members toured the facility Monday, which is slated to be finished in August. CamTran is currently housed on Central Avenue in the Moxham neighborhood.

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Twenty-four-year-old Zachari Williams-Burton is charged criminal trespass, receiving stolen property and theft by unlawful taken after illegally entering his former girlfriend’s apartment and allegedly stealing some of her belongings, including a prayer rug and most of her shoes. Johnstown police also say that Williams-Burton smashed the woman’s coffeepot and some electronics. Police found the suspect on Cooper Avenue carrying a bag containing the stolen items.

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Nebraska is under a state of emergency after deadly tornadoes hit the northeastern part of the state. Two people died, including a young child, and at least two-dozen others were injured after two tornadoes tore through the town of Pilger on Monday.

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State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki claims the U.S. is willing to talk with Iran about the growing problems in Iraq. She said Iran and the U.S. have a shared interest in maintaining a stable Iraq. Arizona Republican Senator John McCain said speculation about U.S.-Iranian cooperation on Iraq is the "height of folly."

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President Obama will visit Pittsburgh today to talk about high-tech innovation and the economy. The President will then head to New York City to do some fundraising and make an appearance at the Democrat National Committee's LGBT gala.

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The feud between Casey Kasem's kids and his widow may not be over. The radio icon's daughter Kerri Kasem is reportedly weighing the possibility of filing an elder abuse report against his widow Jean Kasem. His children were embroiled in a bitter battle with Jean over Kasem's care in the months before he died on Sunday.

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General Motors is recalling another three-point-four-million vehicles because of ignition switch problems. The automaker is recalling vehicles from the past 14 model years including the Buick LaCrosse, the Cadillac Deville and the Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

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Over 250 U.S. military personnel are going to Iraq. President Obama told Congress Monday the troops will be supporting U.S. personnel and the embassy in Baghdad. The administration's also said to be considering drone strikes as militant insurgents continue to take over key cities.

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The Shirley Fire burning near Lake Isabella in California is now 50 percent contained. Evacuations are being lifted as crews continue to battle the fire northeast of Bakersfield. The fire had prompted the evacuations of about 500 homes after it spread to more than four square miles.

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A formal investigation into the capture of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is underway. Army officials are investigating allegations that Bergdahl deserted his post in Afghanistan five years ago, leading to his capture by the Taliban. Bergdahl was recently swapped for five Taliban commanders in a controversial prisoner exchange.

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California Republican Kevin McCarthy remains a strong favorite to replace departing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. A late challenge from Idaho's Raul Labrador does not appear to be gaining much traction. Virginia's Cantor will step down as Majority Leader at the end of July after losing a Republican primary election last week.

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A helmet that bounces microwaves off the brain could become a critical tool for quickly diagnosing and treating strokes. The helmet was invented by Swedish researchers and can be used when a patient is being taken to the hospital.

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Astronauts on the International Space Station can look forward to something billions of people on Earth take for granted – hot, fresh-brewed coffee. A coffee machine called the ISSpresso has been developed to work in zero-gravity. It's a joint venture of Italian aerospace firm Argotec and Italian coffee maker Lavazza.

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Tracy Morgan's doctors are upgrading his condition to fair. Morgan's doctors changed the actor's status on Monday, ten days after a deadly car accident left Morgan in critical condition. Morgan's assistant Jeff Millea has also been upgraded from critical to fair.

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Ride-sharing company Uber will offer the chance to ride in a real-life Transformer next week. Users in Dallas, Phoenix and Los Angeles can arrange a taxi pickup from "Optimus Prime" ahead of the debut of the "Transformers" movie that opens later this month.

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Apple is settling a price-fixing case with consumers and states. Lawsuits over the company's illegal scheme with publishers to raise prices of electronic books could have cost Apple close to $850 million. The amount the company will actually pay was not made public.

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