Today's News - Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Fifty-one-year-old Bruce Miller of Patton is in the Cambria County Jail, charged with sexually assaulting his girlfriend’s 4-year-old daughter on at least two occasions. The child, her mother, and her 7-year-old sister all live with Miller. The alleged abuse was reported by the woman’s mother who told police she was trying to re-gain custody of the girls.

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Forty-three-year-old George Lowmaster of Carrolltown faces up to 20 years in prison when he’s sentenced today in Johnstown’s federal court. He pleaded guilty to four counts associated with running a huge drug ring in several counties for many years. Twenty-five other people, including Lowmaster’s parents, also pleaded guilty to being involved.

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Johnstown police arrested 23-year-old Stephanie Huff and 19-year-old Meaghen Mckenzie yesterday in connection with a home invasion that happened Saturday on the 200 block of Laurel Avenue near Oakhurst. One man and two women kicked in the door of a second floor apartment. The man pointed a gun at the victims, and they made off with $4,000 in cash. Police are still looking for the male suspect.

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Governor Tom Corbett is introducing a revamped website for campaign finance reports of political candidates. He says it’s part of his pledge to make government more transparent. The site will allow people to see who is contributing to political campaigns and how campaign money is being spent. For more information, go to dos.state.pa.us and click on “Campaign Finance Report Search.”

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AAA Fuel Gauge says Western Pa. gas prices rose five cents this week to an average of $3.56. Today’s national average is $3.37. That’s six cents higher than one week ago and eight cents more than a month ago, but it is 36 cents less than one year ago today.

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There's a chance at life-changing money tonight. The estimated Powerball jackpot drawing is $400 million and the lump sum cash option is nearly $228 million.

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A juror in the closely-followed trial of a Florida man accused of shooting a teen over loud music says the defendant "got away with murder." The woman who asked to be identified only as Valerie tells ABC's "Nightline" that most jurors believed Michael Dunn was guilty of manslaughter or murder in the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis. But she says two jurors felt that Dunn feared for his life when he shot the teenager in 2012.

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Violent anti-government protests are putting Americans living in Ukraine at risk. The State Department is telling those U.S. citizens to stay indoors as the clash between riot police and protesters in Kiev's main square continues. Over two dozen people were killed and hundreds injured on Tuesday in the worst violence since demonstrations against Ukraine's president began about three months ago.

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Unemployment is America's biggest problem. That's according to a new Gallup poll, which shows 23 percent of people now believe joblessness is the biggest challenge facing the nation. Government and politicians were named as the nation's second biggest problem.

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Alleged victims of clergy sex abuse are receiving millions of dollars from the Los Angeles Archdiocese. Attorneys for both sides have announced the Archdiocese will shell out $13 million for 17 alleged victims, including those who say they were molested by a Mexican cleric who visited the Archdiocese in 1987. Nicholas Aguilar-Rivera had been accused of molesting over two dozen boys during his nine-month stay at two separate Los Angeles parishes.

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There's a snarl in a joint legislative investigation into the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal in New Jersey. Governor Chris Christie's former campaign manager is refusing to comply with a subpoena. Bill Stepien's attorney is citing constitutional protections against self-incrimination in his refusal to turn over records.

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U.S. citizens in Ukraine are being urged by the State Department to stay indoors as clashes between riot police and anti-government protesters rages on in Kiev's main square. Over two dozen people were killed and hundreds injured on Tuesday in the worst violence since demonstrations against Ukraine's president began about three months ago. The unrest has spread as police confirm protesters have seized government buildings in a few cities in the western part of the country.

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The potential minimum wage increase could cost some Americans their jobs. The report from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office says half-a-million jobs could be lost by 2016 if the minimum wage is increased to $10.10 an hour. The report also projects as many as 900,000 people being lifted out of poverty.

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The Minnesota Vikings, the NFL and the University of Minnesota are being sued over a "no weapons" policy. A law enforcement group is upset over the policies, which prohibit off-duty officers from bringing weapons into stadiums. Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association executive director Dennis Flaherty says those bans are a threat to the safety of citizens, who expect an officer to respond if there's trouble -- whether they're on or off-duty.

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An 84-year-old nun is sentenced to almost three years behind bars for breaking into a Tennessee defense facility where enriched uranium is stored. A federal judged on Tuesday sentenced Sister Megan Rice to 35 months in jail for the 2012 break-in. Two other peace activists each received prison sentences of 62 months.

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A North American summit is taking President Obama to Toluca, Mexico today. The leaders of Mexico and Canada will join Obama for wide-ranging talks involving trade, immigration, regional security and economic stability. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to press Obama on approving the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would run from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

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The U.S. men's hockey team is going head-to-head with the Czech Republic today in medal-round play. The Czechs skated past Slovakia 5-3 in yesterday's playoff qualifications. In other men's hockey Tuesday, Slovenia shut out Austria 4-0, Russia blanked Norway 4-0 and Latvia downed Switzerland 3-1.

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Nestle is recalling 238,000 cases of Hot Pockets because they may contain meat included in a massive beef recall. Three sizes of Philly Steak and Cheese and Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese in the two-pack box are part of the voluntary recall. Nestle officials said the company used meat from a company that recalled nearly nine million pounds of diseased and unsound beef products.

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There's a third "CSI" spinoff in the works. CBS is planning another version of the original "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" that will focus on technology. The network will reportedly decide by mid-May whether the potential series will officially join Miami and New York as offshoots of the popular crime drama franchise.

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"The Monuments Men" is a hit at the White House. George Clooney, Matt Damon and Bill Murray were among the cast and crew of the Clooney-directed film in attendance for a special screening. Hosted by President Obama, attendees also included Harry Ettinger, a member of the original Monument Men group and writer Robert Edsel whose book about a group of unlikely heroes, served as the inspiration of the movie of the same name.

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There's a three-year-old in Arizona who's so smart she became a member of Mensa. KNXV, ABC15 TV, reports the young girl has an IQ that exceeds 160, which is nearly 100 percent higher than other children her age. Mensa has about 3,500 members under the age of 18.

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