Today's News - Wednesday, January 8, 2014

In Richland Township, a Chrysler Avenue couple and their dog are lucky to be alive after carbon monoxide levels in their home rose nearly 40 times higher than what’s considered safe. Six News reports the woman who lived there called the fire department yesterday because she and her husband had headaches and were feeling lethargic. The woman made it out, but fire crews had to help her husband. Their dog was unconscious and was given oxygen. They are all doing fine now. Officials say fumes were coming from the furnace combined with a draft from the hot water tank.

-0-

Authorities have released details about two armed robberies that happened Monday evening. A woman with a butcher knife tried to steal money from the South Fork News convenience store, but the cashier screamed and the woman fled. A short time later, a man showed a gun at the Country Mart store in Summerhill and demanded money and cigarettes. He ran down Cypress Street and got into a waiting vehicle.

-0-

It’s a new year and Pennsylvania has a higher gas tax, so you’ve probably noticed that you’re paying more at the pump. AAA Fuel Gauge says Western PA gas prices rose nine cents to an average of $3.54 this week. Today’s national average is $3.31, a fraction of a penny less than one week ago, five cents more than one month ago and two cents more than the same date last year.

-0-

A portion of the Paterno family’s lawsuit against the NCAA is moving forward after a judge in Centre County ruled that several claims have legal merit and can proceed. The judge did not eliminate allegations against the NCAA including conspiracy with former FBI director Louis Freeh, potential defamation against the Paternos, university board members and former coaches, and the consent decree’s portrayal for Joe Paterno. Attorneys expect the process to unveil additional information through depositions with individuals involved in the Sandusky scandal’s aftermath.

-0-

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier attended a hearing in Centre County court Tuesday hoping to delay his defamation case against former FBI director Louis Freeh until the criminal case is resolved against Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz. The judge did not make a ruling yet. Freeh’s attorney says the court should not delay the matter and he wants Spanier to file a formal complaint and give specific defamation allegations, instead of only filing an intent to sue.

-0-

Jerry Sandusky testified via video conference yesterday and he’s hoping his cancelled retirement benefits will be restored. According to the Associated Press, Sandusky focused on circumstances surrounding his retirement from Penn State and links between the university and his Second Mile charity. The state claims Sandusky continued to receive payments from Penn State after he retired in 1999, but he claims he never got any W-2s. It could be months until the case is resolved.

-0-

Parts of the country are saying goodbye today to the extreme freezing temperatures that have hit over the past several days. Temperatures well into the 20s are in the forecast for much of the Midwest and Northeast just days after millions were plunged into a deep freeze.

-0-

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is critical of President Obama's leadership over the war in Afghanistan. In his new memoir hitting shelves next week, Gates claims that Obama lacked belief in his own policy toward the war in Afghanistan and was skeptical it would even succeed. Gates served as defense secretary from 2006 to 2011 under Obama and his Republican predecessor George W. Bush.

-0-

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is stirring controversy in North Korea. The family of U.S. citizen Kenneth Bae jailed by Pyongyang is blasting comments made by Rodman as shocking and outrageous. During an exclusive interview on CNN, Rodman was asked if he was going to ask the North's leaders about Bae. Rodman seemed to suggest Bae had done something wrong.

-0-

The U.S. has made progress in reducing poverty rates in the half-century since President Lyndon Johnson launched his War on Poverty. However, a new White House report says there's "more work to do." The report released late Tuesday night says expanding economic opportunity is one of the greatest challenges to reducing poverty.

-0-

A search for a road rage killer in Pennsylvania is attracting the attention of the FBI. Timothy Davison of Maine was killed over the weekend on a highway near Pennsylvania's Antrim Township in southern Pennsylvania. He called 911 a short time before to report that he was being chased by someone who was firing a weapon at him. He was apparently forced off the road and shot multiple times.

-0-

Investors hope Wall Street continues its momentum today after stocks closed up with the Dow Jones Industrial Average seeing its first triple-digit gain of 2014. The Dow was up 106 points to 16,531.

-0-

A super PAC that wants Hillary Clinton to run for President says it raised more than four-million dollars last year. Ready for Hillary is one of several organizations raising money for a 2016 Clinton campaign for the Democratic nomination.

-0-

The man killed in Tuesday's avalanche in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado is being identified as the grandson of Vail founder Peter Seibert. Twenty-four-year-old Anthony Seibert and three others were skiing in the East Vail Chutes at the time. The other members of his group were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

-0-

Detroit's new mayor wants locals who want to pack up and leave the city to stick around. Mike Duggan wants them to give him six months to prove that he can make inroads on a turnaround. Duggan asked in his inaugural address on Tuesday that residents, quote, "hit the pause button," and said he wants to reverse a population drop in the next four years.

-0-

Pot-related businesses are seeing a tremendous stock market bounce from Colorado's legal sales. A company that provides solutions for pharmacies and other businesses announced Tuesday that it would also get into the marijuana game. Medbox shares spiked more than 84 percent after the announcement.

-0-

A new survey has found that about a fifth of the country may be taking their dependence on technology to new heights. The survey, conducted by Huffington Post-YouGov, found 20 percent of the respondents admitted they would rather hold on to their gadget and go without seeing their pets for a month.

-0-

Chris Brown's trial for misdemeanor assault is set to continue today in Washington, DC. The embattled singer is accused of fighting a man outside of a hotel after the man reportedly photo-bombed a picture Chris was posing for with two women.

-0-

A new study from Yale University indicates that surgeon general warnings on cigarettes have saved some eight-million lives. It was 50 years ago this week that the U.S. Surgeon General issued a groundbreaking report outlining the deadly consequences of smoking.

-0-

Dedicated Elvis Presley fans will be braving the cold Wednesday to help celebrate The King's birthday. The annual Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony is scheduled to take place in the morning at Presley's Memphis mansion. Wednesday marks what would have been Presley's 79th birthday.

Category: