Today's News - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Cambria County’s 201th birthday party is today, and Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley will be the keynote speaker. Also scheduled to speak at the birthday party is Cambria County President Judge Timothy Creany. The celebration will run from 3 to 6pm at the courthouse.

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46-year-old Kevin McGee of Johnstown is charged with two counts of attempted homicide for firing shots into an empty Richland Township police cruiser in 2012. Now prosecutors are asking a judge to allow them to present testimony about McGee’s previous run-ins with the police department. Last week, the judge agreed to allow McGee to represent himself at his trial. Jury selection is set to begin April 3.

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County commissioners from across Pennsylvania met for their spring conference this week in Harrisburg, and they are concerned about funding for 911 emergency response systems. According to the “Centre Daily Times,” a law funding county 911 operations expires in June. Monthly landline and cell phone charges are currently used to support emergency communication.

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A Pennsylvania Senator is introducing legislation to change the way state lawmakers are compensated for expenses. Senator Randy Vulakovich said yesterday that the bill would require elected officials to submit receipts before receiving reimbursements. Lawmakers can currently claim up to $159 per day in expenses without receipts when they're in Harrisburg for legislative duties.

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A state police fire marshal is investigating after a house fire on Bigler Avenue in Carrolltown. Borough Police Chief William Hines happened to be in the area helping another department serve a search warrant and he noticed smoke coming from the second floor of the home. He pulled over and called 911 then discovered that Northern Cambria Officer Robert Falduto was also making sure a resident escaped the flames. A family dog was also rescued.

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AAA Fuel Gauge says Western Pa. gas prices fell a fraction of a penny this week, staying at an average of $3.65 a gallon. Today’s national average is $3.53 per gallon. That’s 12 cents more expensive than one month ago, but just a penny above one week ago and 14 cents per gallon less than the same date last year.

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After a long, cold winter, the Pennsylvania Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program is being extended. Governor Tom Corbett made the announcement yesterday, saying people who need help paying heating bills will have until April 18 to apply for the federally-funded program. You can apply online at compass.state.pa.us or in person at any county assistance office.

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The “Centre Daily Times” says former FBI Director Louis Freeh will appeal a Centre County judge’s ruling that has put on hold defamation lawsuit brought against him by ex-Penn State President Graham Spanier. Spanier’s lawyers have yet to file a formal complaint outlining the allegations of defamation against Freeh. His 2012 report labeled Spanier part of a conspiracy to hide abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky. Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz are currently awaiting trial.

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Two new Governor’s Schools are being held this summer. Governor Tom Corbett says one of the schools will focus on agriculture at Penn State’s main campus and the other will focus on engineering and technology at Lehigh University. Governor’s schools are summer classes that are open to Pennsylvania high school juniors. Selected students will get scholarships. You can get more information at agsci.psu.edu/governors-school.

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Crews are scouring the southern Indian Ocean for the wreckage of the missing Malaysian jet. Four Chinese ships have reached the search area, joining the 12 aircraft that Australian authorities say will be looking for debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. A total of six countries are assisting in what is now a search and recovery operation in an area about 1,500 miles from Australia's western coast.

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The massive Washington state mudslide is claiming more lives. Snohomish County Fire Chief Travis Hots says two more bodies were recovered Tuesday at the scene of a massive mudslide. That brings the confirmed death toll to 16 with over 100 people missing from Saturday's slide.

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There's a little extra time for people who still need to sign up for health insurance. Officials announced Tuesday that anyone who claims they have begun the enrollment process before the March 31 deadline, will be given more time to complete the process. The move is said to be made in anticipation of a last-minute surge of people seeking health insurance before the deadline.

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New Jersey Transit police are investigating a fatal train accident that showered a crowd with human body parts. A man who was seen leaning over the crowded platform was struck by a New York bound train during Tuesday's afternoon rush at a New Brunswick station. The impact of the collision caused parts of the man's body to hit four other people who were standing on the platform. Three of them had to be treated at a local hospital.

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Two CNN producers are facing charges for trying to sneak into the World Trade Center site. They were carrying a GoPro Camera and a camera on a tripod as they attempted to push through a gate and climb a fence yesterday. An officer stopped them and both were arrested and charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.

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Gay marriages are on hold in Michigan. A U.S. Court of Appeals voted 2-1 on Tuesday to grant the request of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette to suspend the ruling by a federal judge in Detroit. Judge Bernard Friedman on Friday overturned the ban on same-sex marriages, which was approved by voters in 2004.

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A shooting at an Illinois mosque is being investigated as a hate crime. A shot was fired yesterday morning at the Prayer Center of Orland Park. There were close to 40 people in the mosque at the time and no one was injured.

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Three Secret Service agents are in trouble for drinking during the President's trip to the Netherlands. Officials say the agents were sent home Sunday, just before President Obama arrived for his meetings with European allies. One of the agents was found passed out in a hotel hallway. A Secret Service spokesman said Tuesday that the agents have been put on administrative leave.

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A 19-year-old Naval Academy football player is dead three days after he collapsed during a practice on Saturday morning. Will McKamey died while in a coma at Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore. McKamey was hospitalized in 2012 with a brain injury but cleared to play after visits to four neurosurgeons.

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The state of Missouri has executed a man convicted of killing a teenage girl. Jeffrey Ferguson was put to death just after midnight local time for abducting, raping and strangling a 17-year-old gas station attendant in 1989. His attorneys had tried to delay the execution, claiming an FBI agent gave false and misleading testimony at his trial.

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A private funeral for fashion designer L'Wren Scott was held Tuesday in Los Angeles. The service included Scott's boyfriend, Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, who eulogized his late partner, along with Scott's brother and friend actress Ellen Barkin. Scott took her own life last week in New York City.

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There's a new report on the crash that killed "Fast & Furious" actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's investigation says the crash was caused by excessive speed and that the Porsche Rodas was driving, was traveling at 93 miles-per-hour. Investigators also determined that a pair of tires, said to be about nine years old, also contributed to the wreck.

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A teenager suspected of creating ricin in his Georgetown University dorm room must participate in a psychiatric program. A federal judge made that ruling Tuesday during a detention hearing for 19-year-old Daniel Milzman of Bethesda, who a defense attorney said has been suffering from depression for several years. Prosecutors say Milzman learned about the potentially lethal powdery substance from watching the TV show, "Breaking Bad."

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The brain may hold the key to keeping kids off drugs. A study published in "Journal of Neuroscience" shows the brains of people who are prone to drug addiction are different from those who are not. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine say there's a possibility that using brain patterns can help identify at-risk youth before they start developing addictive habits.

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Another Hollywood marriage is on the rocks. Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin are going their separate ways. Paltrow announced their separation Tuesday on her website Goop.

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A Dauphin County man is facing charges for allegedly assaulting a woman with a frying pan. Police say Robert Tanauskas was involved in an altercation with a woman Monday in Washington Township when he grabbed a cast iron frying pan and attempted to hit her. A struggle ensued and Tanauskas reportedly hit the woman on the head with the pan before calling police. The victim suffered minor injuries.

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