Today's News - Wednesday, November 13, 2013

State Police in Cambria County say 18-year-old Davon Lee Holmes of Pittsburgh is facing 20 felony charges for attacking at least three workers earlier this month at the Cresson Secure Treatment Juvenile Detention Center. Holmes was given a broom to clean his room and he allegedly used it to hit the workers. He also punched and bit them and spit on them. Holmes is now being houses at the Cambria County Prison this week. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for today.

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Cambria County authorities have identified the woman who died in a wrong-way crash on Route 219 Monday evening. 71-year-old Nancy Connor of Ebensburg crashed into a pickup while driving south in the northbound lanes near the South Fork exit. The woman driving the truck, 36-year-old Stacie Griffiths of Ebensburg, suffered severe injuries and her two passengers, a 6-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy, had minor injuries. Police say drugs and alcohol were not a factor. Connor’s car also hit a third vehicle and that driver had minor injuries.

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An Indiana County judge has sentenced 25-year-old Wesley Thomas to three months to just under two years in jail. Earlier this year, his 13-month-old son, Ryden, drowned in a bathtub after being left unsupervised along with two other young children. The mother, 26-year-old Tonya, is awaiting trial on homicide and related charges.

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Saint Francis University student 19-year-old Kalil Wynn of New Jersey is on trial in Blair County Court, accused of raping a Penn State Altoona student last November at the Nittany Pointe Apartments. Wynn claims the sex was consensual. His trial should wrap up today.

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An Indiana County teacher charged with raping a 16-year-old student at Saltsburg High School is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing today. State Police say28-year-old Todd Mccullough, of Kiski Township, assaulted the student in April of last year. Their investigation began last week with a complaint from another student about unwanted attention from the teacher.

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Governor Tom Corbett is scoring some big endorsements for his gubernatorial campaign. The endorsements by former governors Tom Ridge and Mark Schweiker were announced yesterday at a Hershey news conference. Both men praised Corbett's response to the problems he inherited when he won the election in 2010.

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The “Centre Daily Times” reports that Former FBI director Louis Freeh is demanding that ousted Penn State president Graham Spanier spell out the defamation claims against him. The Freeh Report, issued last summer, accused Spanier of helping to cover up Jerry Sandusky’s abuse of young boys. Spanier has not filed a formal complaint outlining the allegations, and he HAS asked that the pending case be put on hold because of his upcoming criminal trial which includes former administrators Tim Curley and Gary Shultz.

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Penn State has the 10th highest enrollment for international students in the country according to a report from “International Education.” Data shows 6,693 international students are currently enrolled. The University of Southern California has the highest total of foreign enrollees.

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The problem-plagued rollout and existing security issues surrounding HealthCare.gov will be the subject of two House committee hearings today. The House Oversight Committee will explore the troubled launch of the site for the new healthcare exchanges. In addition, the House Homeland Security Committee will hold hearings on security threats posed by the website.

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More than 1,800 people in the Philippines are now reported dead in one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded. More than 80 people are missing and the country's disaster office reports close to 600 thousand people are homeless.

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Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will be grilled by the city council today in advance of a vote about his future. A Toronto City Council member has put forward a resolution calling for Ford to apologize for his actions in lying about smoking crack, as well as ask for him to cooperate with police. The resolution also asks that Ford take a leave of absence, an action the mayor says he will fight.

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Four people are dead in Arizona after a hostage situation ends in tragedy. Among those killed yesterday in northeast Phoenix was the gunman. Phoenix Police Sergeant Trent Crump says the incident may have been the result of domestic violence.

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The Newtown, Connecticut police officer facing termination because of his inability to return to work after last year's Sandy Hook school shooting continues to speak out. Officer Thomas Bean tells the “News Times” of Danbury that he still cannot pick up a gun, and often wakes up crying in the middle of the night.

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An Ohio death row inmate's final request to donate his organs to his ill relatives is being denied. ABC News reports Ohio prison officials say the request was "made at a very late hour." Forty-year old Ronald Phillips is slated to die via lethal injection Thursday for the rape and murder of his girlfriend's three-year-old daughter 20 years ago.

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Lawmakers in Hawaii are being hailed by President Obama for their approval of a measure extending marriage rights to same sex couples. Obama said with the vote, “Hawaii joins a growing number of states that recognize that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters should be treated fairly and equally under the law."

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A Texas teen was lucky enough to get his Xbox One early, but he wasn't lucky enough to hang on to it. According to El Paso's KVIA-TV, 13-year-old William Derrick was eagerly awaiting its arrival on the official release date, November 22nd. It showed up last week and he began hooking it up, until Microsoft barred him from using the console, and officials contacted him and told him to return the Xbox One.

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AAA Fuel Gauge says Western Pa. gas prices fell three cents to $3.32 this week. Nationally, today's average price is $3.18…the lowest since February 22nd, 2011. It’s six cents cheaper than one week ago, 17 cents less than one month ago and down 26 cents from the same date last year.

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A Hollywood bar is offering a new milkshake that is going to be causing patrons to grab their credit cards. The Powder Room nightspot is selling its version of the creamy classic at a price tag of $500. Club officials say the so-called "Velvet Goldmine" milkshake is worth the price, featuring Belgian chocolate, premium liquors and edible gold.

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The smoking stunt carried out by Miley Cyrus at the EMAs was not only frowned upon by MTV - it might have been illegal. According to "Agence France-Presse," Dutch authorities are investigating the 20-year-old for lighting up what looked like a marijuana cigarette while accepting an award at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam Sunday night.

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The art world is buzzing after a record-setting Tuesday night auction. A painting by Francis Bacon was sold by Christie's in New York for an incredible $142,405,000. Painted by Bacon back in 1969, "Three Studies of Lucian Freud" is now the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction.

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An Ohio state lawmaker wants retail workers forced to work on Thanksgiving to get paid more. State Representative Mike Foley is proposing a bill that would require stores to pay three-times their regular salary to work on Thanksgiving and the first 12 hours of Black Friday.

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