Today's News - Wednesday, November 6, 2013

In yesterday’s municipal election, Cambria County voters decided to retain President Judge Tim Creany and Judge Norm Krumenacker. The new members of Johnstown City Council are all Democrats: Pete Vizza, Marie Mock, David Vitovich and Nunzio Johncola. Frank Janakovic will become Johnstown mayor. Four state appellate judges ran unopposed for retention.

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A Cambria County judge yesterday sentenced 20-year-old Keenan Snyder of Johnstown to 6-and-a-half to 13 years in a state prison in connection with the 2011 death of 64-year-old Robert Kuharcik. Last month, Snyder pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, robbery and other offenses. Authorities say he knew Kuharcik had a heart condition and was suffering from cancer when he attacked him for drug money. Kuharcik then had a stress-induced heart attack.

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Lemmel Myers will not face the death penalty for the shooting death of Leslie Schetrompf back in July over a $20 debt. If the case goes to trial, the defense may try to prove that Schetrompf, who had cocaine in his system, threatened Myers with a machete so he was acting in self-defense.

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AAA Fuel Gauge says Western PA pump prices fell almost 3 cents to $3.35. Today’s national average for regular unleaded Is $3.24, 4 cents cheaper than one week ago, 11 cents less than one month ago and 23 cents less than the same date last year.

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Officials with the Pennsylvania Lottery say a Cash 5 ticket worth $225 thousand, less taxes, was sold at the Dubois Giant Eagle for Monday’s drawing. The ticket correctly matched all five numbers. The store will get a $500 bonus.

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Democrats and Republicans split a pair of high-profile governor's races. Democrat Terry McAuliffe captured the governor’s office in Virginia, defeating Republican Ken Cuccinelli in a race that was closer than expected. In New Jersey, Republican Governor Chris Christie won an overwhelming victory over Democratic challenger Barbara Buono.

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New Jersey's biggest mall will be open for business today. The Garden State Plaza Mall was shut down yesterday while police investigated a shooting from the previous night. Richard Shoop's body was found in an area of the mall under construction. He'd apparently shot himself. Shoop opened fire inside the mall around closing time Monday night.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will face a Senate panel today to talk about the troubled launch of the HealthCare.Gov website. Following a marathon House hearing last week, Sebelius will be grilled today by members of the Senate Finance Committee.

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The U.S. Supreme Court today will take up a case that could change the way government meetings across the country begin. Two women from the town of Greece, New York, have waged a six-year legal battle against starting town meetings with prayers that refer to Jesus Christ. Legal experts say the case will test the establishment of religion clause in the First Amendment to the Constitution.

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There's word that President Obama is going to push Texas Governor Rick Perry to expand Medicaid while visiting Dallas today. A White House adviser says Obama is going to ask Perry to be reasonable and agree with the Republican governors in Ohio, Michigan and Arizona on expanding Medicaid.

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An American who hijacked a plane to Cuba nearly 30 years ago is coming home today. William Potts is a former black militant who expected to be offered guerrilla training in Cuba after he hijacked an airliner in 1984. Instead, the Cuban government arrested him, convicted him of air piracy, and put him in prison for more than 13 years.

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Attorneys for the Riverside, California child who killed his neo-Nazi father say they plan to appeal his sentence. The boy was sentenced to 40 years to life recently over his attorneys' requests to send the now 13-year-old to a treatment center because of emotional and learning disabilities. The boy was ten when he shot his father Jeff Hall as Hall slept.

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Police in Southern California say they don't know why a man jumped from a helicopter off Newport Beach. The 61-year-old man hired the private helicopter to take him over the Orange County coast line Tuesday. When the man open the open the door to the chopper, the pilot grabbed him and tried to pull him in. The man later died at a local hospital.

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There's a hearing set for today in Connecticut to hopefully decide whether a court can set bail for convicted murderer Michael Skakel while the Kennedy family member waits for his new trial to begin. A judge last month ordered a new trial for Skakel, who was convicted in 2002 of murdering 15-year-old Martha Moxley back in 1975. The judge ruled that Skakel's previous attorney was "glaringly ineffective."

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Suspended Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito says he's trying to "weather the storm" as he sits in the middle of a national controversy. Incognito has been accused of harassment and misconduct toward teammate Jonathan Martin. The embattled lineman told WSVN-TV that this ordeal will pass, but refused to comment on his standing with the Dolphins. The NFL and NFLPA are each reviewing the situation independently.

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The Mega Millions Lottery jackpot is now in triple digits and it could mean a big check this week for someone in our area. The estimated jackpot for Friday's drawing is 115-million dollars with a cash option of 63 million. -0- The only known copy of Napoleon's will is going on the auction block. The document is expected to be sold for at least 162-thousand dollars at auction today. The ailing 51-year-old former French emperor wrote his will just 19-days before his death in 1821.

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Justin Timberlake is ending his huge 2013 tour with another North American tour and that includes a stop in Pittsburgh. The tour will be at Consol Energy Center December 14th. The star has already sold out top venues like Madison Square Garden, L.A.'s Staples Center and the Bridgestone Arena in his native Tennessee.

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It's time to play "Name That Giant Panda Cub" at the National Zoo. Officials says people can go to Smithsonian.com now through November 22nd and choose from one of five Mandarin Chinese names for the female cub. The winning name will be announced on December 1st, following the Chinese tradition of naming a cub when it reaches 100-days-old.

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