Today's News - Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Cambria County Controller Ed Cernic tells “The Tribune-Democrat” the county has received a more than $1.6 million dollar payment from two state agencies, so he was able meet Friday’s payroll. Cernic will also have money to pay some of the oldest bills from vendors and last month’s employee expense reimbursements. He’s still concerned as the end of year approaches and three loans have to be re-paid, including a $5 million tax anticipation note.

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The Cambria County District Attorney’s office will not seek the death penalty against 21-year-old Demetrius Gibson of Tire Hill. Following formal arraignment yesterday, he was ordered to stand trial for first-degree murder in the August stabbing death of his girlfriend, 21-year-old Elizabeth Miller at the Bridge Street car wash. Gibson is also charged with possession with intent to deliver 293 stamp bags of heroin and other drug offenses.

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Penn State’s board of trustees has scheduled a meeting friday morning at University Park, and it’s apparently to name a new president. That person will take over for Rodney Erickson, who stepped in in November of 2011 after Graham Spanier was let go following the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Erickson.

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Following a hearing yesterday in Centre County Court, the out-of-county judge did not make a ruling on whether the Paterno family and others can sue the NCAA over the sanctions handed down to Penn State following the Sandusky scandal. WTAJ reports that the main issues discussed are whether the NCAA acted within its jurisdiction, whether the reputations of the Paterno family, former Penn State football players, coaches and trustees have been damaged, and if Penn State has to be a plaintiff to move the case forward. The university is currently not involved. The judge will issue a written decision later.

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Damage control over the problem-plagued rollout of the healthcare law is the goal of President Obama today during his trip to Boston. Obama is set to deliver a speech at historic Faneuil Hall. It's the same location where then-Republican Governor Mitt Romney signed a mandatory health insurance law for Massachusetts residents in 2006.

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Authorities say what appears to have been a domestic dispute erupted into a deadly shooting in Greenwood County, South Carolina. Sheriff Tony Davis says six people are dead. They include two children and the suspected shooter. Authorities say all six died of gunshot wounds yesterday.

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Six people are dead following a mass shooting in Greenwood County, South Carolina that investigators say appears to have started out as a domestic dispute. The dead include two children and the suspected shooter. Authorities say all six died of gunshot wounds yesterday.

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National Intelligence Director James Clapper claims the NSA only spies for legitimate foreign intelligence purposes, “within the law.” In a House oversight hearing, Clapper insisted that the U.S. does not “indiscriminately” spy on other nations. The testimony comes as U.S. allies are outraged over reports that the NSA has been monitoring the phone traffic of some world leaders.

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The family of a San Diego murder victim is angry that the killer was able to get married just minutes after he was sentenced for the crime. The judge, who sentenced the murderer to 53 years to life behind bars, performed the ceremony late last month.

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The Connecticut medical examiner is confirming that no drugs of any kind were found in the system of Newtown school killer Adam Lanza. The state has released the full toxicology report for Lanza, which tested for hundreds of illegal and prescription drugs and found nothing. After killing his mother, Lanza shot and killed 20 first graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December.

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A California community is expressing its outrage at the death of a child by a sheriff's deputy. Hundreds marched to the Santa Rosa Sheriff's Department on Tuesday in support of 13-year-old Andy Lopez. Lopez was shot to death after a deputy mistook the boy's pellet gun for an assault rifle. That deputy is on administrative leave pending investigations into the incident.

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Google's futuristic eyeglasses are getting an upgrade. Google Glass combines eyeglasses with a small mounted camera, wi-fi and a text display that allows people to take video and pictures hands-free. Google says Glass wearers will be eligible for a hardware upgrade that will allow Glass to “work with future lines of shades and prescription frames.”

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Chris Brown has reportedly checked into rehab. A rep for the singer tells E! News that Brown entered rehab Tuesday “to gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior.” The move comes just days after the 24-year-old was arrested for an alleged fight that took place Sunday morning outside of the W Hotel in Washington, DC.

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Halloween is big business for many retailers. According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend nearly seven-billion dollars on the holiday this year. Nearly 160 million people across the country are buying or renting costumes, stocking up on treats and even dressing up their pets for the holiday.

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A majority of Americans still support the death penalty, but the numbers are falling. A new Gallup poll shows 60-percent of Americans favor capital punishment for convicted murderers, the lowest number since 1972. The numbers varied widely among party lines. Eighty-one percent of Republicans approve of capital punishment, while 47-percent of Democrats and 60-percent of Independents support it.

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An asteroid the size of a truck buzzed past Earth Tuesday, sailing in between our planet and the moon. While NASA was able to predict that the small near-Earth object would safely pass us by, astronomers didn't have long to make that determination. The space rock was first detected less than a week ago.

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Finally a little bit of relief at the pump. AAA Fuel Gauge says Western PA motorists are paying an average of four cents less per gallon at $3.38. Nationwide, the average for regular unleaded is $3.28, 7 cents less than one week ago. That is the lowest price of 2013 AAA expects prices to fall even further approaching the end of the year.

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