Today's News

Monday, October 01, 2012

President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney will be answering questions on the economy when they face off in their first debate. Topics like health care and the size of government also are likely to be part of Wednesday night's first presidential debate. It will be televised from the University of Denver at 9 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday.

The U.S. Supreme Court is starting its fall term and will hear cases on affirmative action, voting rights and same-sex marriage. The justices are also expected to take up a case that could decide whether American judges have authority to hear lawsuits involving human rights atrocities overseas.

It's a good Monday on Wall Street with the major indexes showing one-percent gains. Wall Street is reacting to a report showing the U.S. manufacturing sector expanded in September for the first time since May. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was nearly 150 points higher in midday trading.

A member of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's entourage doesn't want to return to Iran. A cameraman for the controversial world leader is seeking asylum in the United States. He apparently slipped away sometime during Ahmadinejad's visit last week to New York to address the United Nations General Assembly.

More children are being seriously injured in child abuse situations. A new study also shows fewer kids are being abused. Researchers studying child abuse injuries from 1997 through 2009 say they found an more babies under a year old were hospitalized for abuse-related injuries.

The 3D animated movie "Hotel Transylvania" is at the top of the weekend box office list. The new family film features the voices of Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez and brought in an estimated 43-million dollars in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales. That's a new record for a September opening.

In Bedford County … a man is dead after losing control of his vehicle on Route 31 at about 5 am yesterday.  Police say Arthur Hogamier was attempting to pass a car near Charlie’s Road.  His SUV struck an embankment and rolled over several times, coming to rest in a wooded area.

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Two Somerset County men have been arrested after police say they broke into a church.   Authorities say Ian Kobal and Woodrow Engel the Third face charges for breaking into the Somerset Church of the Brethren on Berlin Plank Road.  Police say the two men stole the church’s credit card and pin number and then took out 900 dollars from an ATM machine.  Police sat the two bought drugs, but police were able to trace them down and arrest them. 

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A missing Somerset County teenager is apparently OK.  Police say Daira Kiesnowski of Berlin called home and said she was fine.  The girl disappeared from Conemaugh  (“KAHN-na-ma”) Counseling Association in Johnstown on Friday but said she is staying with a friend and will come home, but not yet.

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A 12-year old Uniontown boy is in the hospital, after he was shot in the stomach.  The unidentified boy's father said he was shot last night on South Mount Vernon Avenue.  The boy was airlifted to UPMC Children's Hospital in unknown condition.  No other details are yet available.

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An 81-year-old Fayette County man is dead, after a tractor rollover accident.  Richard Patrick of Dunbar Township died after a tractor he was using to mow grass rolled down an embankment.  He was the father of former Miss Pennsylvania-USA Andrea Lynn Patrick and the father-in-law of 1960s teen idol Fabian.

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Fires at two separate homes on the same Latrobe street are ruled accidental and unrelated.  Firefighters responded to a chimney fire at a home on East First Avenue just before eleven o'clock Saturday morning.  About an hour later, they were called back to the same block for a kitchen fire at another home.  No one was injured in either incident but residents of the second home needed help from the Red Cross.

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