Today's News - Friday, April 11, 2014

Johnstown police say 23-year-old Earl Saunders of the Oakhurst homes is in the Cambria County Jail, charged with intentionally burning his 6-month-old daughter back in February. Police say Saunders put the girl in the bathtub with scalding hot water. She suffered second degree burns over 20 percent of her body. Saunders told authorities he did it because he was angry and frustrated. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 30th.

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In Cambria County Court yesterday, 29-year-old Matthew Nadolsky of Windber waived his preliminary hearing. A bullet from his gun killed hunter Timothy Bruce of Ashville in December, and the Game Commission charged Nadolsky with shooting at or causing injury to a human being.

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Thirty-two-year-old Jennifer Sloan of Cresson waived her preliminary hearing yesterday on vehicular homicide charges. Police say she did not have a valid license and was driving recklessly at more than 80 miles an hour last April when her car slammed into another vehicle along Route 22 near the Gallitzin exit. The other driver, 58-year-old Connie Naylor of Dysart, was killed.

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An early morning fire Thursday damaged a century old building in Boswell, Somerset County. Terry Brady had been renovating the former Sons of Italy building for the past year and told firefighters the smoke alarm woke him up about 4:30 a.m. Brady and his dog got out safely. The blaze has been ruled accidental.

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Trout season opens tomorrow at 8am. The minimum size is seven inches and the creel limit is five per day, combined species. Fishermen 16 and older must have a valid license and a trout-salmon stamp in order to fish for trout.

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The minimum wage debate is continuing in Harrisburg. State representative Patty Kim introduced legislation yesterday that would raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour and then to $10.10 an hour in one year. Opponents of the bill say it will force small businesses to lay off employees.

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There are many unanswered questions following a tour bus crash in Northern California that has left at least nine people dead.  CHP officials say a tour bus carrying prospective college students to Humboldt State University collided head-on with a FedEx delivery truck Thursday evening in Orland, about 100 miles north of Sacramento.  They say the nine dead include the truck driver, the bus driver and seven Los Angeles area high school students.  

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President Obama will be nominating U.S. Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell for the Health and Human Services Secretary post today.  He is scheduled to make that announcement at 11 a.m. Eastern time.  This comes after yesterday's report that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is stepping down. 

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Australian authorities are giving mixed signals on whether pings detected in the Indian Ocean are coming from the missing Malaysian airliner.  The head of the search team says the latest signal picked up by a listening device is unlikely to be coming from the black box of Flight 370.

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Oscar Pistorius is back in a South African courtroom for another day of intense cross-examination.  The track star is facing prosecutors for a third day as they try to prove he intentionally killed his girlfriend.  Pistorius insists he mistook Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder hiding in the bathroom when he shot her to death last year.  If he's found guilty of murder the "Blade Runner," as he's known, could spend decades behind bars.

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The National Hockey League is facing another class-action concussion lawsuit brought by nine former players.  The lawsuit filed Thursday is the second in less than five months.  The suit says the NHL has failed and continues to fail to warn its players of the risks and consequences of head trauma.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is laughing off a close encounter with a flying shoe.  Clinton was giving a speech on recycling Thursday in Las Vegas when a woman in the audience hurled a shoe at her.  Clinton sidestepped the shoe and joked that she was glad the woman didn't play softball like she did. 

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Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown is running for a Senate seat in New Hampshire.  He made the announcement Thursday night at a Portsmouth hotel and will face three candidates in September's Republican Senate primary.  Brown says he's running to be "a true independent voice for the people of New Hampshire" and to get the federal government off voters' backs.

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Looks like there could be a future for bitcoin in some of America's biggest banks.  Wells Fargo and Bank of America both see promise in the cybercurrency, but they're wary about adopting it.  In a panel discussion Thursday at the Electronic Transactions Association's annual conference in Las Vegas, representatives of the two San Francisco-based banks said they're watching Bitcoin closely. 

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President Obama is talking about more sanctions against Russia.  The White House says the President spoke by phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Thursday and the two talked about potential further sanctions for Russia over its actions in Ukraine.  The two also called again for Russia to move its troops back from the border region.

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The driver wanted for causing a car to crash into a Central Florida daycare center is in custody.  Robert Corchado surrendered at the Orange County Jail Thursday on charges that he fled the scene of a deadly crash.  The 28-year-old was named in an arrest warrant for allegedly forcing a car off the road and into the daycare where a four-year-old girl was killed and 14 others were injured.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is stepping down.  Sebelius has faced a lot of criticism during her tenure for the rough rollout of HealthCare.gov.  Sebelius told a Senate committee Thursday that Obamacare enrollments were at more than seven-and-a-half million and counting.

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Stephen Colbert is taking over the "Late Show."  While in character Thursday night, Colbert praised longtime "Late Show" host David Letterman and then with a wink and a nod, joked about filling the "Late Show" throne.  On Thursday's "Colbert Report," Stephen also recalled how Letterman's stint on late night television began just as he was starting college. 

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Google Glass is going on sale for one day.  The company is selling spots in its Explorer program to consumers.  Next Tuesday, any adult in the U.S. has a shot at getting their hands on Glass for $1,500. 

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All the monkey business is over at the Kansas City Zoo.  About a half-dozen chimpanzees are back in their habitat after climbing onto a wall Thursday.  Officials there say one chimp was able to prop a log up against the wall and climb up it.  Several others then followed.  

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The Class of 2014 is in.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame welcomed its latest batch of inductees Thursday night with a star-studded ceremony at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.  Some of the big names that made the cut include: Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt and Hall and Oates.

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