Today's News - Friday, September 27, 2013

An animal rights activist group is taking responsibility for releasing more than 600 mink from a Cambria Township farm in what authorities are calling an act of domestic terrorism. The Animal Liberation Front posted videos online of the act which occurred Tuesday night at the Rykola Farm. The group posted videos of the release online.

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The renovations at Conemaugh Township Elementary school are nearly complete. The $6.6 million project will wrap this week and a community-wide open house is scheduled for next month.

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Firefighters were called around 11:30 last night to a structure fire along Graham Avenue in Windber. No word yet on the cause of the blaze.

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A Somerset County woman is accused of using a dead man’s bank card. 46-year-old Karen Logue of Meyersdale was charged with theft after attempting to use the card at an ATM. She also took the man’s truck.

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A fire hydrant was damaged on Menoher Boulevard yesterday morning after a truck driver ran it over. The hydrant flooded the roadway and caused damage at nearby homes. The driver was cited for leaving the scene of an accident and other charges.

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The UN Security Council could vote on a draft resolution involving Syria’s chemical weapons later today. Russia’s UN envoy says he hopes the council would be able to vote by Friday night on the measure demanding Syria's chemical weapons stockpile to be eradicated.

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The clock is ticking for Congress to hammer out a deal to keep the government running past Monday. The Senate is expected to vote on a bill which would keep the government afloat and would keep Obamacare intact. The House had passed a measure last week which would defund the health care plan. Certain aspects of that plan are due to kick in next week. 

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Online registration is being delayed for small businesses looking to enroll in federally operated healthcare exchanges. Originally, the date was set for October 1st. Administration officials now say that won't be until November 1st.

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Apple's new operating system has already surpassed its predecessor in popularity, and it needed less than a week to get there. Seven days after iOS7 was launched, its users were responsible for 51-percent of the iOS-based webtraffic in North America. 

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A Maryland-based Ku Klux Klan group has received a special use permit to gather at the Gettysburg National Military Park. The National Park Service says the Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan plans to gather on the battlefield on October, 5th for a rally. 

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An autopsy is complete on the body of the accused Washington Navy Yard shooter. Authorities have released the body of Aaron Alexis but it's not known who picked up his remains. Alexis gunned down 12 people before police shot and killed him on September 16th. 

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The deadline to register to vote is coming close. If you want to vote in the November 5th election and aren't registered or have changed your address or political party the deadline is October 7th.

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Pennsylvania is ranked 27th in the “Forbes” Best States For Business list. Virginia is number one and at the bottom of the list is Maine. States were rated in a number of areas including business costs, regulations and quality of life.

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The first President of the U.S. is finally getting a presidential library and it will open today in Fairfax, Virginia. The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon will contain a treasure trove of Washington's personal books, manuscripts and presidential letters, as well as letters to his wife, Martha. 

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A new study suggests future explorers on Mars may be able to get water out of the Red Planet's soil. NASA’s rover Curiosity has found that the surface soil contains about two-percent water by weight.

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The world’s largest search engine is 15 years old and is getting a makeover. The overall design of Google has been updated. It puts relevant information into rectangles and carousels and places it above any links to websites.

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