Today's News - Monday, August 18, 2014

According to the Tribune-Democrat, State Attorney General Kathleen Kane is conducting a secret investigation into Brother Stephen Baker, who is accused of sexually abusing students at Bishop McCort High School in the 1990s and early 2000s. Even those who have been deeply involved in the case know little about her investigation, and if they do know details, they aren’t sharing them. Authorities say this secrecy helps to protect the integrity of the investigation and the privacy of those involved.

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PennDOT has announced that more than $100 million will be spent on highways and bridges in Cambria and Somerset counties during the next four years. The projects are part of a 12-year transportation plan the State Transportation Committee approved last week.

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Pennsylvania’s jobless rate is up to 5.7 percent last month, an increase of one tenth of one percent. Last year at this time, it was 7.5 percent. The State Department of Labor and industry says even though the number has gone up, it is still better than the national number which is 6.2 percent.

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is deploying the National Guard to the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson amid continuing unrest over the police killing of an unarmed teenager. Ferguson has been crippled by protests and looting for more than a week. Police and protesters clashed again overnight as law enforcement tried to enforce a second mandatory curfew.

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A private autopsy shows Missouri teen Michael Brown was shot at least six times. The "New York Times" reports the preliminary autopsy revealed the 18-year-old was hit twice in the head and four times in the right arm.

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Texas Governor Rick Perry is defending the veto that has gotten him indicted by a grand jury. Perry said on "Fox News Sunday" every Texas governor has made such decisions for decades and he does not regret his decision. Perry vetoed funding for a public integrity unit run by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg after she was arrested and pleaded guilty to drunken driving last year.

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The U.S. is conducting more airstrikes in Iraq against ISIS militants. U.S. Central Command says drones and airplanes conducted 14 raids Sunday on ISIS positions. The strikes follow nine that were conducted Saturday.

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Texas Governor Rick Perry is defending the veto that has gotten him indicted by a grand jury. Perry said on "Fox News Sunday" every Texas governor has made such decisions for decades and he does not regret his decision. Perry vetoed funding for a public integrity unit run by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg after she was arrested and pleaded guilty to drunken driving last year.

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Time is running out on the Gaza ceasefire, which is set to expire late today. Negotiators for Israel and the Palestinians are in Cairo, continuing indirect talks on a permanent truce but they aren't making any progress.

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A brush fire in California's Angeles National Forest is growing fast. Authorities say eight helicopters and 200 firefighters have been fighting the Tecolote Fire that has now charred over 400 acres. Areas near the river and lake were evacuated Sunday, including Coldbrook campground, which includes 22 sites and about 20 recreational cabins.

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A foul odor in the cabin of a Southwest Airlines flight from Orlando to Milwaukee prompted an in-air emergency Sunday. The pilot of Flight 663 was granted priority landing at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, where the 737-700 was inspected.

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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan will be joined today by officials from the United Way, Ford and General Motors to announce the first three major contributions to the Detroit Water Fund. It was set up as part of his plan to help water customers who have fallen behind on their bills and are facing shutoffs.

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Despite major improvements, protestors continue to show up at SeaWorld. Just two days after SeaWorld announced plans to expand its killer whale exhibits, protesters arrived at the San Diego park Sunday morning in hopes of convincing visitors not to go in.

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Justin Bieber wants to see the leader of the free world drenched in ice water. The pop star has chosen President Obama as one of his three nominees while taking part in the viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. It's a social media fundraising campaign in support of the ALSA, which fights against the illness otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

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There's a huge check that could be coming for someone in the Pittsburgh area. The estimated jackpot for tomorrow's Mega Millions drawing is 160-million dollars and even the cash option is 95-million.

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Mr. T says only fools avoid their civic responsibilities and try to get out of jury duty. The star of "The A-Team" and "Rocky 3" was in a suburban Chicago courthouse on Friday where he said while he may pity fools, criminals are a whole different thing. The television and movie star was not selected to be on a jury.

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