Today's News - Monday, August 19, 2013

The manhunt for Demetrius Gibson is over after the 21-year-old turned himself into Johnstown Police late Saturday.  He is accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend in Moxham. Authorities have been searching for Gibson since August 6.

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Jury selection is scheduled to begin today in Cambria County for the aggravated assault trial of 27-year-old Edward Reviere of Johnstown who is accused of shooting his cousin in the kidney following a dispute outside a city bar back in October.  Andre Sampson was treated at Memorial Medical Center.

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State police in Clearfield are investigating the death of a 27-year old-man who was found inside his Curtin Street home over the weekend. An autopsy will be conducted. No other details have been released so far.

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Emergency crews were called to the Blue Knob Valley Airport late Saturday morning after a student pilot skidded onto the runway due to a problem with the landing gear of his plane. Neither the pilot not the instructor was injured. There was only minor damage to the aircraft.

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The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania is staying steady. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry says the July rate was again 7.5 percent.  That's the smallest number since March 2009.

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The State Department of Health says this year's first human cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Pennsylvania. A man in Montgomery County was hospitalized and a York County man also tested positive but was not hospitalized. Officials are urging state residents to limit their exposure to mosquitoes even though, unlike last year, there is no widespread outbreak of the virus in the mosquito population.

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Penn State has reached a settlement with one victim in the Jerry Sandusky case. “The Philadelphia Inquirer” reported the multi-million dollar settlement with the 25-year old man known as Victim 5. Twenty-five more claims still need to be finalized. Penn State has approved spending 60 million dollars for payouts.

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Senior officials from all 28 European Union member nations are expected to meet today to discuss the crisis in Egypt.  Their meeting comes on the heels of days of bloodshed that have left more than 800 people dead and thousands more injured. 

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President Obama meets today with top U.S. financial regulators to discuss their progress in implementing the 2010 Wall Street reform law.  The Dodd-Frank law acts to prevent large, complex financial companies from endangering markets if they collapse. 

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A wind-whipped wildfire continues to spread in central Idaho.  Beaver Creek Fire Information Officer Madonna Engerich says the fire has charred more than 100-thousand acres.  The towns of Hailey and Ketchum are at risk.

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Officials in Williamsport, Pennsylvania are not amused by tweets from former Major League baseball slugger Jose Canseco.  He sent out tweets Saturday criticizing the umpires at this year's Little League World Series and calling their umpiring “racist.”

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Two chemicals in food packaging may raise a child’s risk of becoming obese or developing diabetes.  A new study shows one of those chemicals --  phthalates -- which are often used to soften plastic bottles, can make teenagers more prone to insulin resistance which can lead to diabetes. 

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Fans of singers Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj aren't following them on Twitter for their grammar or spelling. That's good, because the website Grammarly says the two pop stars make about 30 to 35 mistakes for every 100 words they tweet.  The site has ranked the best and worst writers among music stars who use Twitter. 

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A fake gun made from cardboard and foil is landing one would-be robber in trouble with the law.  According to the Ocala, Florida Police Department, Timothy Foster was recently arrested for trying to rob a convenience store.  Foster allegedly walked into the Martin Oil gas station with a yellow t-shirt over his face.  He then brandished what turned out to be a piece of cardboard covered in tin foil and pointed it at the clerk.  While foster didn't end up accessing the cash register, he did make off with a donation can from the counter.   He was later found in a nearby shed and was taken into custody.

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One of Google's street view cameramen recently ran into an unusual problem in a village in Thailand.  Locals stopped the car -- which features the Google logo and a camera attached to a large turret -- and accused the driver of being a government spy.  After surrounding his car, they forced the driver to go to a nearby statue of Buddha and swear that he wasn't a spy. 

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The number of drivers ignoring the stop sign on school buses is growing, according to the latest findings from National Association of State Directors and Pupil Transportation Services.  It found that cars passed buses more than 85-thousand times of the day of sampling, compared to more than 76-thousand times in 2011.  Over 108-thousand bus drivers were surveyed.  The sample results indicate that over 15-million violations by motorists may occur during the 180-day school year.

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