Today's News - Monday, December 2, 2013

Today is the opening day of Pennsylvania’s general deer season and approximately 750 thousand hunters are expected to take to the woods. The season runs through December 14th. Chronic wasting disease has been detected in parts of Blair, Cambria and Huntingdon counties and hunters must follow special rules when encountering animals with the condition. You can find more information on the game commission’s website.

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A fatal crash last night in Bedford County. state police say 40-year-old Beth Morris lost control of her car along State Route 30 near Mount Dallas Road in Everett. The vehicle struck a rock embankment. Morris was taken to UPMC Bedford But later died. She was not wearing a seatbelt.

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State College police are already bracing themselves for the next State Patty’s Day celebration. A date has been announced for the next Penn State student-created drinking holiday. It’s set for March 1st, according to a public Facebook event page. Last year, police responded to more than 300 calls. Bars were paid to close and that could happen again.

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According to Penn-Live, the state attorney general’s office has filed four pages detailing alleged lies told by former Penn State President Graham Spanier in his grand jury testimony. Spanier had filed motions asking that the information be outlined as he prepares for trial along with former administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz.

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The National Transportation Safety Board is digging into its investigation of a deadly train derailment in New York City. Four people were killed and more than 60 injured after a Metro-North commuter train derailed yesterday morning. The train was heading from Poughkeepsie to New York City where it careened off the tracks near the banks of the Harlem River in the Bronx.

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A surge in visitors to the Obama administration's improved Healthcare.gov website will put it to the test over the next few weeks and months. Throngs of people who ran into problems trying to enroll in a health insurance plan because of the site's technical glitches will be going back online to get coverage.

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The archbishop of New York says the Catholic Church is still against Obamacare. Cardinal Timothy Dolan told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that the church opposes the Affordable Care Act largely because it requires businesses to offer health insurance plans that include free contraception.

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One man is dead and three people are in custody following a clash in a parking lot at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. It happened a short time after the Chiefs game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Police say the victim was caught inside a car that did not belong to him and was confronted by the owner.

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Spending over Black Friday weekend was down for the first time in four years. A survey by the National Retail Federation shows holiday shoppers spent 57-point-four billion dollars at stores and on websites from Thanksgiving Day through Sunday. That's almost three-percent below last year's spending level.

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The United States is modifying a ship to help destroy Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons. An anonymous Defense Department official says a Maritime Administration ship, the MV Cape Ray will be offered to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which is monitoring the process of destroying the Syrian stockpile.

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An investigation is underway into a deadly freight train accident in New Mexico. The train derailed, lunging the locomotive into a ravine, killing all three people aboard. The accident took place Saturday near Bayard, about 70 miles northwest of Las Cruces. At least two of the victims worked for Southwestern Railroad which ran the train. The other eight cars of the freight train stayed on or near the tracks. The train was transporting a type of iron ore.

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The 911 tapes from Sandy Hook Elementary School during last year's massacre are expected to be released this week. Danbury State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky says he's considering whether to appeal the ruling. Sedensky has fought release of the 911 tapes to protect the families of the victims.

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A man is dead and three people are in custody following an altercation in a parking lot at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. It happened a short time after the Chiefs hosted the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Police say the victim was caught inside a car that did not belong to him and was confronted by the owner.

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Today is Cyber Monday and millions of Americans will be shopping for deals online. The Monday after Thanksgiving typically marks the kick-off of the online holiday shopping season. Growth of online shopping activity is triple that of in-store sales. Mobile shopping sales have grown 28 percent since last year.

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Actor Paul Walker's friends and colleagues are mourning his passing. On Instagram, Walker's "Fast & Furious" co-star Vin Diesel wrote "Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new Angel. Rest in Peace." Tyrese Gibson was spotted at the site in Santa Clarita, California where Walker was killed in a car crash Saturday afternoon. Tyrese reportedly became overcome with emotion and broke down in tears alongside onlookers at a makeshift memorial at the site.

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The National Zoo has announced the name of its giant panda cub, and Bao Bao was the winner. More than 123 thousand people voted for the name.

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Amazon is revealing a new way for customers to get packages from the company - by using drones. Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos told CBS TV's "60 Minutes" on Sunday the company is working on using automated drones to deliver the tons of goods that customers order. Bezos said the devices would most likely not be in use for another four to five years.

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