Today's News - Monday, February 24, 2014

East Conemaugh police tell “The Tribune-Democrat” that an assault suspect was hospitalized Sunday after he tried to flee by jumping into the Little Conemaugh River. He eventually had to be rescued from the water. The assault happened on the 1100 block of Main Street; the victim apparently received minor injuries. The suspect was taken to Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown.

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Governor Tom Corbett is close to filling two vacated seats on Penn State’s board of trustees. He’s announced the nominations of Cliff Benson and football letterman Todd Rucci. With state senate approval, they will replace Ira Lubert and Alvin Clemons who stepped down. Benson currently serves as their chief development officer for the Buffalo Sabres NHL team. Rucci played eight seasons in the NFL. He now works with Pap Technolgies.

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A stabbing in Johnstown early Saturday morning. Police say two men argued at Sue Bee’s bar on Ash Street and a 33-year-old was stabbed with a two-inch knife, suffering a superficial wound. The suspect, an older white male, fled the scene.

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Last year’s total was $12.4 million. This year, the Penn State Dance Marathon raised $13.3 million. The money helps in the fight against childhood cancer. Hundreds of students stayed on their feet for 46 hours at the Bryce Jordan Center over the weekend. Since 1973, Thon has raised more than $114 million.

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The nation's governors are asking President Obama not to downsize the National Guard. Obama will meet with governors today at the White House. Governors of both parties are concerned about reduced spending for the military, including state National Guard units.

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An oil spill is keeping the Port of New Orleans and a 65-mile stretch of the lower Mississippi River closed to traffic. Crews are working to clean up the spill that happened when a barge carrying grain slammed into a vessel carrying crude oil. The barges collided about 50 miles west of New Orleans on Saturday.

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There's more winter weather in store for much of the U.S. Forecasters say the warm weather that much of the Midwest and Northeast experienced last week will be replaced by bitter cold brought in by yet another polar vortex. The latest arctic front will cause high temperatures in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to plunge ten-to-20 degrees colder on Monday.

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The Supreme Court hears arguments today on whether the Obama administration exceeded its authority in imposing new anti-pollution rules to combat climate change. The justices will decide whether the Environmental Protection Agency has authority to regulate greenhouse gases from power plants and oil refineries as pollutants.

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Ukraine has no regional governors this morning, but may have a new president. The governors of all nine regions resigned earlier today, according to regional state administration websites. The speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament will act as president until nationwide elections are held in May.

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A controversial bill that would allow business owners to assert their religious beliefs by refusing service to gay people is on its way to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. The measure has drawn national criticism from groups who say the law would sanction discrimination.

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Netflix is planning to pay Comcast for smoother online video streaming. The landmark pact was announced Sunday and is supposed to clear up pauses and hiccups that have been reported by Netflix users in the past few months.

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Colorado has new rules that limit air pollution from oil and gas drilling. Regulators say it's the nation's first-ever plan to detect and reduce methane emissions associated with the production and transport of natural gas.

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The city of Sochi, Russia is celebrating a successful Winter Olympics. Despite initial concerns over safety, unfinished accommodations and a backlash over Russia's anti-gay laws, the 22nd Winter Olympiad essentially went off without a hitch. Eighteen days of pageantry and competition came to an end with Sunday's Closing Ceremony.

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A seized cell phone is said to be a crucial piece of evidence in this weekend's capture of a feared Mexican drug lord. Mexican and U.S. agents arrested Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman on Saturday. A senior U.S. law enforcement official says a phone that belonged to the son of Guzman's deputy in the Sinaloa Cartel was a big break in the case.

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Wall Street will be back in action today after weak Friday trading. Friday's session was partly affected by a bad existing home sales report. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost close to 30 points to 16,103.

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The world is mourning the death of the oldest known Holocaust survivor. The Israeli newspaper "YNET" reports Alice Herz-Sommer passed away at the age of 110 on Sunday in London. The Jewish native of Prague was sent to Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1943.

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Police in Pennsylvania are trying to track down the person behind an illicit donation at a Salvation Army. Police say employees at the Salvation Army discovered that someone had donated a baggie containing a "green leafy matter" that turned out to be marijuana. Police are investigating the matter and asking that anyone with information about the donation of dope come forward.

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Seth Meyers is ready to start his weeknight gig. The former "Saturday Night Live" head writer and "Weekend Update" anchor kicks off his run as host of "Late Night" tonight on NBC. Meyers' first guest will be his former "SNL" pal and current "Parks and Rec" star Amy Poehler.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. has captured the checkered flag at the Daytona 500. He led 54 of the 200 laps to earn his second career Daytona 500 win and 20th career Sprint Cup Series victory. Denny Hamlin finished second, followed by Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon and defending Daytona 500 champion Jimmie Johnson.

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"Piers Morgan Live" is on the chopping block at CNN. The cable news network has announced it is ending the prime-time talk show. The network hasn't announced a date for the final broadcast and it's not known if Morgan will remain at CNN in any other role.

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Most Americans haven't seen a single movie nominated in the Best Picture category at next week's Academy Awards. According to a poll conducted by Reuters and IPSOS, 67 percent of the respondents said they have yet to watch any of the eleven films up for the top honor. "Captain Phillips," the real-life story about Somali pirates starring Tom Hanks, was the most-watched among the nominees. Fifteen percent said they'd seen it, followed by 14 percent who seen the Sandra Bullock space drama "Gravity." Martin Scorsese's "Wolf of Wall Street" and David O. Russell's "American Hustle" are among the top five most-watched as well. The majority of respondents were also unsure about which film would end up winning. Sixty percent didn't have a guess, but "12 Years A Slave" had the most support at nine percent.

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