Today's News - Monday, January 6, 2014

Brace yourself and get ready to bundle up. A polar front will bring dangerous cold into our area starting later today. Meteorologists say there is a potential for record-breaking extreme cold. With the wind, it will feel like 30 to 40 below at times tomorrow. If you’ll be heading outside, wear multiple layers and leave nothing exposed to the cold air if possible. Frostbite can set in in just a few minutes. Pets should be kept indoors. To help avoid frozen pipes, open cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing and keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines there. You can also let cold water drip from any faucets served by exposed pipes. Temperatures are expected to begin to rise Wednesday.

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A deadly crash near Johnstown just before 2:00 Sunday morning. Police say 42-year-old Mark Diaz of Seward lost control of his car along State Route 403 in West Taylor Township. He struck an embankment, a large boulder and a telephone pole, then his vehicle caught fire. Authorities believe speed was a factor.

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State police in Cambria County are reminding drivers that you are required to slow down and/or move over when you approach an emergency response area. On four-lane highways, if an officer is stopped on the right hand berm, you should move to the left hand lane if at all possible. If not, pass at a careful and reduced speed. Violators face a fine of up to $250 and suspension of your license. Troopers have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to these violations.

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Johnstown Police found heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana and a gun in a coat belonging to 20-year-old Dashawn Green when they arrested him during an investigation into a shooting that happened near the Solomon Homes around 11 a.m. Saturday morning. Several people told police where they could find Green and an officer chased him on foot until he jumped into a nearby stream. No one was hurt in that original shooting. A second suspect remains at large.

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Congress gets back to work today after a two-week recess, and there's a lot of work to do.  One of the first items is a procedural vote in the Senate today on a bipartisan plan to extend long-term unemployment benefits.  Those benefits expired for one-point-three million Americans at the end of 2013. 

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Teachers and staff members will return to work today at a Denver area school where a deadly shooting happened last month.  Student Claire Davis died days after suffering wounds in the assault at Arapahoe High School.  Students will be back tomorrow. 

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The Southern Illinois University basketball team is riding out the winter storm in a church this morning after their bus got stuck in a ditch.  After last night's loss to Illinois State, the SIU squad was heading south through Central Illinois, but when the snow became too heavy the driver pulled over.  When the snow cleared enough to keep moving, the bus was stuck. 

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Folks on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate in Utah are awaiting a ruling on a possible stay by the U.S. Supreme Court.  Those challenging Utah's ban on gay marriage filed a response on Friday to the state's request for action. 

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Liz Cheney is ending her campaign for Wyoming's Republican Senate nomination.  The website Politico cited sources who said Sunday that former Vice President Dick Cheney's eldest daughter has told her supporters she's ending her challenge to GOP Senator Mike Enzi.  Liz Cheney has consistently trailed the three-term senator in public opinion polls. 

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A brain-dead California teen is now in her mother's custody.  An official with Children's Hospital Oakland confirmed Jahi McMath's body was released to the coroner Sunday evening who then released the body to McMath's mother. 

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The Senate will vote today on extending longterm unemployment benefits.  Jobless aid for roughly one-point-three million Americans expired on December 28th.  Today's vote is a procedural tally to formally open debate on the bill. 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to offer support for bringing medicinal marijuana to New York in his State of the State address later this week.  This is a major policy change, as the governor has long opposed legalization of marijuana for medical use or for any other purpose.

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JPMorgan Chase reportedly is close to a two-billion dollar settlement related to Bernard Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme.  The "New York Times" is reporting that this week the bank could settle criminal and civil claims with federal authorities who believe the bank ignored signs of Bernard Madoff's multi-billion dollar scheme. 

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Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says Americans attending the Winter Olympics in Russia will be safe.  Romney spoke with "Fox News Sunday" about a series of recent terror attacks and said he's confident the 2014 games will remain secure.  He also had plenty of criticism for the host of next month's event, saying the country hasn't been very collaborative on the world stage.  Romney organized the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. 

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Former First Lady Barbara Bush is out of the hospital and recovering at home.  The 88-year-old Bush left Methodist Hospital in Texas on Saturday where she was admitted last Monday for treatment of a respiratory ailment.  A family spokesman said Mrs. Bush was "definitely keen to get home to her dogs and her husband, and not in that order." 

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Dennis Rodman is back in North Korea.  He and eleven other basketball players from the U.S. are there to play an exhibition game.  The team includes some ex-NBA players, including recognizable names such as Vin Baker and Kenny Anderson.

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One in three couples say the biggest strain on their marriage is finances.  A survey conducted by DivorceDepot.com asked couples what issues were most likely to end their relationship.  Excess alcohol was the second-most cited strain, followed by in-laws, household chores like cooking and gift-buying.  Twelve percent of respondents said that simply spending more time than normal around their partner -- like during the holidays -- causes the deficiencies in their relationship become more apparent.  The site also notes that the first Monday of the New Year is usually the most popular day to file for divorce.  

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