Today's News - Monday, July 7, 2014

A female ATV rider was flown to Johnstown’s Memorial Medical Center Sunday after severely injuring her hand in an accident near Reels Corner in Somerset County. No word on her condition this morning.

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State police have released the name of the woman who died in a boating accident at Lake Raystown in Huntingdon County Thursday night. Thirty-six-year-old Francesca Harris of Carlisle was trapped in the cabin of the boat when it crashed and sank. Several others escaped unhurt.

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A firey and fatal motorcycle crash in Gallitzin Township, Cambria County, on July 4. State police say 56-year-old William Schweiters of Loretto was killed when a pickup crossed the centerline and collided with his bike head-on. It happened on Route 53 between Spindley City and Taddy Roads. The other driver, 27-year-old Edward Roudybush of Gallitzin, was taken to UPMC Altoona. The investigation continues.

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It has been a week and Governor Tom Corbett is still refusing to sign the new state budget. If he doesn’t sign it by Thursday, or make some line item vetos, it will automatically go into effect. Corbett is holding out for pension reform and liquor privatization.

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A man on parole from state prison is now back in jail after authorities found marijuana growing in his Stoystown home. Twnety-nine-year-old Nicholas St. Clair was taken in to custody at SCI-Somerset for the June 26 incident.

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Arizona Senator John McCain believes America's Secretary of State should go calm down the situation between Israel and the Palestinians. The Republican lawmaker told CBS' "Face The Nation" John Kerry can work with leaders on both sides to help ensure things don't get out of control. A Palestinian teenager was burned alive last week, apparently in retaliation for last month's killing of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers.

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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's gun control group wants to question all U.S. House and Senate candidates. The Everytown for Gun Safety group is releasing a questionnaire today. The survey asks candidates about how they feel about more restrictive laws for gun sales and ownership.

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For the first time in two years, a New York firefighter is killed in the line of duty. Lieutenant Gordon Ambelas entered a burning apartment on the 19th floor of a Brooklyn high rise Saturday night looking for people who may have been trapped inside.

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The Navy's first female four-star admiral says she's not discouraged by the situation in Iraq. Michelle Howard told CNN's "State of the Union" democracy doesn't come easily in many countries. The Islamic militant group ISIS has gained a lot of ground in Iraq in recent weeks.

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The chairman of the House Oversight Committee says the Justice Department must prosecute a former IRS official. California Republican Darrell Issa told "Fox News Sunday" he doesn't understand why it's taking so long to present contempt charges against Lois Lerner.

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Passengers at overseas airports headed to the U.S. should be ready to turn on their electronic devices while being checked by security screeners. The TSA announced Sunday that screeners will ask passengers to turn on cell phones and other devices to prove they are not explosives.

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German chancellor Angela Merkel says claims that a German man worked as a double agent for U.S. intelligence are serious. Merkel says if the claims are true, they go against what cooperation between allies should be about.

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An American teen allegedly beaten by Israeli police in Jerusalem is under house arrest for nine days. Florida resident Tariq Abu Khdeir was detained after his cousin's funeral. Ron Dermer, Israel's ambassador to the U.S., told "Fox News Sunday" Khdeir participated in violence against police.

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Washington state's first recreational marijuana stores will become legal today. The state's Liquor Control Board will email a handful of licenses very early this morning to a group of lucky pot retailers.

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The governor of Texas is hinting that President Obama's administration wanted to create the immigrant-children crisis. Republican Rick Perry told ABC's "This Week" he's suspicious of Obama waiting until last week to request more funding for border security. Last week, Perry implied the administration somehow helped immigrants from Central America reach the U.S.

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Pope Francis is preparing for his first meeting with victims of sexual abuse by priests. Organizers say the pontiff will talk with six victims Monday, two each from Ireland, Britain and Germany. Critics say the meeting should have happened long ago and sex abuse victims from the pope's native Argentina are unhappy they were excluded.

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The broadcast of a video showing Oscar Pistorius reenacting his girlfriend's shooting death is being condemned by his family. Lawyers for Pistorius say Australia's Channel Seven obtained the footage illegally. The defense team say the video was shot to visually map the events of the night Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

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Authorities in Indiana say they have a "person of interest" in connection with the deadly shooting of a Gary police officer. The officer was shot to death early Sunday as he sat in his squad car. Two other people have also been taken into custody and are being questioned.

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Hamas says seven militants were killed early Monday by Israeli air strikes. Israel's military confirmed the strikes saying they "responded to rocket attacks against southern Israel." The air strikes came after about 20 rockets struck Israel the day before.

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The man who survived a shark attack near Southern California's Manhattan Beach Saturday is back home, recovering from injuries to his chest. Steven Robles tells CNN he was able to pull the seven-foot shark off his body. He says the shark was agitated about being on a fishing line when it came after him.

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Lawyers for Los Angeles Clippers co-owners Donald and Shelly Sterling are playing pressure defense over the sale of the NBA team. Shelly Sterling's attorneys filed an emergency legal brief in federal court Sunday night to stop Donald Sterling from blocking today's hearing on the sale.

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Americans are drinking less beer than they did in past years. The latest Beer Marketer's Insights poll finds that overall beer consumption is down slightly. The average person of legal age is drinking 27-point-six gallons of beer per year.

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