Today's News - Monday, June 16, 2014

Eleven locals were given the 2014 Prince Gallitzin cross by the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese over the weekend at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson. The annual award honors those who go above and beyond to serve their parishes. This year marks the 25th year the awards were handed out.

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Almost 300 people walked to find a cure on Sunday. The Cambria County Relay for Life raised over $50,000 in the fight against cancer.

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University of Southern California golfer Will Murphy defeated Sam Burns in a three-hole aggregate playoff to win the 61st Annual Sunnehanna Amateur.

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Residents of one Somerset County community have seen an increase in crime where they live and now they’re fighting back. A small group in Boswell has begun a neighborhood crime watch group to help local law enforcement in the fight against the growing drug and crime activity in the borough.

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A bill aimed at limiting how long a municipality can operate under Act 47 is being sent to the state Senate after passing in the House 156 to 42. Act 47 was created to help struggling communities acquire grant and loan money, structure contracts and purchase equipment while under state oversight. Twenty communities are in the program, many which have been for decades, including Franklin Borough and the City of Johnstown.

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A Pennsylvania lawmaker is trying to create an Office of New Americans in the state. Senator Jim Ferlo sent out letters last week seeking support of the bill, which would focus on attracting and integrating immigrants into our society. Ferlo says the state has everything to gain from legal citizenship and should be welcoming legal immigrants who want to improve themselves, their families and their communities. The office would fall under the governor's jurisdiction, would have four employees and cost 200-thousand dollars a year.

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The U.S. is using dozens of soldiers to ramp up security at the U.S. Embassy and other diplomatic facilities in Baghdad. This comes as the Iraqi government tries to push back advancing Islamist militants, who have already seized several Iraqi cities. Earlier Sunday, the State Department said it was moving some workers out of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to other diplomatic facilities in and around Iraq.

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Six members of the same family are dead after a fire ripped through a home in Newark, New Jersey. Authorities say the three-alarm fire broke out early Sunday morning in the two-story house.

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Israel is widening its search for three teens who've been missing since Thursday. Authorities believe the teens were kidnapped and one of them is American. On Monday, Israeli forces moved into a second West Bank city and touched off street confrontations as they went house-to-house looking for the teens.

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The chairman of the Republican National Committee claims the GOP is not divided. Reince Priebus told CBS' "Face The Nation" local issues derailed Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor's primary campaign. Many Republican leaders have said immigration reform was one of those issues.

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Medical device maker Medtronic is buying Covidien for $43 billion. Medtronic is a U.S.-based manufacturer of pacemakers. Under terms of the deal, the two companies will combine under the name Medtronic plc and the principal executive offices will be in Ireland, where Covidien is currently based.

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Thousands of Starbucks employees are now eligible for free college degrees. The coffee house chain and Arizona State University are announcing today that Starbucks workers can get a free online education if they qualify. The arrangement is open to any of Starbucks' 135,000 U.S. employees.

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Israel is expanding the search for three teens from a Jewish settlement who disappeared last Thursday. Authorities believe the teens were kidnapped and one of them is American.

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The number of whooping cough cases in California is reaching epidemic levels. The California Department of Public Health says so far this year the state has seen about 3,500 cases of whooping cough. Infants too young to be immunized are the most vulnerable to severe and fatal cases of the contagious disease.

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Federal investigators are checking out how salmonella bacteria is getting into health-food powder. Officials confirmed last week that chia-seed powder has sickened at least 21 people nationwide. The powder is sold under many brand names and at many stores. Sprouted chia seeds have been known to carry salmonella and E. coli bacteria.

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Royal in-laws Pippa Middleton and her brother James are on a three-thousand-mile bike ride across America to raise money for the British Heart Foundation, for which Pippa is an ambassador. Representing Britain, the two are part of a team of eight that began the grueling trek Saturday in San Diego, California.

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The checkout registers at Target stores are working again, but they weren't for awhile on Sunday. Target shoppers across Southern California and in the Minneapolis area found the registers wouldn't accept their credit and debit cards.

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Casey Kasem's family will hold a memorial service for the long-time announcer on Friday. Details aren't available yet. Kasem passed away Sunday in Washington state at the age of 82. "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest said in a statement that "it's a sad day for the broadcasting community and for radio listeners around the world."

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