Today's News - Monday, June 30, 2014

Several people got stuck Saturday afternoon when Johnstown’s Inclined Plane lost power. Officials say one of the incline cars stopped four feet from the top platform, but fire crews safely remove the passengers with a ladder. There were no reported injuries.

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Alcohol is believed to be a factor in a Cambria County accident early Saturday morning. Police say one man was seriously injured and taken to Memorial Medical Center when his Jeep wrecked along Route 160 in Croyle Township. No other details have been released.

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After more than 32 years as chief of the West Hills Regional Police force, and 45 years on the job, Andrew T. Havas is retiring. Veteran captain Cpl. Michael Lose will take over the department starting tomorrow.

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Somerset County commissioner John Vatavuk announced that he plans to seek another term and will run for re-election again in 2015. He’s already served two terms, after being voted in 2007 and 2011. Vatavuk says this will be his last try for the county’s top position.

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Over the Thunder in the Valley weekend, the Cambria County DUI Task Force conducted a sobriety checkpoint along Route 403 in West Taylor Township Friday night into Saturday morning. Eleven people were arrested for driving under the influence. Police also made three drug arrests and handed out 83 traffic citations and 41 warnings.

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Firefighters battled a blaze in Meyersdale late Sunday night. Dispatch confirms the flames broke out at the former Slammerz Bar building on the 100 block of Center Street. No word if anyone was hurt or on the cause.

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Today is the last day of the state’s fiscal year, and a $29.1 billion budget could get its first floor votes in Harrisburg. Republicans, who control the legislature, unveiled the main appropriations bill last night during an unusual weekend session. The spending plan is held together by a patchwork of cash diversions and other maneuvers. Governor Tom Corbett has recently threatened to not sign the budget until lawmakers pass a bill that cuts future pension benefits and liberalizes state laws on the sale of alcohol. Democrats say the proposal is inadequate for the state’s suffering public schools.

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A bill that would legalize the use of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania is on its way to the senate. The Senate Law and Justice Committee unanimously approved the legislation, which would allow physicians to prescribe medical marijuana. Governor Corbett has threatened to veto the bill if it reaches his desk but the bill's creators, Senators Mike Folmer and Daylin Leach, say they are optimistic there will be enough votes to override a veto.

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The attorney representing 16-year-old Alex Hribal is asking to have him moved to a secure treatment facility due to his deteriorating mental condition. Patrick Thomassey says the boy charged in the mass stabbing at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville back in April has been diagnosed with a depressive disorder and schizophrenia.

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The Supreme Court will hand down its decision in the Hobby Lobby contraception case at 10 this morning Eastern time. The high court will rule whether private companies can object to covering birth control in employee health plans because of the owners' religious beliefs. The Affordable Care Act requires for-profit corporations to cover birth control in employee health plans.

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President Obama will likely tap a former CEO of Procter and Gamble to be the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs. White House officials say the President is expected to nominate Bob McDonald later today. The VA has been under fire for reportedly falsifying records to hide how long veterans were waiting for medical care.

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Damage is reported after tornadoes tore across Iowa Sunday. The National Weather Service says a number of outbuildings and sheds were damaged by high winds in several central Iowa communities.

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The Oscar Pistorius murder trial is again underway in South Africa. The trial had been on hold for several weeks while the Paralympic champion underwent a 30 day court-ordered psychiatric observation. Pistorius is accused of killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp in February of 2013.

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The chairman of the House Oversight Committee says a former IRS official is hiding something. California Republican Darrell Issa told CNN's "State of the Union" it's likely Lois Lerner printed her missing emails. He also said it's clear the IRS unfairly targeted conservative groups.

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An offshoot of al-Qaeda says its leader is now the head of all Islam. Sunday, ISIS issued a statement saying all Muslims must pledge allegiance and support to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as caliph. They also said Shiite Muslims deserve death because they're heretics.

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The National Weather Service is keeping an eye on what could become the first tropical storm of the hurricane season. The low pressure system is sitting off the coast of Georgia and meteorologists say it could form into Tropical Storm Arthur in the next couple of days.

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A United Airlines flight made an unscheduled stop in Wichita, Kansas Sunday night for a very unusual reason. Flight 1463 was bound from Chicago O'Hare Airport to John Wayne Airport near Los Angeles when an emergency slide inflated inside the aircraft. None of the 101 people aboard the flight was hurt.

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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is vowing a swift response to Sunday's early morning shooting on Bourbon Street. Landrieu thinks video from security cameras near the scene and eyewitness accounts will help bring the perpetrators to justice. Nine people were injured when two men apparently opened fire on each other in the often-crowded area of the city's French Quarter.

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Fire officials in San Diego say no one was injured when dozens of people were stuck in the Skytower ride at SeaWorld Sunday. As many as 48 people spent three hours in the 320-foot-tall ride. While no one was injured, two youngsters were treated for anxiety.

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Apple, Facebook and Google are among the Silicon Valley tech companies showing their support for the LGBT community. Thousands of the companies' employees turned out Sunday for the San Francisco Pride Festival. Apple employees wearing specially designed t-shirts marched in unison for the parade.

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Senator Charles Schumer is proposing legislation that would require safety caps and warning labels on e-cigarette liquid containers. He says flavors like bubble gum, cotton candy and chocolate chip are attractive to children. He is alarmed that calls to poison centers across the country involving e-cigarettes have risen dramatically.

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Americans are likely to eat plenty of hot dogs this Fourth of July. A new survey from organic meat producer Applegate shows that 92 percent of U.S. residents buy hot dogs, with about 33 percent admitting hot dogs are their "guilty pleasure."

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