Today's News - Monday, March 31, 2014

Several students got sick with a stomach virus last week, prompting the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown to cancel weekend activities and close dining facilities. Extra cleaning crews were brought in and normal operations are scheduled to resume this morning. There have been no new reported cases in the last 24 hours and less than five students sought treatment Saturday at the health services office.

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A big rig driver died Saturday morning after a crash on the turnpike in Bedford County. Police say 31-year-old Damion Lobban fell asleep while going around a curve in west Providence Township. The truck hit an embankment and then overturned. 32-year-old Benjamin Blue, who was sleeping in the sleeper section, was thrown from the rig along with Lobban. Blue suffered major injuries.

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Seven people were displaced Saturday when fire damaged a house on McMillen Street in the Hornerstown section of Johnstown. Officials say the grease fire started in the kitchen and quickly spread, causing the inside of the house to collapse. No injuries were reported.

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Another murder in Johnstown. Police say one man was shot in the parking lot outside Edder’s Den Bar in the Oakhurst section of town just before 7:30 Sunday evening. The suspect fled the scene in a black SUV. The name of the victim was not released, but more information is expected to be released today. Police do not believe either the victim or the suspect was inside the bar prior to the shooting.

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In an interview with the Associated Press last week, Dottie Sandusky said she still has hope that her husband will be exonerated. Jerry Sandusky is appealing his 30- to 60-year state prison sentence. Dottie claims witnesses were manipulated and she trusts her husband.

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Former state Representative Bill DeWeese is out of prison. DeWeese was released yesterday upon completing his sentence for political corruption. The former House speaker and minority leader was sentenced to two-and-a-half to five years in prison in 2012 but was eligible for parole because, as a first-time offender, he was only required to serve 75 percent of his minimum sentence.

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A number of families are still waiting to learn the fate of loved ones missing since last weekend's massive mudslide in Washington state. Church-goers in the area said prayers Sunday for the 21 confirmed victims of the disaster and 30 other people still listed as missing and feared dead. Authorities in Snohomish County said another four bodies were discovered Sunday.

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The deadline to sign up for Obamacare is here, but some people will get an extension depending on where they live and other factors. If you are uninsured and haven’t signed up, you could be eligible for some breathing room before facing tax penalties.

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Questions are still unanswered in the mystery of the missing Malaysian airliner. Search crews in the southern Indian Ocean are scrambling to find wreckage of the jet before a signal from the black box ends. Technicians estimate the crews have about a week before the batteries transmitting from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 run out.

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Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. and Russia are trying to find a solution in the tension over Ukraine. Kerry met for four hours in Paris with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. Kerry said the presence of Russian forces on Ukraine's eastern border is creating a climate of fear and intimidation.

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Pakistan's former president says he is not guilty of treason. Pervez Musharraf pleaded not guilty today after he was charged with five counts of treason. The charges stem from Musharraf suspending the nation's constitution and ordering emergency rule in 2007.

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A veterans group is urging America's lawmakers to take action on cutting the soaring rate of suicide among veterans. The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America estimates nearly 1,900 veterans have already taken their own lives so far this year.

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North and South Korea are exchanging fire at the western border. Forces for both nations fired shells into the sea off the Korean peninsula's west coast. The incident apparently started with what North Korea called live-fire drills in the border area.

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It's looking like GM approved ignition switches linked to over a dozen deaths, even though the parts didn't meet the company's specifications. The House Energy and Commerce Committee released a report that also indicates the automaker considered addressing the ignition switch problem. Republican Tim Murphy leads a subcommittee of the House panel that will look into the allegations.

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An experienced skydiver is dead in California after he collided with his jump partner. Authorities say the man's body had been found in the Jamul area Sunday afternoon following a search-and-rescue effort in San Diego County. The owner of Skydive San Diego says the victim had been practicing a maneuver called "tracking" when he collided with his jump partner's knee or leg.

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It's almost time to get a free cup of Joe courtesy of the golden arches. McDonald's says it will serve free coffee during breakfast hours for the next two weeks, starting Monday. The deal runs from March 31 through April 13th at all McDonald's restaurants in the U.S.

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It's a flood of cash for "Noah" at movie theaters in the U.S. and Canada. The epic biblical-inspired film starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Hopkins raked in $44 million to dominate the box office during its debut weekend. Second place went to the futuristic thriller "Divergent," which earned more than $26 million.

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It's going down as Yellowstone National Park's strongest earthquake in 34 years. Officials say the 4.8 quake hit Sunday morning near the center of the park around 6:34 a.m. They also said this is the most powerful quake to hit the park since 1980.

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A number of people think Anne Hathaway isn't really getting a fair shake from the public. The Oscar-winning actress is leading the list in an iHeartRadio listeners' poll, with 24 percent saying she's "the most unfairly hated/mocked celebrity." Hathaway is edging out former "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno, who's drawing 23 percent of the vote, while 21 percent think the nod should go to Justin Bieber. None of the other stars on the list captured even ten percent of the vote. Eight-point-eight-percent think people are unjustifiably negative toward Kanye West, putting him at number four on the list. He's followed by Katherine Heigl and "any" Kardashian, who each received just over eight percent of the vote. Shia LaBoeuf rounds out the list.

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