Today's News - Monday, May 12, 2014

Johnstown police say 20-year-old Linsey Wolfe was shot and killed during a domestic dispute Saturday night in Johnstown. Her boyfriend, 25-year-old Kyle Rodgers, is in custody and charged with homicide. It happened inside a home on the 700 block of Bloom Street in Dale Borough. Wolfe’s small child was inside the apartment at the time, but was not injured. Rodgers’ preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 22.

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Johnstown pain management doctor Glenn Davis was indicted by a federal grand jury and taken into custody last week. Today he’s due in court. Davis’s home and office were raided by federal agents last May and the U.S. Attorney’s office says Davis was giving out excessive amounts of prescription pain medicine. If convicted, he could face 20 years in prison, a fine of one million dollars,or both.

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Johnstown police say Shakir Smith will be extradited within the week after being arrested during a New Jersey traffic stop. Police described Smith as armed and dangerous after they raided his two homes nearly a month ago, but they couldn’t find him. Cops seized seven bricks of heroin, a handgun, and $4,000 in cash. Smith has a long history of drug-related arrests.

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12th Congressional District candidates Erin Mcclelland and John Hugya, both Democrats, will debate tonight inside Heritage Hall at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Admission is free and open to the public. The debate starts at 7:00.

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The Republican party of Pennsylvania is sending fliers to registered Democrats, attacking gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf. A GOP party spokeswoman confirmed the existence of the fliers but did not say how many were sent or where they were mailed. Wolf is in a four-way primary race for the Democratic nomination to run against Corbett in the November election.

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Eric Barron takes the reins as Penn State’s 18th president today, succeeding Rodney Erickson. The former Florida State president and one-time Penn State dean takes office after spring commencement ceremonies wrapped up Sunday. According to the “Centre Daily Times,” Erickson plans to remain involved with the university, while also taking time to farm and travel. On Friday, Penn State announced plans to rename the food science building in Erickson’s honor.

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This will be a big day for the National Park Service as it reopens the Washington Monument following years of repairs. The monument has been closed to the public since an August 2011 earthquake caused significant structural damage. A grand reopening ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Eastern time, with public tours resuming at one.

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The president of Nigeria is feeling optimistic that 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by militants can be found thanks to international military and intelligence assistance. They were abducted in mid-April by the terror group Boko Haram whose leader has threatened to sell the girls into slavery.

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Authorities in Richmond, Va. say the third victim of Friday night's hot-air balloon crash has been found. Crews are still searching for the wreckage of the balloon itself and the passenger basket.

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is "open" to reviewing the military's ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces. Hagel said Sunday on ABC's "This Week" that the transgender question is more complicated than ending the longstanding ban on homosexual service members.

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Recreational pot sales in Colorado continue to rise. State sales tax reports show sales rose by nearly a third in March. Colorado's Department of Revenue says the state sold almost $19 million of recreational pot in March compared to about $14 million worth in February.

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Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is speaking out and asking for forgiveness. Nearly two weeks after he was banned for life from the NBA for making racist comments, Sterling tells CNN's Anderson Cooper he made a mistake and he's sorry. In the interview set to air tonight, the 80-year-old Sterling insists he's not a racist and says it's taken him so long to apologize because he was "emotionally distraught."

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They'll be cleaning up today in Nebraska after a line of severe thunderstorms tore through that state, spawning tornadoes and leaving widespread damage in their wake on Sunday. Governor Dave Heineman and Nebraska Emergency Management Agency Assistant Director Al Berndt will visit the town of Sutton later today. Several downtown businesses suffered extensive damage when an apparent tornado struck there.

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Iran says it has built copies of a U.S. drone it captured more than two years ago. Iranian State TV on Sunday broadcast pictures of what looked to be two identical drones. The Islamic Republic captured the unmanned aircraft in December of 2011, apparently when it was flying over Iran's nuclear sites.

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A Massachusetts woman will be arraigned for unlawful wiretapping and other charges today after allegedly recording her own arrest on her smartphone. Springfield Police were responded to an early Sunday morning call that the woman had been drinking and refused to stop yelling out on the street. Officers think she hit the record button on her smartphone as she was being arrested and then hid the device in her purse.

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Authorities in the California town of Hesperia are investigating a car crash that killed five people Sunday. The dead include three children. Police say a white Honda was at a stop sign when it was hit by an oncoming van. The van ended up on top of the Honda, which was carrying all five victims.

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A powerful Capitol Hill lawmaker says humans are not creating climate change. Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida told ABC's "This Week" the world's climates are always evolving. Rubio also said legislation targeting climate change is doing more harm by destroying economies. Last week, the White House released its climate-change report showing increased danger of floods, fires and high temperatures across the U.S. and the world from carbon-based pollution.

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Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones is in hot water over his response to seeing Michael Sam kiss his boyfriend after becoming the first openly gay man to be drafted by the NFL. Sam was selected by the Rams in the seventh round of Saturday's NFL Draft. After seeing Sam kissing his boyfriend on live TV, Jones took to Twitter with comments like "Omg" and "horrible." The Dolphins announced on Sunday that Jones will be fined and excused from team activities while he completes educational training for his inappropriate comments.

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An Ohio woman has what she's calling the "best Mother's Day present ever." Two of them, actually. Sarah Thistlethwaite gave birth to twins late last week, and the little girls shared both a placenta and an amniotic sac. Twins like Thistlewaite's are known as "mono mono" and occur only once in ten-thousand pregnancies. Babies Jenna and Jillian will stay in Akron Children's Hospital for a few weeks before joining their parents and 15-month old brother Jaxon at home.

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"Neighbors" is moving in on Spider-Man's neighborhood. The new comedy, starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, toppled "The Amazing Spider Man 2" from its perch at the top of the box office to open at number one with 49-million-dollars in ticket sales. "Spider-Man" brought in just 36-million dollars in its second weekend in theaters.

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The celebrations begin today marking Barbara Walters' final week as co-host of "The View." The 84-year-old news veteran is ending a storied broadcast career with a number of high profile interviews. Walters was the first to speak exclusively with V. Stiviano, the woman who indirectly outed the racist remarks that led to the recent downfall of L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

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