Today's News - Monday, November 25, 2013

Around 140 First Energy employees in Johstown, Altoona and Bedford will report to work this morning but will be locked out due to a lack of agreement on a labor contract with the local Utility Workers Union of America. A last, final and best contract was given to the workers November 6th with a ratification deadline of Sunday at 6 p.m. This will be the first time FirstEnergy employees have been locked out.

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Southern Alleghenies Emergency Medical Services  in Gallitzin will shut down today due to financial difficulties and it could be permanent. This is the last week the agency will be staffed and coverage will continue into the weekend. Cambria Alliance EMS in Cresson will take over services in the area.

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A single vehicle crash on Menoher Boulevard injured three people Sunday morning. The vehicle struck a utility pole in the 3200 block causing the vehicle to roll over onto its roof. Three people were taken to Memorial Medical Center for minor injuries, a fourth passenger was not hurt.

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Gas prices are is inching upward for the first time in two months.  The latest Lundberg survey shows the national average is up three-point-four cents a gallon to $3.25.  Drivers in San Diego are paying the highest prices at $3.58 a gallon.

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A huge winter storm system that's moving across the middle of the country is expected to make holiday travel a nightmare this week.  Forecasters are warning the winter storm could cause flight delays and dangerous, ice-laden roads for the millions of people set to travel for Thanksgiving.  Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport canceled more than 600 flights Sunday and another 300 flights have already been shelved today.

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The Connecticut state's attorney is releasing the summary report today on last December's Sandy Hook Elementary School killings.  The long awaited report will be heavily redacted, have no photos of the victims, or of the classrooms where 20 first graders and six adults were murdered by Adam Lanza.  

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Two people are in critical condition after a woman jumped from the upper deck of the Oakland Coliseum.  The Alameda County, California Sheriff's Office says the woman jumped from a closed off section of the stadium after the Oakland Raiders game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

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Leading members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee are skeptical about the Iranian nuclear agreement.  Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," California Republican Representative Ed Royce said sanctions should be ratcheted up and more pressure needs to be put on Iran rather than taken off.                                                                                      

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The New York City Council's Sanitation Committee holds a hearing today on Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal to ban the sale of styrofoam cups and plates.  Sanitation officials say the city needs the ban because foam containers are not biodegradable, can't be recycled, and spoil the environment.  

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The New England Patriots stormed back for a huge 34-31 overtime win over the Denver Broncos to close out Sunday in Week 12 of the NFL season.  The Pats trailed 24-0 at halftime and took a lead late in regulation before claiming victory in OT. 

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A Connecticut couple is celebrating their 81st wedding anniversary today.  Ninety-seven-year-old Ann Betar eloped with 101-year-old John Betar in 1932, to avoid her father's order to marry a man 20-years older than her.  

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Taylor Swift led the way at Sunday's American Music Awards.  The country-pop superstar picked up four trophies, including Artist of the Year.  Another genre-hopping star, Justin Timberlake, nabbed three awards including Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist and Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist. 

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Interest in the new movie "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" appears to have spread like wildfire.  The "Hunger Games" sequel dominated at the box office over the weekend, raking in more than $161 million to become the biggest November opening ever in North America.

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Miley Cyrus and President Obama are on this year's GQ list of the "25 Least Influential People."  The magazine slammed Obama for making the American people listen to "thoughtful speeches" while "watching as nothing gets done."  Topping the list is former NBA star Dennis Rodman, who's made headlines for his budding friendship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. 

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