Today's News - Monday, October 7, 2013

A fiery crash senttwo people to the hospital around 1:30 Sunday morning in Milford Township, Somerset County. State Police say Mason Ansell lost control of his speeding pickup along a curve on State Route 281 in Milford Township, then ran into a corn field. Ansell and his passenger, Jennifer Jury, were ejected and the vehicle burst into flames. Police are still investigating.

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Dr. John Vasil of Ebensburg confirmed yesterday that his wife, Julie, holds a Pennsylvania lottery ticket worth $7.3 million. The Match 6 ticket was sold at Nic’s Tobacco Outlet in Northern Cambria. The store will receive a $10 thousand bonus.

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If you’re planning to vote in the November 5th general election, today is the last day to get registered. Absentee ballots can be requested until October 29th. As of right now, polling location personnel will probably ask to see your identification when you show up to vote, but you don’t have to have to show it since the Voter ID law is still under review.

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The average price for a gallon of gas is falling nationally. The latest Lundberg survey shows in the past two weeks, the cost dropped 13.7 cents a gallon to an average price of about $3.38 cents.

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Turkey Hill is recalling some of its ice cream because it may contain metal shavings. The company says the affected ice cream flavors include; one-pint containers of Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup and Moose Tracks Stuff'd Frozen Dairy Dessert and one-and-a-half-quart containers of Fudge Ripple. Customers can return these products to the store for a refund.

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Government officials in Libya are condemning the weekend U.S. military operation to capture a wanted terrorist in Tripoli. They say what the U.S. did amounts to kidnapping a Libyan citizen. U.S. Special Forces seized top al-Qaeda figure Abu Anas al-Libi in connection with two U.S. embassy bombings in 1998.

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The proper place for prayer in government is one of the big issues the U.S. Supreme Court will examine in its new session that starts today. Another key case will focus on the latitude states should have to restrict abortion access.

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After nearly two weeks, a commuter nightmare along a busy rail line in the Northeast is over. Power has been restored to the New Haven line that runs from New Haven, Connecticut into New York’s Grand Central Terminal.

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A trial begins today in Cleveland for a man accused of running a bogus charity for U.S. Navy veterans. The scam defrauded donors from 40 states of almost $100 million. The man was indicted under the name Bobby Thompson but he is accused of using other names.

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Law enforcement officials in California will no longer be able to detain people for deportation if they're arrested for a minor crime and would otherwise be released from custody. That’s thanks to the TRUST Act signed by Governor Jerry Brown over the weekend. It allows law enforcement to detain immigrants only if they've been arrested or convicted of a serious or violent felony.

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It’s the first Monday in October and that means it's time for the U.S. Supreme Court to gavel back to work. Among the big issues coming before the high court this term will be the proper place for prayer in government. The Supreme Court will decide if beginning government meetings with a prayer amounts to a violation of the Constitution when the prayer’s message is nearly exclusively Christian.

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Rising levels of student debt across the country are raising serious concerns for families, economists and others. Grads from four-year colleges and universities in New Hampshire accumulate the most – more than $32 thousand in debt on average if they take out student loans.

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An Oregon bartender is pleased a regular customer gives her tips in the form of unplayed Keno tickets. One ticket Aurora Kephart got last week turned out to be a winner worth $17,500.

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The Powerball jackpot is back in triple digits and could make someone in our area very rich. The estimated jackpot for Wednesday's drawing is $108 million with a lump sum cash option of nearly $62 million.

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Police in Long Island, New York are on the lookout for a pumpkin thief. According to the “New York Daily News,” someone stole about 600 of the gourds from a local farm. Police estimate the gourds could be worth around $4,200. That’s a lot of pie.

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It looks like Miley Cyrus came through for “Saturday Night Live,” as far as ratings go. The initial numbers for the season's second episode, featuring the young star as host and musical guest, are looking strong. According to “The Wrap,” Miley’s pulling double-duty scored the show a 2.7 out of fourteen in the 18-49 demographic in the Local People Meters. The numbers are tied with the Tina Fey-hosted season opener last week.

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A new survey has found that women who hit the bars in groups are the most intimidating for single men. According to the poll conducted by Harris Interactive for international dating site AnastasiaDate.com, the majority of single men say their biggest struggle when it comes to dating is not knowing how to approach women in social settings. Thirty percent say they are too intimidated to strike up a conversation with a woman who is with a group of her friends. Ten percent say they are scared off by her looks. Approaching women is particularly difficult for men who are getting back into the dating scene as divorcees or single dads. The survey polled American heterosexual men who are well-employed and have at least some higher education.

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