Today's News - Patriots Day, September 11, 2013

Federal investigators raided two offices at defense contractor Concurrent Technologies Corporation in Johnstown  Tuesday morning. U.S. Attorney David Hickton issued a statement saying special agents from the Defense Criminal Investigative Services, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, and Air Force Office of Special Investigations executed a search warrant as part of an ongoing federal investigation. CTC spokeswoman Mary Bevan tells 6-News she doesn’t know the nature of their visit. employees will be allowed back on the job today.

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State police in Indiana County are looking for the man who was armed with a 3-inch long knife when he held up S&T Bank in Armagh Tuesday morning. HE was described as 5 feet 6 inches tall with a large build and a belly. He had a loud, deep voice and was wearing a blue Adidas hooded sweatshirt with a front zipper and white vertical stripes under the sleeves. He also was wearing gray sweatpants and blue Skechers shoes.

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Today is Patriot Day, the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. At the World Trade Center, family members will read the names of lost loved ones.  Observances will also be held at the Pentagon.  A remembrance ceremony will begin at 9:45 at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville. A luminaria service was held last night. The Friends of Flight 93 have announced that the group has selected Norwood R. Rob Dennis as the new executive director of the group. He was formerly the CEO of the National Science Center in Washington, D.C.

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Just recently, a clerk-typist was sexually and physically assaulted by an inmate at the state prison at Rockview. Now State Senator Jake Corman has sent a letter to the Department of Corrections Secretary asking him to immediately implement a state-wide policy that removes all Non-Contact classified personnel and their work stations outside of the inmate population. Corman says, “It’s shocking to me that non-contact employees, who are not guards and who have not received defensive training would have any contact with inmates or be left alone with inmates.  This policy must be changed immediately!” No response yet from the Department of Corrections.

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AAA Fuel Gauge says Western Pennsylvania gas prices fell almost three cents to average $3.66 this week. Today’s national average for regular unleaded is $3.56, three cents less than one week ago and 26 cents behind the same day last year. With summer travel behind us, experts predict retail gas prices will likely continue to drop through the fall due to plentiful supplies, continued weaker demand, and the mid-September switch to cheaper winter-blend gasoline.

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Penn State jumps from 46th to 37th on the list of the nation’s best universities according to “U.S. News and World Report.” The Nittany Lions rank 8th among public schools. The 2014 list of best colleges was released this week. It uses statistics from each school, measuring academic quality. Michigan and Northwestern were the only schools in the Big 10 Conference to receive a higher ranking than Penn State. Princeton, Harvard, and Yale are 1, 2, and 3.

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President Obama is saying he's giving diplomacy a chance to settle the Syrian issue.  However, addressing the nation last night, he also sought to rally public support to take military action against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.  He's asked Congress to delay votes while a possible diplomatic solution plays out. 

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Severe damage is being reported to a foreign ministry building in Benghazi, Libya after a powerful explosion.  Witnesses said today's blast appeared to have been caused by a car bomb.  The incident occurred exactly one year after an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, which left four Americans dead.

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A U.S. appeals court says Google’s Street View program is not exempt from federal wiretap laws.  The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a district court decision that Google's collection of data transmitted over unencrypted Wi-Fi networks did not qualify as electronic communications that are readily accessible to the general public. 

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UN human rights investigators say Syrian government troops and rebel forces have committed war crimes this year.  The UN report says government forces have massacred civilians and bombed hospitals.  It also says opposition forces that include Islamist foreign fighters have committed war crimes such as executions and shelling civilian neighborhoods. 

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A Montana woman is facing life behind bars for allegedly shoving her newlywed husband off a cliff to his death.  A criminal complaint says Jordan Graham had told friends she was already having reservations about her week-old marriage to Cody Johnson when the pair decided to go hiking in Glacier National Park on July 7th.  Authorities say the two argued during the hike and at one point, Graham used both of her hands to shove Johnson in the back.

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One-third of smartphone users say they plan to buy the newly unveiled iPhone 5S.  According to an online poll on tech news site CNET, the majority of the over seven-thousand respondents said they would make the upgrade. 

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There's a 245-million dollar Powerball jackpot up for grabs tonight.  If one person strikes it rich, it could mean an after-tax payout of 94-million bucks.  Or if they wanted that in 30 annual payments, each check would come out to about five-point-six million dollars. 

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A former personal assistant of Lady Gaga's is getting the chance to take her lawsuit against the star to trial.  CNN reports that a New York judge has ruled that the lawsuit of Jennifer O'Neill will move to trial.  O'Neill accuses Gaga of keeping thousands of dollars of wages from her when she served as her assistant between 2009 and 2011.

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