Today's News - Saint Patrick's Day, Monday, March 17, 2014

State Police are investigating a road rage incident that happened Friday morning along Interstate 80 in Clearfield County. Troopers say a 48-year-old woman from Colorado pulled off at Exit 120 in Lawrence Township around 2 a.m. A man driving an older model Kenworth truck pulled off as well, approached her car and hit her in the face with a flashlight. The suspect was about 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police.

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It’s Wildfire Prevention Week across Pennsylvania and Governor Tom Corbett says drying March winds and warmer temperatures increase fire dangers. According to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, nearly 85 percent of PA’s wildfires occur in March, April and May. Open fires are prohibited on state forestlands from March 1 through May 25.

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Pennsylvania's motor vehicle and driver fees are going up. PennDOT will begin charging more for title certificates, personalized licenses plates and a number of other services beginning April 1. The changes are part of the transportation infrastructure law passed last year.

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PennDOT and the Department of Environmental Protection are looking for volunteers to help with the Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania. The statewide effort runs through May 31 this year and allows individuals or groups to plan or join various cleanup events. More information is available at gacofpa.org.

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In a new survey, many Penn State alumni are urging the university to honor late football coach Joe Paterno. According to the “Centre Daily Times,” most also strongly believe in Penn State’s academic excellence and are confident the university can restore the public’s trust following the Sandusky scandal.

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Lawyers for the Paterno family are seeking details about the Big 10 Conference’s communication with the Freeh law firm, NCAA and Penn State during the Sandusky scandal aftermath. According to court documents, attorneys want the Big 10 and Mayer Brown Law Firm to turn over documents showing all correspondence. The Paterno family, former football players, staff and university members are suing the NCAA, hoping to erase sanctions against the university.

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An aviation engineer who was on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is among those being closely investigated by Malaysian officials. A senior police official says a flight engineer who worked for a private jet charter company was among the passengers on the missing jet. The unnamed official says the engineer will get closer scrutiny, as will anyone with any type of flight knowledge that could have helped divert the plane.

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The old saying about March coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb doesn't apply this year. A storm loaded with snow and sleet will dump several inches of snow on St. Louis, Louisville, and Cincinnati, while slick streets will make the morning commute an ordeal in Charleston, West Virginia, Washington, DC, and Baltimore.

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At least one person thinks the Democrats can hang onto control of the Senate. White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer told NBC's "Meet The Press" the mid-term elections are about voter turnout and not Obamacare.

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Mourners are saying their final good-byes to those lost in last week's East Harlem explosion. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered comforting words at a Sunday service at Bethel Gospel Assembly, which lost two of its members in Wednesday’s tragedy.

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The driving force behind a notorious anti-gay Kansas church is reportedly near death. An estranged son's Facebook page says Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church is in a hospice.

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is meeting with President Obama at the White House today. The meeting follows recent talks between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Abbas and Netanyahu must continue making tough decisions to move the two sides closer to a two-state solution.

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A hearing is set for today on a bill in Connecticut that would allow doctors to help terminally ill people end their lives. The bill would allow a mentally competent person diagnosed with six months or less to live to obtain a lethal prescription from a doctor.

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Florida is the number-one overall seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, with Arizona, Wichita State and Virginia close behind. The Gators are in the South Region and will open up against the winner of the play-in game between Albany and Mount St. Mary's. Arizona is the top-seed in the West Region, Wichita State earned the top-seed in the Midwest Region, and Virginia captured the top-seed in the East Region.

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An Army general is pleading guilty to lesser charges in a sexual assault trial. Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair's plea could be entered as soon as this morning. Under terms of the agreement the U.S. is dropping the sexual assault charges against him.

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The U.S. State Department says it's closely monitoring the situation after North Korea fired 25 short-range missiles Sunday off of the Korean peninsula. South Korean military officials say that's an unusually large number but the weapons were likely obsolete.

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New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade is losing another sponsor over a ban on gay and lesbian groups. Guinness announced Sunday that it would not participate the parade because LGBT groups aren't allowed to openly march in it. Sam Adams had already pulled out of the Boston parade and Heineken dropped its sponsorship of New York City's event.

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Moviegoers are barking about "Mr. Peabody & Sherman." The animated film made just over $21 million to come in number one at the box office in the U.S. and Canada. The Greek-era saga "300: Rise of An Empire" was second with a take of $19 million.

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Odd Future rapper "Tyler, The Creator" isn't slowing down his tour despite his Saturday arrest. He allegedly inciting a riot at Austin's South By Southwest festival. On Twitter, Tyler thanked fans in Dallas for showing up to his Saturday night show just hours after he was released from an Austin jail.

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