Today's News - Thursday, April 17, 2014

Johnstown police say 48-year-old Charles Wise of Johnstown is the man who robbed the Ameriserv bank on Fairfield Avenue in the West End Tuesday morning. He allegedly handed the teller a note demanding cash. Wise was picked up about six hours later after police released surveillance photos. Wise is in the Cambria County Jail on $250,000 dollars bond.

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No one was hurt Wednesday morning when a truck carrying ground up plastics and a train collided at Pleasant Avenue and East Main Street in Somerset Borough. Part of Route 31 was shut down for hours while crews cleaned up. The truck driver told police he didn't see the "no crossing' lights that were activated and blinking red because of a blind spot in the cab of his truck. Police are investigating along with CSX Railroad.

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Alternative Community Resource Program celebrates its 25-year anniversary today. Director Frank Janakovic founded the social service agency in 1989. It now employs around 350 people and serves more than 4,000 clients annually.

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Fire gutted a summer home at Glendale Yearound Wednesday evening. Authorities say the mobile home in the 200 block of Harmony Drive was unoccupied at the time. A state police fire marshal is investigating.

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PennDOT is asking for the public’s feedback on transportation priorities and investments. This is part of the agency’s efforts to update the state’s long range transportation plan. You can take the survey by logging on to paontrack.com.

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Despite social media posts and rumors, Murrysville Police Chief Thomas Seefeld says they have found no evidence that Alex Hribal was a victim of bullying. The 16-year-old faces attempted homicide and other charges for a stabbing rampage last week at Franklin Regional High School. Hribal’s preliminary hearing is scheduled April 30. Classes resumed without incident at the school yesterday.

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The Republican Party is trying to disqualify Governor Tom Corbett’s only challenger in the primary election. Lawyers filed an appeal yesterday to a previous court ruling that allowed Bob Guzzardi to remain on the ballot. The judge ruled Guzzardi met the petition requirements and was not to blame for failing to file certain paperwork by the deadline. The Guzzardi campaign says it will “vigorously defend” the decision.

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The discovery of a potentially explosive device is blamed for forcing the evacuation of hundreds of California homes and businesses. Santa Barbara County officials say more than a thousand people received reverse-911 calls Wednesday evening after the suspected military ordnance was found. The county bomb squad and Vandenberg Airforce Base teams are still investigating, but officials say the evacuation order has now been lifted.

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The death toll is rising as more ferry passengers in South Korea are pulled from the water. South Korean authorities say at least nine people are dead and nearly 300 people are still missing more than 24 hours after the ferry boat sank off the country's southwest coast. At least 180 people have been rescued.

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Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to urge Russia to pull troops back from eastern Ukraine's border. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Kerry in Geneva for more talks on the ongoing crisis. She also insisted that Russian agents within Ukraine should immediately "stand down and disarm."

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Virginia Tech school officials are paying a federal fine seven years after a shooting rampage on campus. A Tech spokesman said Wednesday the university paid the U.S. Department of Education more than $32,000 in February for not issuing a timely warning to those on campus that there was a shooter at large. The school had been fighting the fine linked to the incident in which 32 people plus the shooter were killed.

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President Obama is pushing for more businesses to use solar power. The Obama administration will issue the challenge today when the White House hosts a Solar Summit. The administration is rolling out a series of initiatives aimed at making expansion of solar power more affordable for businesses, as well as local, state, and tribal governments.

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A man convicted of three murders in Texas is dead. The state executed Jose Villegas Wednesday night, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a stay. Villegas left a final written statement saying he has peace in his heart and loved his children and friends.

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More than a dozen people are hurt after two fire engines collided in California. Two fire trucks headed to the same house fire Wednesday in the Los Angeles area crashed at an intersection. Several firefighters are among those with injuries.

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Attorney General Eric Holder is paying tribute to the victims in two Kansas shootings. Holder will address an interfaith service today at the Jewish Community Center in Overland, Kansas. The man accused of killing three people at Jewish centers is being charged with capital murder.

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Women's rights advocates are celebrating a victory in North Dakota. A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the state cannot ban abortions after a fetus is six-weeks-old. The law was considered one of the strictest in the country.

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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is going to spend $50 million to build a nationwide grassroots network to push gun safety. Bloomberg wants to get gun control advocates to be more like the NRA and punish politicians who don't support their agenda regardless of political affiliation. He's also putting the gun control groups he bankrolls under one umbrella group called, "Everytown for Gun Safety."

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Google's stock is taking a hit after first-quarter earnings failed to meet expectations. Shares of Google were down three percent in after hours trading. The world's largest search engine continued to see the price of its ads decline. While the number of paid clicks increased by 26 percent in the first quarter, the average cost-per-click dropped 9 percent.

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"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Porsha Williams is no longer a wanted woman after turning herself in to face a charge of simple battery. According to TMZ.com, Porsha surrendered to authorities in Fulton County, Georgia Wednesday evening and was booked on the single misdemeanor charge, which stems from a punch up she had with fellow "housewife" Kenya Moore.

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PlayStation 4 is too hot for Sony to handle. The company says more than 7 million consoles have been sold across the globe. Sony has been struggling to keep up with the surging demand for the PS4, which has been in short supply since its launch in the U.S. last year.

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A bullied Pennsylvania teen is being cleared of a disorderly conduct charge. Fifteen-year-old Christian Stanfield was criminally charged and convicted for recording a bullying incident on his iPad. Stanfield was initially charged with a wiretap violation when he used the device showing he was the victim of bullying in a math class at his school in South Fayette.

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Over half of Americans say they manage to use more data than allotted on their smartphone's plan. According to a survey conducted by Wakefield Research, 58 percent of respondents with monthly data plans exceed their limit. That number rises to 68 percent among Millennials. Data quotas are also preventing many from using their smartphone at full capacity as their deadline approaches. More than 80 percent say they've avoided using an app because they were concerned about exceeding their data usage. The top three reasons why most users exhaust their data is browsing the Internet, watching videos and playing games on their phone.

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