Today's News - Thursday, February 13, 2014

Robert Goss Sr. of Northern Cambria surrendered peacefully yesterday afternoon following a standoff that lasted more than six hours. State police tell the “Altoona Mirror” Goss’ girlfriend came home from work in the morning and found the 44-year-old locked in a back room with access to weapons. Troopers evacuated some neighbors and surrounded the house with a special emergency response team. No one was injured.

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On January 31, Johnstown police served a search warrant at the Oakhurst Homes apartment of 20-year-old Tyanne Hamer. While they looked for heroin, she allegedly threw a 4-month-old baby across the couch. Yesterday, Hamer waived her preliminary hearing and the case will go to trial. Hamer’s 5-year-old daughter described to officers how her mom shoots heroin. All three of her children are being cared for by family members while Hamer is in jail.

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A homeless man is now in the Cambria County Prison after being found roaming the halls of Mount Aloysius College in Cresson. Thomas Wakeman told Cresson Township Police he was testing security. He’s also accused of stealing an American flag from an office doorway.

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In Cambria County Court yesterday, 35-year-old Misty Petrick of Westmont waived her preliminary hearing. She’s charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence and other counts for the august crash that killed her husband, 44-year-old Jamey Petrick. Her blood-alcohol level was .151 percent, nearly twice the legal limit. Misty Petrick remains free on unsecured bond.

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Fire destroyed a house on the 300 block of North Ninth Street in Philipsburg Wednesday morning. Shawn Timblin and Theresa Carlin were not home, but their dog did not survive. Fire chief Jeff Harris says crews had a hard time battling the blaze because of hoses and fire trucks freezing with the near zero temperatures. A fire marshal is investigating.

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AAA says Pennsylvania’s recent tax increase for road and bridge repairs helps make this the sixth-most expensive place to buy gas in the U.S. Only motorists in New York, Connecticut, California, Alaska and Hawaii pay more. The average right now is $3.52, about 20 cents higher than the national average.

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The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board says sales are up 3.4 percent for the six-month period ending December 31. Wine and spirits sales both increased more than three percent, bringing the agency’s net profit to more than $76 million, which is a 1.4 percent increase over the previous year.

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With this latest storm, the State Emergency Operations Center is now open. Governor Tom Corbett ordered the activation of the center yesterday and says it will be staffed by personnel from 15 state agencies including the State Police, the Pennsylvania National Guard, the Pennsylvania Turnpike and PennDOT. The center makes it possible for state agencies to stay informed on the storm's status and quickly respond to requests for help from emergency management leaders.

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Officials are reminding Pennsylvania residents that LIHEAP assistance is still available. The LIHEAP program helps low-income households pay utility bills and officials say on average, people are receiving about 468 dollars in assistance. To find out if you qualify, visit compass.state.pa.us

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The winter storm moving up from the South into the Northeast is canceling thousands of flights. Airline tracking website FlightAware.com shows more 4,300 flights have been cancelled today, most in the South and East. As the severe weather continues to move north, even more flights are expected to be either delayed or cancelled throughout the course of the day.

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Senator Rand Paul is suing President Obama over the National Security Agency's spying. The Kentucky Republican is accusing the President, top intelligence officials and the NSA of violating the 4th Amendment to the Constitution, which bans unreasonable search and seizure.

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Comcast is set to acquire Time Warner Cable and become the biggest cable TV provider in the country. Word of the massive, all-stock deal worth more than $44 billion first came down on Wednesday and is expected to be formally announced today. The merger of the two largest cable companies is likely to bring scrutiny by regulators over antitrust concerns.

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Deliberations in the trial of a Florida man accused of killing a teen over loud music are resuming today. Michael Dunn would receive an automatic sentence of life in prison if the jury convicts him of first-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis. Dunn claims the killing was an act of self-defense but prosecutors say Davis and his friends were not armed at the time of the shooting.

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The massive systems breach at Target is being traced back to a malicious email. Cyber-security blogger Brian Krebs says the hackers likely sent a malware-laced phishing email to a vendor who did business with the retailer. Thieves were then able to use the stolen vendor credentials to gain access to the credit and debit card information for about 40 million Target customers.

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American snowboarder Kaitlyn Farrington is taking home gold in the women's halfpipe competition. Fellow American Olympian Kelly Clark took bronze, while Team USA's Hannah Teter finished fourth on Wednesday.

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Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been found guilty on 20 of 21 federal charges he was indicted on early last year. Jurors convicted Nagin on six counts of bribery, nine counts of wire fraud, one count of money laundering and four counts of tax fraud. He will be sentenced at a later date and could face nearly 20 years in prison.

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Afghanistan is freeing prisoners despite U.S. objections. American commanders say Thursday's release of 65 prisoners poses a threat to security forces and civilians alike. The U.S. military says some of the men being set free are "directly linked" to attacks that have killed or wounded 32 American or coalition troops and nearly two dozen Afghan security officers or civilians.

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Chick-fil-A is taking antibiotics off the menu. The fast food chain announced this week that it will start serving chicken raised without antibiotics. The change is expected to take place in restaurants across the country within five years.

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The United States men's hockey team hits the ice for the first time this morning at the Sochi Winter Olympics. The Americans and Slovakia meet at 7:30 a.m. Eastern in a preliminary round matchup. The U.S. looks to improve on its silver medal finish at the Vancouver Games four years ago.

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Apple fans are getting a sneak peak at what might be the new iPhone. "MacRumors" reports several leaked photos were shared this week on Twitter by someone in China who claims they show the iPhone 6. The smartphone is expected to be released in September, but may show up sooner in response to Samsung's Galaxy S5.

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Justin Bieber's mother apparently is trying to stay close to her son in the midst of his latest string of scandals and brushes with the law. A source is telling "E! News" that the pop star's mother Pattie Mallette is "genuinely concerned" for the 19-year-old, and has been speaking with him "almost every day."

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There's a big surprise in store for a Michigan boy who claims he doesn't have friends. As of yesterday, more than a million people have "liked" a Facebook page created by the ten-year-old's mother to commemorate his upcoming March birthday. His mom created the page earlier this month when her son said he didn't have anyone to invite to his birthday party.

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There's a big surprise in store for a Michigan boy who claims he doesn't have friends. As of yesterday, more than a million people have "liked" a Facebook page created by the ten-year-old's mother to commemorate his upcoming March birthday. His mom created the page earlier this month when her son said he didn't have anyone to invite to his birthday party.

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Comedian Carl Reiner is remembering his friend Sid Caesar as "the very best sketch artist and comedian that ever existed." Caesar died Wednesday at the age of 91. Caesar was best known for his live comedy program "Your Show of Shows," which included a roster of writers who would go on to find success on their own including Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Neil Simon.

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