Today's News - Thursday, July 24, 2014

The investigation is complete in the death of an Ohio man whose body was found earlier this month near a construction pond along the turnpike in Somerset County. State police say 33-year-old Antwan Dash of Akron shot himself. A contractor's employee found the body. Police don't know why Dash drove to that location.

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Jonathan Kuzma of Johnstown yesterday pleaded guilty to criminal homicide in the august beating death of his father, John. Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan says Kuzma hit the man over the head with a hammer, stabbed him in the neck, and then stole money, medications and his vehicle. Kuzma will appear back in court next month and Judge Tim Creany will determine the degree of murder in the case.

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Johnstown police say one person was injured in a shooting shortly before 12:30 this morning near the Oakhurst Homes. The victim was taken to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center. No word on the extent of injuries. No arrests have been made.

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A Cambria County man has died at the hospital following a motorcycle crash Monday afternoon. Police say 30-year-old Nathan Kubat of Jackson Township hit a tri-axle truck along Route 271 in the township.

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Another tragedy at Raystown Lake in Huntingdon County. State police say 13-month-old Jamari Benjamin of Ephrata fell off the houseboat he was on. Family members pulled him out of the water and took him to the James Creek boat launch, but he could not be resuscitated. Troopers are looking for the good samaritan who helped transport the parents and child to meet emergency crews on shore. If you have information, call 696-6100.

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State lawmakers are looking into allegations that police aren't fingerprinting thousands of suspects who are arrested each year. Testimony presented yesterday at a House Judiciary Committee hearing shows the lack of prints means some offenders do not show up in criminal background checks. Officials say 13 percent of offenders who were prosecuted in court, did not have fingerprints on file last year.

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Jay Paterno has released a book called “Paterno Legacy: Enduring Lessons From the Life and Death of My Father.” He criticizes the Penn State board of trustees that voted to fire Joe Paterno in November of 2011 and compared it to the assassination of Julius Caesar. He also likened Paterno’s treatment by the media and others to the Salem witch trials. Jay Paterno also criticizes the Freeh Report.

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Giant Eagle is recalling some of its bread products. Schwebel's baking company announced that listeria was discovered in its Youngstown bakery and affected products may have been shipped to seven states including Pennsylvania. No illnesses have been reported and officials say the recall is precautionary measure. The affected bread has a product code beginning with the letter a. Unused products can be returned to the point of purchase.

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The speed limit on 97 miles of the turnpike increased to 70 miles per hour yesterday and PennDOT says speed limits are also going up to 70 on 88 miles of Interstate 80 in Clearfield and Clinton counties, and 21 miles of Interstate 380 in Lackawanna and Monroe counties. These changes take effect the week of August 11. More increases are possible on other stretches of roadway across the state next year.

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The FAA is lifting its ban on U.S. airlines flying in or out of Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport. The restrictions were put in place two days ago over concerns about rocket fire from Hamas militants getting close to the Tel Aviv airport. Meantime, Texas Senator Ted Cruz questions why the FAA singled out Israel with the ban on flights, while other regions are also unsafe.

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A House Republican task force is unveiling a one-point-five-billion dollar plan to deal with the border crisis. The "Washington Times" reports the plan calls for deploying the National Guard to assist in achieving "operational control" of the border.

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The search continues today near American Samoa for the father of an Indiana teenager who died while trying to fly around the world. Seventeen-year-old Haris Suleman and his father were hoping to raise money for schools in Pakistan when their plane crashed into the ocean Tuesday night.

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The biggest wildfire in Washington state history is now more than 50 percent contained. Rainy weather slowed the Carlton complex fire on Wednesday. A flash flood warning is now in effect and mudslides are a concern because the fire has stripped vegetation from hillsides about 200 miles northeast of Seattle.

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The crew aboard the International Space Station is well-supplied, after taking on almost six tons of food, fuel, and provisions. The unpiloted ISS Progress Russian cargo ship docked before midnight Eastern time Wednesday. The flight from the launch site in Kazakhstan took less than six hours.

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Secretary of State John Kerry is continuing his diplomatic efforts in trying to negotiate a truce between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza. The talks come as Palestinian officials said the death toll in Gaza topped 700. Meantime, the FAA is lifting its ban on U.S. airlines from flying into or out of Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport.

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The ACLU is reacting to Wednesday's execution in Arizona. The ACLU's director of the Capital Punishment Project said the execution of Joseph Wood went "beyond the bounds of basic decency." Convicted killer Wood died nearly two hours after receiving a lethal injection. There were reports of Wood gasping for breath for over an hour after he was injected.

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Another judge is ruling Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Raymond Moore ruled Wednesday in favor of six couples who filed a lawsuit challenging the state's constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between a man and a woman.

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Final arguments will take place Monday in the legal battle over the potential sale of the Los Angeles Clippers. Donald Sterling's attorneys abruptly ended their case Wednesday, deciding against calling Sterling's wife Shelly back as a witness.

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Montana Senator John Walsh is scrambling to explain why he reportedly plagiarized at least a third of his Army War College master's thesis. The "New York Times" examined Walsh's 2007 thesis and reports that it makes heavy use of previously published material without any attribution. Walsh said after the "Times" report Wednesday that he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other issues when he wrote his thesis.

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A host of preachers and public officials are expressing outrage over the death of a New York City man who died in police custody after being put in a chokehold. The Reverend Al Sharpton called for the prosecution of the police officer caught on video gripping Eric Garner by the neck while the 43-year-old man was pleading that he could not breathe.

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An 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect is dead. Johann Breyer died Tuesday night, just hours before a ruling that would have extradited him to Germany to face trial. Breyer was arrested at his Philadelphia home in June and was charged with aiding in the killing of more than 200-thousand Jews at a Nazi death camp.

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The Powerball jackpot moves to an estimated $50 million after there was no winner in Wednesday's drawing. The cash option is worth just over $30 million.

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No one's quite sure how it got that way but a picture of an iceberg off the Newfoundland coast in Canada is creating a stir online for its strong resemblance to comic book icon Batman. The picture, uploaded to Mike Parsons' "Growing Up In Newfoundland" Facebook page, shows an iceberg that seems to bear sculpted features reminiscent of the Caped Crusader's cowl and square jaw.

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he star of NBC's miniseries update of "Rosemary's Baby" is reportedly pregnant with her own baby. "Us Weekly" says Zoe Saldana is expecting her first child with husband Marco Perego. A source tells the mag the 36-year-old "Avatar" star is about three months pregnant but will only announce the news when she's ready.

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Jon Stewart is looking to do what Rupert Murdoch couldn't do in the media mogul's failed bid to buy CNN. The Comedy Central "Daily Show" host is urging viewers to go to LetsBuyCNN.com and make a donation toward the goal of owning the cable news network.

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