Today's News - Thursday, July 31, 2014

50-year-old Bobby Joe Kerby of Johnstown is in the Blair County Prison on $80 thousand bail. Greenfield Township police say Kerby repeatedly molested a 9-year-old girl while he was staying at her family’s Claysburg home. The girl is on the autism spectrum. Kerby’s preliminary hearing is August 7.

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In June, a three-member panel determined that the boundary line between Richland and Adams Townships should remain unchanged, but now Adams Township officials are taking the matter to court once again. The border issue has been an issue over the last decade. The boundary was originally designated in 1870.

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Gallitzin Township police say 20-year-old Justin Clinemyer of Loretto is facing 50 counts each of theft, receiving stolen property, and possession of a controlled substance. On Saturday, he allegedly stole prescription Ativan pills from a relative. Clinemyer is currently awaiting trial on charges including conspiracy and theft from a motor vehicle. That incident happened in 2012.

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Michael Grimm of Johnstown was scheduled to go to trial this week, but instead he pleaded guilty to raping two young boys at least nine years ago. Under the deal, Grimm will serve 8 to 30 years in a state prison. He will undergo an evaluation to determine if he is a sexually violent predator.

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More than 2,000 union workers and supporters of the coal industry in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia are rallying to oppose new pollution regulations. The group gathered in Pittsburgh yesterday ahead of EPA hearings today and tomorrow on the proposed regulations, which are stricter. Governor Tom Corbett told reporters that a clean environment is important, but also said if the regulations lead to the closure of too many power plants, there may not be enough electricity.

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State police commissioner Frank Noonan is angry over a US Justice Department lawsuit that alleges his agency discriminates against women in its hiring practices. Noonan says identical physical fitness requirements for men and women made sense because most new troopers perform the same job. He adds that lowering standards would endanger safety and insult those who have already met them. Noonan is hoping the suit will be withdrawn before both parties are forced to spend taxpayer money on resources.

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Israel says its forces are just a "few days away" from destroying tunnels Hamas militants use to attack Israeli towns and military bases. Israel's security cabinet on Wednesday endorsed continuing the assault on Gaza. Meantime, the U.S. is condemning the deadly shelling of a United Nations school where Palestinian refugees had been taking shelter.

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The House Rules Committee Chairman expects Speaker John Boehner to move quickly on a lawsuit that's been authorized against President Obama. Republican Pete Sessions from Texas says Americans must find out if the President has "the ability to waive the healthcare laws as he has done." Meantime, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says it's wrong to waste taxpayer dollars on such a lawsuit.

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The Senate is advancing a bill providing emergency spending for the southwest border crisis. A procedural vote Wednesday cleared a 60-vote threshold and formally opened debate on the measure. Meantime, Congressional Republicans are gearing up for a key vote today involving a funding plan for the migrant crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Target has a new CEO. The retailer is naming PepsiCo executive Brian Cornell to succeed Gregg Steinhafel, who resigned under pressure earlier this year. Cornell has a full basket of challenges as he takes over at Target, including a trend of shoppers to spend less time in stores and more time buying online.

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The Federal Reserve is cutting another ten-billion-dollars off its monthly bond purchases. The central bank made the announcement Wednesday after wrapping up two days of meetings. The Fed is on pace to end the bond-buying program in October. It also said it would likely keep interest rates near zero for a "considerable time."

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Congressional Republicans are gearing up for a key vote today involving the migrant crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. House Speaker John Boehner and his deputies are urging Republicans to vote for a 659 million dollar border funding plan. The House bill contains a provision to speed up the return of migrant children to their native countries.

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An investigation is underway after a small plane crash in San Diego's Kearny Mesa neighborhood killed an elderly woman. Authorities say people nearby rushed to help and pulled the 52-year-old pilot and her 80-year-old passenger out of the burning wreckage. The elderly woman died at the hospital.

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The Peace Corps is pulling volunteers from Africa amid the worst Ebola outbreak in history. The move comes after word that two American volunteers working in Liberia have been exposed to the potentially-deadly virus. As a result, the Peace Corps says it is temporarily pulling volunteers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea as the death toll on the African continent climbs toward 700.

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The Senate is expected to approve a bill reforming the troubled Veterans Affairs Department after it cleared the House Wednesday. The roughly $17 billion measure aims to resolve VA scheduling problems and long wait times. It would also give many vets the option of seeking care outside the VA system.

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Convicted killer Jodi Arias is getting ready for the penalty phase of her Arizona murder case. Arias appeared in a Phoenix court Wednesday morning as her lawyers discussed procedural matters. The sentencing phase of her case begins on September 8. Arias was found guilty of first-degree murder last year in the death of her ex-boyfriend.

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Cleanup efforts following a water main break and flooding on the UCLA campus will last into the weekend. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power says workers are moving as fast as they can to complete repairs. Sunset Boulevard just north of campus remains shut down after a 20-foot sinkhole opened up on Tuesday.

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A Wichita, Kansas man is being charged with murder in the hot car death of a baby girl. Seth Jackson was arrested last week and originally charged with child endangerment. Authorities say the ten-month-old girl was left in the car by her foster father for about two hours last Thursday night.

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A career criminal is under arrest for allegedly shooting and killing a Minnesota police officer. Mendota Heights police veteran Scott Patrick died instantly when he was shot in the head around noon Wednesday during a traffic stop in West Saint Paul. Suspect Brian Fitch, Senior was shot and wounded later on in the day after the discovery of his green Pontiac Grand Am led to a dramatic manhunt.

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The Powerball jackpot moves to an estimated $70 million after there was no winner in Wednesday's drawing. The cash option is worth just over $42 million. Wednesday's numbers are 13-30-42-49-53 with the Powerball of 29. Powerball is played in 43 states, Washington, DC and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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People are most likely to lie to their parents and partners. At least that what they're claiming in a new Harris Poll. Nearly 45-percent confess to having fibbed at least once to their mom or dad, while 41-percent admit they haven't always been honest with their spouse or significant other.

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Twitter is atwitter again with reaction to "Sharknado 2: The Second One." SyFy's B-movie sequel about a tornado-fueled shark attack on New York City quickly shot to number one on Twitter trending during its Wednesday night premiere.

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A Seattle police officer who single-handedly issued about 80 percent of the marijuana tickets handed out in the city is behind a desk pending investigation. Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole said a review of the department's first report on marijuana violations enforcement found that 66 of 83 citations for public pot use were handed out by one cop. In a statement, O'Toole added the officer had referred to Washington's new marijuana laws as "silly."

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