Today's News - Thursday, March 27, 2014

Two workers were injured Wednesday morning when part of a carport awning collapsed in Richland Township, near Johnstown. It happened shortly before 11 at the Hampton Inn along Commerce Court. The injuries are said to be moderate.

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Faulty brakes are blamed for a crash that sent three people to the hospital Wednesday morning. Cresson Township police say a black car hit a silver car head-on along Admiral Peary Highway just before 8 a.m. The victim’s conditions have not been released.

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The man state police were searching for after he allegedly fondled a 14-year-old boy at the Somerset Walmart has been found dead. According to “The Tribune-Democrat,” the 38-year-old Berlin-area man shot himself on Sunday right after troopers visited his home to question him. He had at least two arrests for similar situations in the past.

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State police in Cambria County say a utility truck collided with a front-end loader on Route 553 in East Carroll Township just before 1pm yesterday, causing the tractor driver to be thrown into a field. He was taken to an area hospital with unknown injuries. The truck driver was not injured.

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Following a preliminary hearing yesterday in Bedford County, Michael Edmonson of Everett was ordered to stand trial on more than 2,400 counts of rape and sexual assault involving three young girls. The abuse started when they were about 5 and continued for several years. Edmonson remains in the county jail on $100,000 dollars bond.

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Former State Auditor General Jack Wagner is no longer running for governor. He withdrew from the Democratic primary race yesterday, which was the last day for candidates to remove their names from the ballot. Tom Wolf, Allyson Schwartz, Rob McCord and Katie McGinty are still in the race.

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Penn State’s plans to honor football coach Joe Paterno days after his death were halted by the university’s board of trustees. According to StateCollege.com, documents obtained under Pennsylvania’s Right-To-Know Law unveil a statement from university President Rodney Erickson honoring Joe-Pa’s legacy and offering condolences. However, officials opted not to publish the statement in the aftermath of the Sandusky scandal.

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President Obama will be meeting with the Pope shortly at the Vatican. The leader of the free world and the leader of the world's one billion Roman Catholics are expected to find common ground on spreading social justice and working to help the poor escape poverty. They'll likely focus on those areas of agreement, rather than their big differences over Obama's support for abortion rights and same-sex marriage, as well as his signature health coverage law's mandates for contraception coverage.

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The death toll in the devastating Washington state mudslide is climbing. Snohomish County authorities say 25 are confirmed dead, 90 people are unaccounted for and 35 others are "possibly missing." Some 200 searchers and rescuers continue digging through the huge debris field.

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The son of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet pilot is defending his father. Twenty-six year old Ahmed Seth told a Malaysian newspaper today that he's ignoring speculation about his father's politics and his state of mind. Seth said he knows his father better than people putting out anonymous theories.

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Pope Francis is hosting President Obama at the Vatican this morning. The leader of the free world and the leader of the world's one billion Roman Catholics are expected to find common ground on spreading social justice and working to help the poor escape poverty. They'll likely focus on those areas of agreement, rather than their big differences over Obama's support for abortion rights and same-sex marriage, as well as his signature health coverage law's mandates for contraception coverage.

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Target is working to boost its computer system security in the wake of last year's massive hack. That's according to Target chief financial officer John Mulligan, who testified Wednesday before a U.S. Senate committee looking into the breach. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut cited a report showing Target missed “multiple warnings” that could have prevented the issue.

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Hundreds of same-sex couples in Michigan are legally married, but their rights are on hold. More than 300 couples got married on Saturday. Governor Rick Snyder says the stay issued by a federal appeals court means the state’s ban on same-sex marriages is back in place after being briefly overturned on Friday.

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A Chicago subway driver says she dozed off before her train derailed. More than 30 people were injured in the crash Monday near O'Hare International Airport and more than six-million dollars in damage was done. The NTSB says the driver has been "very cooperative" and confessed falling asleep before the train entered the station, waking up seconds before the crash.

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There's speculation that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice could be a candidate for the Republican Party. Rice headlined the National Republican Congressional Committee's annual fundraising dinner last night, her third big fundraising speech in the past three weeks. The high-profile activity is getting some GOP players excited about a possible candidacy for a woman who earlier this month told a reporter she looks forward to the day the nation elects a woman president.

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High winds are blamed for the massive nine-alarm fire that killed two Boston firefighters. Boston Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Finn identified the fallen firefighters as Lieutenant Ed Walsh and Michael Kennedy. He says the two firefighters were trapped in the basement, where the fire is believed to have originated.

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A final report on New Jersey's so-called Bridgegate scandal is being released today. The lawyer hired by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will also field questions from his office in New York. The 300-page review is expected to address allegations that Christie was aware of last September's closures on the George Washington Bridge and purposely withheld Superstorm Sandy relief aid for his own political advantage.

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Not many Americans are clearing the cobwebs during "spring cleaning." Fewer than half of the respondents taking part in a new Molly Maid poll say they plan to do major house cleaning over the next several weeks. Cleaning is also something an overwhelming majority would rather avoid.

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Those still mourning Pluto are in luck, there may be another planet in our solar system. Scientists announced the discovery Wednesday of an object orbiting the sun beyond what was thought to be the boundaries of our solar system. It's currently about 80 times farther from the sun than Earth and orbits the sun about every 4,200 years.

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Microsoft is set to host a Thursday event expected to focus on a version of Office that targets the iPad. The event in San Francisco will feature opening remarks by the company's new CEO on the topic of "the intersection of the cloud and mobile computing."

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Anyone looking for a ticket to this year's Lollapalooza is out of luck. Organizers announced a complete sellout in record time Wednesday, just hours after the single-day passes went on sale. The three-day passes were available on Tuesday before the official lineup was even announced, but they were gone in less than an hour.

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A socialite whose weight-loss pill was tied to the suspensions of several NFL players is pleading guilty to misbranding the drug. Nikki Haskell and her company entered a guilty plea Wednesday in Manhattan federal district court in connection with the sale of a pill called StarCaps, whose label did not disclose the presence of a powerful diuretic. The NFL noted its ban of StarCaps in its suspension of six players in 2008.

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