Today's News - Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Part of Route 219 in Adams Township, Cambria County, was closed for about two hours Monday morning when a tractor-trailer crashed, spilling thousands of two-liter bottles of Mountain Dew. It happened between the Galleria Mall and the Sidman/Saint Michael exits in the area known as Waterdam Curve and officials say the driver may have suffered a medical emergency. 58-year-old Mark Scali of Stoystown, was taken to Memorial Medical Center where he’s listed in critical condition.

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Ebensburg officials want to remind motorists driving through the borough to be careful of pedestrians and educate them on legal and proper crosswalk safety, so Mayor Randy Datsko will be walking back and forth across West High Street at Julian Street in front of the municipal building starting at 1 p.m. today. Police will be observing and issuing warnings for those drivers that fail to give the right of way.

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A mess yesterday afternoon in Cumberland Valley Township, Bedford County when a garbage truck rolled over along Bedford Valley Road. Police say the driver, 46-year-old Erik Weyandt, failed to negotiate a turn, lost control, and hit a guard rail. He was taken to Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland with major injuries. The road was shut down for five hours as the debris was cleaned up. A DEP agent will be on the scene today to make sure there is no environmental damage.

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On Monday, 47-year-old Robert Vasilinda of the Johnstown area was hit with dozens more criminal charges for allegedly using his power of attorney to steal tens of thousands of dollars from his 75-year-old aunt during the last months of her life. He was previously charged with forgery. Vasilinda is in the Cambria County Prison.

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Sentencing is scheduled today for former Glendale School superintendent Dennis Bruno who pleaded guilty to misappropriating nearly $50 thousand in federal funds. The money was supposed to be used to extend internet services to the Glendale Yearound Community in Cambria County. Bruno could get up to ten-years in prison.

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The Princeton Review is out with its 2015 annual college rankings, and Penn State remains in the top ten on the list of party schools. This year, the Nittany Lions ranked seventh. Taking the top spot is Syracuse University, followed by last year’s number one, University of Iowa. Regionally, West Virginia University in Morgantown placed number four. Lehigh University in Bethlehem was sixth, and Bucknell University in Lewisburg ranked nintth.

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Pennsylvania is ranked tenth on a new list of the best education systems in the country. Wallet Hub released the list yesterday, saying it based the rankings on several factors including student to teacher ratios, dropout rates and test scores. New Jersey was ranked the best school system.

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Israel's three-day ceasefire in the Gaza Strip appears to be holding, for now. Though Israel reported a rocket launch from Gaza just before the 72-hour truce began a few hours ago, no further violence has been reported this morning. Just before the ceasefire took effect, the Israeli military said ground forces had completed their mission of destroying the tunnels that Hamas militants have used to infiltrate Israel.

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It could take 24 to 48 hours to determine whether a patient with high fever and stomach pain at New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital is suffering from the Ebola virus. The patient recently traveled to western Africa, but hospital officials said Monday it's unlikely he is infected. Meantime, the second American aid worker infected with the deadly Ebola virus is expected to arrive in Atlanta today. The missionary group Nancy Writebol was working for says she is flying from Liberia on a medical aircraft to Atlanta, where she'll be placed in an isolation ward at Emory University.

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Secretary of State John Kerry says this week's U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit is historic in its significance. Kicking off the event yesterday, Kerry compared it to the first Earth Day celebrated back in 1970. He insisted a movement of people made a huge difference back then, and that this summit will also spur long-term benefits for Africa.

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The Phoenix doctor arrested two weeks ago for allegedly pointing an AR-15 at people inside Sky Harbor airport is opening up to reporters. Dr. Peter Steinmetz said yesterday he brought out his assault rifle to show that people can peacefully carry guns. He said he didn't point it at anyone directly, but some witnesses claim otherwise.

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LinkedIn will pay six-million dollars in unpaid wages and damages to hundreds of current and former employees. The Labor Department announced the settlement yesterday. Federal regulators say it covers more than 350 current and former LinkedIn staffers in Northern California's Silicon Valley, Chicago, Omaha and New York City.

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Three pilots still flying with the Blue Angels are accusing of taking part in a sexting scandal that has been the target of a lengthy investigation. The "Pensacola News Journal" reports the three commissioned officers shared explicit photos and messages and were subject to discipline that includes counseling, training and a "letter of caution."

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Gannett is going into the used car business. Various media reports say the company that owns "USA Today" is buying the auto sales website Cars-dot-com. The purchase price is one-point-eight million dollars and the deal could be announced as early as Tuesday.

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The trial is underway for a U.S. Marine jailed in Mexico on weapons charges. Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi was arrested March 31st after he crossed the border near San Ysidro, California with guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in his pickup truck. He spent about five hours in court Monday where two Mexican border agents testified.

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Parts of Southern California are a mess and they could stay that way for days after severe thunderstorms set off flash floods and deadly mudslides on Sunday. At least one person was killed when rocks and mud swept his car off a road and into a swollen creek and several people had to be treated for hypothermia after they were pulled from raging streams.

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An Alabama law that could have forced most of the state's abortion clinics to close their doors is being ruled unconstitutional. Monday, a federal judge said requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals could interfere with a woman's right to have the procedure performed. Three of Alabama's five abortion clinics use traveling doctors, and would likely have gone out of business if the law was allowed to stand.

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Former White House Press Secretary James Brady is dead at the age of 73. While serving in the Reagan administration, Brady was shot and left permanently disabled during a 1981 assassination attempt. He went on to become one of the nation's leading supporters of gun control. in 2000, then-President Bill Clinton renamed the White House press briefing room in honor of Brady.

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There are no reports of injuries after a popular tour boat ran aground on South Lake Tahoe in California Monday. The Coast Guard says over 300 passengers and crew had to be evacuated after the Tahoe Queen got stuck on a sand bar. The company that operates the paddlewheeler says the boat was about a mile off shore when it ran aground.

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Beyonce and Jay Z's "On The Run" tour could be in trouble. A source tells the "New York Post" the couple's rumored marital issues are coming in the way of business, so much so that the tour may not make it all the way to the end. The final U.S. dates are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday in San Francisco, then next month for the HBO special taping in Paris.

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Tens of millions of Americans are expected in the 31st annual of National Night Out tonight. It's a chance for people to get out and meet their neighbors and draw a united front against crime and drugs. The event has turned into a huge success over the years with more than 16-thousand communities taking part.

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