Today's News - Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Gregory Conzo of Beaverdale is awaiting his murder trial in Cambria County Court. A judge ruled Monday that the prosecution will not be allowed to show the jury photographs taken by police re-enacting the alleged murder of Michael Pcola late last year. Police say Conzo attacked his girlfriend’s son with a baseball bat. Pcola died two days later. Jury selection is set for January 14. Conzo remains in the CountyPrison without bail.

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A 32-month-old toddler was hospitalized after he apparently crawled into a discarded stove which then overturned on Monday afternoon along Quecreek Road in Jenner Township, Somerset County. No word yet on the child’s condition.

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In Cambria County Court Monday, 47-year-old Todd Mummert of Salix pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with a fatal crash in July of last year. Mummert failed to stop at a red light at the intersection of Route 219 and Elton Road in Richland Township and his car collided with a motorcycle driven by 47-year-old Bryon McDermott of Johnstown, who was killed. Mummert will be sentenced January 13.

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A space heater is being blames for a fire that broke out Monday morning in Lower Yoder Township, near Johnstown. It happened in the 1200 block of Maryland Avenue. Firefighters were able to quickly put out the flames. One person living in the home went to the hospital with smoke inhalation. Firefighters urge everyone to use caution with alternative heating sources.

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About 140 Penelec workers were locked out of their jobs November 25 and they keep picketing outside FirstEnergy Corporation locations. FirstEnergy spokesman Scott Surgeoner says negotiations failed again Monday after only a 20 minute preliminary meeting and five minutes at the bargaining table. The meeting was set up by a mediator.

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Tens of thousands of people are gathered in the rain in Johannesburg this morning to say goodbye to former South African President Nelson Mandela.  The anti-apartheid champion passed away last week at the age of 95.  President Obama, former presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter are all in attendance.  Obama is expected to speak at the memorial. 

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A blast of winter weather slamming the U.S. East Coast is refusing to go away, and could make today another tough morning commute.  The storms are expected to last throughout the day.  Parts of Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York received up to ten inches of snow on Monday. 

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A desperate search is underway for a couple and four children who vanished in a remote area of northwest Nevada.  Pershing County Sheriff Richard Machado says family members reported the six missing Sunday night.  The Jeep they were in was last seen at a mining camp in the mountains.

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Newtown, Connecticut is preparing for the one year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School killings that will take place this Saturday.  Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra is urging the media and others to respect their privacy and not to come to Newtown Saturday.

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Negotiators in the House and Senate have hammered out a final agreement on a Pentagon policy bill.  Under the agreement reached Monday, protections for military victims of sexual assault will be strengthened. 

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Economists are cautioning against reading too much into the latest household net worth figures released Monday.  The Federal Reserve says U.S. household net worth hit a record high in the third quarter.  The figures reflect a rise in home prices along with a surge in the value of stocks and mutual funds.

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There may be a link between watching disturbing images on television and developing post traumatic stress disorder.  That's the finding in a newly-released study of people who spent more than six hours a day watching media coverage of the April 15th Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath.

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A private ambulance service that carried more than half a million patients in six states has shut down without notice.  North Carolina-based First Med EMS had been serving hospitals and other medical centers in more than 70 cities, towns, and counties in Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

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No domestic violence charges will be filed against Aron Ralston, the Colorado man whose self-amputation ordeal inspired the movie "127 Hours."  He and his girlfriend were arrested in connection with a weekend altercation.  Ralston cut off his forearm after becoming trapped in a Utah canyon in 2003.

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President Obama, Pope Francis and Miley Cyrus all have something in common.  They're on "Time" magazine's shortlist for the Person of the Year.  Also on the list are Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and NSA leaker Edward Snowden.  The Person of the Year will be unveiled on tomorrow's "Today" show.

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A new study finds that better-looking high school students get better grades.  Researchers who surveyed almost nine-thousand students nationwide say attractive students have a GPA advantage over average-looking students.  The study is published in a peer-reviewed book by the Society for Research in Child Development.

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A small Colorado town takes up a drone hunting measure today.  A resident of Deer Trail wants to make it legal to shoot the unmanned aircraft out of the sky because he feels threatened by them.  Philip Steel tells CNN he's most concerned about the idea of trespassing on his property and says drones don't belong there. 

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When you talk about places with major-league cold temperatures, Antarctica tops the list.  The coldest spot on Earth has been measured by satellite to be a teeth-chattering 135.8 degrees below zero.  It was recorded on August 10th, 2010.

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