Today's News - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

An 11-year-old Cambria County boy died at Pittsburgh’s Children’s Hospital this weekend following a February 18 accident. The “Altoona Mirror” says Matthew Kubat Jr. was asphyxiated while playing in the snow near his home. His death has been ruled accidental. Counselors are on duty at Matthew’s school, St. Michael’s School in Loretto.

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A 3-year old Johnstown toddler is okay after finding a loaded gun in the snow Saturday outside of building 15 at the Oakhurst Homes. Tonisha Green says her kids were playing when the child ran inside and told her about the gun. Green then called police. Captain Andy Frear says the gun was found just over the hill from a recent murder, but authorities cannot confirm if the weapon had a connection to that shooting.

 

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The State Game Commission says Matthew Nadolsky of Dunlo is facing a number of penalties after he was charged in connection with a deadly hunting accident that happened in early December in Adams Township, Cambria County. Officials say several people fired shots while they were hunting, but Nadolsky’s is the one that struck Timothy Bruce of Ashville in the stomach. His actions are described as careless and negligent. Nadolsky could be facing up to a $10,000 fine and up to 18 months in jail, however the Game Commission does not think it will seek jail time. If Nadolsky is found guilty or pleads guilty, he could also lose his hunting license for 15 years. The fine will be paid to Bruce’s family rather than the game commission.

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Twenty-eight-year-old William Sherry was killed by his cellmate in the Cambria County Prison back in 2012. Now his family is suing the county in federal court. They say William Cramer should not have been part of the general population. He was awaiting a preliminary hearing on charges of attacking corrections officers at the state prison at Cresson. Sherry was behind bars for failing to pay court costs and not appearing at a hearing. Cramer has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

 

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Due to the bad weather this winter, potholes are popping up everywhere. It’s so bad in parts of Johnstown that Camtran has had to re-route some buses. Officials say a stop near the Solomon Homes has temporarily closed and the route has been detoured. Some of the holes were created in December as contractors got to work on a sewer project, which is not yet finished.

 

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The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections is considering a plan that would allow inmates to buy customized electronic tablets. Officials say the tablets would improve entertainment options and enhance safety in prison by removing radios, which are often used for parts to make weapons. Officials say the inmates would not have access to wifi, and would have all tablet use monitored.

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In Harrisburg today, the state senate and house appropriations committees will hear testimony from Penn State President Rodney Erickson who hopes to secure more state funding for the university. The hearings were originally to be held last week, but were postponed due to a winter storm. Governor Tom Corbett’s new budget calls for 214 million dollars for Penn State to put toward subsidizing the cost of in-state tuition.

 

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Forecasters say the winter storm hitting much of the nation's eastern half isn't as bad as January's polar vortex. But that doesn't mean much to people shivering in the frigid conditions. The National Weather Service says this week's storm will drop temperatures to more than ten degrees below zero in some places.

 

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The world's largest money-transfer company is under scrutiny for wire-transfer scams. Colorado-based Western Union announced Monday that a probe had been launched by the Federal Trade Commission and a U.S. attorney's office in Pennsylvania.

 

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President Obama will be promoting manufacturing in a White House event today. The President will unveil a new partnership with the private sector to boost advanced manufacturing, strengthen defense capabilities and "attract the types of high-quality jobs that a growing middle class requires."

 

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The U.S. Supreme Court won't be weighing in on whether poker is a contest of skill or luck. The high court's move means individuals can still be prosecuted under the Illegal Gambling Business Act for organizing games.

 

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Three Arizona state senators are urging Governor Jan Brewer to veto a controversial bill that is being called anti-gay. The three Republicans have sent a letter to the Republican governor saying the proposal had been mistakenly approved in haste and had already caused "immeasurable harm" to Arizona's image. The bill would allow businesses to refuse service to gays and other groups if they find it conflicts with their religious beliefs.

 

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The U.S. Supreme Court is declining to rule on challenges to some existing gun laws. The high court's inaction is a blow to the powerful National Rifle Association, which challenged the laws. One is a federal statute which prohibits 18-to-20-year olds from buying handguns or ammunition from licensed federal firearms dealers, and the other challenge involves a Texas law banning many young adults from carrying handguns outside their homes.

 

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A Washington lobbyist is drafting legislation that would bar the National Football League from drafting gay players. Jack Burkman issued a statement saying he has political support for the bill, but wouldn't name any specific lawmakers behind it. Burkman adds that "we are losing our decency as a nation" and says that its a horrifying prospect for a mother to think that her son should be forced to shower with a gay man

 

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney is worried that military budget cuts could put world peace at risk. Cheney says a strong American military is essential to stability across the globe. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the Defense Department's proposed 2015 budget reduces the Army roughly 20 percent in coming years.

 

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President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner are meeting at the White House for the first time since 2012. A spokesman for Boehner says the two will discuss a broad range of topics during their meeting today. The last time the two got together in the Oval Office was during the "fiscal cliff" crisis.

 

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The arrest of Sinaloa drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman isn't likely to catalyze a spike in violence. Some experts on border issues say they don't expect to see the same levels of unrest that the El Paso/Juarez area saw in recent years. El Paso's KFOX-TV reports the associate director for the National Center for Border Security and Immigration at the University of Texas as saying there will be a short term adjustment period, but that it's unlikely that the Juarez cartel will to try to retake the city from the Sinaloa cartel.

 

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the $19 billion price tag on WhatsApp is a bargain. Speaking Monday at the Mobile World Congress conference, Zuckerberg said few services in the world can reach one billion users. Analysts and tech insiders questioned whether Facebook is overpaying for the messaging service when the deal was announced last week.

 

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The national dairy industry is doing away with its white mustache. The Milk Processor Education Program says its dumping the "Got Milk?" ad campaign it's used for nearly 20 years. The industry's new tagline is, "Milk Life," which emphasizes milk's nutritional benefits.

 

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A South Carolina man is in trouble after reportedly trying to pay his Applebee's tab with a $1 trillion bill. According to South Carolina's WIS TV, Michael Williams allegedly busted out the fake currency after his debit card was declined last week. Police were called to the scene and they arrested him on an unrelated charge of contempt of magistrate's court.

 

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It's getting more expensive to visit the happiest place on Earth. For the second time in less than a year, ticket prices for Walt Disney World are increasing. A single-day ticket to get into the Magic Kingdom in Orlando now costs $99 for those ages ten and older.

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