Today's News - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

In Cambria County Court today, 51-year-old Gregory Conzo of Summerhill Township faces 10 to 40 years in prison when he’s formally sentenced. Conzo pleaded guilty to third degree murder for beating his girlfriend’s son, 37-year-old Michael Pcola of Beaverdale with a baseball bat in November of 2012. Pcola died two days later. Conzo claims he was acting in self-defense.

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WJAC reports that police in Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. are looking for Belinda Hancock of Johnstown who is accused of kidnapping 3-year-old Kayada Serenitee Martin. Johnstown police say Hancock is a close family friend and godmother of the girl. Hancock took the child to her home on Christmas Day but never returned her to her family. The family has been calling and texting Hancock, but she has apparently moved to D.C.

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Preliminary hearings are scheduled today for 22-year-old Christian Gabor and his 24-year-old brother Derek Kovach, both of Johnstown. Ebensburg Borough police say they got into a fight with each other at the William Inn last month. When other patrons tried to intervene, the men went to their car and returned to threaten them with a baseball bat and a machete. They then allegedly hit two people with their vehicle as they fled the scene. One person suffered minor injuries.

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37-year-old George Day Jr. of Northern Cambria is due at a preliminary hearing today. He’s charged with three felony counts of aggravated assault as well as simple assault, making threats, and disorderly conduct. Cambria Township police say an intoxicated day locked himself in his apartment last month after threatening his girlfriend. When cops arrived, day refused to come out and also threatened them. The fire department eventually broke down the door and police took day into custody.

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said yesterday that while she has been critical about the state's controversial new voter ID law, her office should still be the one to defend it. The law, which would require a photo ID in order to vote, was ruled unconstitutional last week. Kane had earlier questioned whether or not the law could even be enforced, But if Governor Tom Corbett chooses to appeal the ruling, Kane said her office should remain its defender.

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At least four people are dead after blasts rocked an animal feed plant in Nebraska and a steel facility in Oklahoma. Authorities say two people died and at least ten others suffered injuries Monday at the International Nutrition plant in Omaha. Crews have recovered one of the bodies and will try to recover the second from the rubble today after a section of the building collapsed and bad weather moved into the area overnight. Meanwhile, a furnace explosion at Oklahoma's Mid American Steel and Wire facility is being blamed for the deaths of two workers there yesterday.

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The U.S. military is making contingency plans in case of a possible terrorist attack at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The Pentagon is coordinating with the Russian government on the plans and with the U.S. European Command in case aircraft are needed to evacuate Americans from the Olympics. Islamic extremists in Russia have threatened to disrupt the Games.

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Parts of the country will be experiencing some alarmingly cold temperatures. Another mass of Canadian polar air is moving into the South, the Midwest, and Northeast. Three to nine inches of snow from the Virginias to Massachusetts, will ride along the leading edge of the cold front today. Temperatures will fall to the single digits in those areas.

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is preparing to be sworn in for a second term later today. Christie's inauguration come after weeks of political fallout from the George Washington Bridge scandal, and charges by the mayor of Hoboken that Christie's administration threatened to withhold Hurricane Sandy relief funds. And as if that hasn't been enough, nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis is out with claims that Christie tried to intimidate him and keep him from entering politics in the Garden State.

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A new study suggests people who have guns in their homes are twice as likely to be killed and three times more likely to kill themselves. Researchers at the University of California-San Francisco found that men and women with access to guns were equally likely to commit suicide, but women were three times more likely than men to be shot to death by someone else.

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The hunt for a gunman wanted in the shooting of a student at Widener University near Philadelphia goes on. The student was shot in his car on campus late last night. The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital where his condition remains unknown at this time.

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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is trying to calm a controversy he stirred up. The All-Pro caused a media firestorm when he called out 49ers' receiver Michael Crabtree in a post-game interview with FOX Sports' Erin Andrews after his team won the NFC Championship Sunday.

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It's a four-day work week on Wall Street. The markets open today after taking Monday off for the Martin Luther King Jr holiday. On Friday, the S&P 500 as well as the Nasdaq lost ground but the Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced.

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Two women accused of performing a deadly exorcism are expected to appear in a Maryland courtroom on Tuesday. Zakieya Avery and a second suspect, Monifa Sanford, were taken into custody Friday after Montgomery County police found the bodies of Avery's two young children inside her home.

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West Virginia's governor wants tighter rules on above ground chemical storage tanks. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin is proposing legislation to regulate the tanks after a chemical spill earlier this month forced about 300 thousand people in the state to go without water.

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Dozens of passengers who survived last summer's Asiana crash at San Francisco International Airport are suing the maker of the plane. The suit against Boeing claims some of the equipment was improperly installed and that the pilots weren't properly trained. Three girls from China died in the July 6 crash.

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Jerry Sandusky's adoptive son is going public about the abuse he suffered at the hands of the disgraced former Penn State assistant football coach. Matt Sandusky speaks out about his ordeal in "Happy Valley," a documentary that's making its debut this week at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

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Candy maker Jelly Belly has a beer-flavored jelly bean on tap. The latest creation wasn't an easy process. They have working on the flavor for three years trying to decide which type of beer to emulate. Jelly Belly finally settled on a light German beer.

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President Obama and his family spent part of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday giving back at a DC non-profit. The Obamas helped make burritos at DC Central Kitchen in Northwest Washington.

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Ellen DeGeneres has topped a list of the America's favorite television personalities. The multiple Emmy winning talk show host has earned the number one spot for a second consecutive year on the national survey conducted by Harris Interactive. "NCIS" star Mark Harmon is this year's runner-up, followed by "The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart. The rest of the top ten is dominated by talk show hosts as well, including Stewart's Comedy Central pal Stephen Colbert at number six; "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno at number five; and Oprah Winfrey at number eight. Fictional characters in the top ten include Jim Parson's Sheldon Cooper from "The Big Bang Theory" and Tom Selleck's Frank Reagan on "Blue Bloods."

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A Kentucky man says he's been kicking it barefoot for almost two months and plans to stay that way for an entire year. Richard Hudgins started his shoeless campaign back on December 4th in an effort to raise money and awareness for shoeless children around the world. Hudgins admits he almost gave up after just an hour-and-a-half, but says he was inspired to keep going after he got his first anonymous donation via his website NoShoesForAYear.com. Now he's raised more than 12-hundred dollars, and he says the entire community of Louisville is getting behind the cause. Hudgins notes that none of the town's businesses have kicked him out because of his lack of shoes.

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