Today's News - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

No new information after a man was shot and killed Sunday morning in Johnstown’s Oakhurst section. Police say 42-year-old Tyrone Williams was shot at 13 times and they know of no motive. The weapon has not been found and police do not have any suspects. Officers are reviewing surveillance video and hoping someone comes forward with information and calls 1-800-281-16-80. Williams was scheduled to graduate from the city’s police academy in a few weeks. This is the fifth deadly shooting in Cambria County this year.

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State police in Bedford County say 45-year-old William Maenner of the Everett area is charged with attempted homicide after an argument with his neighbor Monday afternoon at an apartment complex along Ashcom Road. Maenner allegedly grabbed a loaded shotgun, fired one round away from the house before the neighbor was able to wrestle the gun away from him. Maenner is also accused of getting a loaded handgun, kicking in the neighbor’s door, and firing several shots at him. One bullet hit the victim in the hand. Maenner is in the county jail.

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Windber police say that one man is in the Somerset County Jail after drunkenly assaulting the borough’s police chief. 53-year-old Jeffrey Carr was charged with aggravated assault charges for the Saturday incident. Police responded to a complaint at a residence where they found Carr after he allegedly busted the windows out of the duplex, smashed a TV, tipped a refrigerator over and ripped doors from their hinges. Police had to use a stun gun on Carr.

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In Johnstown over the weekend, 52-year-old Larry Pulliam, of Maple Avenue, was arrested for allegedly attacking a police officer who tried to arrest him for public drunkenness. Pulliam was picked up in downtown and taken to the Public Safety building where he screamed and lunged at an officer and ripped his uniform. Pulliam is in the Cambria County Jail.

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The “Centre Daily Times” reports that a project to honor Joe Paterno with a statue in downtown State College is apparently heading back to the bench. Last week the group Joe’s Bench unveiled a model of a statue that showed the late Penn State football coach standing, and that led to confusion and complaints from some supporters. Now the group is changing course and the sculptor is working on a revised model. About $35 thousand have been donated so far. There is no time frame for when the final product could be installed.

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A Pennsylvania lawmaker is trying to get increased penalties for anyone who makes terroristic threats towards a school. Representative Kevin Schreiber is pushing for the bill, which would also let schools know if a person who has threatened a school is released from jail. The measure would make the first offense a felony, instead of a misdemeanor.

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The Veterans Administration is making a rash of errors as it works to reduce a backlog of disability claims. The agency's inspector general says some of the errors include millions of dollars in payments for unsupported claims. A report found that thousands of disability claims had been removed from the agency's backlog even though the vets were still awaiting final decisions.

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Israel is giving its approval to Egypt's plan to end a week of deadly violence between Gaza and Israel. However, the Hamas militant group that controls Gaza has yet to endorse the ceasefire, saying Egypt hasn't consulted the group.

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Senator Richard Blumenthal is demanding that Hobby Lobby adhere to Connecticut law and offer full contraceptive coverage in his state. He has introduced a bill to overturn the Supreme Court decision allowing Hobby Lobby to block its health plans from offering contraception coverage.

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A wave of Central American migrant children being transferred to a small Arizona town will be met by protesters today. Dozens of children are being taken to a group home for troubled boys in Oracle, Arizona for processing.

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A Boston Marathon bombing survivor is speaking out about her alleged mistreatment at a New Hampshire clothing store. Sydney Corcoran says she was told last Thursday to either put her service dog Koda in a cart or get out of a T.J.Maxx outlet in Nashua.

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Bowe Bergdahl is being assigned to a desk job. The Army sergeant who spent years in Taliban captivity was cleared Monday to return to duty after weeks of counseling. He's expected to start work at Fort Sam Houston in Texas in the next day or two. Bergdahl was released by the Taliban in return for prisoners who had been held at Guantanamo Bay.

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A whistleblower in the VA scandal says while some veterans are not receiving the benefits they deserve, many are being overpaid. Kristen Ruell testified last night before the House Veterans Committee. She said that because some vets have duplicate records, there's a good chance they'll be paid twice.

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Staples and the U.S. Postal Service are scrubbing their mini-Post Office program. Staples employees at more than 80 stores in California, Georgia, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania have been selling postal packaging and accepting mail that's later picked up by postal workers. That will end by August 29 according to Monday's announcement.

 

A German national accused of falsely claiming she was sexually harassed and tortured by a Saudi sheik's son is now facing extortion charges. Leyla Ors and her two attorneys were charged Monday with extortion and conspiracy to obstruct justice.  Prosecutors claim Ors tried to extort at least $15 million from the sheik.

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Microsoft is set to slash thousands of jobs. Bloomberg cites people with knowledge of the company's plans saying this will be the biggest round of job cuts in five years. The report says the cuts are expected as soon as this week and could top the 5,800 jobs that were cut in 2009.

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Two soldiers are dead after Libyan rebels shelled the airport in Tripoli. Ninety percent of the airport's planes were also destroyed. Today's shelling is the latest round in an increasing cycle of violence in the Libyan capital and the eastern city of Benghazi. At least 15 people have been killed since Sunday.

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Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen will testify in a Senate hearing this morning. Yellen will talk about the Fed's outlook for the rest of this year. In recent remarks, Yellen projected continued economic growth but expressed ongoing concerns about stagnant wages and the effects of longterm unemployment.

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LeBron James' return to the Cleveland Cavaliers is expected to pump an additional 500-million dollars a year into the local economy. That's the word from Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald. At a news conference Monday, FitzGerald said the return of "King James" will bring in money not only from ticket sales, but extra spending at local businesses.

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A Virginia man is keeping a promise to his daughter that she can be a princess. Jeremiah Heaton has claimed a stretch of desert in northeastern Africa, named it the Kingdom of North Sudan, and proclaimed his 7-year-old daughter "Princess Emily."

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"Weird Al" Yankovic is putting his own "tacky" twist on Pharrell Williams' hit "Happy." Weird Al unveiled the star-studded video for his "Happy" parody, "Tacky," on Monday. The clip features appearances from Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho, Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Schaal and Jack Black mouthing the song's lyrics.

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An aggressive escaped pig in Maine remains at large. Authorities closed a walking trail Monday in Oakland after a woman climbed over the rail of a wooden bridge to escape from the 80-pound black-and-white animal. The pig chased after a high school student last Wednesday.

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