Today's News - Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A couple was found partially clad in a vehicle in northern Cambria County. Police say 43-year-old Stephanie Lajudice and 47-year-old Ronald Wyland were in a Dodge Caravan parked at Revloc Park. Police also found heroin and drug needles.

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Cambria Township police say 29-year-old Eugene Wysocki, of Colver, assaulted two young girls over the weekend. When police responded, the highly intoxicated Wysocki allegedly offered them cash to drop the charges against him. He is now in the Cambria County prison.

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There were no injuries, but one home in the Ferndale section of Johnstown was destroyed by fire Monday evening while two adjacent houses on Summit Avenue also caught fire. Authorities say neighbors Justin Horner and Keith Mattern saved a couple living in one of them and also got their dog out. A state police fire marshal is investigating the cause.

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The state still has no signed budget as Governor Tom Corbett says pension reform continues to be the sticking point in signing off on the bill. He only has a few days to act, however, before it becomes law automatically. Corbett also has the option to veto parts of the budget or the whole thing.

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During the three-day July 4 holiday driving period, eight people were killed and 247 injured in 695 crashes investigated by state police. Seventy-two wrecks were alcohol-related, including two of the fatalities. Two of those killed were not wearing seat belts. Troopers arrested 487 people for driving under the influence. They also issued over 96-hundred speeding citations, cited 870 motorists for failing to buckle up, and handed out 201 citations to motorists for not securing children in safety seats. These statistics do not include statistics crashes investigated by other law-enforcement agencies.

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PennDOT continues to report staff injuries and damage in work zones due to wild driving. Through June 23, ten incidents happened where workers got hurt, equipment was damaged, or there were “near misses”. On June 1, a Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission worker was killed in a work zone crash. Since 1970, 84 pennDOT employees have died on the job.

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If you depend on the smaller post offices in the region, prepare for cutbacks in hours. Shorter hours are possible at a number of local post office locations.

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Penn State is attempting to halt the release of pre-trial documents in the lawsuit against the NCAA and the university. According to StateCollege.com, the Paterno family argued in court that all documents should be free for public distribution. The university fears the family will use the information to launch a public relations campaign. Penn State is asking for a protection order preventing the use of the documents outside of litigation.

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At least four NATO servicemen are dead following an attack in Afghanistan today. The troops were investigating an earlier rocket attack when a suicide bomber on a bicycle blew himself up in a small eastern province village near the Bagram military base.

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The immigration issue continues to simmer in Murrieta, California. Protesters once again gathered near the community's Border Patrol processing facility yesterday waiting for buses filled with undocumented detainees. A plane carrying some 140 detainees landed in San Diego with the thought they were heading to Murrieta, but the buses were rerouted to a facility in Orange County.

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Police are examining the medical and life insurance records of a Georgia toddler who died in a hot SUV last month. The child's father, Justin Ross Harris, is facing a murder charge for leaving Cooper Harris in the vehicle for seven hours.

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The defense is resting its case in the murder trial of "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius. The Paralympic champion and Olympic participant is on trial for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day, 2013.

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An Arizona utility company is being ordered to pay more than three-million dollars in fines and other costs for its alleged role in a power outage. Arizona Public Service settled yesterday for the incident three years ago. The outage involved rolling blackouts throughout the Southwest that affected millions of customers.

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The White House is expected to announce today how security along the U.S.-Mexico border will be increased. This is in response to a surge of mostly undocumented children from Central America crossing into the U.S. Presidential spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday that some resources from the Interior Department will be directed toward the border region.

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Washington state's first recreational marijuana stores will be legally open for business starting today. The state's Liquor Control Board emailed a handful of licenses early on Monday to a group of lucky pot retailers. Washington voters legalized recreational marijuana in November of 2012.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is calling the bloody Fourth of July weekend of violence in his city "simply unacceptable." Eleven people were killed and dozens more were wounded in the Windy City.

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Chris McDaniel is refusing to concede the recent GOP U.S. Senate runoff election in Mississippi to incumbent Thad Cochran. His campaign officials announced Monday that McDaniel plans to challenge the outcome.

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Texas Governor Rick Perry wants a meeting with President Obama during his trip through Texas. Perry sent a letter to the President on Monday asking for a thoughtful discussion on the humanitarian and national security situations at the Texas-Mexico border. Obama is going to be in Texas on Wednesday and Thursday for several fundraisers and to discuss the economy.

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All the riders on a Southern California roller coaster are safe after being stranded up to 40 feet in the air for hours. Officials at Six Flags Magic Mountain say four people were hurt, two seriously, when a car on the Ninja roller coaster apparently hit a tree branch. Some riders waited over two hours to be brought to the ground.

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United Airlines says it's planning to outsource at least 630 union jobs. The airline says the cost-cutting move will affect workers at a dozen U.S. airports. Those affected include ticket and gate agents and baggage handlers working at airports including Salt Lake City, Charlotte, North Carolina; Pensacola, Florida; Detroit and Des Moines, Iowa.

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CVS is limiting sale of materials used to make methamphetamine in the West Virginia area. The ingredient they are trying to limit the sale of is pseudoephedrine. Single-ingredient cold products such as Sudafed 12 Hour, Sudafed 24 Hour and the store-brand equivalents are no longer being sold.

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A sheriff's deputy in Sonoma County, California, won't face criminal charges for shooting and killing a teenage boy who was holding a toy rifle. The DA says investigators determined that the deputy fired his weapon in response to what he honestly and reasonably believed was an imminent threat. The "Santa Rosa Press Democrat" says 13-year-old Andy Lopez was carrying a replica AK-47.

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A federal judge in Pennsylvania is giving her preliminary approval to a settlement between the NFL and thousands of former players. Those players claim they're suffering from brain damage from their time in the league. The deal includes hundreds of millions of dollars for compensation and research into concussions.

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A fan shown sleeping in the stands during ESPN's broadcast of a Yankees-Red Sox game in April is suing the network, Yankees and Major League Baseball for ten-million-dollars for defamation. Courthouse News Service reports the complaint from the 26-year-old man contends he was the victim of an "unending verbal crusade" by ESPN announcers Dan Shulman and John Kruk, who referred to him as oblivious, unintelligent and stupid.

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Beer drinkers will be able to help themselves at Minnesota's Target Field. The stadium has just installed the first self-serve beer machines in Major League Baseball. Customers will be allowed to pour up to 48 ounces of beer every 15 minutes, but there will be an employee at each machine to check ID and intervene if a fan appears intoxicated.

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The legal battle over the potential sale of the Los Angeles Clippers is once again on hold as attorneys try to track down Donald Sterling. A federal judge Monday refused Sterling's wish that the hearing be moved to federal court. The attorney for Shelly Sterling called Donald as his first witness when the trial began in Los Angeles Superior Court, but Donald wasn't in the courthouse.

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Ringo Starr is celebrating his birthday in style -- literally. "Women's Wear Daily" says fashion designer John Varvatos used the former Beatle's birthday gathering Monday to announce that he'd tapped the rock legend for his upcoming fall campaign. Promotions will include Ringo's peace sign hand gesture and the special social media #peacerocks tag. Ringo's John Varvatos billboard was displayed outside the Capitol Records building, where the rocker hosted his public ceremony.

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