Today's News - Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A woman is dead after a crash Monday evening along Route 219 in Cambria County. Police received a call about a woman driving south in the northbound lanes. She then struck a pickup just before the South Fork/Portage exit. Coroner Dennis Kwiatkowski says the woman was killed instantly. The woman driving the truck suffered serious injuries and her two young passengers had minor injuries. No names have been released so far as the investigation continues.

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A faulty valve on a rail car is being blamed for leaking a few hundred gallons of diesel fuel along the Norfolk Southern tracks in East Conemaugh near Johnstown Monday afternoon. “The Tribune Democrat” says a car was hauling about 4,500gallons of diesel fuel when the valve began to leak. Firefighters used absorbent material to contain the spill.

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Pennsylvania and Maryland state police responded to a call at a home in Elk Lick Township, Somerset County, Saturday morning. 82-year-old Richard Livengood tried to force himself into the house, then fired one round from a .22 caliber rifle into the front door. Four people were in the home at the time. Livengood was arraigned and is in the Somerset County Jail after failing to post $150 thousand bond.

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Three alleged victims of Brother Stephen Baker filed a civil lawsuit almost a year ago against the former Bishop McCort High School employee, but now the case has been withdrawn. This has no impact on the criminal investigation Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan is asking the State Attorney General to take over. Baker killed himself in January after it was revealed that 11 of his victims settled in a diocese in Ohio. Dozens of former Bishop McCort students then came forward alleging that he abused them.

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Jack Wagner is considering a gubernatorial campaign in 2014. The former State Auditor General said yesterday that he will announce his decision by the end of the year.

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A new study from U.S. News and World Report says Penn State’s University Park is the very best place in the country for U.S. veterans looking to go back to school after serving in the armed forces. The magazine based the rankings in terms of graduation rates, faculty resources, reputation, as well as GI Bill certification and participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which both reduce the cost of tuition for veterans and their families. Of the 234 schools on the list, three other Pennsylvania schools made the top 25 – Drexel, Duquesne and Temple. According to Penn State, there are more than 3,900 student veteran and military dependents utilizing the GI Bill throughout the university, with 950 students at the main campus.

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A 2002 Penn State graduate is organizing a drive to fund legal efforts to obtain records pertaining to the university’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky Scandal. According to the Associated Press, Ryan Bagwell is kicking off the “Penn State Sunshine Fund” in hopes of making the school more transparent. Bagwell unsuccessfully ran for a seat on the board of trustees. Documents at Penn State are currently off limits because the university is not subject to the state’s open records law.

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With the overnight snow, PennDOT crews are salting roads this morning to avoid any morning commute problems. Last night was the first night this season that PennDOT brought in workers overnight to deal with winter weather.

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Relief efforts for the Philippines are being accelerated with the Defense Department sending Navy ships to the typhoon-devastated area. The USS George Washington and other vessels are being sent to the region. The George Washington was docked in Hong Kong when the crew got the word their shore leave was ending and they would be heading to the disaster zone.

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Hawaii is poised to legalize gay marriage. Both houses of the state legislature have passed versions of the bill, but the House made changes, so the Senate will consider the bill again, today at 10 a.m., local time.

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President Obama has words of praise for America's military veterans. At Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day, Obama said the nation comes together to honor a debt that can never be fully repaid. He praised American veterans of all foreign wars, including members of the "9-11 generation" who have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Arguments will unfold in the New York Court of Appeals today with implications in the Colorado theater massacre trial. Fox News reporter Jana Winter is at center stage for refusing to give up law enforcement sources which gave her details of a disturbing notebook kept by accused gunman James Holmes.

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A court hearing today will weigh whether Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is being treated properly behind bars. The 20-year-old suspected terrorist remains jailed, accused of taking part in detonating a pair of homemade bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon back in April.

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The Department of Defense is confirming the son of Senator James Inhofe has been killed in a plane crash. Dr. Perry Inhofe was an orthopedic surgeon in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His plane crashed and burst into flames in a wooded area Sunday night after taking off from Salina, Kansas.

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The U.S. government is going to destroy thousands of pounds of illegal ivory this week, for the first time ever. The action is designed to send a zero-tolerance message to elephant poachers. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will pulverize nearly six tons of ivory, from whole tusks to tiny trinkets, that have been confiscated over the past 25 years.

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Many people believe today is the perfect date to get married and it's all about the numbers. Jill Gooder who is Digital Director of “Brides” magazine, says November 12th, 2013, otherwise known as 11-12-13, are lucky numbers for those getting married this date.

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Some retailers are giving shoppers extra time to get out and get those holiday gifts. Walmart, the world's largest retailer, is expected to announce Tuesday that it will launch in-store specials on Thanksgiving evening. Walmart will join Kohl's, Target and Toys R Us, which announced on Monday, that they'll be opening earlier Thanksgiving Day.

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Postage stamps featuring images from the Harry Potter movies will be available starting Tuesday from the U.S. Postal Service. The limited-edition commemorative stamps show the boy wizard, as well as his friends and foes.

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More Americans will be traveling over the Thanksgiving weekend. That's the prediction of several travel organizations. Triple-A says travel by car will be up from last year when more than 39 million people hit the road for the long weekend.

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A new study has found that "404" is the most-searched word among English-speaking Internet users around the world. The number refers to a common error code that appears when a server can't reach the desired location on the web. The research was conducted by a company called the Global Language Monitor. To make its annual list, a word has to be searched at least 25-thousand times in a year. The second-most searched word this year was "Fail," followed by "Hashtag" and "@Pontifex" - Pope Francis' popular Twitter handle. Among the most common phrases searched were "federal shutdown," "global warming," "ObamaCare" and "NSA." Some pop culture also found its way into search engines. "Twerking" was the thirteenth most commonly searched word, and "Kate Middleton" was the fifth most popular name.

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