Today's News - Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Cooper Beals of Somerset was lifeflighted to Johnstown’s Memorial Medical Center after crashing his truck on Glades Pike about 4:30 Monday morning. State Police say the truck slammed into a fence at Super City Motor Sports, and then a sign for the business. The investigation continues.

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An Indiana County woman has been charged with stealing $182 thousand from her mother. Police say 48-year-old Kimberly Fulton of Homer City cashed in the elderly woman’s life insurance policy and took other money from her mother’s Social Security and black lung benefit checks. Fulton’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday.

-0- On Monday, the Cambria County Drug Task Force rounded up 23 low to mid-level drug dealers. They are suspected of distributing heroin, prescription pills, marijuana, crack cocaine, bath salts and powder cocaine. Five more suspects remain at large. With one search warrant, police seized 164 bags of crack cocaine with a street value of $4,000, approximately $7,000 worth of high-grade marijuana, a small amount of heroin and $2,500 in cash.

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A Cambria County judge yesterday sentenced 22-year-old William Cramer to life without parole. Last month, he was found guilty of killing his cellmate in the Cambria County prison in August of 2012. William Sherry of Northern Cambria was strangled with a bedsheet, then Cramer tried to make it look like a suicide.

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In Cambria County Court yesterday, 33-year-old Benjamin Schoenfeld of Portage was to be sentenced for shooting Donald Lewis in December, but he instead he asked to withdraw his guilty plea to aggravated assault. Attorney Tom Dickey says Schoenfeld is innocent and wants to go to trial. The judge will consider the request next Wednesday. Police say Schoenfeld shot Lewis in a drug dispute.

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Polls opened at 7 a.m. for today’s municipal elections. Voters will elect judges, mayors, city councilmen, township supervisors and school board members. Polls are open until 8 p.m. and identification is required for first-time voters or those who have a new precinct. Everyone will be asked to show photo identification, but it will not be required while the state law is under review.

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Some state officials tell WTAJ they are proposing a new policy that would allow permitted individuals to carry firearms on college campuses that are part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, including Lock Haven, Indiana and Clarion campuses. Officials are now asking for public input. This policy would not affect Penn State because the school is state-related, but not a part of the state system.

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A man who started shooting inside a shopping mall in New Jersey Monday night is dead. Authorities say the gunman shot himself. His body was found in a back area of the Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall in Paramus just before 3:30 am Eastern time.

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The Obama administration official who oversaw development of the troubled HealthCare.gov website will face a Senate panel today. Marilyn Tavenner is chief of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She'll field questions and, no doubt, criticism from the Democratic-led Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee about the disastrous rollout of Obamacare.

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The family of a 13-year-old boy who died after being shot by a Sonoma County, California Sheriff's deputy is filing a federal civil lawsuit. Investigators say Andy Lopez was killed two weeks ago after the deputy mistook a pellet gun he was carrying for an assault rifle.

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Voters in Washington state will decide today whether to force all foods with genetically-modified ingredients to be clearly labeled as such. Supporters say the initiative will bring more transparency to grocery store shelves, but large agribusinesses targeted by the law argue it implies all genetically modified foods are unsafe.

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One of the issues facing Colorado voters today is how to tax marijuana. The ballot will include Proposition AA, asking whether to adopt a 15-percent excise tax on pot. An extra ten-percent sales tax is also being proposed to fund pot enforcement.

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A gay rights bill is poised for a bipartisan victory after clearing a big hurdle in the Senate. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, aims to prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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One of the three Cleveland kidnapping victims will be breaking her silence on today’s “Dr. Phil” show. Michelle Knight was the first of three women to be abducted by Ariel Castro.

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Toyota is ready to roll out a car that changes color with the driver's mood and suggests destinations based on the driver’s facial expressions. The Japanese automaker will introduce the concept car at this month’s Tokyo Motor Show.

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The latest installment of the popular “Call of Duty” video game franchise has a tough act to follow. The developer’s last release, the third part of the "Modern Warfare" trilogy, set a record across all forms of entertainment by earning one-billion dollars in sales in it first 16 days.

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Google has a new offering called Helpouts. Users can connect by live video chat with experts who can answer their questions on topics like home improvement, cooking or medical concerns.

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Efforts by fast food chains to encourage kids to eat healthier are lacking. That's the conclusion in a report from the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. The report points out non-nutritious items being added to the chains' adult menus are cancelling out the benefit of offering nutritious choices on the kids menus.

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Twitter news consumers are young, mobile and educated. A study by the Pew Research center found that almost one-in-ten U.S. adults gets their news through Twitter, with almost half of the site's news consumers being 18 to 29-years old. Twitter news consumers tend to be more educated, with nearly 40 percent having at least a bachelor's degree.

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