Today's News - Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Charges have been added to the case of 35-year-old Jason Maines of Johnstown including conspiring to commit robbery, burglary and aggravated assault. He allegedly broke into a Moxham home last February to retrieve a UPS package of marijuana meant for him but mistakenly delivered to a neighbor. The neighbor had already turned the package in to police. Maines fought with the neighbor and his girlfriend, shooting both of them.

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Members of the family killed in last week’s shooting in Ashville, Cambria County say the woman who opened fire in the incident had a vendetta against her entire family. 6 News reports that the family said Josephine Ruckinger tore them apart and threatened them for so many years that even with such a horrible tragedy, they feel a sense of relief. Investigators say the shooting was a calculated murder plot that went wrong. Last Friday, Josephine Ruckinger and her husband, Jeff, opened fire inside her parents home, killing her mother, Roberta Frew, and brother, John Frew, Jr., before her father, John Frew, stepped in and fired back, killing the couple.

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The owner of Johnstown business Coal Tubin’ says he may have to close next year if he cannot buy the property his business is located on. Camtran currently owns the property. A spokesperson for the agency says Camtran could not just sell the property, but would be required to put it up for public auction.

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The Flight 93 National Memorial in Stonycreek Township will be closed as a result of the governmental shutdown. According to “The Daily American,” four other sites in western Pennsylvania will face the same fate: the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, the Johnstown Flood National Memorial, Fort Necessity National Battlefield and Friendship Hill National Historic Site. The last time the National Park System was closed because of a government shutdown was in 1995.

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The state House is due to vote today on a measure to limit public access to 911 information. Representative Joe Hackett's proposal would require a court order before someone could get identifying information on a caller including name, address and phone number. Hackett said in a memo he sees the bill as a protection of privacy and safety. The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association says it doesn't like the fact that the bill would "restrict the ability of government officials to release information."

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The governor's budget office says for the short term in Pennsylvania, it’s “business as usual.” Before the federal government shutdown began budget office spokesperson Jay Pagni said money from the last fiscal year should allow operations to continue for at least a short time. The “PA Independent” reports the federal fiscal year is just starting. Pagni said “the governor has directed all agencies that do receive federal funds” that businesses and services will continue “in the short term.”

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Both sides in the medical marijuana debate are speaking out in Harrisburg. A forum last night included State Representative Mark Cohen who’s proposing a bill to legalize the drug for medicinal use. Members of PA Parents for Legalizing Medical Marijuana at the event included a parent who said it could help his daughter who can have up to 95 seizures a day. Senator John Eichelberger is against medical marijuana and says there are more than ten-thousand studies against marijuana use.

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Hundreds of thousands of federal employees will be sent home after arriving at work today and no one knows when they'll be back on the job. The first government shutdown in more than 17 years went into effect overnight. That could put as many as a million workers on unpaid leave, as Republicans and Democrats in Congress continue trading blame for the shutdown of the federal government. The Senate is coming under fire from the Speaker of the House. John Boehner says the Senate has continually rejected the House's offer of a conference. Boehner says the House has voted to keep the government operating. However, Democrats will not compromise on the Affordable Healthcare Act.

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The shutdown of the government won't be derailing open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act. Beginning today, uninsured, legal U.S. citizens can begin shopping for healthcare coverage at HealthCare.gov. Once there, people will be offered different types of coverage depending on which state they live in.

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President Obama will mark the beginning of signing up for health insurance exchanges under Obamacare today. A White House news release says Obama will host a meeting with “Americans who will benefit from the opening” of the marketplaces.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address the UN General Assembly later on today. His speech is expected to explore the peace process with the Palestinians and Iran's nuclear program.

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Five people are dead after a rock slide in south-central Colorado. The Chaffee County Coroner's Office has confirmed that five people were killed when the slide happened yesterday along a hiking trail in the Pike and San Isabel National Forest. A sheriff's official says a 13-year-old girl was pulled to safety and taken to an area hospital.

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Investigators are trying to determine the exact cause of a power outage and explosion on the UC Berkeley campus in California. The power went out yesterday afternoon, prompting class cancellations and a suspension of lab activities. About two hours later a massive explosion rocked the campus.

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Maryland’s tough new gun control law is scheduled to take effect today, and efforts to stop it are continuing. A hearing is scheduled for today in federal court. Opponents are claiming that the law's ban on assault rifles and high capacity magazines violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

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Bill Nye is hanging up his dance shoes. On Monday, “The Science Guy” and his partner Tyne Stecklein became the second couple eliminated from ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars.” During last week’s competition, Bill was dealt a blow when he injured his quadriceps tendon.

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Amazon.com is adding 70 thousand seasonal positions this year. The online retailer announced yesterday it plans to offer the holiday jobs within several fulfillment centers around the country.

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The AMC series “Breaking Bad” seems to have ended on a very high note. The show’s series finale shattered ratings records Sunday night, drawing a reported ten-point-three-million viewers.

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Little Richard says he suffered a heart attack last week, and didn't even know it. RollingStone.com says the legendary rock pioneer discussed his health scare at a Recording Academy fundraiser in Atlanta on Sunday. He told the crowd that one night last week he was coughing and his right arm ached. Turns out, he’d had a heart attack.

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