Today's News - Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Strong thunderstorms blew through northern Cambria County last night, flooding some roads and basements, as well as Northern Cambria Elementary School’s gym and cafeteria. The National Weather Service says the storms dumped up to two inches of rain in some areas and produced wind gusts of up to 40 miles per hour. Parts of Blair and Centre counties also got some heavy rain. Northern Cambria School District is closed today due to the flooding.

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The Somerset County Humane Society recently found 25 dogs living in a filthy, feces and urine covered mobile home in Stoystown. The dogs are all spitzes ranging from 3-weeks old to a 17-year-old female. They are now being vaccinated and treated for fleas. The Humane Society hopes to find homes for all of them.

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Two local schools have been honored as Colleges of Distinction. Saint Francis University and Mount Aloysius College were named for excellence in student-focused higher education.

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Penn State students will help select music for the Blue Band to play at home football games this season. According to “The Daily Collegian, student tickets holds can vote online for songs from a list complied by the newly-established game-day music crew. Expect music from the 1970s this Saturday as Penn State honors the undefeated 1973 team and Heisman Trophy winner John Cappelletti. The Nittany Lions host Eastern Michigan.

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The debate over what, if any, action to take against Syria rages on in Washington, DC.  Hoping to persuade Congress to vote in favor of a limited military strike, President Obama meets this morning with House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.  The chairs and ranking members of half a dozen Congressional committees are also expected to attend. 

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Senator John McCain is saying he believes President Obama can offer a resolution for action in Syria that will clear Congress.  He says it would be “catastrophic” if Congress votes against the President's resolution.  The Arizona Republican met at the White House on Monday with Obama and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.

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The NYPD is trying to track down the gunman who shot and killed a one-year-old as his parents pushed his stroller in Brooklyn Sunday night.  Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says four rounds were fired as the family crossed a street.  One of the bullets struck 16-month-old Antiq Hennis in the head.

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In California, progress is slowly being made on the Rim Fire burning inside and outside of Yosemite National Park.  The fire is now 70-percent contained after burning nearly 236-thousand acres. Several thousand homes remain threatened by the flames.  Full containment of the massive fire is expected by September 20th.

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President Obama will do some globe-trotting this week.  After meetings on Syria today at the White House, Obama will leave for Stockholm, Sweden.  He'll meet with Sweden's prime minister and then the King and Queen of Sweden before traveling to Saint Petersburg, Russia for the G-20 Summit. 

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 Microsoft is picking up the handset and services business of Nokia in a more than seven-billion-dollar deal.  In a news release late Monday, Microsoft and Nokia said the 32-thousand Nokia employees will join Microsoft as a result of the all-cash deal.  Nokia had been a leader in the mobile phone business, but has lost ground with the shift to smartphones.

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California's multi-billion-dollar San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is now open to traffic.  The new eastern span of the bridge replaces one damaged back in 1989 during the Loma Prieta earthquake.  Construction of the eastern span was plagued by cost overruns and years of delays.  The bridge was slated to open Tuesday morning, but traffic started flowing Monday night hours ahead of schedule.

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Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is taking another trip to North Korea but says he isn't planning to work on the release of a jailed American missionary.  Rodman made his way to Pyongyang today for a five-day visit.  Rodman had met North Korean leader Kim Jong-un back in March and plans to see him again on this trip.  There had been speculation Rodman would try to negotiate the release of Kenneth Bae who was sentenced to 15 years in a North Korean prison for trying to overthrow the government.   

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A North Carolina pastor is apologizing for an email that said only white people should greet people at the front door.  It was sent by Pastor Makeda Pennycooke in Charlotte, who is African-American.  WBTV got a copy of the email sent to the congregation of Freedom House Church in north Charlotte.  A follow-up email was sent out saying it was wrong to over-emphasize a specific group.

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A family of treasure hunters working in the waters off Fort Pierce, Florida surfaces with a valuable prize.  The Schmitt family found 64 feet of thin gold chains about 150 yards from shore this past weekend.  The family also found five gold coins and a gold ring that are from Spanish ships that went down in a 1715 hurricane.  The loot is worth about 300-thousand-dollars and treasure hunters think there is a lot more yet to be found.

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The “Daily Show” is back in the hands of Jon Stewart.  He'll return to hosting the Comedy Central show tonight after taking time off this summer to direct, “Rosewater,” his first film. 

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