Today's News - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Thirty-three-year-old Dale Malloy Jr. of Vintondale is expected to stand trial this spring on vehicular homicide charges. He appeared in Cambria County Court yesterday and the judge granted a continuance. Police say Malloy was driving drunk last year when his pickup crashed on Chickoree Hill Road, killing his girlfriend, 26-year-old Kalynn Reynolds of Vintondale.

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Weather permitting, a 16-year-old Admiral Peary Vo-Tech student will face an expulsion hearing today for allegedly taking a loaded handgun into the Cambria Township school last month. He could also be expelled from his hometown school, Blacklick Valley. The teen told staff he was carrying the gun because he feared being attacked by another student after school.

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In Cambria County, Hastings police say 31-year-old Michael Lacey of Patton stole a forklift last weekend and caused more than $100,000 in damage. He allegedly drove into a car, yard fountain and a residential garage due to a personal vendetta against another person. Lacey is charged with reckless endangerment, aggravated assault, criminal mischief, theft and eight other counts.

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Eighteen-year-old Penn State Altoona student Vladislav Miftakhov is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing today. He was arrested January 24th after police found bomb-making materials at his apartment on the 100 block of North 9th Avenue in the Juniata section of Altoona. Police originally thought the Russian teen was growing and selling marijuana. Cops seized a computer and other electronics from the apartment. Miftakhov claims he was only planning to detonate the bomb in a remote field.

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Governor Tom Corbett’s budget calls for Penn State to receive flat funding equivalent to the previous two years. According to State College.com, the university will get $229.7 million, despite a request for an additional five percent. The good news is that the governor is proposing $47.7 million for research and extension programs for the College of Agricultural Sciences. Corbett’s spending plan totals $29.4 billion. Lawmakers will spend the next few months working on a final budget.

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Governor Tom Corbett’s proposed $29.4 billion budget would increase Pennsylvania’s spending by nearly $1 billion without raising taxes. New funding is included for schools, scholarships and economic development. Corbett also set aside $14 million to train 350 new state troopers and more than $34 million dollars for health and human services. The legislature has until June 30th to pass the final budget.

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Nearly 20 states from Nebraska up into northern New England are under a winter storm warning today. A major winter storm is packing a laundry list of bad weather, including heavy snow from central Kansas through the Ohio River Valley and the Northeast.

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The Obama administration is rolling out something it calls "climate hubs" today. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is creating seven centers to provide scientific information to help farmers, ranchers and landowners cope with risks associated with climate change.

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New York police have arrested four people in connection to drugs found in late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's Manhattan apartment. The raid took place last night. Investigators say they found almost 50 envelopes of what they believe to be heroin in Hoffman's apartment Sunday.

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The White House is refuting claims the healthcare reform law will cause widespread, full-time job losses. A new report from the congressional budget office projects Obamacare will prompt a reduction in work hours and a loss of roughly two-million full-time jobs in the coming years.

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A former Southern California teacher is scheduled to be arraigned today for child molestation that a student revealed in a YouTube video. Court records released Tuesday say Andrea Cardosa admitted to police she had a sexual relationship with a former student.

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A lot of Americans believe holding the Winter Olympics in Russia was a bad decision because of concerns about security. A Pew Research Center poll says 44 percent of Americans surveyed feel the International Olympic Committee made the wrong call when it awarded the games to the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

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The new chief executive officer at Microsoft is getting a mighty big pay raise. Satya Nadella will receive $1.2 million in salary, which is a pay bump of nearly 80 percent over what he was making as a division head last year.

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Senators are taking a close look at recent data breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus stores. Opening a hearing of the senate judiciary committee on Tuesday, Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy said the personal information of tens of millions of target consumers may have been compromised.

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The Washington, DC city council has approved a bill making it legal to possess up to an ounce of marijuana on one's own property. An earlier version of the bill completely decriminalizing pot was watered down because DC's mayor and police chief are concerned that fines for smoking in public would be "unenforceable."

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The Southern California man accused of pointing a shotgun at a Girl Scout selling cookies is still behind bars. John Dodrill is being held on $25,000 dollars bail after he allegedly pointed the shotgun at the seven-year-old Girl Scout when she showed up on his Temecula doorstep selling cookies last weekend. Authorities now say they recovered numerous guns from Dodrill's home when he was arrested.

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Bruno Mars is starting to reap the benefits of his well-received halftime show at the super bowl. "Billboard" reports that sales of his "Unorthodox Jukebox" album are going through the roof. The singer's sophomore album sold an estimated 40,000 copies in the sales week ending on February 2, the night of the big game. That marks a 164 percent gain compared to the previous week.

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Apple's iPhone continues to rule the U.S. smartphone market, despite increasing dominance of the Android operating system. A new report from Comscore shows Apple's iPhone with a nearly 42 percent share of the U.S. market during the last three months of 2013. Tuesday's report finds android with more than 51 percent of the operating system market in the U.S., but Android phones account for only 26.1 percent of all smartphones sold in this country.

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YouTube is now auditing the number of views videos get. Officials with the video sharing website say they're trying to stop people from artificially inflating view counts and misleading others about the popularity of a video.

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers are 'fessing up to miming their performance of "give it away" at the Super Bowl halftime show. Photos of the group's unplugged instruments sparked a debate about the authenticity of their performance with Bruno Mars.

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It's Google Doodle contest time again. The internet search giant kicked off its annual contest for kids on Tuesday. The winner will receive a $30,000 college scholarship.

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Rapper DMX will reportedly step into the ring with George Zimmerman. Celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman tells TMZ.com that the rapper was chosen from about 15,000 applicants to lace up the boxing gloves against the man acquitted of murdering Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

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The Powerball is still growing. The estimated jackpot for tonight's drawing is $215 million and the lump sum cash option is more than $124 million. Powerball is played in 43 states, Washington DC, and the US Virgin Islands.

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