Today's News - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Three young men are now charged in connection with Sunday’s deadly shooting in the Oakhurst section of Johnstown. Police say 15-year-old Fidel Cosby, 19-year-old Jaquan Watson and 21-year-old Richard Cook all fired separate guns at 42-year-old Tyrone Williams outside Building 28 at the Oakhurst Homes. Cook was taken into custody yesterday, Cosby turned himself in, but Watson remains on the loose. Cambria County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to his arrest. You can Call Crime Stoppers at 800-548-7500. Williams was set to graduate in six weeks from the Johnstown Regional Police Academy.

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The “Altoona Mirror” reports that a judge has decided former Glendale School superintendent Dennis Bruno will not be allowed to withdraw his guilty plea for misappropriating nearly $50 thousand in federal funds. The money was supposed to be used to extend internet services to the Glendale Year-Round community in Cambria County. Bruno could get up to 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced August 5.

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49-year-old Joseph Miller, of Marsteller, Cambria County, was sentenced to 25 to 50 years after pleading guilty to over 30 charges related to child pornography. It was the second offense for Miller. His first took place in Indiana County, so he was given a minimum mandatory sentence. He must register as a sexually violent predator under Megan’s Law.

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Big plans for JWF Industries now that the company has been awarded a million grant from Pennsylvania’s Economic Growth Initiative. JWF plans to expand and upgrade its subsidiary Environmental Tank and Container, which will allow it to secure a 20-year contract with a major oil company.

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Governor Tom Corbett signed a $29 billion budget package last week and now parts of it are undergoing intense scrutiny. A two-year-old lawsuit is seeking to stop Pennsylvania from allowing more natural gas drilling on publicly owned lands and diverting the drilling proceeds away from a land conservation fund. A spokesman for Corbett says he will respond in court. Lawmakers are also reviewing $7 million in line item vetos.

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Some plaques at the state capitol are causing controversy. The plaques were hung yesterday under pictures of four former lawmakers convicted of corruption, and they detail their crimes and punishments. They were ordered by House Speaker Sam Smith and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati in response to calls from lawmakers to remove the portraits. Many feel the plaques will draw negative attention and should be taken down along with the pictures.

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Most area drivers are paying $3.79 for a gallon of regular unleaded, and AAA Fuel Gauge says Western PA gas prices dipped about five cents to an average of $3.80 this week. Today’s national average is $3.61 per gallon, about four cents less than one week ago and five cents less than one month ago.

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White House spokesman Josh Earnest is urging Congress to quickly approve a nearly four-billion dollar emergency budget request for border operations. On Tuesday Earnest called it a comprehensive, detailed response to the southwest border crisis. The White House claims money for border operations is being stretched thin while dealing with the surge of migrants.

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Pentagon spokesman John Kirby says Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has "no restrictions" on his movements now that he has been returned to active duty. Bergdahl is stationed at an Army base in Texas after a period of counseling and reorientation. Bergdahl was recently released in a prisoner exchange after five years in captivity.

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A bill replenishing the federal Highway Trust Fund is on its way to the Senate after approval Tuesday by the House. The more than ten-billion dollar measure extends funding to repair highways and bridges until next spring. The White House has warned that hundreds of thousands of jobs could be lost if the Highway Trust Fund runs dry this summer.

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A convicted murderer's execution is on hold again in Missouri. Late Tuesday night, a federal judge stayed the execution of John Middleton for a second time. The stay was issued about an hour before Middleton was scheduled to die. The state of Missouri has appealed the stay to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. A decision is expected some time today.

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An appeals court is allowing the University of Texas to use race as criteria for college admissions. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that universities may use race as part of an admissions program to achieve diversity. Tuesday's ruling by the three-judge panel is seen as a major victory for supporters of affirmative action programs.

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Violence is flaring up again as Israel resumed airstrikes into Gaza following a brief ceasefire. Israel had agreed to a truce brokered by Egypt, but Hamas rejected it. Israel today reported its first civilian death in the current conflict. Palestinian officials say around 200 people have been killed in Gaza.

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A leaked report from a federal intelligence office says misconceptions about U.S. policy are fueling the surge in migrant children entering the U.S. The El Paso Intelligence Center says more than 95-percent of migrants interviewed said they believed the U.S. grants "free passes" to unaccompanied children and some adult women.

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Both President Obama and Congressional Republicans are facing widespread disapproval over their response to the immigration crisis. A new "Washington Post"-ABC News poll shows almost six in ten Americans are unhappy with the President's performance in dealing with the flood of migrant children crossing into the U.S. from Mexico.

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U.S. military officials in Iraq are now assessing the effectiveness of Iraqi security forces. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said it's part of an overall review of the situation in Iraq as Baghdad tries to curb a violent military insurgency. In a Pentagon briefing Tuesday, Admiral Kirby would not talk about specifics of the reviews.

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At least ten people are dead and hundreds of thousands have been forced out their homes as a powerful typhoon ripped across the Philippines. Typhoon Rammasun brought wind gusts of almost 100 miles-per-hour knocking out power to much of the country as it made its way to the South China Sea.

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A Pulitzer-winning, undocumented immigrant journalist is free after being detained by the Border Patrol in South Texas. The immigration reform group DefineAmerican confirmed Jose Antonio Vargas' release. Vargas was placed in handcuffs Tuesday morning at the McAllen airport as he was getting ready to fly out. He was in South Texas to look at the shelters housing children who've crossed the border from Mexico.

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A congressional panel investigating the mishandling of dangerous materials at CDC labs will look into whether there was an attempted coverup by federal officials. The House panel will hear testimony Wednesday from the Center for Disease Control Director Thomas Frieden among others. The CDC is under scrutiny after it was revealed last month that more than 80 lab workers had been potentially exposed to the anthrax bacteria.

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The attorney for the mother of a Georgia toddler who was killed after being left in a hot SUV says his client is being treated unfairly by the media. Attorney Lawrence Zimmerman says Leanna Harris is living every parent's nightmare. Police have claimed that Harris didn't act like a grieving mother and made some curious statements to her husband Justin Ross Harris.

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Hillary Clinton didn't officially announce a run for the presidency during her visit to "The Daily Show" Tuesday. But host Jon Stewart did administer a "career aptitude test" that made it clear that "president" would be a good job for her. The former First Lady, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State was technically on the Comedy Central show to promote her book, "Hard Choices."

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Apple and IBM are becoming business partners. The companies have forged an agreement to create business apps and sell iPhones and iPads to IBM's corporate customers. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed on Tuesday.  IBM is hoping to end eight consecutive quarters of year-to-year revenue declines.

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It's 45-years to the day since mankind set out on one of its greatest adventures. A Saturn Five rocket carrying the Apollo 11 crew of Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin, and Neil Armstrong launched from Cape Canaveral, bound for the moon. The mission fulfilled a promise made by President Kennedy in 1962 to send humans to the lunar surface and return them home safely.

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Less than three percent of Americans identify themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, almost 97 percent of all adults label themselves as straight. The survey released Tuesday marks the first time the government has conducted a large-scale analysis of the sexual orientation of Americans.

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