Today's News - Wednesday, July 30, 2014

19-year-old Cody Stoy of Altoona is facing multiple charges for allegedly taking several safety pins off the ferris wheel at the Bedford County Fair last week. The pins were eventually returned to the owner of the ride. Stoy is charged with criminal mischief, unlawful taking, and disorderly conduct. Police have not filed any charges suggesting anyone was at risk.

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34-year-old Kenneth “Kane” Carter, of Detroit, pleaded guilty in Johnstown’s federal court Tuesday for his role as the kingpin of a large drug ring. Carter was charged along with 14 others, for distributing 8,000 prescription pills and two pounds of heroin. He could see life in jail along with a $10 million fine.

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AAA Fuel Gauge says Western Pa. gas prices dipped about four cents to $3.72 a gallon this week. With the on-going geo-political tensions across the globe, American motorists are paying the lowest average retail price at the pump since March 17. This is due to U.S. refineries running near their highest rates since 2005, according to the Energy Information Administration, and domestic demand that was reported last week to have dropped back below nine million barrels per day. The national average dropped every day in July and has fallen on 32 consecutive days. Today’s average of $3.52 is five cents less than one week ago and 11 cents less than the same date last year.

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Former State Representative Jesse Stairs ran for Penn State’s board of trustees, lost by one vote, and then sued the university and two trustees claiming the election was flawed. Penn State says the lawsuit was filed in the wrong court and can’t proceed, but yesterday, Stairs testified before a Centre County judge saying that is just a tactic to delay his case. No word when a ruling will be made.

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Penn State’s Beaver Stadium is one of the best stadiums in the country. According to an Athlon Sports poll of 15 national college experts, the Nittany Lions’ home was ranked tenth best in the U.S. Beaver Stadium is one of two Big 10 stadiums on the list, with Ohio State listed second. LSU’s Tiger Stadium comes in at number one.

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Last year, the Pennsylvania State Lottery gave out 28.5 percent of its sales to seniors in the Commonwealth, and next year the amount must be increased to 30 percent, unless legislation is passed. Lawmakers are considering dropping that amount to 25 percent, arguing that more prize money would boost lottery sales and in turn provide more funding for older Pennsylvanians.

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Pennsylvania is being sued by the federal government. The Justice Department filed the suit yesterday, saying fitness tests given to applicants for state trooper positions illegally discriminate against women. The suit cites figures showing a much larger percentage of men than women pass the tests.

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Israeli forces today killed 43 Palestinians in the Gaza strip. That brings the Palestinian death toll to well above 12 hundred, most of them civilians. Since the offensive began on July 8th, 53 Israeli soldiers and three civilians have also died. The main U.N. relief agency in Gaza says it's reached a "breaking point" with more than 200 thousand Palestinians taking shelter in its schools and buildings.

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Secretary of State John Kerry claims it is well past time for the violence to end in eastern Ukraine. Kerry also renewed a call for a thorough international investigation of the recent crash of a Malaysian airliner in Eastern Ukraine. He said Tuesday that investigators need full and unfettered access to the crash site.

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President Obama continues to try to connect with Americans and listen to their issues. While four people from Kansas City dined on barbecue with the President yesterday, other locals said they had questions for Obama, too. This morning, the President plans to deliver a speech blasting House Republicans who are getting ready to sue him for allegedly abusing his executive powers.

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Cleanup efforts are underway after a water main break shot nearly ten-million gallons of water onto the streets around UCLA. It took utility officials three hours to cap the old water main yesterday on Sunset Boulevard. Tractors, backhoes and big rigs carrying material will be in and out of the neighborhood for most of the day today, as crews work to clean up the muddy mess.

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A startling revelation is being made in the federal corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen. In opening remarks yesterday, a defense attorney said evidence will show that Maureen McDonnell had an alleged crush on a wealthy benefactor. The lawyer said McDonnell considered Jonnie Williams, Senior a, quote, "playmate."

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President Obama has unveiled another round of U.S. economic sanctions against Russia. Yesterday, the President accused Russia of failing to cooperate in the investigation of the Malaysian crash in eastern Ukraine. Obama also accused Moscow of continuing to arm pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine while building up Russian forces along the Ukrainian border.

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A Minnesota man is the first American to die from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Patrick Sawyer collapsed while getting off a plane in Lagos, Nigeria. He was infected in Liberia, where he worked in the Liberian Ministry of Finance. He was attending a conference in Lagos before returning to Minnesota for his daughter's birthday.

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Robert McDonald will be taking over the troubled Veterans Affairs Department. The Senate unanimously confirmed McDonald, 97-0 on Tuesday. McDonald is an Army veteran and former CEO of Procter & Gamble.

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A federal jury is siding with former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura in a defamation lawsuit against the estate of "American Sniper" Chris Kyle. The jury voted 8-2 Tuesday that Kyle defamed Ventura when he said he punched him out in 2006 outside a California bar. Ventura said that incident never happened. Ventura is getting over a million dollars in damages.

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Most Americans believe the hordes of unaccompanied migrant children arriving at the southern border should be treated as refugees. A survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute shows that 70 percent of people across political and religious backgrounds think the kids should be given temporary housing and support from the U.S.

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The U.S. military is investigating the discovery of a child's body in the wheel well of a military aircraft at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby described the child as a young male of unknown nationality. He said it is not known how the apparent stowaway got into the cargo aircraft.

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President Obama is in Kansas City, where he plans to deliver a speech this morning blasting House Republicans who are getting ready to sue him. Obama says the lawsuit House Speaker John Boehner plans to file is a political stunt. Boehner counters by saying Obama violated the Constitution by making changes to his health care law without going through Congress.

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The battle over taxing soda drinks is returning to Washington, DC. Representative Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut is renewing the debate today by introducing a bill in Congress that would add a tax of about 15 cents on a 20 ounce bottle of soda. DeLauro does not expect her measure will actually come to a vote.

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Paramount Pictures is apologizing for its poster featuring four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles leaping from an exploding skyscraper and advertising a September 11th release date. The poster went out via Tweet today for the film company's Australian operations. A barrage of criticism came swiftly, and the company quickly realized the error.

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One software developer is setting an example about how to be romantic in the digital age. According to the "Leader-Post" newspaper of Regina, Saskatchewan, 27-year-old David Kossatz created a mobile app to propose to his girlfriend. The game sent Stoyko on a nine-level treasure hunt that eventually led back to their garage. Stoyko said "yes," and they are planning to tie the knot in 2016.

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