Today's News - Wednesday, June 18, 2014

It looks like Silver Airways will continue to serve the residents of Cambria County. Johnstown airport authorities are asking the federal government to once again award Silver Airways a contract with subsidies to provide flights to and from Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. Silver’s proposal beat out three other providers. The airline announced earlier this year that it would not continue service to the Altoona Blair County Airport.

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According to “The Tribune-Democrat,” a panel of three experts has decided that the border between Richland and Adams townships in Cambria County should remain unchanged. There had been dispute for years as to whether the boundary line was correct. Adams Township has 30 days to appeal the decision.

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A local couple has been arrested for separate crimes. 21-year-old Ashley Emerick, of Hollsopple, allegedly stole a valuable ring and some cash from a neighbor, while her husband, 25-year-old Bruce Emerick, was arrested for selling drugs. In 2009, Bruce was acquitted on murder charges for the death of his then-fiancé. Ashley is free on unsecured bond, Bruce is in the Somerset County prison.

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Conemaugh Township, Cambria County police say that 22-year-old Frank Wilt stabbed his girlfriend in the face on Monday night, now they’re searching for him. The couple’s 3-month-old son was in the room at the time of the attack. If you have any information on Will’s whereabouts, please call the county’s non-emergency number, 800-281-1680.

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A Sidman husband and wife will serve jail time for drug charges. 29-year-old Dennis Ricks and 30-year-old Roseann Ricks were both charged as a result of numerous heroin sales around the region. Johnstown police arrested the pair. Dennis received 12 years in prison, while Roseann receive 4 to 8.

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Some states are better than others for teen drivers and Pennsylvania ranks closer to the bottom of the list. WalletHub's Best and Worst States for Teen Drivers list puts the state 35th, while New York is number one. The survey looked at a number of areas including teen driver deaths, impaired driving laws, the number of teen drivers and the cost of car repairs.

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The Pentagon says the top suspect captured in the Benghazi attack is coming to the U.S. to stand trial. Ahmed Abu Khatallah is reportedly being held aboard an American ship outside Libya. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Republicans who are downplaying the arrest are "pathetic."

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Nebraska's governor is reminding the people of tornado-flattened Pilger of their town's motto, "the little town too tough to die." Governor Dave Heineman said Tuesday the devastation was even more tragic as he walked through town. Another round of strong storms battered Nebraska on Tuesday, destroying two farms and a grainery near Coleridge.

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Georgia and Missouri are reporting no problems with executions carried out about an hour apart overnight. These were the first executions in the U.S. since April's botched lethal injection of a condemned killer in Oklahoma.

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Investors are looking forward to the Fed's decision on interest rates later today. In their last few meetings, Fed policy makers have decided to keep key interest rates at all-time lows while shaving about $10 billion off of stimulus measures.

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Executions were carried out in Georgia and Missouri overnight, and neither state is reporting any problems. These were the first executions in the U.S. since April's botched lethal injection of a condemned killer in Oklahoma. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to stop both executions.

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Several of Iraq's top security commanders are out of a job. Iraq's prime minister fired the senior officers on Tuesday. The dismissals follow acts of desertion by soldiers and police, who offered no resistance against insurgents that swept into the city of Mosul.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the Obama administration might need to "raise the decibels a little bit more" to get Mexico to release an American Marine. In an interview with Fox News on Tuesday, Clinton called Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi's imprisonment "unacceptable."

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Legendary investor Warren Buffett says there is "absolutely no chance" he plans to take over Coca-Cola and take the world's biggest soda company private. Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate is Coke's largest shareholder, owning slightly more than nine-percent of the company's shares.

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President Obama is vowing to fight for more marriage equality in America. Speaking Tuesday night at a Democratic LGBT fundraiser in New York, Obama said when he took office in 2008 only two states allowed same sex marriage compared to 19 now.

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A rare British Guiana stamp is fetching a record price at auction. The one-cent Magenta stamp from 1856 sold for $9.5 million at Sotheby's auction in New York City today. The one-and-a-quarter inch stamp printed in black on magenta paper is the only one of its kind in existence.

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Doctor Mehmet Oz, host of TV's "Dr. Oz" show, is on the hot seat over weight-loss products. In a Senate hearing, Oz said he does not endorse controversial weight-loss products that are advertised during his popular show. Oz said he sometimes voices support for new products that he finds promising, but he is firmly against false and deceptive ads for weight-loss products.

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Washington D.C. is the nation's most walkable city. Researchers ranked 30 major cities on how easy it was to walk to work and shopping. Other cities in the top five included Chicago and Boston. Phoenix, Arizona and Orlando, Florida were at the bottom of the list.

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Facebook is rolling out its own selfie-slinging app after failing in it's bid to buy Snapchat last year. It's called Slingshot, and like Snapchat, it sends selfie photos and videos that disappear after a few seconds. The free app is now available to iPhone and Android users.

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A Fresno senior is in trouble with the law for allegedly cooking meth in his retirement community. According to Fresno's KFSN-TV, police caught 64-year-old Robert Short with four-ounces of meth on Saturday night after pulling over his car. Police then searched his home in a local retirement community, where they discovered an additional half-pound of meth as well as heroin.

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