Today's News - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The preliminary hearing for Stephen Jablonski of Johnstown has been continued until a later date. He’s charged with phoning a bomb threat into the Cambria County Courthouse back in April. He told police he didn’t want his girlfriend to fail a drug test when she appeared at a hearing. Video surveillance shows Jablonski buying a phone. The district attorney’s office says the phone was never found but they have the box it came in. That is the phone prosecutors believe Jablonski used to make the 911 call.

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York businessman Tom Wolf will take on Republican Governor Tom Corbett in the November election. He defeated Allyson Schwartz, Rob McCord and Katie McGinty. State Senator Mike Stack took the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor. GOP Congressman Bill Shuster is the winner in the 9th District over Art Halvorson and Travis Schooley. In the 80th District state house race, Republican voters selected Judy Ward to replace the retiring Jerry Stern. She could face Independent Jason Lynn in the fall. New 78th District State Representative Jesse Topper won the republican primary. He replaced the late Dick Hess.

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12th District GOP Congressman Keith Rothfus will be challenged by Democratic newcomer Erin McClelland this fall. She beat John Hugya with approximately two-thirds of the vote. In the 5th Congressional District, Republican incumbent Glenn Thompson will be challenged by Kerith Strano Taylor. For the 71st District state house seat, incumbent Democrat Bryan Barbin will take on Republican challenger Jim Rigby for a third time. Barbin was unopposed for his party’s nomination and Rigby defeated Mark Amsdell. In the significantly reconstructed 72nd District, incumbent Democrat Frank Burns will face Republican Challenger Philip Rice in November. Republican State Representative Mike Fleck was unopposed on the ballot for the 81st District, but he faced a write in campaign from Huntingdon County Treasurer Richard Irvin. Those votes have not yet been tabulated.

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In Pittsburgh yesterday, U.S. District Judge John Jones overturned Pennsylvania’s 1996 law banning same sex marriage. His opinion says “Pennsylvania’s marriage laws violate both the due process and equal protection clauses of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution.” He also says “same-sex couples who seek to marry in Pennsylvania may do so, and already married same-sex couples will be recognized in the Commonwealth.” Pennsylvania is now the 19th state to permit same-sex marriages. Lawsuits are expected.
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State environmental officials tell the “Centre Daily Times” that Monday’s chemical spill along Route 322 in Potters Mills was worse than they realized. About 100 gallons of the spilled herbicide reached nearby Potter Run and caused a fish kill that stretched almost six miles. The waterway is not a source of public drinking water.

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The National 9-11 Museum at Ground Zero in New York will open to the public for the first time today. It will cost adults $24 to visit the museum, which is filled with artifacts, photos, video and audio from the 9-11 terrorist attacks. There will also be a morning ceremony dedicating a National 9-11 American flag to the museum.

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Primary results are in from half a dozen states. Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell will face Democrat Allison Lundergan Grimes in November after easily winning the state's Republican Senate primary Tuesday night. In Georgia, Democrat Michelle Nunn will be her party's nominee for the U.S. Senate. She's the daughter of former Senator Sam Nunn.

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Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell will face Democrat Allison Lundergan Grimes in November after easily winning the Republican Senate primary Tuesday night. Kentucky was one of six states holding primaries on Tuesday. In other "Super Tuesday" news, Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former Senator Sam Nunn, is the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in Georgia.

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Hundreds of fast food workers from around the country are getting ready to blast McDonald's for its low wages. Protesters will gather outside the McDonald's corporate headquarters in Illinois today demanding to be paid 15 dollars an hour. They also want the right to form a union without retaliation.

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The House Foreign Affairs Committee wants to learn more about Boko Haram, the militant Islamic group responsible for the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria. There's a hearing set for today designed to explore the threat posed by Boko Haram, in Nigeria and beyond.  The U.S. has sent a team of experts to help locate the girls, who've been missing for more than a month.

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House Republican Leader Eric Cantor is challenging President Obama to "come forward and take responsibility" for problems at the Veterans Affairs Department. Cantor said he was disturbed to learn that the President found out about the VA mess from news reports.

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A V.A. medical facility in Gainesville, Florida is now under the microscope of investigators. An audit team has discovered a list of patients needing follow-up appointments that was kept on paper instead of in the hospital's computer system. Three supervisors at the Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center are now on paid leave.

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Los Angeles police are calling the death of actor Michael Jace's wife a case of "domestic violence." The actor best known for his role on "The Shield," was arrested early Tuesday morning and booked on suspicion of murder. Jace reportedly called police himself to say that his wife, April, had been shot and that he had pulled the trigger.

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A Senate panel is expected to give a thumbs-up to Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the next Secretary of Health and Human Services. The Finance Committee will vote later today to formally send Burwell's nomination to the full Senate. In two confirmation hearings, Burwell has been well received by Democrats and Republicans.

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A U.S. Supreme Court Justice is putting the execution of a Missouri inmate on hold. Justice Samuel Alito finished a long day of legal maneuvers by upholding a stay issued earlier Tuesday by a federal appeals court. Russell Bucklew had argued the use of lethal injection was unconstitutionally cruel because he has a medical condition causing large masses in his head.

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A Los Angeles judge is giving Casey Kasem's daughter more control over her father's well-being. Kerri Kasem was granted additional conservatorship powers Tuesday in the midst of controversy over the care of the ailing radio legend. Kerri was named temporary conservator last week as questions surrounding Casey's whereabouts made national headlines. The 82-year-old Kasem was found in Washington state last Wednesday after Kerri filed a missing person's report.

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A pair of Dodgers minor leaguers are bringing back memories of Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield. Veteran catcher Miguel Olivo bit the ear of prospect Alex Guerrero during an altercation on the field as the two played for the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes on Tuesday. The incident occurred during a pitching change as the Isotopes played the Salt Lake Bees in Utah.

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The controversy surrounding Clippers owner Donald Sterling is taking another twist. The "Los Angeles Times" is reporting Sterling, his wife Shelley and team president Andy Roeser tried to cover up the tapes released by TMZ.com and make sure the Clippers owner wasn't blamed for the comments.

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Authorities are reportedly taking a look at Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith following a picture on social media of their 13-year-old daughter Willow in a bed with 20-year-old actor Moises Arias. A source tells RadarOnline that last week the Los Angeles Department of Children & Family Services opened an investigation over the photo.

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