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June 12, 2013

10 things to know for today

Your look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. TURKEY PRIME MINISTER TO FACE PROTESTERS

Recep Tayyip Erdogan's meeting with activists today comes after hours of clashes in Istanbul between protesters and police who fired tear gas into the crowds.

2. NSA HEAD TO FACE CONGRESS

Gen. Keith Alexander will field senators' questions about the surveillance by U.S. spy agencies after many called for an end to them.

3. SYRIA DENOUNCES 'MASSACRE' OF CIVILIANS

Activists said rebels attacked a village that killed dozens of Shiites; a government official said many were older people and children.

4. OPENING THE DOOR FOR IMMIGRANTS

In Spanish and English, the Senate pushes contentious immigration legislation over early procedural hurdles as Obama urges "The moment is now."

5. THE STORM THAT COULD HIT 1 IN FIVE AMERICANS

The derecho, a weather event that could span hundreds of miles from Iowa to Maryland, is likely to generate tornadoes, power outages and oppressive heat.

6. CLEVELAND KIDNAP SUSPECT HEADS TO COURT

Ariel Castro was to be arraigned today on hundreds of charges related to the kidnapping and rape of three women found in his home.

7. STUNNING WORDS FROM THE VATICAN

Pope Francis says a "gay lobby" is at work at the Vatican and acknowledges he isn't particularly adept at administration, notes from a private audience reveal.

8. LEAKER'S GIRLFRIEND 'STILL SHOCKED'

Lindsay Mills' father says he doesn't know where his daughter is now; she wrote, "my world has opened and closed" after revelations that Edward Snowden leaked classified secrets.

9. ANOTHER REASON BRITS ARE HAPPY ABOUT ROYAL BABY

Officials hope the birth next month of an heir to the throne could boost consumer confidence and the UK's sluggish economy.

10. NONSTARS STAND OUT AS SPURS BLOW OUT THE HEAT

Danny Green scored 27 points and Gary Neal made six 3-pointers while scoring 24 as San Antonio drubbed Miami 113-77, taking a 2-1 lead in the finals series.

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  • Halfway house inmates can ease back into society

    Prison life can be a time warp.
    When inmates are locked away – for months, years, decades – society moves forward: Technology evolves, major events occur, pop culture changes. From a personal perspective, families and friends live their lives: weddings, funerals, graduations, births, retirements. All the while, criminals bide their time, existing in a regimented world of cement walls and metal bars.
    Almost all of them eventually rejoin society, though.

    April 19, 2014

  • Crime board took aim at house

    Johnstown’s unemployment rate is around 8 percent.
    One-third of the city’s population lives in poverty.
    Burglaries and assaults significantly increased between 2010 and 2012. There is a thriving illegal trade in heroin and prescription drugs.
    Given those conditions, it can be challenging for Johnstown Community Corrections Center residents to find jobs when living in the facility or to avoid falling back into a criminal lifestyle upon their release.

    April 19, 2014

  • Homicides linked to center

    Three homicides that took place in Johnstown last year involved either a suspect or victim who previously resided in the Community Corrections Center.
    Police Chief Craig Foust confirmed the name of one victim, who spent almost two months in the facility on Washington Street during 2007, a time period verified by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

    April 19, 2014

  • bachota Volunteers helping to spruce up community

    Walls and ceilings inside the Cambria County Library look clean and bright with fresh new coats of paint on them.
    The work was recently done by inmates from the Johnstown Community Corrections Center.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • alanna Hartzok targets income disparity

    Alanna Hartzok described herself as being a conservative progressive.
    The Franklin County resident said she is in favor of conserving environmental resources, education opportunities, Social Security and Medicare, while wanting to progressively address wealth inequality, health care and taxation.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Schools rise to leadership challenge

    Forest Hills and Cambria Heights high school students put the spirit of healthy competition toward a good cause and picked up some lessons in leadership along the way.

    April 19, 2014

  • KATEY LADIKA Student’s photos win awards

    A Forest Hills High School junior has captured several awards in a high school arts and writing contest that has identified greats such as Truman Capote and Andy Warhol.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

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  • Biggest student loan profits come from grad students

    This week, the Congressional Budget Office projected that the federal government would earn roughly $127 billion from student lending during the next 10 years.

    April 19, 2014

  • Smartphone kill switches are coming

    Smartphones need kill switches. It's a relatively easy solution to the pricey (and irritating) problem of smartphone theft. But who would have thought that the big carriers would team up with Apple, Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung and lots of other manufacturers to voluntarily begin adding the technology by July 2015? The cooperative spirit! It makes so much sense!

    April 19, 2014

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