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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

LOS OSOS, Calif. (AP) — A California man who was pulled off his surfboard and bitten by a juvenile great white shark was released from the hospital Monday, a spokesman for the medical center said.

The man from the San Luis Obispo area was surfing along the Central California coast Sunday when, seemingly out of nowhere, the shark dragged him underwater at Montana de Oro State Park. He popped back up a few seconds later and yelled, "Shark!"

"He was full of adrenaline. He peddled so fast out of there," witness Andrew Walsh said in a video Mike Jones took shortly after the attack.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Five cows were shot at a barn in Schuylkill County during the overnight hours of Sunday into Monday, according to state police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks.

Three of the cows died, a fourth one will have to be euthanized and the fifth one is expected to survive.

According to state police, the incident happened between 8 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday at Hepler's Farm, 121 Helfenstein Road, Pitman, Eldred Township.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
From left, parents Bill and Donna Jones and his sister Lauren Williams attend the ceremony for attorney Thomas I. Jones, who was sworn into the Carbon County Bar Association on Monday morning by Judge Joseph Matika and sponsored by attorney Joseph Velitsky of Summit Hill.

A Summit Hill man was officially sworn into the Carbon County Bar Association during a ceremony in the Court of Common Pleas on Monday morning.

Thomas L. Jones, son of William and Donna Jones of Summit Hill, was issued his oath of office by Judge Joseph J. Matika. Jones will begin duties as a full-time public defender in Carbon County on Monday.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A 1-year-old Schuylkill County baby found dead in her crib on Dec. 27 had bleeding inside her skull, said coroner David Moylan.

The girl, born in November 2013, was found in her crib by her mother at 10 p.m. in a house at 9 W. Centre St., Ashland, according to a news release from trooper Edward Lizewski of the state police barracks at Frackville.

Police have not released the identity of the baby's parents.

Moylan on Tuesday said the mother was at work and her boyfriend was at home with the baby and at least one other child when the baby died.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A Lansford man accused in a 2006 rape is back behind bars in Schuylkill County, exactly eight years after he is believed to have raped a girl.

Judge Charles Miller on Dec. 23 dissolved Clair A. Borger's bench warrant and sent him to prison on $25,000 straight cash bail.

Details of why there was a bench warrant on Borger were unavailable.

Monday, December 29, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is recalling about 67,000 model year 2006 and 2007 pickups because of a problem that could allow the trucks to be started without the clutch being depressed. Chrysler said one death is associated with the problem.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had opened an investigation into the trucks in May after receiving a report of a child starting a 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup without using the clutch. The truck moved forward, striking and killing another child, the safety agency said.

Monday, December 29, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man fired a rifle at two Los Angeles officers in a patrol car, but no one was injured in the attack that comes amid tension nationwide between police and protesters rallying against their tactics.

LAPD spokeswoman Officer Nuria Venegas said Monday that one man was under arrest and a second suspect was being sought in the Sunday night shooting in South Los Angeles, an area of the city ridden with gangs and crime and heavily patrolled by police.

Monday, December 29, 2014

ALLENTOWN (AP) – A Pennsylvania amusement park is facing a fine after federal regulators say it failed to protect workers from extreme heat, including a teenager who was burned after collapsing near a deep fryer.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Monday it’s proposing a $7,000 fine for Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom’s failure to protect outdoor and concession stand workers from sunlight and other heat sources.

The agency says it’s proposing the Allentown park pay another $2,000 for a record-keeping violation.

Monday, December 29, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Being uninsured in America will cost you more in 2015.

It's the first year all taxpayers have to report to the Internal Revenue Service whether they had health insurance for the previous year, as required under President Barack Obama's law. Those who were uninsured face fines, unless they qualify for one of about 30 exemptions, most of which involve financial hardships.

Monday, December 29, 2014

LEVITTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A suburban Philadelphia toddler whose battle with a rare degenerative genetic disorder inspired the state to expand medical testing for newborns has died.

Hannah Rose Ginion's parents confirmed the 23-month-old's death Sunday on their "Hope for Hannah" Facebook page.

About 1,000 people attended a candlelight vigil Sunday night at a school in Levittown.

Hannah's Law went into effect this month.