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HARRISBURG,Pa.(AP) – Union faculty atPennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities have given their leadership the authority to call a strike.  The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties announced results of a vote Friday. Members had cast ballots at 14 campuses across the state earlier this week.  The vote empowers union chapter presidents at each school to call a strike. Ten of the 14 must approve a walkout. Faculty and coaches have been working without a contract since June 2011. Talks have stalled over issues including compensation for temporary instructors, health care benefits and online education.  There has never been a faculty strike in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.  Another negotiating session is set for Dec. 11. Meanwhile, classes will continue for the system’s 120,000 students.

HARRISBURG,Pa.(AP) -Pennsylvania’s jobless rate is down for the first time in six months as employers expanded their payrolls slightly in October.  The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that the unemployment rate dropped to 8.1 percent from 8.2 percent, as both overall employment and the number of people working or seeking work grew.  The national unemployment rate is 7.9 percent. Pennsylvania’s jobless rate had begun rising again after it dropped back to 7.4 percent from the recessionary peak of 8.7 percent in 2010.  The department estimates that payrolls increased by nearly 7,500 jobs in October. The total is now above 5.75 million nonfarm jobs, counting an upward revision of the September estimate by almost 11,000 jobs.Pennsylvaniapayrolls remain smaller than they were in 2006, before the recession started.

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Congressional leaders from both parties are voicing fresh optimism about avoiding the year-end “fiscal cliff” of tax increases and spending cuts. After meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House this morning, House Speaker John Boehner said Republicans are willing to consider increased revenue “as long as it is accompanied by spending cuts.”

 

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama’s health care law appears to be on track in nearly half the country. As of today, 22 states and Washington, D.C., are setting up health insurance exchanges, where people and businesses will be able to shop for private coverage. Fifteen states say they’ll leave it to the federal government to run their markets. The other 13 have until Dec. 14 to declare their intentions.

 

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – The Humane Society says a $500 million settlement has been reached in a slaughterhouse abuse case that led to the biggest meat recall in U.S. history in 2008. The now defunct Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. was supplying meats for the national school lunch program when an undercover video showed cows unable to walk being dragged with chains and prodded with forklifts.

 

NEW YORK (AP) – Twinkies may not last forever after all. Hostess Brands filed a motion in U.S. Bankruptcy court today to liquidate after striking workers crippled its ability to maintain production. The move means the loss of more than 18,000 jobs. Hostess CEO Greg Rayburn says there’s no one waiting in the wings to buy the company, but he has received interest in some of its 30 brands.

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Pennsylvania Lottery Numbers

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – These Pennsylvania lotteries were drawn Friday:

Cash 5

05-18-19-20-37

Evening Big 4

8-2-9-3

Evening Daily Number

3-2-9

Evening Quinto

6-4-8-1-4

Mega Millions

05-24-26-29-53, Mega Ball: 36

Megaplier

4

(four)

MiddayBig 4

5-3-2-1

MiddayDaily Number

3-8-7

MiddayQuinto

5-7-1-1-2

Powerball

Estimated jackpot: $214 million

Treasure Hunt

03-06-12-17-27

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Features & Entertainment

NEW YORK(AP) – Retired tennis stars Chris Evert and Lindsay Davenport will guest star on an episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” in January.  Evert,Davenportand Justin Gimelstob will play themselves in an episode of the CBS show about the death of a professional female tennis player.  Evert, a Hall of Famer, won 18 Grand Slam singles titles.Davenportwon three, along with an Olympic gold medal. Gimelstob, a former top-rankedU.S.junior player, is now best known as a TV commentator.

WASHINGTON (AP) – At least some of the Twihards who’ve seen “Breaking Dawn: Part 2″ are raving about the ending, which is different from the one in the book. One says it made her laugh and cry. Another fan says she was on the edge of her seat the whole time. But not everyone loved it. One girl says the franchise has gotten “so ridiculously cheesy.” She says the audience she saw it with in Washington laughed at the love scenes.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Stephen Colbert came face to face with himself during a visit to Madame Tussauds wax museum in Washington. Colbert checked out his wax figure that will sit behind a desk on a replica of the set of “The Colbert Report.” Designers went to his studio to take more than 250 measurements and photographs of Colbert so they could make his wax figure as realistic as possible.

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High School Football Scores

Selinsgrove 31, Milton 0
Mount Carmel 48, Montoursville 20
Danville 14, Athens 13
Southern Columbia 47, South Williamsport 12