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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – In politics, it can be hard to count the different arguments that frame one single issue, and that’s getting to be the case with Gov. Tom Corbett’s campaign pledge not to raise taxes or fees. Corbett says he’s remained true to his pledge, even as millions from a new drilling fee pour into government coffers and pressure builds for Corbett to support an increase in a wholesale gas tax for highway and bridgework. Not everybody agrees that Corbett has stayed true, and sorting through the arguments gets complicated. Different conservatives make different arguments for when it’s OK to raise a tax or a fee, and those arguments occasionally even contradict each other. Blair County Republican Sen. John Eichelberger says there are legitimate arguments among conservatives over what’s considered a pledge-breaking decision.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Penn State University says it will make its first payment later this month on the $60 million fine issued by the National Collegiate Athletic Association over the sex abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. The Patriot-News of Harrisburg reports the university said Friday it will make the first of five annual payments Dec. 20. The NCAA says the money will be held in a money market account while a task force works out guidelines for distribution of grants from an endowment established to combat child sex abuse. The NCAA imposed the fine and other sanctions over Penn State’s handling of the allegations against Sandusky, who was convicted this summer of abusing 10 boys, some on campus. Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence.


NEW YORK (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett says he will soon present his plans for dealing with pension costs, liquor privatization, and the state’s transportation system. The Republican governor traveled to New York on Saturday and spoke to about 500 people at a Pennsylvania Society event. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Corbett did not give details or a timetable for fixing hundreds of miles of crumbling roads and bridges and aging mass transit. He says the plan will be tied to his February budget address. The first-term governor also would not say whether he would run again in 2014. He did note he’s “not going to break the tradition” of Pennsylvania governors serving two terms. The nonprofit society is not affiliated with a particular party, but the annual weekend of hobnobbing attracts politicians and many others.


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NEW YORK (AP) – Wall Street capped the most recent trading session with a positive tone, enabled by a better than expected jobs report. The key averages were restrained by the continued decline in the value of Apple stock, weighing mostly on the Nasdaq but also on the S&P 500. For the week, the Dow rose 130 points, or 1 percent. The S&P gained about 2 points, while the Nasdaq fell 1.1 percent. With time running out on 2012, the key averages are up between 8 and 14 percent, year-to-date.


BANGKOK (AP) – Rising factory output in China and better-than-expected U.S. hiring helped lift Asian stock markets modestly on Monday. Investors delved into riskier assets a day after China’s National Bureau of Statistics reported that factory output increased 10.1 percent from a year earlier in November, a sign of recovery in the world’s No. 2 economy. Benchmark crude oil rose above $86 per barrel. The dollar rose against the euro and the yen.


WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve holds a two-day interest rate meeting this week, and Chairman Ben Bernanke will hold a news conference. On Wednesday, he’ll give his assessment of the economy and comment on the outlook. In addition, this week, the Commerce Department reports on November retail sales, due Thursday. Friday brings the Consumer Price Index and a report on industrial production.


WASHINGTON (AP) – Administration officials say President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met Sunday at the White House to discuss the ongoing negotiations over the impeding “fiscal cliff.” Spokesmen for both Obama and Boehner said the two men agreed to not release details of the conversation, but emphasized that the lines of communication remain open. The meeting comes as the White House and Congress try to break an impasse over finding a way to stop a combination of automatic tax increases and spending cuts scheduled to kick in at the beginning of the year.


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Pennsylvania Lottery Numbers


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


Cash 5



Evening Big 4



Evening Daily Number



Evening Quinto



Midday Big 4



Midday Daily Number



Midday Quinto




Treasure Hunt




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Features & Entertainment


SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) – Coastal communities pummeled by Superstorm Sandy are rushing to rebuild their boardwalks in time for next summer. They’re in a race to finish by the end of May to retain tourist money they will need next year more than ever. Seaside Heights N.J., gets 75 percent of its budget from tourism, and is moving quickly to rebuild the boardwalk where MTV’s “Jersey Shore” was filmed. Belmar N.J. is spending $20 million to rebuild its boardwalk, and several other shore towns are doing likewise. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has decreed no new wooden boardwalks will be built. He favors concrete as more durable. The rush to rebuild has also touched off a debate over whether to use rainforest wood.


WASHINGTON (AP) – The National Menorah has been lit in Washington to celebrate Hanukkah, the eight-day festival of lights. Rabbi Levi Shemtov told the crowd that just as the Jewish people triumphed over their oppressors more than 2,000 years ago, “Decency over any force of evil or darkness will prevail” Fourth-grader David Moritz said the lit menorah symbolizes the religious freedom that everyone should enjoy. Jeffrey Zients acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget quipped that the day’s-worth of oil that lasted eight days in the Jewish temple was a triumph of energy-efficient lighting. The National Menorah and the National Christmas Tree both are illuminated on the Ellipse, the grassy park between the White House and the Washington Monument.


WASHINGTON (AP) – An annual holiday concert attended by President Barack Obama and his family includes something non-traditional this year: a performance by South Korean rapper and Internet sensation PSY. The “Gangnam Style” rapper, born Park Jae-sang, apologized Friday for using what he says was “inflammatory and inappropriate language” during anti-U.S. protests at concerts in 2002 and 2004. Obama traditionally attends the “Christmas in Washington” concert of carols and songs to benefit Children’s National Medical Center. The 31st installment is scheduled for Sunday evening at the National Building Museum, and to be hosted for a second year by comedian Conan O’Brien. Other scheduled performers include Diana Ross, Demi Lovato, Scotty McCreery, Chris Mann of “The Voice” fame and “Smash” star Megan Hilty. The concert is scheduled to air Dec. 21 on TNT.


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