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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A federal ruling is clearing the way for sports great Jim Thorpe’s sons to have his remains removed from the Pennsylvania town that bears his name and reentered on American Indian land in Oklahoma. U.S. District Judge Richard Caputo ruled Friday that Jim Thorpe borough in northeastern Pennsylvania amounts to a museum under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. A lawyer for Bill and Richard Thorpe says the men will pursue the legal process to have their father, who won the decathlon and pentathlon in the 1912 Olympics, returned to Sac and Fox land in central Oklahoma. The brothers and the tribe sued the borough and local government officials. Calls seeking comment from attorneys for the defendants weren’t immediately returned late Friday. The ruling was first reported by The Legal Intelligencer.

 

CAMP HILL, Pa. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey received a warm but restrained welcome at a gathering of Pennsylvania conservatives following his unsuccessful attempt to broker a compromise on expanding background checks for gun buyers. The Republican was the luncheon speaker Friday at the opening of the annual Pennsylvania Leadership Conference in Camp Hill.

 

Toomey stresses he’s a gun owner whose record has earned him a top rating from the National Rifle Association. He says his goal in developing the compromise with Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia was to encourage more states to require background checks and make it harder for criminals and mentally ill people to obtain firearms. He acknowledges many in the audience opposed his proposal, which the Senate rejected Wednesday, and says he considers the issue “resolved for now.”

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The size of Pennsylvania’s labor force shrank in March by the biggest one-month amount in almost three decades, as unemployment and payrolls also fell. The Department of Labor and Industry said Friday the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.9 percent in March, down from 8.1 percent in February. The national unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in March. A survey of households showed the number of people working or looking for work fell in March by 33,000 to just above 6.5 million. That’s the largest one-month drop since 1983. Total employment dipped by 14,000 while total unemployment dropped by 19,000. Payrolls also shrank by about 6,000 to about 5.74 million. Payrolls hit a record above 5.8 million in April 2008, but shrank to below 5.6 million amid the recession’s effects.

 

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NEW YORK (AP) – Stock markets closed out a turbulent week on Wall Street a little higher. The Dow Jones industrial average ended up Friday with a tiny gain — 10 points at 14,547. The S&P 500 rose 13 1/2 points to 1,555, up nearly 1 percent. The index was helped by strong earnings from Google. The Nasdaq composite index gained 39 1/2 points, up almost 1.3 percent.

 

UNDATED (AP) – The price of oil is up again. Crude rose above $88 a barrel Friday as traders cautiously returned to commodity markets following sharp sell-offs this week. Benchmark crude for May delivery rose 28 cents to finish at $88.01 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Crude has lost about $9 a barrel since the beginning of the month due to less than stellar economic news.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) – World finance leaders are pledging to pursue further actions to bolster a disappointingly weak global recovery. They also reaffirmed their commitment to avoid using their currencies as an economic weapon to gain unfair advantage in foreign trade. Finance ministers and central bank presidents from the Group of 20 nations wrapped up two days of talks today.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) – Japan’s finance minister is pushing back against criticism that the low value of the yen is giving its manufacturers an unfair advantage. Speaking after meeting with G-20 finance ministers, Taro Aso says that over the past year, Japan has suffered trade deficits, so it’s unfair to say the yen is unreasonably low.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal officials have accepted Boeing’s revamped battery system for its beleaguered 787 and intend to lift a 3-month-old order grounding the planes. That will give permission to proceed to begin retrofitting planes with an enhanced lithium ion battery system. The root cause of battery failures that led to a fire on one of the planes and smoke on another remains unknown.

 

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Features & Entertainment

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Fox TV series “Glee” will keep on singing for another two years. The network announced Friday that it has renewed the show about music-loving students through 2014-2015 – its 6th season. In a statement, Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly said “Glee” continues to break new ground as a rare successful TV musical comedy. The show been a music hit as well, with more than 50 million downloads of “Glee” tracks and worldwide album sales of more than 13 million. “Glee” has expanded from its original focus on the McKinley High School glee club to the college world of Rachel and Kurt, played by cast members Lea Michele and Chris Colfer. Next Thursday’s episode will feature Sarah Jessica Parker. Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Hudson are among previous “Glee” A-list drop-ins.

 

NEW YORK (AP) – The author of a book on the morning show wars writes that Ann Curry felt she was undermined from the start by the “boys’ club atmosphere” behind the scenes at “Today.” Brian Stelter writes that the crew made a blooper reel of the mistakes Curry made on the air. They also moved boxes of Curry’s stuff to the coat closet, long before she was let go. A staffer told Stelter that people in the control room would make fun of what Curry was wearing and were “messing with her.” According to the book, executive producer Jim Bell named the plan to get rid of Curry “Operation Bambi” because a friend told him that firing her “would be like killing Bambi.” Portions of “Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV,” are on the New York Times website. The book comes out Tuesday.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) – Jennifer Hudson hopes the TV movie “Call Me Crazy” helps reduce the stigma of mental illness. Hudson plays a veteran with posttraumatic stress disorder, one of five women with mental illness focused on in the movie. Hudson says anyone could have a mental problem. She says, “they could be your mother, it could be your doctor, it could be your lawyer, it could be anyone.” Hudson wants people with a mental illness to know “they don’t have to be ashamed.” Hudson was in Washington to get an award for her charity work from The Recording Academy, the group that gives out the Grammys.

 

COCOA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – USA Today founder Al Neuharth changed American newspapers by putting easy-to-read articles and bright graphics in his national daily publication, which he began in 1982 when he ran the Gannett Co. newspaper group. Neuharth died Friday in Cocoa Beach, Fla. He was 89. The news was announced by USA Today and by the Newseum, which he also founded. He wanted to create a bright, breezy, fun newspaper that would catch people’s attention and not take itself too seriously. During Neuharth’s more than 15 years at the helm of Gannett, the company became the nation’s largest newspaper company. Its annual revenues increased from $200 million to more than $3 billion. He became president and CEO of the company in 1973 and chairman in 1979. He retired in 1989.

 

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NBA PLAYOFFS

Friday

No games scheduled

Saturday’s Games

Boston at New York, 3 p.m.

Golden State at Denver, 5:30 p.m.

Chicago at Brooklyn, 8 p.m.

Memphis at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Friday’s Games

N.Y. Yankees 9, Toronto 4

Tampa Bay 8, Oakland 3

Texas 7, Seattle 0

Houston 3, Cleveland 2

L.A. Angels 8, Detroit 1

Kansas City at Boston, ppd., local manhunt

L.A. Dodgers at Baltimore, ppd., rain

Minnesota at Chicago, ppd., cold, windy conditions

Saturday’s Games

L.A. Dodgers (Ryu 2-1) at Baltimore (W.Chen 0-2), 1:05 p.m., 1st game

N.Y. Yankees (Kuroda 2-1) at Toronto (Buehrle 1-0), 1:07 p.m.

Kansas City (Shields 1-2) at Boston (Buchholz 3-0), 1:10 p.m.

Detroit (Porcello 0-1) at L.A. Angels (Richards 0-0), 3:05 p.m.

Minnesota (Worley 0-2) at Chicago White Sox (Peavy 2-1), 3:05 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers (Beckett 0-2) at Baltimore (W.Chen 0-2), 7:05 p.m., 2nd game

Cleveland (Kazmir 0-0) at Houston (Humber 0-3), 7:10 p.m.

Oakland (Parker 0-2) at Tampa Bay (Hellickson 0-1), 7:10 p.m.

Seattle (Maurer 1-2) at Texas (Tepesch 1-1), 8:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Friday’s Games

Pittsburgh 6, Atlanta 0

Philadelphia 8, St. Louis 2, 7 innings

Miami 2, Cincinnati 1

N.Y. Mets 7, Washington 1

Milwaukee 5, Chicago Cubs 4

Colorado 3, Arizona 1

San Francisco 3, San Diego 2

L.A. Dodgers at Baltimore, ppd., rain

Saturday’s Games

L.A. Dodgers (Ryu 2-1) at Baltimore (W.Chen 0-2), 1:05 p.m., 1st game

Miami (LeBlanc 0-3) at Cincinnati (Arroyo 2-1), 1:10 p.m.

Washington (G.Gonzalez 1-1) at N.Y. Mets (Hefner 0-2), 3:05 p.m.

Atlanta (Maholm 3-0) at Pittsburgh (Ja.McDonald 1-2), 7:05 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers (Beckett 0-2) at Baltimore (W.Chen 0-2), 7:05 p.m., 2nd game

St. Louis (Lynn 2-0) at Philadelphia (Lee 2-0), 7:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (E.Jackson 0-2) at Milwaukee (Burgos 0-0), 7:10 p.m.

Arizona (Cahill 0-2) at Colorado (J.De La Rosa 1-1), 8:10 p.m.

San Diego (Richard 0-1) at San Francisco (Lincecum 1-0), 9:05 p.m.

 

NHL

Friday’s Games

N.Y. Rangers 8, Buffalo 4

St. Louis 2, Dallas 1

Chicago 5, Nashville 4, OT

Edmonton 4, Colorado 1

Calgary 3, Anaheim 1

Pittsburgh at Boston, ppd., safety concern

Saturday’s Games

Pittsburgh at Boston, 12:30 p.m.

Florida at New Jersey, 1 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Winnipeg, 3 p.m.

Washington at Montreal, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Ottawa, 7 p.m.

Buffalo at Pittsburgh, ppd., reschedule conflict

Philadelphia at Carolina, 7 p.m.

Phoenix at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

Detroit at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

 

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