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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett is defending his proposal to increase state spending to combat domestic violence by 10 percent. At a news conference Friday at the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg, Corbett said the $1.3 million increase would support an array of valuable services ranging from shelters for battered women to counseling and legal services. Corbett said domestic violence often occurs behind closed doors or involves people who know each other, but that “we all agree that it’s not acceptable.” The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence says that, in 2012 alone, such violence claimed the lives of 110 victims and 31 perpetrators – the majority by guns. The proposed funding increase would boost state spending for the state’s 60 domestic violence agencies to nearly $14 million.

 

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The Latest Business News

 

NEW YORK (AP) – After the long holiday weekend, investors will be anxious to see if the stock market can reach another milestone as it did on Thursday. That’s when the S&P 500 index closed at a record high, beating the mark it set in October 2007. The S&P rose six points to 1,569, beating its previous record by four points. The index is still shy of its all-time trading high of 1,576. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 52 points to 14,578. The Nasdaq composite closed up 11 points on Thursday.

 

BANGKOK (AP) – Japan’s benchmark stock index fell Monday after a central bank survey showed a smaller-than-expected improvement in business sentiment. The Tankan index for the March quarter rose to minus 8 from minus 12 in December, a smaller improvement than analysts had anticipated. A reading below zero means pessimists outnumber optimists. Markets in mainland China were mixed after an industry group released a survey showing an increase in manufacturing growth in February. Markets in Australia and Hong Kong were closed for an extended Easter weekend holiday. Stock markets in Europe are closed today. Benchmark crude oil fell below $97 per barre. The dollar gained against the euro and fell against the yen.

 

WASHINGTON – There are a couple of interesting reports out today. The Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for March this morning. In addition, the Commerce Department reports on construction spending for February.

 

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Features & Entertainment

 

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Easter Bunny, dozens of professional athletes and thousands of children will be hippity-hopping across the White House’s South Lawn as President Barack Obama and his family lead the annual Easter Egg Roll. One highlight of this year’s event is the “Eggtivity Zone,” in which athletes and coaches will help teach kids how to play sports.

 

Among the stars scheduled to attend are Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, NASCAR driver Danica Patrick, gymnast John Orozco and Washington Wizards point guard John Wall. Two of the younger celebrities in Monday’s lineup are Oscar-nominated actress Quvenzhane Wallis, star of “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” and Robbie Novak, who plays “Kid President” in a series of popular YouTube videos. Elmo, Abby, and other “Sesame Street” Muppets will also be performing.

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The crack of the bat may sound a bit different in the Major League baseball season that’s now under way. You might not be able to see it from the stands, but hitters are carrying a new type of bat to the plate. For one thing, the “Louisville Slugger” bats are made with firmer wood. The harder bat is less likely to splinter. In addition, the other big change is the logo. The more modern “Louisville Slugger” label is part of the effort by the 129-year-old company to stay relevant in the sporting good supply market.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) – The first family has heard a pointed Easter sermon at an Episcopal church near the White House. President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia made the short walk across Lafayette Park to St. John’s Church, where the pastor used part of his sermon to bash religious conservatives. The Rev. Luis Leon accused leaders of what he called “the religious right” of calling “for blacks to be back in the back of the bus, for women to be back in the kitchen, for gays to be in the closet and for immigrants to be on their side of the border.”

 

Leon suggested that the risen Christ wants people to embrace change instead of longing for “the good old days.” The president appeared to enjoy the service, singing enthusiastically, partaking in Communion, and wishing bystanders a “Happy Easter” as he and his family walked back to the White House beneath umbrellas in a light rain. Leon, whose Episcopal denomination accepts gay marriage and clergy, delivered the prayer at Obama’s January inauguration in place of the Rev. Louie Giglio, an evangelical who was found to have preached against homosexuality in the 1990s.

 

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Sports

 

AMERICAN LEAGUE

 

Final Houston 8 Texas 2

 

Monday’s Games

Boston (Lester 0-0) at N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 0-0), 1:05 p.m.

Detroit (Verlander 0-0) at Minnesota (Worley 0-0), 4:10 p.m.

Kansas City (Shields 0-0) at Chicago White Sox (Sale 0-0), 4:10 p.m.

L.A. Angels (Weaver 0-0) at Cincinnati (Cueto 0-0), 4:10 p.m.

Seattle (Hernandez 0-0) at Oakland (Anderson 0-0), 10:05 p.m.

 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

 

Monday’s Games

Miami (Nolasco 0-0) at Washington (Strasburg 0-0), 1:05 p.m.

San Diego (Volquez 0-0) at N.Y. Mets (Niese 0-0), 1:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (Samardzija 0-0) at Pittsburgh (Burnett 0-0), 1:35 p.m.

Colorado (Chacin 0-0) at Milwaukee (Gallardo 0-0), 2:10 p.m.

L.A. Angels (Weaver 0-0) at Cincinnati (Cueto 0-0), 4:10 p.m.

San Francisco (Cain 0-0) at L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw 0-0), 4:10 p.m.

Philadelphia (Hamels 0-0) at Atlanta (Hudson 0-0), 7:05 p.m.

St. Louis (Wainwright 0-0) at Arizona (Kennedy 0-0), 10:05 p.m.

 

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

 

Final New Orleans 112 Cleveland 92

Final Washington 109 Toronto 92

Final Chicago 95 Detroit 94

Final Miami 88 San Antonio 86

Final New York 108 Boston 89

 

Monday’s Games

Detroit at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Cleveland at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

Orlando at Houston, 8 p.m.

San Antonio at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Boston at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Charlotte at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.

Portland at Utah, 9 p.m.

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

 

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

 

Final Chicago 7 Detroit 1

Final OT Columbus 2 Anaheim 1

Final Los Angeles 3 Dallas 2

Final Boston 2 Buffalo 0

Final OT Philadelphia 5 Washington 4

 

Monday’s Games

N.Y. Islanders at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Winnipeg at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.

Carolina at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Colorado at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

St. Louis at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Nashville at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

Anaheim at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Calgary at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m.

Vancouver at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

 

NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL

 

Final ( 2) Louisville 85 ( 6) Duke 63

Final (10) Michigan 79 (14) Florida 59

 

FINAL FOUR

At The Georgia Dome, Atlanta

National Semifinals Saturday, April 6

Louisville (33-5) vs. Wichita State (30-8), 6 p.m.

Michigan (30-7) vs. Syracuse (30-9), 8:30 p.m.

National Championship, Monday, April 8

Semifinal winners, 9 p.m.

 

NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

 

Final (16) Louisville 82 ( 1) Baylor 81

Final ( 2) Notre Dame 93 Kansas 63

Final ( 5) Duke 53 (24) Nebraska 45

Final (10) Tennessee 74 Oklahoma 59

 

Regional Championship

Monday, April 1

Kentucky (30-5) vs. Connecticut (32-4), 7:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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