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Latest Pennsylvania news, sports, business, and entertainment

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett says he might agree to talk with investigators for the state’s incoming attorney general in her promised probe of the office’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse case. Corbett was attorney general when the state investigation of the ex-Penn State assistant football coach began. He said Thursday he “probably” would consent to an interview so long as he is convinced the investigation is not “a political game.” Attorney General-elect Kathleen Kane promised to launch an investigation into why it took 33 months to arrest Sandusky. Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts of abusing boys and sentenced to at least 30 years in prison. Corbett says investigators needed time to find multiple victims willing to testify to ensure Sandusky was convicted.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama will visit a suburban Philadelphia toymaker today as he tries to make his case for avoiding a potentially unsettling “fiscal cliff.” Obama will visit the Rodon Group manufacturing facility in Hatfield, showcasing the company as an example of a business that depends on middle-class consumers during the holiday season. The company manufactures parts for K’NEX Brands, a construction toy company whose products include Tinkertoy, K’NEX Building Sets and Angry Birds Building Sets. White House officials believe the trip will build momentum for Obama’s case, even as Republicans have described it as an irritant and an obstacle to fruitful talks. Obama’s Pennsylvania trip is part of a strategy to press his case publicly even while negotiating privately. He has already met with small business owners and with middle-class families in separate White House events. He has also invited business and labor leaders to the White House as well as Democratic operatives who can echo his plans on the airwaves.

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The AARP, Pennsylvania Council of Churches, and Pennsylvania’s chapter of the National Association of Social Workers are among dozens of public health and advocacy groups that are asking Gov. Tom Corbett to pursue a federally funded expansion of Medicaid. The 64 groups wrote a letter to Corbett this week, saying the move would save the state on costs for uncompensated care, behavioral health, and immunizations. Under 2010’s federal Affordable Care Act, states can expand income eligibility limits under the nation’s health care program for the poor to cover more adults. They say expanding the state’s coverage could cover up to 500,000 Pennsylvanians who lack health care while strengthening hospitals, health clinics, and medical professionals. Corbett, a Republican who is critical of the law, hasn’t said what he will do.

 

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. has released consultant reports recommending security upgrades in the wake of a shooting at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in March. A spokesman for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center didn’t immediately comment on the findings by two private security consultants. They recommend $2.1 million worth of upgrades, including adding a command and operations center, a new security card access system for employees, video surveillance, panic buttons and emergency call stations. One worker was killed and five others were wounded by mentally ill gunman John Shick before campus police fatally shot him on March 8. Zappala has said he’s still investigating whether anyone might be criminally liable for not preventing the shooting, but says UPMC officials have been cooperative and are planning $10 million in security upgrades.

 

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press, All Rights Reserved)

 

The Latest Business News

 

NEW YORK (AP) – Today’s session on Wall Street could dictate whether this is an up or down week for Wall Street. In Thursday trading, the Dow added 37 points, the S&P was up 6, while the Nasdaq gained 20 points. Futures trading has been flat.

 

BANGKOK (AP) – International stock markets eked out only marginal gains today as an immediate agreement among U.S. leaders to resolve a critical budget deadlock appeared unlikely. Benchmark crude oil fell below $88 per barrel. The dollar fell against the euro and rose against the yen.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) – A snapshot of Americans’ pocketbooks is due today. The Commerce Department this morning releases personal income and spending figures for October.

 

BRUSSELS (AP) – The European Union’s statistics office says unemployment in the 17-eurozone countries has set another record, rising to 11.7 percent in October. The increase from the previous month’s 11.6 percent was anticipated in light of the eurozone’s return to recession in the third quarter.

 

BERLIN (AP) – The German Parliament has approved a deal to keep Greece afloat financially and trim its debt load. The deal reached by European finance ministers Tuesday paves the way for Greece to receive $57 billion in critical rescue loans. It also includes measures including a debt buyback program and an interest rate cut on loans to reduce Greece’s debts.

 

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Pennsylvania Lottery Numbers

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

 

Cash 5

15-17-21-26-35

 

Evening Big 4

2-6-0-6

 

Evening Daily Number

4-7-3

 

Evening Quinto

8-0-3-3-0

 

Match 6 Lotto

12-14-15-19-38-42

 

Midday Big 4

7-8-8-3

 

Midday Daily Number

9-9-8

 

Midday Quinto

6-1-0-8-5

 

Treasure Hunt

08-13-20-26-30

 

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press, All Rights Reserved)

 

Features & Entertainment

 

NEW YORK (AP) – Even by Lindsay Lohan’s standards it was an eventful day. It started at four in the morning when she was arrested for allegedly hitting a woman in the face during an argument at a nightclub in New York. Hours later, prosecutors filed charges that are more serious over a car crash Lohan was involved in six months ago. Lohan crashed her Porsche into the back of a dump truck on her way to the set of “Liz and Dick,” the TV movie that many critics ridiculed. She told police at the time that her assistant was driving. Detectives have now determined that Lohan was behind the wheel and she’s been charged with lying to police, reckless driving, and obstructing an officer. If it’s determined that the new charges violate her parole, she could go to jail. Lohan’s on informal parole for stealing a necklace from a jewelry store.

 

COLUMBIA, Pa. (AP) – A dispute over a Pennsylvania restaurant’s 10 percent discount for people who bring in a current copy of their church bulletin has been settled. Sharon Prudhomme, who with her husband owns Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen in Columbia, Pa., says the state’s Human Relations Commission notified her and others involved that the promotion can continue. She says the restaurant offers the discount to all who bring in a bulletin, including atheists. The discount program had been challenged by a local man who belongs to the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation. The restaurant began the discount as a way to boost business on Sundays.

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Batman’s ride is up for sale – just the thing for cruising on those Dark Knights. The original Batmobile from the 1960s TV series will be auctioned on Jan. 19 at the Barrett-Jackson auction house in Scottsdale, Ariz. The 19-foot-long black, bubble-topped car was used in the TV show that starred Adam West as the Caped Crusader. The car’s owner – famed auto customizer George Barris, of Los Angeles – transformed a one-of-a-kind 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car into a sleek crime-fighting machine. On the show, it boasted lasers and a Batphone and could lay down smoke screens and oil slicks. In addition, just like Batman, the Batmobile has its secrets. The auction house won’t say how much it hopes to get for the car.

 

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press, All Rights Reserved)

 

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