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 HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A lawyer for former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky says his client has gotten his fighting spirit back after his child abuse conviction and sentencing. Attorney Karl Rominger says Sandusky hopes prison officials will find a way to house him under less restrictive conditions. Rominger met with Sandusky for several hours Friday at Greene State Prison in southwestern Pennsylvania. He says his client’s outlook has improved since he was sentenced two months ago to decades behind bars even though he’s alone in his cell for at least 23 hours a day. He says Sandusky’s “fight is 100 percent back” and he’s working on an upcoming hearing and planning appeals. Sandusky was convicted of abusing 10 boys in a scandal that rocked Penn State. He maintains he’s innocent.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – All 67 of Pennsylvania’s counties have certified their vote totals from the Nov. 6 election. The certified totals reported Friday by state elections officials show that 5.7 million Pennsylvanians cast ballots for president. Democratic President Barack Obama received 2,990,274 votes, or 52 percent, while Republican Mitt Romney claimed 2,680,434, or 47 percent. The Green and Libertarian party candidates each received less than 1 percent of the vote. The election’s biggest vote getter was Attorney General-elect Kathleen Kane, whose 3,125,557 votes were more than Obama or Democratic Sen. Bob Casey, elected to a second term. The totals don’t vary significantly from the unofficial totals gathered on election night by news organizations and the State Department. Department spokesman Ron Ruman says the totals exclude a couple hundred provisional ballots that remain uncounted.


WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) – The northeastern Pennsylvania city of Wilkes-Barre may not be able to afford the last paycheck of the year for several hundred city employees. City spokesman Drew McLaughlin tells The Citizens’ Voice it could mean a payless payday for about 260 employees on Dec. 21. He says it’s an outside possibility and that a decision will be made later this month. The city is facing a $1.9 million deficit and has to make several debt payments by the end of the year. McLaughlin says the city could end up having to withhold part or all of the workers’ paychecks. Regardless, he says employees would eventually receive all their earnings, possibly with interest. McLaughlin says the city could save about $500,000 by withholding salaries from an entire pay period.


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The Latest Business News


NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks closed mostly higher Friday after a better than expected jobs report. The Dow gained 81 points to 13,155, ending the week with a gain of 1 percent. The S&P 500 added 4 points to 1,418, while the Nasdaq composite fell 11 points as shares of Apple continued to decline.


WASHINGTON (AP) – With election day behind, there was hardly any reaction in Washington among political leaders to the monthly jobs report. The Labor Department said that the unemployment rate fell to a nearly four-year low of 7.7 percent.


DALLAS (AP) – Pilots at American Airlines have approved a new labor contract, and that could clear the way for consideration of a merger with US Airways. The pilots’ union announced that 74 percent of its members voted to ratify the contract. Pilots rejected a similar offer in August, but union leaders lobbied hard for passage the second time around.


WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Communications Commission says the nation’s four largest wireless carriers have agreed to relay text messages to text-enabled 911 call centers by May 2014. Four carriers – AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile – cover 90 percent of the population.


NEW YORK (AP) – “The Young and the Restless” has just marked week No. 1,248 at the top of the soap opera ratings, according to Nielsen. The CBS drama has been on the air since 1973.


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Pennsylvania Lottery Numbers


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


Cash 5



Evening Big 4



Evening Daily Number



Evening Quinto



Mega Millions

07-43-44-51-56, Mega Ball: 4





Midday Big 4



Midday Daily Number



Midday Quinto



Treasure Hunt



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Features & Entertainment


LOS ANGELES (AP) – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Southern California have seized nearly 36,000 Chinese rubber ducks that contain levels of a chemical that may be unhealthful for children. The ducks decorated as Santas, Snowmen and other holiday figures were seized Dec. 4 by officers and import specialists at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The customs agency said Friday that it worked with the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission in determining that the ducks contain an excessive level of a regulated phthalate, a chemical used to make vinyl and plastics soft and flexible. The rubber ducks were valued at more than $18,000.


NEW YORK (AP) – Just when you thought they couldn’t find another superstar to take part in the Hurricane Sandy benefit concert in York, the Rolling Stones were added to the bill. Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, the Who, Alicia Keys and Kanye West had already been booked for the show. The concert will be held Wednesday on the date 12-12-12.


NEW YORK (AP) – “Rolling Stone” has picked Bruce Springsteen’s “Wrecking Ball” as the album of the year. It’s followed by Frank Ocean’s “Channel Orange,” Jack White’s “Blunderbuss,” Bob Dylan’s “Tempest” and Fiona Apple’s album that has the incredibly long title of “The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do.” The song of the year is “Hold On” by Alabama Shakes. Taylor’s Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” ranks second, followed by Passion Pit’s “Take a Walk,” Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin’ Bout You,” and “Ramada Inn” by Neil Young and Crazy Horse.


LOS ANGELES (AP) – Only five actresses are on the Hollywood Reporter’s list of the 100 most powerful women in entertainment. Tina Fey is the most powerful of the actresses. She sits at number 42. Jennifer Lawrence, Kristen Stewart, and Meryl Streep are tied at number 50. Lena Dunham squeaks in at number 100 for creating, writing, directing and starring in HBO’s “Girls.”


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