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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The National Weather Service is predicting another wave of snow will soon hit Pennsylvania. Forecasters say the flakes will start falling late Friday night, dumping 2 to 4 inches on the western part of the state and 3 to 5 inches in central Pennsylvania. In eastern Pennsylvania, the snow will begin around daybreak Saturday. Meteorologists say the Philadelphia area will get 1 to 2 inches, while the outer suburbs and LehighValley will get 3 to 5 inches. The weather service cautions that travel may be difficult during the storm. AccuWeather says we’ll get 2-4 inches in The Valley. Full forecast at www.wkok.com.

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett is asking Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to keep C-130 transport planes at a suburban Pittsburgh air base. Corbett spoke Friday at the Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, which is home to the 911th Airlift Wing. He also wrote to Panetta on Dec. 13. Corbett says reserve planes have been there since World War II and can reach 70 percent of the U.S. population in less than two hours. He also says the base receives support from PittsburghInternationalAirport, making it cost efficient for the Air Force. The Air Force has been seeking to move its operations from the base. Meanwhile, the Department of Defense is required to cut nearly $500 billion in spending over 10 years. Corbett says that could mean cutbacks at other Pennsylvania military installations.

 

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Some gas drilling companies that spent years fighting, threatening, and suing reluctant communities took a new tack in 2012: collaboration. Drillers in Pennsylvania have hired local people to act as liaisons and ramped up communication efforts. Some municipal officials are now giving driller’s credit for improving communication and responding quickly when problems arise. For example, XTO Energy -an Exxon Mobil Corp. subsidiary -set up a community advisory board in ButlerCounty. That’s about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh. Published reports say that kind of effort was mostly missing in the early years of shale-gas development in Pennsylvania.

 

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The latest business news

 

NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks Friday dropped on Wall Street as investors lose hope that Washington will meet a self-imposed deadline for reaching a budget deal by year-end. The five-day losing streak for the Dow Jones industrial average was the longest since July. The Dow lost 158 points to close at 12,938. The S&P 500 fell 15 points and the Nasdaq dropped 25 points.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) – If they can make a deal in the remaining time, Senate leaders could present legislation as early as tomorrow on a plan to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. The next challenge would be in the House, where Republican speaker John Boehner has struggled recently with anti-tax rebels. A House vote could come as late as Wednesday, the final full day before a new Congress takes office.

 

NEW YORK (AP) – The price of oil fell slightly Friday, as the stock market drifts lower and efforts continue in Washington to strike a budget deal before the year-end deadline. U.S. benchmark crude fell 7 cents to finish at $90.80 a barrel. Traders are also weighing rising energy supplies. The Energy Department says crude supplies fell last week but were still 13 percent above year-ago levels.

 

NEW YORK (AP) – A deal has been struck that for now averts a strike by longshoremen at major ports on the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico. A federal mediator announced Friday that an expired contract for 14,500 union workers would be extended until early February while negotiations continue. The mediator says there have been major steps forward toward resolving the dispute.

 

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Pennsylvania Lottery Numbers

 

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

Cash 5

01-03-31-41-43

Evening Big 4

5-9-3-4

Evening Daily Number

3-4-6

Evening Quinto

2-6-9-0-8

Mega Millions

10-13-32-40-41, Mega Ball: 32

Megaplier

4

Midday Big 4

0-7-7-6

Midday Daily Number

1-6-6

Midday Quinto

3-5-7-8-7

 

Treasure Hunt

02-08-10-20-25

 

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Features & Entertainment

 

UNDATED — All the single ladies – and fellas – will have a chance to join Beyonce onstage at the upcoming Super Bowl.     Pepsi announced Friday that 100 fans will hit the stage when the Grammy-winning diva performs on Feb. 3 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. A contest that kicks off Saturday will allow fans to submit photos of themselves in various poses, including head bopping, feet tapping and hip shaking. Those pictures will be used in a TV ad introducing Beyonce’s halftime performance, and 50 people – along with a friend – will be selected to join the singer onstage. The photo contest – at www.pepsi.com/halftime – ends Jan. 19, but Jan. 11 is the cut-off date for those interested in appearing onstage with Beyonce.

 

 

BEIJING (AP) – Visit your parents. That’s an order. So says China, whose national legislature on Friday amended its law on the elderly to require that adult children visit their aged parents “often” – or risk being sued by them. The amendment does not specify how frequently such visits should occur. State media say the new clause will allow elderly parents who feel neglected by their children to take them to court. A rapidly developing China is facing increasing difficulty in caring for its aging population. Three decades of market reforms have accelerated the breakup of the traditional extended family in China, and there are few affordable alternatives, such as retirement or care homes, for the elderly or others unable to live on their own.

 

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