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SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) – A northeastern Pennsylvania school district has hired armed police officers to guard its elementary schools, a response to the Connecticut school shooting. The Riverside School Board voted during Christmas break to add officers to its junior-senior high school and two elementary schools. The Times-Tribune of Scranton reports that Riverside is the only district in Lackawanna County to permanently place armed police officers, called school resource officers, in its elementary schools. Riverside Superintendent David Woods says the officers will act as a deterrent. The district is spending $45,000 to have the three officers stationed in schools through the rest of the school year.


PITTSBURGH (AP) – An ongoing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency study on natural gas drilling and its potential for groundwater contamination has gotten tentative praise so far from both industry and environmental groups. However, a 275-page progress report in December shows that the EPA doesn’t plan to address one contentious issue – how often drinking water contamination might occur. Both the industry and environmental groups agree contamination can occur but they disagree on how often, and many were hoping the EPA would weigh in on this. The American Petroleum Institute, an industry lobby, says the study is “a first step” toward collaboration and stakeholder involvement. Environmental group Earthworks welcomes the EPA study but has some concerns.


DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) – She ended last season by sacking the quarterback. Now an 11-year-old girl is trying to persuade the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that she should be allowed to continue her All-Star tackle football career. Caroline Pla played in a Bucks County CYO league for all of 2011 and through the first two games of 2012 before an opposing team reported her. The archdiocese wanted her off the field immediately, but relented and allowed her to finish out the season. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Pla wants to continue playing next year. Her mom has started a petition to get the archdiocese to change its boys-only rule. The petition, at, has drawn nearly 7,300 supporters through Sunday afternoon. An archdiocesan spokesman says the policy is under review.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett says he’ll consider a radio-show caller’s suggestion that gun shows be banned on publicly owned property. The caller on WITF’s “Smart Talk” radio show Friday asked the governor why gun shows are allowed at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg and whether he would support a ban. Corbett said no one has ever suggested the idea to him before and promised to give it some thought. However, he said the Farm Show Complex is open to all businesses. He noted that prospective gun buyers at gun shows must be cleared through the Pennsylvania State Police instant background check system – just as they are when buying weapons from gun shops.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania state senator is suing the NCAA in Commonwealth Court over its use of the $60 million fine that Penn State is paying for its handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. Sen. Jake Corman sued the NCAA Friday, saying his goal is “to ensure that Pennsylvania funds are appropriately and lawfully spent for commonwealth purposes.” Corman is a Republican who represents State College, home to Penn State’s main campus. He’s chairman of the Appropriations Committee, which directs state budget spending. His lawsuit says the state gives Penn State so much money every year that “it would be impossible for the payments to be derived solely from non-commonwealth funds.” An NCAA spokeswoman offered no immediate comment late Friday. Sandusky was convicted in June of sexual abuse of children.


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NEW YORK (AP) – It’s the first full week of trading in 2013 and the market is hoping to maintain its rally. On Friday, the S&P 500 closed at its highest level in five years. The broad index closed at 1,466, the highest since Dec. 31, 2007, before the financial crisis. That’s a gain of seven points on the day. The index was up 4.6 percent last week after lawmakers passed a last-minute budget agreement that avoided a set of drastic tax increases and government spending cuts. The Dow Jones industrial average ended up 44 points at 13,435. The Nasdaq rose just one point to end at 3,102, held back by a decline in Apple. Three stocks rose for every one that fell on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume on Friday was higher than average at 3.4 billion shares.


BANGKOK (AP) – Asian stocks cooled off today as some investors sold shares to lock in profits following recent rallies. Stocks in Hong Kong, Australian, and elsewhere surged last week after U.S. lawmakers passed a bill to avoid a combination of government spending cuts and tax increases that have come to be known as the “fiscal cliff.” Japan’s Nikkei 225 got an additional boost from the yen’s steady retreat against the dollar. Benchmark crude oil fell below $93 per barrel. The dollar gained against the euro but fell against the yen.


WASHINGTON – Investors will be looking this week to see how the economy fared in the waning days of 2012. Tomorrow, the Federal Reserve releases consumer credit data for November. In addition, Alcoa and Monsanto report their quarterly financial results. On Thursday, the Labor Department releases the weekly jobless claims and its job openings and labor turnover survey for November; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates; And the Commerce Department reports on wholesale trade inventories for November. On Friday, The Commerce Department releases international trade data for November; Treasury releases federal budget for December. In the banking sector, Wells Fargo & Co. reports its quarterly financial results.


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Pennsylvania Lottery Numbers


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


Cash 5



Evening Big 4



Evening Daily Number



Evening Quinto



Midday Big 4



Midday Daily Number



Midday Quinto



Treasure Hunt



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Features & Entertainment


NEW YORK (AP) – After 16 hours of tense talks and a relentless push from a federal mediator, the National Hockey League and its players have finally reached a deal to end a lockout that’s wiped out nearly four months of the season. The 10-year deal would see the players’ share of hockey-related income drop from 57 percent to a 50-50 split and a lowering of the salary cap. It still needs to be ratified by team owners and the players. Fans are expressing relief that the lockout appears about to end, but also some bitterness. Paul Corrie of Manor, Pennsylvania, says he will be happy to see his beloved Penguins back on the ice, but he’ll be watching on TV. Corrie says he won’t spend any money on tickets or NHL licensed merchandise, at least for this season. Though he adds, his decision isn’t likely to have much impact with money issues seemingly as much a part of pro sports now as the games themselves. Schedule issues still have to be worked out, but the NHL has developed plans for 50- and 48-game seasons.


JACKSON, Ohio (AP) – An atheist group is objecting to a portrait of Jesus that hangs in the hall at a public school in Jackson, Ohio. The image was presented to Jackson Middle School by a group of students in 1947. The Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation warned the district in a Jan. 2 letter that displaying the image represents the school’s endorsement of a particular religion, potentially alienating non-Christian students. District Superintendent Phil Howard told WKKJ-FM of Chillicothe that he won’t remove it without a school board or judge’s order. He said the display resulted from a student initiative, which makes it permissible to display. The portrait hangs in the school’s “Hall of Honor” among numerous other faces.


MIAMI (AP) – Sometimes, the buildup to a game can overwhelm what actually happens on the field. Certainly, Number 1 Notre Dame and Number 2 Alabama have a tough time living up to the hype for tonight’s BCS championship. Before either team steps on the field in balmy South Florida, this is shaping up as one of the most anticipated games in years, a throwback to the era when Keith Jackson and company broadcast one game a week, when it was a big deal for teams from different parts of the country to meet in a bowl game. The coaches met with the media yesterday morning for the last time before kickoff, with each saying their teams were ready to play.


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