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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The operator of the British national lottery is poised to take over the Pennsylvania Lottery in a privatization deal promising $34 billion in profits over the next 20 years. Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration awarded the contract to Camelot Global Services on Friday. Pennsylvania would join Illinois and Indiana as states that have hired private companies to run their lotteries. The Pennsylvania Lottery is among the country’s largest, with $3.5 billion in sales last year. Secretary of Revenue Daniel Meuser says Camelot cannot begin work until the contract is executed. That’s expected to happen next week. Camelot still faces hurdles. The lottery employees’ union is suing to block the contract and state Treasurer Rob McCord says he may not pay Camelot if he doesn’t think its gambling expansion plans are legal.

 

YORK SPRINGS, Pa. (AP) – A central Pennsylvania school superintendent says 10 students required medical treatment for injuries he describes as minor after their school bus and another vehicle collided head-on yesterday afternoon, flipping the bus onto its roof. Bermudian Springs Superintendent Shane Hotchkiss said the seven of the middle- and high-school students were taken to hospitals.

 

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The latest business news

 

NEW YORK (AP) – Friday stocks closed little changed on Wall Street as the S&P 500 eased just below a five-year high reached Thursday. The index slipped a fraction of a point to 1,472 today. The Dow Jones industrial average ended with the gain of 17 points at 13,488. In addition, the Nasdaq composite rose nearly 4 points to close at 3,125.

 

NEW YORK (AP) – Oil prices are down today on concerns that China’s government could limit economic stimulus measures because of higher inflation. Benchmark oil dropped 26 cents to finish at $93.56 a barrel in New York. A day earlier, a report showing a rebound in China’s trade growth boosted oil because it suggested a possible recovery in global demand.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) – Air Force leaders will make sweeping budget cuts in coming weeks, if Congress can’t agree on a budget and billions of dollars in automatic cuts are triggered. The cuts would be achieved by cutting flying hours and preparing for a possible end to all noncombat or critical flights this summer. The Air Force secretary also laid out broad steps the service will be taking to enforce a civilian hiring freeze, cancel air show appearances and flyovers, and slash base improvements by about 50 percent.

 

NEW YORK (AP) – Taco Bell is testing a new value menu that could put it in more direct competition with the Dollar Menu at McDonald’s. The Mexican-fast-food chain is testing a “$1 Cravings Menu” in two markets. It lists nine items, including three new offerings. If successful, it would replace the current value menu. The tests began in October in Fresno, Calif., and Knoxville, Tenn.,

 

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – BP is urging a federal judge to rule the company can’t be penalized for millions of gallons of oil that spewed from its blown-out well but was captured before it could spill into the Gulf of Mexico. A criminal settlement with the Justice Department in November didn’t resolve the government’s civil claims against BP.

 

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Pennsylvania Lottery Numbers

 

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

Cash 5

10-11-15-25-40

Evening Big 4

0-6-1-0

Evening Daily Number

4-5-9

Evening Quinto

9-1-7-4-6

Mega Millions

24-29-30-34-56, Mega Ball: 1

Megaplier

4

Midday Big 4

7-7-9-9

Midday Daily Number

7-4-2

Midday Quinto

1-1-1-8-4

Treasure Hunt

09-12-22-24-27

 

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Features & Entertainment

 

BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina says a deaf man was stabbed several times after his sign language was mistaken for gang signs by another man. Burlington Police Sgt. Mark Yancey said 45-year-old Terrance Ervin Daniels was using sign language with another deaf man. He said a third person saw them, thought they were flashing gang signs, and stabbed Daniels with a kitchen knife. A neighbor saw the victim and called emergency personnel. Daniels is in stable condition at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill after Wednesday’s incident. Police arrested 22-year Robert Jarell Neal and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and felony assault on a handicapped person. He’s being held in the AlamanceCounty jail. It’s not known if Neal has an attorney.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) – Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, fun., Brad Paisley and the cast of “Glee” are just a few of the stars who’ll perform at the two inaugural balls and a concert in Washington on January 19th and 21st. Usher, John Legend, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marc Anthony and Nick Cannon are also on the bill. More than 35,000 people are expected at The Inaugural Ball alone.

 

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) – It’s time for the Golden Globes Sunday night. “Lincoln” leads with seven nominations, including best movie drama. It’s competing against “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Argo,” “Django Unchained” and “Life of Pi.” “Les Miz” is up for best movie musical. Ben Affleck, Quentin Tarantino, and Kathryn Bigelow are competing for best director, which they won’t get to do at the Oscars because they weren’t nominated. John Hawkes is nominated for best actor after being passed over for an Oscar nomination.

 

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