Latest Pennsylvania news, sports, business, and entertainment

Latest Pennsylvania news, sports, business, and entertainment


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A trio of Democrats is poised to be sworn in to Pennsylvania’s three statewide row offices this week, signaling a new political dynamic in a Capitol that’s otherwise under Republican control. Ceremonies will be held Tuesday for Attorney General-elect Kathleen Kane, Auditor General-elect Eugene DePasquale and state Treasurer Rob McCord. It’s the first time in more than three decades Democrats have held all three offices.


EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Philadelphia man charged in a shooting death outside a western Pennsylvania public housing complex says he fired after the other man made an aggressive move. The (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat says 31-year-old Marquis Neal took the stand yesterday in his own defense in the October 2011 slaying of 21-year-old J-Quan Lewis outside the Oakhurst Homes in Johnstown.


HONESDALE, Pa. (AP) – Officials say an inmate at a federal prison in northeastern Pennsylvania died after a fight with another inmate. Prison spokeswoman Kim Straesser says the fight broke out Friday morning in a housing unit at the federal penitentiary in CanaanTownship. She says 29-year-old Ephiram Goitom was pronounced dead at WayneMemorialHospital. The second inmate was treated for minor injuries.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Jurors in Philadelphia resume deliberations Monday in the trial of a man charged in the beating death of a pedestrian following a traffic dispute. The Philadelphia Inquirer says members deliberated for less than an hour yesterday after closing arguments in the murder and conspiracy trial of 23-year-old Gerald Shaffer Jr.


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The latest Business news


NEW YORK (AP) – The family of a Reddit co-founder who committed suicide in New York weeks before he was to go on trial on federal charges that he stole millions of scholarly articles is blaming prosecutors for his death. Twenty-six-year-old Aaron Swartz hanged himself Friday night in Brooklyn. In 2011, he was charged with stealing millions of scientific journals from a computer archive at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in an attempt to make them freely available. He had pleaded not guilty, and his federal trial was to begin next month. If convicted, he faced decades in prison. Swartz’s family said in a statement Saturday that his death “is the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach.” The U.S. attorney in Boston couldn’t be reached for comment.


WASHINGTON (AP) – Forget about the government minting a $1 trillion coin to solve its debt-limit crisis. Treasury Department spokesman Anthony Coley said Saturday that neither his department nor the Federal Reserve believes the law can or should be used to produce such a coin to avoid a coming battle with Congress over government borrowing.     Some of President Barack Obama’s liberal allies have been promoting the coin strategy. The government has reached its $16.4 trillion borrowing limit. By late February or early March, Treasury will run out of ways to cover debts and could begin defaulting on government loans. White House spokesman Jay Carney says Congress has two options at its disposal: either pay the tab for its spending or send the nation into default, which would have serious economic consequences.


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Pennsylvania Lottery Numbers


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

Cash 5


Estimated jackpot: $125,000

Evening Big 4


Evening Daily Number


Evening Quinto


Mega Millions

Estimated jackpot: $62 million

Midday Big 4


Midday Daily Number


Midday Quinto



10-14-21-23-47, Powerball: 7

Estimated jackpot: $80 million

Treasure Hunt


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Features & Entertainment


LAS VEGAS (AP) – A 23-year-old contestant from Brooklyn, N.Y., has won the title of Miss America. Mallory Hagan won the Las Vegas beauty pageant Saturday night after tap dancing to James Brown’s “Get Up Off of That Thing” and answering a question about whether armed guards belong in grade schools by saying we should not fight violence with violence. Hagan defeated Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers, who took second, and Miss Oklahoma Alicia Clifton, who finished third. Hagan wins a $50,000 college scholarship and gets the crown for one year. Her platform was stopping child sexual abuse. She is expected to spend her title reign on a nationwide speaking tour and raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network, the organization’s official charity.


LOS ANGELES (AP) – The makers of three Golden Globe- and Oscar-nominated foreign films shared the secrets of their craft – and admiration for one another – at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s 10th annual Foreign Film Symposium. Oscar-nominated Swedish filmmaker Lasse Hallstrom moderated the panel Saturday featuring “Kon-Tiki” directors Espen Sandberg and Joachim Roenning of Norway, “A Royal Affair” director Nikolaj Arcel of Denmark and Austrian director Michael Haneke, whose film “Amour” also earned Oscar nods for picture and director this week. The five men spent 75 minutes discussing their approach to filmmaking during the program on the Los Angeles campus of LoyolaMarymountUniversity. The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be presented Sunday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and broadcast live on NBC.




ATLANTA (AP) – The first of Sunday’s NFL playoff games is being played in Atlanta as the Falcons face Seattle. Atlanta had a bye last week while the Seahawks advanced with a win over Washington. Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan has 56 wins as a starter, the most in a player’s first five seasons in NFL history.


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – Game 2 this afternoon in the NFL has New England playing host to Houston. The clubs met in the 14th week of the regular season with the Patriots scoring the first 28 points of the game in a 42-14 rout.


NEW YORK (AP) – The NHL is set to drop the puck. The necessary memorandum of understanding was signed last night, paving the way for the start of practice and then the season next Saturday.


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