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DIMOCK, Pa. (AP) – Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, and Susan Sarandon are touring gas drilling sites in northeastern Pennsylvania. The celebrities boarded a tour bus in New York City on Thursday morning and headed to rural SusquehannaCounty. They’re looking at gas wells, compressor stations and other evidence of the Marcellus Shale drilling boom. They’re also talking to residents who say they’ve been negatively impacted by the industry. Ono and Lennon formed a group called “Artists Against Fracking” to oppose drilling in New York, where they own a farm upstate. Local anti-drilling activists are leading Thursday’s tour in Pennsylvania, where thousands of wells have been drilled and hydraulically fractured in recent years. Ono says, “It’s going to be a disaster for New York state.” An industry spokesman calls the tour a charade.

 

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett says the state budget plan he’ll present to lawmakers next month will contain an additional $50 million to improve programs for senior citizens. At a news conference at a senior center in Hershey on Thursday, Corbett said the money will come from an increase in Pennsylvania Lottery revenue that’s expected from a British company’s takeover of lottery management. Corbett says the money will allow more seniors to receive in-home services and shrink the waiting list of seniors who need services to remain in their homes. Corbett’s administration has finalized a 20-year contract to hire British lottery operator Camelot Global Services to manage the state-owned lottery. The attorney general’s office received the paperwork Wednesday night and has 30 days to review its form and legality.

 

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The Latest Business News

 

NEW YORK (AP) – Investors appear more optimistic about the U.S. economy following yesterday’s strong reports on housing starts and unemployment claims   The Standard and Poor’s 500 index climbed to another five-year high on Thursday. The S&P gained 8 points to close at 1,480.94, its highest level since December 2007. The Dow Jones industrial average also rose, climbing to a five-year high during the day, before falling back to finish nearly 85 points higher at 13,596. The Nasdaq composite climbed 18..

 

BANGKOK (AP) – Asian stock markets rose today after signs that the U.S. economic recovery is gaining traction and a rebound in China‘s growth emboldened investors to plunge back into equities. Strong reports on housing starts and jobs released late Thursday in the U.S. sent Wall Street higher, despite disappointing earnings from Bank of America and Citigroup. China‘s economy grew 7.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012, up from the previous quarter’s 7.4 percent. Benchmark crude oil fell but remained above $95.32 per barrel. The dollar rose against the yen and fell against the euro.

 

UNDATED (AP) – Two important bellwether companies report quarterly financial results today: General Electric and Morgan Stanley. GE is a giant Fairfield, Conn.,-based manufacturer with a strong financial services component. Morgan Stanley is a large Wall Street financial services company.

 

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Pennsylvania Lottery Numbers

 

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

Cash 5

07-13-24-26-27

Evening Big 4

8-3-9-8

Evening Daily Number

1-9-6

Evening Quinto

9-1-0-5-5

Match 6 Lotto

02-09-27-28-42-48

Midday Big 4

1-3-8-3

Midday Daily Number

5-0-7

Midday Quinto

8-8-1-7-7

Treasure Hunt

05-08-13-18-22

 

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Features & Entertainment

 

SALTLAKECITY (AP) – A federal judge is issuing no immediate ruling after holding on hearing on whether Utah can prohibit plural marriage. Kody Brown and his four wives, stars of the reality show “Sister Wives,” claim the law is unconstitutional. The Browns did not attend the hearing Thursday in Salt Lake City. The hearing dealt with the legalities of due process and freedom of association. The judge spent most of the time grilling a state lawyer on why he shouldn’t throw out Utah’s bigamy law. It’s stricter than the laws in 49 other states – most of them prohibit people from having multiple marriage licenses. Utah makes it illegal to even purport to be married to multiple partners.

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Al Pacino is going to play Joe Paterno in a movie directed by Brian De Palma, who directed him in “Scarface.” The movie will be based on Poe Posnanski’s best-seller “Paterno.” The producer describes it as the story “of a complex, intensely righteous man who was brought down by own tragic flaw.”

 

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A federal judge appears ready to allow San Francisco’s public nudity ban to go into effect on Feb. 1. Public nudity activists filed a federal lawsuit seeking to invalidate the new law. They argue that the government-ordered cover up violates their First Amendment right to express their political views. However, U.S. District Court Judge Edward Chen said Thursday that it takes more than simply disrobing in public to make a political statement. However, the judge ruled neither on the city’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit nor the activists’ request to block the law until the suit is resolved. Chen said he would issue a written ruling on the competing requests before the end of the month.

 

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