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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Two Penn State trustees have paid tribute to former coach Joe Paterno, who died nearly a year ago and was dismissed by the university in the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. The longtime coach’s legacy was tarnished after former FBI director Louis Freeh said in the school’s internal investigation that Paterno and three administrators acted to cover up allegations against Sandusky. The NCAA later vacated 111 victories under Paterno as part of sanctions, meaning Paterno was no longer major college football’s winningest coach. Paterno’s family has firmly denied Freeh’s conclusions. Trustee Anthony Lubrano at a board meeting Friday said Paterno’s 61 years of service and “success with honor” could not be covered up. Trustee Alvin Clemens later listed athletic and academic accomplishments under Paterno’s watch.

 

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s two U.S. senators and the congressman who represents Gettysburg are asking President Barack Obama to attend the November event that will commemorate the 150th year since the “Gettysburg Address.”  Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey and U.S. Rep. Scott Perry on Thursday wrote the president, asking him to deliver the keynote address. The letter says Obama’s participation “would mean a great deal to Pennsylvania and to the nation.” President Abraham Lincoln’s short speech at the 1863 dedication of a cemetery for war dead is considered one of the greatest achievements in American political oratory. Hollywood director Steven Spielberg gave the keynote address two months ago. The Battle of Gettysburg, in which Northern forces turned away a Confederate advance, is considered a pivotal moment in the American Civil War.

 

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – A potato farm executive is the new chairman of PennState’s Board of Trustees. The university’s governing body elected Keith Masser as its new leader at a meeting Friday. The SchuylkillCounty resident was serving as vice chair. Masser takes over at a critical juncture as the school deals with the lingering fallout from the child molestation scandal involving retired assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Masser replaces Karen Peetz, who left the leadership post after a year. Peetz had cited time constraints after being promoted to president of Bank of New York Mellon. Lawyer Stephanie Deviney, of Glenmoore, was elected vice chair. Masser and Deviney were the only candidates for their respective positions.  Among their other top priorities is the search for school president Rodney Erickson’s replacement.

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A new state law prevents Pennsylvanians from throwing out computers and similar electronics with the rest of their household trash. Mandatory electronics recycling takes effect Thursday, and covers computers, laptops, tablets, monitors, and televisions. Residents can’t put them out on the curb unless their municipality has an electronics recycling program. Manufacturers are required to set up methods to recycle the material at no cost to consumers.  Details about recycling centers and programs are available on the state Department of Environmental Protection’s website. Use the keyword: electronics recycling. County recycling officials also can direct people to the proper way to dispose of electronics.

 

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A little boy has fainted behind Gov. Tom Corbett at a televised appearance at a Philadelphia school, but recovered in time to receive some personal give-and-take with the state’s chief executive. WCAU-TV reports Corbett was speaking in front of students and faculty at Saint Martin of Tours Elementary School in Northeast Philadelphia on Friday. The boy was standing behind Corbett and in plain view of the station’s camera as the young man began to swoon and fall over as the governor spoke. Corbett stopped speaking while adults tended to the boy who was briefly taken from the room but returned, when he spoke briefly one-on-one with the governor.

 

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The Latest Business News

 

NEW YORK (AP) – The stock market is edging higher, with the major indexes closing out a third straight week of gains. General Electric led the Dow Jones industrial average higher after reporting a strong quarter thanks to growth in emerging markets. The Dow ended up nearly 54 points at 13,649. The S&P 500 reached another five-year high, rising 5 points to close at 1,485. The Nasdaq fell a point, dragged down by a loss at Intel.

 

NEW YORK (AP) – Crude oil futures prices ended higher on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The near-month contract for the benchmark grade rose 7 cents — closing at $95.56 a barrel.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) – Aviation safety and battery experts say it’s likely that fires on two Boeing 787 Dreamliners were caused by overcharged lithium ion batteries. Investigators in Japan, where a 787 made an emergency landing earlier this week, says the jet’s burned-out battery received voltage in excess of its design limit. A source familiar with the investigation of a battery fire in a 787 on the ground in Boston Jan. 7 says the battery was in the process of charging when the fire erupted.

 

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Officials overseeing the salvage of a Royal Dutch Shell drill barge that ran aground on a remote Alaska island says no new information will be released until a vessel assessment is completed. Shell’s drill vessel Kulluk ran aground New Year’s Eve. It was pulled off the rocky bottom Jan. 6 and towed to a protected bay within Kodiak Island.

 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – The New York state comptroller has approved a $3.14 billion contract between the state Thruway Authority and Tappan Zee Constructors to design and build the new bridge across the lower Hudson River. He says replacing the aging Tappan ZeeBridge is “vital” to the state’s economic prosperity, but notes this approval does not extend to any toll increase or debt issuance. The 66-month contract is with a joint venture of Fluor Enterprises, AmericanBridge, Granite Construction Northeast, and Traylor Bros.

 

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Pennsylvania Lottery Numbers

 

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

Cash 5

03-26-38-39-42

Evening Big 4

7-1-4-2

Evening Daily Number

2-3-1

Evening Quinto

0-7-5-1-0

Mega Millions

08-18-25-42-49, Mega Ball: 14

Megaplier

3

Midday Big 4

6-0-8-3

Midday Daily Number

2-9-0

Midday Quinto

1-1-2-4-0

Treasure Hunt

01-09-14-15-28

 

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Features & Entertainment

 

CHICAGO (AP) – Lance Armstrong says the most humbling moment in his doping scandal was being forced to step aside from the Livestrong charity he founded. In part two of his televised interview with Oprah Winfrey on Friday night, he described the anguish of losing longtime sponsors like Nike and Trek, among others. However, he said Livestrong, a cancer-fighting foundation, was like “my sixth child.” “And to make that decision to step aside, it was big,” he said. “It was the best thing for the organization, but it hurt like hell.” Armstrong admitted using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France seven times in part one, which aired Thursday night. The interview was taped in Austin earlier this week.

 

SAO PAULO (AP) – A Brazilian judge has ordered the erotic trilogy “Fifty Shades of Grey” taken off the shelves of bookstores in the city of Macae, or at least wrapped to prevent minors from opening them. A statement by the Rio de Janeiro State Judiciary Department says Judge Raphael Queiroz Campos issued the order after he saw children in one of city’s bookstores looking through erotic books. Eleven copies of the “Grey” series are among 64 books taken from the shelves of two bookstores because their content was deemed “improper” for youths under the age of 18. The books can be returned to the shelves only if they are sealed and placed out of reach of minors.

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Weinstein Co. has asked a toy maker to discontinue a line of “Django Unchained” action figures after receiving complaints that they were offensive. The studio said Friday that such collectibles have been created for all of director Quentin Tarantino’s films, including “Inglourious Basterds,” and that they were meant for people 17 and older, the audience for the film.  “Django Unchained” is a violent mix of spaghetti Western and blaxploitation genres about a freed slave (Jamie Foxx) who becomes a bounty hunter. Civil rights groups argued that the toys trivialized the horrors of slavery. “We have tremendous respect for the audience and it was never our intent to offend anyone,” The Weinstein Co. said in a statement. Toy maker NECA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

 

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