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REVERE, Pa. (AP) – A woman walking a horse up a hill in eastern Pennsylvania has become trapped after the animal died suddenly and fell on top of her. Authorities say the bizarre incident happened Sunday afternoon at the BucksCountyHorsePark in Upper Black Eddy. Firefighters who responded to the scene were told to turn off their sirens so the other horses wouldn’t be spooked. They lifted the animal off the woman, and she was transported to a hospital. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that she suffered non-life-threatening injuries. It’s not immediately clear why the horse died. The 123-acre horse park is located in Revere and hosts a variety of equestrian events for all ages and disciplines.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Advances in hydraulic fracturing technology have powered the American natural gas boom. Now hydraulic fracturing could be increasingly powered by natural gas. Companies from Pennsylvania to Texas are experimenting with changing the huge engines that pump water, sand, and chemicals thousands of feet down wells from diesel to natural gas. Drillers say fueling their drilling with natural gas will make drilling cheaper and eliminate the sooty exhaust of diesel engines. Douglas Kuntz of Pennsylvania General Energy predicts the change will spread rapidly across the industry. PGE, with contractor Universal Well Services, is converting a 16-engine unit. Meanwhile, Houston-based Apache says it just completed its first job with a natural gas and diesel-powered engine unit in Oklahoma.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Hunting and fishing retailer Cabela’s Inc. says it won’t participate in what has been billed as Pennsylvania’s largest outdoor sports show next month following the decision to ban display and sale of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. Event organizer Reed Exhibitions imposed the ban at next month’s Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show following the deadly Connecticut elementary school shooting and the ongoing gun control debate in Washington. Cabela’s said Saturday on its Facebook page that after carefully considering its business practices “and the feelings of our customers” it won’t have a presence at the show. Event director Chris O’Hara of Reed Exhibitions did not immediately return a call seeking comment. The nine-day show opens Feb. 2 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex on the outskirts of the state capital.


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.


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TOKYO (AP) – Japan‘s central bank has convened a two-day policy meeting that is widely expected to end with fresh measures to stimulate the economy. The government pushed Monday for more action by the Bank of Japan to ease monetary policy to help the recession-struck economy escape from years of debilitating deflation.  Trade minister Toshimitsu Motegi told reporters the government is determined that the central bank set a 2 percent target for inflation.  He refuted accusations, however, that such demands were aimed at eroding the central bank’s independent status. He said the government would leave it up to the central bank to decide what measures to adopt, while insisting something more be done.  The Bank of Japan is expected to opt for new asset purchases to help encourage bank lending. 


NEW YORK (AP) – The pension fund for some of Hostess Brands’ workers hired an investment bank to represent workers and pensioners as the Twinkie maker sells off its brands. In a statement posted Sunday on its Web site, the bakers’ union says Gordian Group LLC, a New York firm specializing in distressed cases, will represent the fund.  Gordian President Peter Kaufman says his company will try to ensure that potential buyers hire former Hostess workers and honor the company’s pension obligations. The Bakery and Confectionary Union and Industry International Pension Fund pays out $42 million in benefits per month to 52,000 pensioners, its website says. Hostess in November filed bankruptcy and moved to liquidate after it failed to reach a contract agreement with the union, which represented about one-third of its 18,000 workers.


WASHINGTON (AP) – The battery that caught fire in a Japan Airlines 787 in Boston earlier this month was not overcharged, but government investigators say there could still be problems with wiring or other charging components.   An examination of the flight data recorder indicated that the battery didn’t exceed its designed voltage of 32 volts, the National Transportation Safety Board says. Investigators are continuing to look at the battery system and plan to meet Tuesday with the manufacturer of the charger for the 787’s lithium ion batteries.

 A charging issue may still be the culprit. All 50 787s that Boeing has delivered to airlines have been grounded since Wednesday, when a Japanese flight made an emergency landing after its pilots
smelled something burning and received a cockpit warning of battery problems.


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Pennsylvania Lottery Numbers


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

Cash 5


Evening Big 4


Evening Daily Number


(three, five, two)

Evening Quinto


Midday Big 4


Midday Daily Number


Midday Quinto


Treasure Hunt



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NEW YORK, New York (AP) – The Martin Lutheran King holiday is being observed today. National stock markets are closed. Many financial institutions, government and other offices are closed.


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – Joe Flacco outdueled Tom Brady, throwing three touchdown passes in the second half and leading the Baltimore Ravens to their first Super Bowl in 12 years with a 28-13 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday for the AFC championship.  The win sets up the first Super Bowl coached by brothers, Baltimore’s John Harbaugh and San Francisco’s Jim. The 49ers won the NFC title earlier Sunday 28-24 at Atlanta. The 49ers have been listed as 5-point favorites. Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis’ final season will conclude in two weeks in New Orleans; he was the MVP of the 2001 game, the Ravens’ only Super Bowl win. Flacco had two touchdown passes to Anquan Boldin and one to Dennis Pitta as the Ravens outscored the Patriots 21-0 in the second half. Baltimore’s defense made Brady look ordinary and stymied the league’s top offense. Brady was 67-0 at home when leading at halftime.


DALLAS (AP) – A Dallas church that organized an event to buy guns back from residents has faced some unexpected competition. The First Presbyterian Church of Dallas had organized a gun buyback event downtown on Saturday, offering $50 for handguns and rifles and up to $200 for semiautomatic assault weapons. The Dallas Morning News reports that concealed handgun license instructor Collin Baker organized a pro-gun event and marketplace across the street from the church’s event. Baker said people who sold their guns at his event got more money for them, as people bid upward of $400 7for some weapons, and Baker said each of them would go “back into a home that’s going to keep it safe.” The church’s buyback program took in more than 100 guns, while more than 20 were auctioned off at the competing event.


CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) – The U.S. Marine Corps is studying how to make its troops even tougher through meditative practices, yoga-type stretching, and exercises based on mindfulness. The School Infantry-West at CampPendleton will offer the eight-week course starting Tuesday to about 80 Marines as part of an ongoing experiment. Marine Corps officials say they will build a curriculum that would integrate mindfulness-based techniques into their training if they see positive results. Mindfulness is a Buddhist-inspired concept that emphasizes active attention on the moment to keep the mind in the present. Facing a record suicide rate and thousands of veterans seeking treatment for post-traumatic stress, the military has been searching for ways to reduce strains on service members burdened with more than a decade of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.


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