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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Philadelphia lawmaker is teaming up with one of her Maryland colleagues to lobby for the renaming of an Appalachian peak called Negro Mountain that sits on the line between the two states. The name of the 30-mile ridge in the Alleghenies honors a slave named Nemesis who died there in 1756 fighting in the French and Indian War. State Rep. Rosita Youngblood, D-Phila., tells The Philadelphia Inquirer that the name should honor the man, not his skin color. State Sen. Lisa Gladden, D-Baltimore, has also tried to have the peak renamed. Both say their colleagues have been unreceptive. Youngblood says she hadn’t known about Gladden’s efforts, and the two lawmakers are now talking about having a joint event, perhaps in Harrisburg or on top of the mountain.


SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. (AP) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration won’t take any regulatory action over a vending machine at a Pennsylvania college that dispenses the morning-after pill. FDA spokeswoman Erica Jefferson said Friday that officials looked at publicly available information about the Shippensburg University vending program, spoke with university and campus health officials, and decided no action was necessary. The pill is available for $25 at a health center vending machine that’s accessible to students and university employees. That raised questions about how accessible emergency contraception should be. The vending machine at the school of about 8,300 students provides the Plan B One Step emergency contraceptive along with condoms, decongestants and pregnancy tests. Administrators said the idea for the machine came from a student survey and was endorsed by the student government.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board plans to retire next week, but he’ll return as an $80-an-hour consultant. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Friday that Joe Conti will retire Feb. 1. However, he’ll be back under a state law that allows former employees to return on an emergency basis while collecting their pensions. The board says the arrangement will allow it to continue benefiting from Conti’s experience and expertise. The newspaper says Conti declined to comment. Gov. Tom Corbett has said he wants to abolish the CEO position as part of his plan to privatize wine and liquor sales. The board also is contending with the state inspector general’s allegations that Conti and other top officials improperly accepted gifts and favors from vendors.


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NEW YORK (AP) – Investors are poised to find out if the Standard & Poor’s 500 index can continue its rally. On Friday, the S&P closed above 1,500 for the first time since the start of the Great Recession in 2007. It was lifted by strong earnings from Procter & Gamble and Starbucks. The S&P 500 closed at 1,502, 96, up eight points, or half a percent. It was the eighth straight gain, the longest winning streak since November 2004. The Dow Jones industrial average closed at 13,895.98, up nearly 71 points. The Nasdaq gained 19 points to 3,149.


BANGKOK (AP) – Asian stock markets posted slight gains today after strong U.S. earnings pushed Wall Street indexes to multi-year highs, though Japan’s Nikkei dipped amid profit taking. Analysts say the U.S. is due to report durable goods and pending home sales for December later in the day, but the numbers would have to sharply disappoint to dampen enthusiasm for stocks. Benchmark crude oil rose above $96 per barrel. The dollar gained against the euro and the yen.


WASHINGTON – The Commerce Department today reports on durable goods for December. In addition, the National Association of Realtors releases the pending home sales index for December. Among the companies, releasing quarterly financial results today are Caterpillar and Yahoo.


DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) – The fragile state of the global economy and a host of other woes — from Syria’s escalating war to the rocky fallout from the Arab Spring — dominated the annual meeting of the global elite at Davos, casting a sense of uncertainty and foreboding over what lies ahead. Much of the overt glitz and glamour that was long a feature of the World Economic Forum was absent this year; a decision founder Klaus Schwab said reflected the serious issues confronting the planet. As more than 2,500 global movers and shakers headed home Sunday, there was broad agreement that things are beginning to look up on the economic front — at least in China, Africa, and emerging markets, but not in Japan, Europe, and the United States.

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Pennsylvania Lottery Numbers


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


Cash 5



Evening Big 4



Evening Daily Number



Evening Quinto



Midday Big 4



Midday Daily Number



Midday Quinto



Treasure Hunt



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Features & Entertainment


YORK, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania fast-food fan had one whopper of a funeral. Family members say David Kime “lived by his own rules” so it’s only fitting he’d have it his way on the way to the cemetery. The hearse carrying the 88-year-old York man led his funeral procession through a Burger King drive-thru for one last sandwich Saturday. The York Daily Record reports one sandwich was placed atop his flag-draped coffin at the cemetery. Daughter Linda Phiel said it was a happy way of honoring her father and the things that brought him joy. Restaurant manager Margaret Hess and her crew made 40 burgers for the funeral procession. She says it’s nice to know Kime was a loyal customer until “the very end


VENTURA, Calif. (AP) – A Southern California Christian school is suing two former teachers who had threatened a lawsuit over the school’s practice of demanding proof of faith from its employees. The teachers lost their jobs at Little Oaks School in Thousand Oaks last year after refusing to provide a statement of faith and a reference from a pastor. The Ventura County Star reports that when the teachers threatened to sue, school leaders filed their own federal lawsuit. The school and its owner, Calvary Chapel of Thousand Oaks, say their right to hire teachers who share their beliefs is protected by the California Constitution, the U.S. Constitution’s right of the free exercise of religion and civil rights laws. The school is incorporated as a for-profit entity. The newspaper says the teachers argue that a state law prohibiting religious discrimination doesn’t exempt for-profit religious groups.


LOS ANGELES (AP) – “Argo” continues to pick up awards. The CIA hostage drama wins for overall cast performance at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Daniel Day-Lewis wins for his role as Abraham Lincoln in the Civil War epic “Lincoln.” He notes that Lincoln was killed by an actor, so it seems right that an actor occasionally tries to bring him back to life. Jennifer Lawrence gets a SAG award for “Silver Linings Playbook.” On the TV side, Bryan Cranston and Claire Danes win for drama. Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey win the comedy acting honors. It was Baldwin’s seventh-straight win, while Fey earned her fifth SAG award.


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