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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania environmental regulators say natural gas compressor stations will have to meet tighter air pollution standards. The Department of Environmental Protection said Thursday it will mandate dramatically lower air emissions for the largest, most common types of engines used at compressor stations. Compressor stations pressurize natural gas taken from the Marcellus Shale formation for movement along the pipeline system. The agency also announced it will accept public comment on a plan to reduce wellhead emissions. DEP chief Michael Krancer says these steps will result in cleaner air.

 

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The Latest Business News

 

NEW YORK (AP) – The Dow Jones industrial average is logging its best start to the year in almost two decades. The Dow ended the month up 5.8 percent, its strongest January since 1994, according to S&P Capital IQ data. The Standard & Poor’s 500 finished the month 5 percent higher, its best start to the year since 1997. The Nasdaq was up 4.1 percent.

But stocks drifted lower yesterday. The Dow fell 50 points to 13,860. The S&P dropped 4 points and the Nasdaq composite fell a fraction. Stocks rallied in the first week of the year after U.S. lawmakers reached a deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” and then pushed higher toward record levels as optimism about the housing market recovery grew. Decent company earnings for the fourth quarter and an improving job market also helped lift markets.

 

BANGKOK (AP) – Asian stock markets were mostly higher today as a weak jobs report from the U.S. was tempered by Wall Street’s overall sterling performance for January. Investors buoyed by improvements in the U.S. housing and jobs markets and decent corporate earnings have been scooping up stocks. Updated data on manufacturing in China fell short of expectations. Industrial production is still growing, but at a slower pace, according to the government-sanctioned China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing. Benchmark crude oil inched up, remaining above $97 per barrel. The dollar fell against the euro but rose against the yen.

 

UNDATED (AP) – The Labor Department will release employment data for January today. And the Commerce Department will report on construction spending for December. Also today, the Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for January and the automakers report vehicle sales for January. Two oil giants will report their quarterly financial results Chevron and Exxon Mobil. Also out with quarterly results today are toy maker Mattel, pharmaceutical giant Merck and Japanese electronics manufacturer Panasonic.

 

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Pennsylvania Lottery Numbers

 

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

 

Cash 5

09-20-22-35-40

 

Evening Big 4

8-2-1-4

 

Evening Daily Number

8-8-6

 

Evening Quinto

8-3-8-8-7

 

Match 6 Lotto

07-19-26-31-37-38

 

Midday Big 4

5-7-2-6

 

Midday Daily Number

6-1-1

 

Midday Quinto

3-8-8-1-4

 

Treasure Hunt

04-06-09-15-17

 

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Features & Entertainment

 

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Beyonce says she did lip sync when she performed the national anthem on Inauguration Day. The singer held a press conference Thursday in New Orleans days ahead of her half-time performance at the Super Bowl.

She said she’s a “perfectionist” and wanted her performance for President Barack Obama to be a memorable one. She called the day “emotional.” Beyonce opened the press conference with live rendition of the national anthem.

 

ORANGE CITY, Fla. (AP) – Authorities say a Florida tow truck driver landed in jail after his cell phone pocket-dialed 911 and dispatchers listened in on a conversation about the sale of drugs. Deputies say 19-year-old Matthew Dollarhide was surprised when a Volusia County Sheriff’s deputy pulled him over late Tuesday and asked him about his conversation with two passengers. The Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://bit.ly/WhbrCN ) reports 911 dispatchers pinpointed the cell phone’s location and sent deputies to investigate. From the conversation, dispatchers learned they were driving a tow truck. Deputies said they found a crack pipe on Dollarhide. The Orange City man was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. He told police the pipe belonged to his father.

 

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A plan to allow concealed handguns in churches has been approved by an Arkansas House panel after pastors who testified before lawmakers split on whether it would make their sanctuaries safer. The House Judiciary Committee endorsed legislation that would leave it up to churches and other houses of worship to decide whether to allow concealed handguns and who could carry them. The measure, which has already passed the Arkansas Senate, now heads to the House floor for a vote next week. Gov. Mike Beebe has indicated he’ll likely sign the guns-in-church bill into law if it reaches his desk. Pastors who oppose the measure said it conflicts with the mission of churches to be sanctuaries from violence. But supporters said houses of worship can be targeted not only during services but throughout the week, and that law enforcement may not be able to respond quickly enough to thwart an intruder.

 

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