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BOSTON (AP) – Massachusetts State Police say 28 of the people who were injured when a bus struck an overpass in Boston have been released from the hospital, while seven remain hospitalized. Of the seven still hospitalized, one is in critical condition, four are in stable condition, one is in serious condition and one is awaiting discharge. The bus was carrying a group of high school students and their adult chaperones home to the Philadelphia area after a visit to HarvardUniversity when it crashed into the bridge Saturday night. Authorities say the bus did not belong on the road, where a 10-foot height limit is in place and oversized vehicles are not authorized. Ray Talmedge, owner of the Philadelphia-based Calvary Coach Bus company, told WCAU-TV that driver Samuel Jackson looked down at his GPS and saw the bridge too late.

 

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The oil and gas industry is trying to ease environmental concerns by developing nontoxic fluids for the drilling process known as fracking. But it’s not clear whether the fluids will be widely embraced by drilling companies. Fracking has made it possible to tap into energy reserves across the nation but also has raised concerns about pollution, since large volumes of water along with sand and hazardous chemicals are injected underground to free the oil and gas from rock. CleanStim is a product by energy giant Halliburton Inc. that uses only food-grade additives. The company says it is working to reduce safety and environmental concerns for both workers and the public. Two environmental groups say they welcome the development, but still have questions about other issues caused by drilling.

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s state university system and the union representing faculty members have been meeting over the weekend to try to resolve a prolonged contract dispute. Members of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties have been working without a contract at the 14 state-owned universities since June 2011. They have authorized their leadership to call a strike if necessary.  The union sent out an update Saturday night saying progress was being made “but very, very slow progress.” The union says the system is making unreasonable demands for concessions on health coverage and other issues. School officials say concessions are necessary to ensure affordable, quality education.

 

BELLEFONTE, Pa. – A judge has scheduled a hearing in former PennsylvaniaStateUniversity assistant football coach Mike McQueary’s lawsuit against the school. Court papers filed Friday indicate the March 18 hearing will be short. PennState sought to have the lawsuit dismissed or put on hold while criminal charges are pending against two school administrators, but Judge Thomas Galvin earlier denied the request for a delay. McQueary is seeking millions of dollars in damages in a defamation and whistle-blower lawsuit against PennState in connection with a child sex-abuse scandal involving former coach Jerry Sandusky. McQueary’s testimony helped convict Sandusky of child molestation.

 

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The Latest  Business News

 

NEW YORK (AP) – January rally is extending into February. The Dow closed above 14,000 on Friday, the first time it’s passed that threshold since before the financial crisis. Strong auto sales and optimism about U.S. jobs propelled by the bluechip index to a 149 point gain, closing at 14,010. So far this year, the Dow has gained 6.9 percent. The Standard & Poor’s 500 rose 15 points on Friday to 1,513. The Nasdaq composite added 37 to 3,179. The government jobs report that pushed stocks forward was mixed. The U.S. said it added 157,000 jobs in January, in line with expectations. But unemployment inched up to 7.9 percent. Automakers Toyota, Ford, GM, and Chrysler all reported double-digit sales gains for January.

 

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – Asian stock markets were mostly higher today as investors continued to feel confident about stocks following last week’s U.S. jobs report and Wall Street’s rally. Solid corporate earnings reports and expectations that the weaker yen will enhance the bottom line of Japanese exporters also lured investors to stocks. Benchmark crude oil fell but remains above $97 per barrel. The dollar gained against the euro but fell against the yen.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) – December factory orders highlight a light week of economic data. Orders for manufactured goods were flat in November, though durable goods orders were higher. Factories look to have been recovering from a slump in early 2012, but concerns remain that a weak global economy is holding back U.S. exports. The Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for January on Tuesday. The weekly report on jobless claims is out Thursday. Last week’s report showed a spike in applications, but it remained below the 370,000 threshold associated with a falling unemployment rate. Friday’s monthly jobs report showed U.S. employers continued to add jobs, though the jobless rate ticked up to 7.9 percent. Trade figures are due Friday along with a report on wholesale inventories.

 

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The oil and gas industry is trying to ease environmental concerns by developing nontoxic fluids for the drilling process known as fracking. But it’s not clear whether the fluids will be widely embraced by drilling companies. Fracking has made it possible to tap into energy reserves across the nation but also has raised concerns about pollution, since large volumes of water along with sand and hazardous chemicals are injected underground to free the oil and gas from rock. CleanStim is a product by energy giant Halliburton Inc. that uses only food-grade additives. The company says it is working to reduce safety and  environmental concerns for both workers and the public. Two environmental groups say they welcome the development, but still have questions about other issues caused by drilling.

 

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Pennsylvania Lottery Numbers

 

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

Cash 5

03-08-10-11-14

Evening Big 4

5-8-9-7

Evening Daily Number

1-9-3

Evening Quinto

3-9-4-7-2

Midday Big 4

4-2-2-4

Midday Daily Number

2-2-8

Midday Quinto

7-7-9-8-7

Treasure Hunt

09-19-21-23-26

 

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Features & Entertainment

UNDATED (AP) – The big thing in Super Bowl ads this year was length. Willem Dafoe played the devil in a 90-second spot for Mercedes-Benz. Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd did two minutes for Samsung. Lincoln’s 90-second ad was inspired by Tweets by fans about road trips sent to Jimmy Fallon. Jeep’s spot was on the sentimental side, with two minutes saluting troops and their families, narrated by Oprah Winfrey.

 

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Officials of the utility company supplying power to the Superdome say the Super Bowl outage occurred when sensing equipment detected an “abnormality” in the system. A statement from Entergy and the Superdome said Sunday that a piece of equipment monitoring electrical load sensed the abnormality and opened a breaker, partially cutting power. The statement said backup generators kicked in before full power could be restored. The Super Bowl was delayed for 34 minutes.

 

BALTIMORE (AP) – Giddy Ravens fans are hugging, cheering, and pouring into the streets of Baltimore following the 34-31 victory of their team over the San Francisco 49ers. Fans wearing the team’s signature black-and-purple jerseys and purple-feathered boas mobbed bars including Mother’s Federal Hill Grille to watch the team’s second Super Bowl appearance Sunday night. They were especially there to support middle linebacker Ray Lewis, No. 52, the only current player who started with the team when it came to Baltimore in 1996. So far, there have been no reports of disturbances or damage in the city. The mayor urged fans to celebrate responsibly.  Fans came hours before the game to get seats. Forty-year-old Darren Love says the celebration was “90 percent for Ray, 10 percent for the city of Baltimore.”

 

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald’s says it is offering its first new Happy Meal entree in a decade: Fish McBites.

The world’s biggest hamburger chain says the Fish McBites will be widely available at U.S. restaurants starting this week, lasting through March to coincide with Lent. The Happy Meals will come with seven pieces of Fish McBites, French fries, apple slices and a drink. The company had already announced last month that the Fish McBites would be sold on the standard menu in three sizes – snack (10 pieces), regular (15 pieces) and shareable (30 pieces). Fish McBites, which are fried pieces of fish, will use the same Alaskan cod used in the fast-food chain’s Filet-O-Fish.

 

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