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STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) – Depending on where in Pennsylvania you live, expect snow, or rain, or a sloppy mixture of both Friday. Just don’t expect the potentially historic blizzard that’s threatening other parts of the Northeast. The heaviest snowfall is expected in the Poconos, in Wayne and Pike counties, where the National Weather Service is calling for up to a foot. Pennsylvania’s northern tier could get as much as 8 inches. Southern counties can expect a sloppy mixture of snow and rain, with minimal accumulations. PennDOT says its supplies and equipment are in good shape for the storm. FirstEnergy, parent company of Met-Ed, says it’s ready to bring crews from other states to help restore power if Pennsylvania outages are widespread.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The White House says Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Philadelphia next week to host a roundtable discussion on gun control. Biden is scheduled to appear Monday. Joining him will be law enforcement officials, Deputy Attorney General James Cole, and Democratic members of Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation. No other details were released Thursday. The administration of President Barack Obama is pushing for new gun-control measures in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting. Proposals include a new ban on assault weapons, a ban on high-capacity magazines carrying more than 10 rounds of ammunition, and background checks for all gun sales.


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The Latest Business News


NEW YORK (AP) – The stock market rally that’s pushed indexes close to record levels has stalled. But investors hope they will climb today on the last trading day of the week. Stocks fell yesterday as weaker earnings and worries about Europe overshadowed healthier signs for the U.S. economy. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 42 points to 13,944 on Thursday, after falling as much as 134 points earlier. The index has traded largely sideways this week, after logging its best January in almost two decades. The Standard and Poor’s 500 fell 3 points to 1,509 and the Nasdaq composite also dropped 3 points, to 3,165. Decliner stocks outpaced advancing ones on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume of 3.53 billion shares on the New York stock Exchange was above average.


BANGKOK (AP) – Asian stock markets were mostly higher today. An analyst says Chinese data for January “should be interpreted positively.” Benchmark crude oil fell slightly but remained near $96 per barrel. The dollar gained against the euro but was unchanged against the yen.


WASHINGTON – There are two reports from the Commerce Department today that could influence the market on the last trading day of the week: Data on international trade for December and wholesale trade inventories for December.


WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans stepped up borrowing in December to buy cars and attend school. But they cut back sharply on credit card use, continuing a trend that could hold back growth in the new year. The Federal Reserve says total consumer borrowing rose $14.6 billion in December from November to $2.78 trillion. That’s the highest level on record. The increase was driven entirely by gains in student and auto loans. Borrowing in the category that measures those loans increased $18.2 billion, the biggest monthly gain since November 2001. But credit card debt fell $3.6 billion. The drop may reflect consumers’ worries about tax increases that took effect in the new year.


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Pennsylvania Lottery Numbers


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


Cash 5



Evening Big 4



Evening Daily Number



Evening Quinto



Match 6 Lotto




Midday Big 4



Midday Daily Number



Midday Quinto



Treasure Hunt



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Features & Entertainment


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Cussing at a cop is no reason for a bust. That’s the ruling from New York’s highest court. The Court of Appeals has dismissed a disorderly conduct charge against a Rochester man who swore twice at a police officer. The court also tossed drug charges against Trevis D. Baker. The judges ruled that since the first arrest was invalid, the search that discovered 25 bags of crack cocaine wasn’t permitted, either.


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – The organizers of a Christian fashion show want the world to know that modest does not equal frumpy. The two-day event in Tampa, Fla., begins today with a VIP reception followed by a runway show on Saturday. The 9 designers selected for the runway event will showcase original women’s couture, women’s ready-to-wear fashion, men’s clothing, swimwear, and bridal gowns. Not all of the designers are Christian, but all showed an interest in designing modern, beautiful, and modest clothes. Organizers say the runway show will be slightly different than a typical fashion event. Backstage, there will be separate changing areas for male and female models, and during the swimwear show, the audience will be women only. During intermission, Shari Braendel, the author of “Good Girls Don’t Have to Dress Bad” and a fashion blogger, will speak. Bibles and other Christian-themed items will be placed into the gift bags.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee maintenance worker says he quit his job because his W-2 tax form was stamped with the number 666. Walter Slonopas said that accepting the number would have condemned his soul to hell. That number is considered the “mark of the beast” in the Bible’s Book of Revelation describing the apocalypse. The company that handles payroll for Contech Casting LLC says the number meant Slonopas’ form was the 666th one mailed out. The 52-year-old Slonopas says he had trouble with the number before. He was supposed to be assigned No. 668 to use when he clocked in. Because of a mix-up, he was assigned 666. He complained and got a new number. A company spokesman says Contech would send a new W-2 and wants to rehire Slonopas. But Slonopas says “God is worth more than money.”


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