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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A state senator says marijuana should be legalized and taxed in Pennsylvania to raise revenue and remove the threat of criminal prosecution for pot users. Sen. Daylin Leach said Monday at a news conference that he’s introducing a bill to do just that. Leach says state laws have treated pot smokers as criminals for 75 years, even though they harmed no other person or property. He proposes that pot be sold with liquor and wine at the state stores to people who are at least 21. Leach says Pennsylvania needlessly spends $350 million a year prosecuting, incarcerating and monitoring marijuana crimes. He claims that taxing legal marijuana and marijuana businesses could generate hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Gov. Tom Corbett has said he’d veto any legalization bill.

 

BERWICK, Pa. (AP) – Police in Columbia County are selling a 10,000-pound safe to the highest bidder – as long as the buyer can move it. Berwick police Chief Kenneth Strish describes the stronghold as “humongous.” Still, he says it’s too small to store police munitions and isn’t suitable for an evidence locker. The 5-ton safe was already in the basement of a building that police moved into in 2009. It’s unclear how long it had been there. Public works employees had to remove doors and doorframes to get it out of the building. Several men dragged it through the station to where a backhoe and winch could take over. The Press Enterprise of Bloomsburg reports the safe is now outside, covered by tarps. Local officials say the minimum bid is $3,000.

 

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The Latest Business News

 

NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. stocks drifted lower in thin trading Monday, pulling the Standard & Poor’s 500 index back from a five-year high. The broad-market index edged up slightly last week, enough to put it at its highest level since November 2007. With little in the way of market-moving news Monday, the S&P 500 slipped 0.92 of a point to close at 1,517.01. The Dow closed down 22 points to close at 13,971 and the Nasdaq composite slipped two points to 3,192. Seven of the 10 industry groups within the S&P 500 dropped. Apple’s stock gained following reports over the weekend that the tech giant is developing a wristwatch-like gadget, a smart watch.

 

BANGKOK (AP) – Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 led Asian stocks higher today as the yen weakened after a possible candidate for Bank of Japan governor voiced support for easier monetary policy. Investors shrugged off an apparent nuclear test by North Korea. The yen has dropped almost 8 percent against the dollar this year after Japan elected Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in December. Abe has been calling for Japan’s central bank to ease monetary policy more aggressively to help spur economic growth. Markets in mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan were closed for Lunar New Year holidays. Benchmark crude oil fell below $97 per barrel. The dollar gained against the yen and was unchanged against the euro.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) – We get another look at the employment picture today when the Labor Department releases the job openings and labor turnover survey for December. The last report showed that overall hiring was largely unchained in November. Also today, the Treasury releases the federal budget for January. Quarterly financial reports are expected today from Coca-Cola, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, McGraw-Hill, and Reynolds American Inc. In London, Barclays PLC reports quarterly financial results.

 

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Pennsylvania Lottery Numbers

 

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

 

Cash 5

12-20-21-23-35

 

Evening Big 4

8-9-9-7

 

Evening Daily Number

4-5-8

 

Evening Quinto

1-5-9-4-6

 

Match 6 Lotto

06-07-12-28-29-31

 

Midday Big 4

0-5-3-5

 

Midday Daily Number

4-0-7

 

Midday Quinto

8-1-8-1-2

 

Treasure Hunt

01-02-17-24-29

 

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Features & Entertainment

 

NEW YORK (AP) – Lovers of the unusual are getting another chance to impress their Valentines this year in New York City. The Department of Environmental Protection is again offering Valentine’s Day tours of the Newtown Creek sewage treatment plant in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint section. The DEP says it’s offering three tours this year due to “overwhelming demand.” The 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. tours were quickly filled. So another was added at 11 a.m. Thursday. Highlights include the plant’s giant egg-shaped digesters, which break down noxious waste into harmless sludge and gas. During last year’s tour, the plant’s gung-ho superintendent warned the visitors a digester egg was about to emit a foul odor. It didn’t disappoint.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) – You may spot Ted Nugent in the audience tonight, as President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address. Republican Congressman Steve Stockman of Texas says he’s inviting Nugent to Capitol Hill this evening. Nugent is no fan of Obama’s. In a speech to the National Rifle Association during the 2012 campaign, Nugent said he would either be “dead or in jail” if Obama was re-elected. The comments led to a meeting with the Secret Service.

 

 

 

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