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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Student organizers of the annual Penn State dance marathon say they’ve raised $12.37 million for pediatric cancer research and care, shattering last year’s record by nearly $1.7 million. The IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon is billed as the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. Students have now raised more than $100 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital since 1977. The event, commonly known as THON, requires more than 700 participants to stand on their feet for 46 hours, supported by thousands of volunteers. Pediatric cancer patients and their families also attend the event that takes over the Jordan Center basketball arena. The festivities ended 4 p.m. Sunday. Weary, sleep-deprived dancers stayed motivated with party songs, pep talks, and emotional meetings with cancer patients.

 

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A deal that could be worth $500 million for rights to drill for natural gas and oil at Pittsburgh International Airport in western Pennsylvania could get final approval this week. The Allegheny County Council’s public works committee voted 4-1 with one abstention last week to approve the deal with Consol Energy Inc. A vote by the full council is scheduled Tuesday. Under the deal, Consol will pay a signing bonus of $50 million and then 18 percent royalties on future production expected to total $450 million over two decades. The first wells would be drilled in late 2014 or early 2015. The airport, about 10 miles outside the city, says it will use the money to lower costs to airlines in hopes of attracting more flights, and for capital improvements.

 

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Latest Business News

FRANKFURT (AP) – German’s central bank says the country’s economy is on track to avoid a recession as it is showing signs of growth in the first three months of the year. Europe’s largest economy shrank 0.6 percent in the last quarter of 2012 – two straight quarters of falling; output is a common definition of recession. The Bundesbank says in its monthly report out Monday that increasing business optimism and easing fears about the government debt crisis among the 17 European Union euro countries mean business may become more willing to invest and expand. That means that “a plus in total economic production can be expected for the first quarter of 2013.” A growing German economy could help speed the recovery of the 17-country eurozone, which is mired in recession.

 

 

WASHINGTON (AP) – The new White House chief of staff says President Barack Obama is concerned about the effect the automatic budget cuts scheduled for next month will have on America’s middle class. Denis McDonough tells ABC’s “This Week” that the economy has been getting stronger over the past few months. He cites improvements in housing, the stock market, and consumer confidence. He says the cuts will affect education, mental health services, and food safety. McDonough says the White House will push for what he calls a reasonable amount of spending cuts coupled with additional tax revenue. Republicans oppose any tax increases, but the White House will insist on cutting federal red ink “in a balanced way.”

 

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Pennsylvania Lottery Numbers

 

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

 

Cash 5

08-10-15-22-30

 

Evening Big 4

3-5-6-3

 

Evening Daily Number

4-9-8

 

Evening Quinto

4-0-3-2-6

 

Midday Big 4

2-0-1-3

 

Midday Daily Number

7-3-0

 

Midday Quinto

2-8-0-0-9

 

Treasure Hunt

07-12-20-28-29

 

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Features & Entertainment

 

DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – This time of year Ric Sorrell is in deep. Deep in snow. The Michigan retiree is the official snowfall observer for the National Weather Service in Lansing. He uses a measuring stick to determine snowfall five times a day. While automated equipment can record many weather measurements, computers aren’t so good with snow. Sorrell says his contract job is important. He tells the Lansing State Journal without real data a forecast is “nothing more than a bad guess.”

 

HANOVER, N.Y. (AP) – The drive-through lane isn’t the place to catch a few “Z’s.” Deputies in western New York charge Eladio Merced was passed out behind the wheel at a restaurant drive-through. Authorities say they were called to a Tim Horton’s in the town of Hanover early Saturday morning. According to deputies, Merced was asleep and his car was still running. He’s been charged with driving while intoxicated.

 

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – The Austin Public Library system is setting limits. Starting March 1, library patrons in the Texas capital will be restricted to 50 items. There’s no limit now to the number of books, CDs or DVDs that may be taken out at a time. However, the library is system missing more than a million bucks worth of books over the past five years. A review by the Austin American-Statesman and KVUE-TV finds library users also owe more than $860,000 in late fees.

 

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