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WILMERDING, Pa. (AP) – Police say a western Pennsylvania mother seeking a “fresh start” abandoned her 8-month-old daughter in the woods with a bottle of milk. Police say 24-year-old Jennifer Cutruzzula, of Wilmerding, walked into the woods Wednesday night and dropped off the baby. A neighbor who saw Curuzzula leave the woods without the child found the baby crawling on her stomach along a muddy hillside and alerted authorities. Temperatures were in the mid-30s with light rain falling. Police say Cutruzzula told them she was having difficulty at home and wanted “a fresh start.” KDKA-TV reports that the baby was taken to a hospital and is doing fine. Cutruzzula is charged with endangering the welfare of children and recklessly endangering. She’s being held on $50,000 bond. Court papers didn’t list an attorney.

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A popular Pennsylvania outdoors show that was postponed indefinitely because of a controversy over assault weapons will not be rescheduled this year. The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show had been scheduled to start Feb. 2 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. However, its ban on assault weapons in the wake of a Connecticut school shooting led to a backlash and vendor boycott. Organizers indefinitely postponed the event last month. On Thursday, state officials who run the Farm Show Complex said the show would not be held this year. An Agriculture Department spokeswoman tells the Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era that officials hope to hold a show of similar size in February 2014. Reed Exhibitions, which operates the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, could not be reached for comment.

 

SCRANTON (AP) – Commissioners in a rural Pennsylvania county have passed a resolution saying any new laws restricting gun rights won’t apply there. The Times-Tribune of Scranton reports Susquehanna County officials say new gun laws passed just over the state line in New York prompted them to act. The resolution passed Wednesday says any new federal act, bill, law, rule, or executive order that infringes on Second Amendment rights shall be “unenforceable” in the county. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently signed legislation that restricts residents to purchasing ammunition magazines that carry seven bullets. Republican Commissioner Michael Giangrieco says the county’s resolution is an important statement to make in response to the New York laws and current proposals in Pennsylvania. No one at the meeting came out in opposition to the resolution.

 

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – The latest alumni election for three seats on Penn State’s Board of Trustees has drawn more than three dozen candidates, about twice as less as the record 86-person slate on last year’s ballot. The 39-candidate pool for this spring’s election was formally finalized Thursday, when numbers were drawn for ballot positions. The number of hopefuls on this year’s slate still far exceeds what had been a typical pool of six to nine candidates. However, that was the norm before some alumni began scrutinizing how trustees handled the firing off football coach Joe Paterno in November 2011 and other actions in the aftermath of retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky’s arrest on child sex abuse charges. Two incumbents are seeking re-election, while a third resigned last summer. The board has 32 seats.

 

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NEW YORK (AP) – Will the Dow Jones industrial Average reach a new record today? It’s far from certain on this last day of trading for the week. An early rally faded on Wall Street yesterday, pulling the Dow slightly lower and a bit further away from reaching a record. The Dow ended down nearly 21 points, or 0.2 percent, to 14,054. That’s 110 points below the record close it reached in October 2007. It did, however, come within 15 points of that level during the day. The S&P 500 index slipped a point to close at 1,514 yesterday. The Nasdaq composite index edged down 2 points. Rising and falling stocks were about even on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was average, 3.7 billion shares.

 

TOKYO (AP) – Shares in Asia were mixed today as China’s manufacturing waned and many investors watched for progress on resolving an impasse that could bring on drastic spending cuts by the U.S. government. China’s manufacturing grew at its weakest rate in five months in February as demand faltered and factories shut down for the Lunar New Year holiday. Investors are also keeping an eye on risks from U.S. spending cuts due to take effect at the start of March as part of a previous budget agreement between the White House and Congress. The planned “sequester” could hit U.S. growth if no deal is reached to avoid it. Benchmark crude oil fell below $92 a barrel. The dollar rose against the euro and the yen.

 

UNDATED – The Commerce Department releases two reports today. One covers personal income and spending for January. The other report deals with construction spending for January. Also today, the Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for February. On the business side, automakers will release vehicle sales for February. Quarterly financial reports will be released by Best Buy and Berkshire Hathaway.

 

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VATICAN CITY (AP) – Now that Benedict XVI has flown off into retirement, the cardinals he left behind at the Vatican must decide which of them should become the next pope. For now, the more than 100 voting cardinals from around the world are getting to know each other. Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley says there are many good candidates to choose from, so they’re keeping an open mind. On Monday, the cardinals are expected to begin meeting to set the date for the papal conclave, which derives its name from the Latin words “con clave” – with a key. It’s called that because centuries ago cardinals were locked in until they elected a pope. New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan says these days it’s more a matter of locking the world out, as cardinals give up their cell phones and all other contact with those who might seek to influence their decision. They’ll remain in prayerful seclusion until two-thirds of them agree and the announcement is made: “Habemas Papam!” – We have a pope.

 

STUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) – It’s another product aimed at stopping the dangerous practice of texting and driving. In addition, this one is more powerful than either willpower – or lectures about the potential for harm. TextBuster is an electronic device that is aimed at the driver of the vehicle. It sends a blocking signal to the driver’s phone via Bluetooth – and keeps it from using the data functions. That means no text, email, or Internet functions – though you still can make outgoing phones. The device installs in minutes – and is tucked inside the dashboard. It comes in two models – one that plugs into the fuse panel, the other that installs into a car’s diagnostic connector. It also serves as a tracking device for the car, noting speed, direction, and trip history.

UNDATED (AP) – Lauren Silberman is set to become the first women to participate at an NFL combine. The 28-year-old Silberman will kick Sunday at the New York Jets’ training facility in Florham Park, N.J. She has never kicked anything more than a soccer ball in an organized game and she just started practicing long-range field goals. She says she hopes to use the weekend as a learning experience and a way to promote more female involvement in the NFL. Silberman will compete against more accomplished or polished college kickers, all hoping to prove they have the leg strength and accuracy worthy of earning an invite to an NFL training camp.

 

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