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JERSEY SHORE, Pa. (AP) – A central Pennsylvania man is behind bars after police say they found a decomposing body buried in an underground basement crawlspace of his home. Glenn Alan Jackson of Jersey Shore is being held at the Lycoming County Prison on $200,000 bail. He is charged with abuse of a corpse and evidence tampering. State police investigators arrived at his house Thursday looking for Michael Krauser, Jackson’s friend who disappeared Feb. 4. Police say they interviewed two of Jackson’s friends who said Jackson had told them he buried Krauser in his basement. A police dog led authorities to the remains. The remains have yet to be officially identified. An autopsy is pending and the police investigation continues.

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A state report shows Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate shot to its highest point since October 2010, as unemployment grew faster than the labor force. The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that the unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent in January. That’s up from 7.9 percent in December. The national unemployment rate was 7.7 percent in February. The department estimates that the number of nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania was stable at just under 5.75 million jobs, and it lowered its initial payroll numbers from last year. Its survey of households shows the number of people working or looking for work grew by 17,000 to an all-time high above 6.55 million. However, unemployment also grew by an estimated 18,000 people.

 

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – The Second Mile, a charity for children founded by Jerry Sandusky, is asking a judge for permission to sell its headquarters building in State College. Judge William Morgan on Friday scheduled a March 28 hearing on the request to sell the two-story structure for $650,000. The Second Mile was started by the former Penn State assistant football coach in 1977 to help at-risk children. Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence after being convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse last year. He maintains he is innocent and is pursuing appeals. Prosecutors have said Sandusky met most of his victims, if not all of them, through The Second Mile. In the filing, lawyers say the sales proceeds would pay for victims’ claims, programs, and legal fees.

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Thousands of faculty members at Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities are in line to see annual pay raises of between 3.5 and 7 percent over three years under a contract they’ve voted to approve. The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, representing 5,500 faculty members, said Friday the pact with the State System of Higher Education passed overwhelmingly. The system’s board is slated to vote March 20. The 5,500 faculty members have worked without a contract since June 2011. The four-year contract, retroactive to July 1, 2011, calls for raises of 1 or 2 percent in each of the last three years. But faculty members also would get annual “service increment” increases of 5 percent increase for those with up to five years’ service or less.

 

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The Latest Business News

 

NEW YORK (AP) – The stock market logged its sixth straight gain after the government Friday morning reported a surge in hiring in February. The Dow rose 67 1/2 points to 14,397. The S&P 500 rose nearly 7 points to 1,551. The NASDAQ composite rose 12 points. On Tuesday the Dow broke through the all-time high it reached in October 2007.The S&P is now just 14 points below its own record.

 

NEW YORK (AP) – The price of oil is up slightly, as a strong U.S. jobs report was tempered by gains in the dollar. Benchmark crude for April delivery was up 39 cents to finish at $91.95 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The Labor Department says employers added more than 200,000 jobs last month and the jobless rate fell. That could signal increased demand for oil products.

 

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Features & Entertainment

 

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – South Korean rapper PSY says he’ll unveil his much-awaited follow-up to “Gangnam Style” next month and celebrate it with a huge concert in Seoul. PSY made the announcement Friday on YouTube, where his “Gangnam Style” video has a record 1.39 billion views. PSY said he’ll release the new single on April 13 and hold a concert at a soccer stadium that evening. He’s dubbed the concert “Happening” and says it will be broadcast live on YouTube.

 

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) – A century and a half after the Civil War ship the USS Monitor sank, two unknown crewmen found in the ironclad’s turret have been buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Friday’s burial may be the last time Civil War soldiers are buried at the cemetery. The Monitor made history when the Union ship fought the Confederate CSS Virginia in the first battle between two ironclads on March 9, 1862. The battle was a draw. The Monitor sank about nine months later off North Carolina. Sixteen sailors died. In 2002, the ship’s turret was raised from the ocean floor. The skeletons of the two crew members were found inside. Researchers tried to identify the men using DNA and other methods but were only able to narrow down the possibilities to six people.

NEW YORK (AP) – Valerie Harper is going to talk about her brain cancer on TV. She’ll appear on “The Doctors” this Monday. In addition to the show’s doctors, Harper’s own medical team will be on the episode. Her doctors say she has as little as three months to live. She says her husband didn’t tell her that for a while because it was so bad. Harper’s former co-stars Ed Asner and Cloris Leachman surprise Harper during the episode.

 

NEW YORK (AP) – By August, Barbara Walters will be the only remaining original member of “The View.” Joy Behar is quitting at the end of her 16th season. Behar tells Deadline.com that she wants to do other things. Like her stand-up, which she says she’s been “neglecting.” She also says she’s writing a play. In addition, she’d like to do another talk show.

 

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