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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A third Republican state senator is breaking with conservatives and Gov. Tom Corbett to support an expansion of Medicaid eligibility under the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era reports Sen. Lloyd Smucker told a town hall meeting Wednesday that the federal dollars accompanying the expansion would ease the burden on Lancaster General and other hospitals that treat the uninsured. Two other Republican senators publicly support it. They are Senate Banking and Insurance Committee Chairman Don White of Indiana County and Majority Policy Committee Chairman Edwin Erickson of Delaware County. Corbett isn’t embracing the expansion and says he’s concerned about the cost to Pennsylvania taxpayers. An expansion would mean an estimated $4 billion a year in federal money to subsidize health care for hundreds of thousands uninsured Pennsylvanians.


NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) – Police have charged an eighth-grader with compiling a “kill list” of nine students and two teachers on a tablet computer in his western Pennsylvania classroom. New Castle police aren’t identifying the 13-year-old because he’s being charged in juvenile court with 11 counts of making terroristic threats. Officials with the New Castle Area School District referred questions to police Chief Robert Salem who says the incident happened March 8 at the district’s junior/senior high school. Another student saw the list being created and alerted school officials, but the boy deleted the information before authorities confiscated the tablet. Police contacted the manufacturer who helped investigators retrieve the information, which prompted police to charge the boy on Thursday. Police say the boy is undergoing a mental evaluation. They don’t know why he named those on the list.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Authorities say a police dog has been shot in central Pennsylvania during a pursuit that also led to the suspect’s death. Officials say police in Lower Paxton Township were pursuing a wanted man on Friday evening. A member of Harrisburg’s K-9 unit named Zeke was called in to assist. Officials say the suspect opened fire and hit Zeke in the neck. Assistant Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo says the suspect refused to drop his weapon, and was then shot by police. The unidentified suspect was flown to a hospital, where he later died. Zeke has been taken to a veterinary hospital in Mechanicsburg. He is a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett will revise the contract with a British company to manage the $3.5 billion Pennsylvania Lottery after Attorney General Kathleen Kane rejected the initial plan. Corbett’s office, in a statement released Friday, says that by revising the vendor contract with Camelot Global Services, it will provide clarification to Kane and her office and was “the next step” in the governor’s oft-stated intent to “securing predictable Lottery funding for senior programs” in the state. The Department of Revenue will submit a revised contract to Kane’s office in the “upcoming months.” Kane said last month she wouldn’t approve Camelot’s 20- to 30-year contract because state law doesn’t allow the governor to privatize the management of the lottery nor does it allow the expansion of gambling that the contract would permit.


BRADFORD, Pa. (AP) – Police have charged a federal prison guard with shooting his own finger in a drunken attempt to remove his wedding ring at his northwestern Pennsylvania home. Online court records don’t list an attorney for 31-year-old Alfredo Malespini III, of Bradford, who was wounded in the March 2 incident. Police were called to Malespini’s home and found him with a bloody finger, after which he told them he was “trying to get rid of his wedding ring” and decided to “shoot it off.” Police say the attempt badly mangled Malespini’s finger, but didn’t remove the ring. Police say he was taken to an Erie hospital for medical and mental health treatment. Online court records show he’s yet to be arraigned. Officials at the Federal Correctional Institution-McKean couldn’t immediately comment on his employment status.


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BRUSSELS (AP) – A senior official says the 17-nation eurozone and the International Monetary Fund have reached agreement on a bailout package for Cyprus. The official, who was speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of the official announcement early Saturday, said the deal on the rescue loan package was agreed after almost ten hours of negotiations. The official did not immediately provide details on the agreement.


NEW YORK (AP) – It’s over. The longest winning streak for the Dow Jones industrial average in nearly 17 years has ended. The Dow dropped 25 points to close at 14,514. The other indexes were down too. The S&P 500 fell 2 1/2 points to 1,560. In addition, the Nasdaq composite dropped nearly 10 points. The Dow notched a 10-day winning streak through Thursday; it’s longest since November 1996.


UNDATED (AP) – Oil and natural gas have ended the week with solid gains. The price of oil rose 42 cents today to finish at $93.45 per barrel in New York. It was up $1.50, or 1.6 percent, for the week. The price of natural gas rose 6 cents, or 1.6 percent, to end at $3.87 per 1,000 cubic feet. Gas gained nearly 7 percent for the week.


WASHINGTON (AP) – The annual Economic Report of the President says the U.S. economy is mending, though it remains vulnerable and faces increasing long-term challenges from an aging population. In the report, President Barack Obama also says that though the economy is adding jobs, too many Americans still can’t find full-time employment.


WASHINGTON (AP) – The Chamber of Commerce’s lead immigration negotiator says he’s hoping for a deal soon with the AFL-CIO on a new temporary worker program. However, the sides are still apart on important details. Senators are working toward agreement on an immigration bill, and the temporary worker program would be an important part. The chamber and the AFL-CIO were given the job of helping negotiate an agreement on that program.


UNDATED (AP) – Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf got a pay package valued at $19.3 million last year. That’s 8 percent more than he received in 2011, when his $17.9 million made him one of the highest paid CEOs in the U.S. San Francisco-based Wells Fargo & Co. says Stumpf earned the raise as the bank’s profits hit a record $18.9 billion last year.


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PITTSBURGH (AP) – Bored with classes? Carnegie Mellon University and one of the government’s top spy agencies want to interest high school students in a game of computer hacking. Their goal with “Toaster Wars” is to cultivate the nation’s next generation of cyber warriors in offensive and defensive strategies. The free, online “high school hacking competition” will run from April 26 to May 6. Any U.S. student or team in grades six through 12 can apply.


The game is sponsored by the National Security Agency, which is responsible for code breaking and protecting the U.S. from cyberattack. NSA representative Vanee Vines said Friday that the U.S. increasingly needs professionals with highly technical cyber skills to help keep the country safe. Organizers say they hope participants will see computer security as a career choice.


MIAMI (AP) – Like stone crab? You better — with the prices you’ll be paying. A poor stone crab harvest is driving up the cost of the seafood delicacy. Gary Graves runs Keys Fisheries, a major supplier of Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami Beach. He tells The Miami Herald the catch is down by about 40 percent compared to last year. The cost of takeout jumbos at Joe’s is up to 80 bucks a pound.


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