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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate dipped a notch in February after shooting to its highest point since October 2010, while the labor force shrank and payrolls stayed put. The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that February’s unemployment rate was 8.1 percent, down from 8.2 percent in January. The national unemployment rate was 7.7 percent in February. The department estimates that the number of nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania remained flat at just under 5.75 million jobs, a number that’s about the same as it was last March. Payrolls hit a record above 5.8 billion in April 2008, but shrank to below 5.6 billion amid the recession’s effects. A survey of households shows the number of people working or looking for work shrank in February, as did unemployment and employment.

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission member who told a grand jury he did not disclose resort gift certificates he received from an engineering firm says he’s resigning immediately. Bill Lincoln, a former state Senate Democratic floor leader, said in a Friday statement that he’s no longer able to do the job because of “personal stress” and ongoing health issues. He didn’t specifically mention last week’s grand jury report that alleged a “pay-to-play” culture at the turnpike commission. He had served as a turnpike commissioner for eight years after being nominated by former Gov. Ed Rendell. Lincoln testified before the grand jury under a grant of immunity. The grand jury says he admitted that he received gift certificates and failed to report them on his annual statement of financial interests.

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration says he’ll meet April 2 with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the subject of an expansion of Medicaid eligibility under the federal Affordable Care Act. Spokeswoman Christine Cronkright said Friday she didn’t have additional details beyond the meeting date. The federal government is promising to pay the full cost of an eligible state’s expansion for three years beginning next year, and at least 90 percent of the cost after that. The expansion is projected to provide health insurance to hundreds of thousands of low-income Pennsylvanians. However, the Republican governor says he’s concerned about the cost to Pennsylvania taxpayers and says the federal government can’t be trusted to deliver on funding promises. Pennsylvania’s hospitals, advocates for the poor and the AARP support it.

 

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NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) – Cyprus lawmakers have approved three key bills aiming to secure a broader bailout package and stave off imminent bankruptcy. The bills passed late Friday include a key one on restructuring banks, a second on restricting financial transactions in times of crisis, and one setting up a ‘solidarity fund.’ More bills to meet the total target of 5.8 billion euros Cyprus needs to raise to secure an international bailout will be brought for a vote over the weekend. They include one that imposes a tax of less than 1 percent on all bank deposits, said deputy head of the governing DISY party Averof Neophytou.

 

NEW YORK (AP) – Stock markets closed higher Friday on Wall Street, bolstered by strong earnings from companies like Nike. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 90 1/2 points today closing at 14,512..The Standard & Poor’s 500 indexes rose 11 points to 1,556.. The Nasdaq composite gained 22 points.

 

NEW YORK (AP) – The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission says he’ll step down in the “coming weeks.” Julius Genachowski’s four-year tenure has garnered mixed reviews as he took a middle line between the desires of public-interest groups and the telecom industry. His tenure has seen continued adoption of broadband and ever higher Internet connection speeds, but consumer groups saw the approval of Comcast’s acquisition of NBC as a mistake, while AT&T Inc. suffered a severe blow when its acquisition of T-Mobile USA was blocked.

 

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Social media sites are buzzing with reports of a flash of light streaking across the sky along the East Coast. Donald Yeomans, manager of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program in Pasadena, Calif., said he’s aware of the reports and that they appear to be consistent with a meteor shower. Yeomans told The Associated Press that he didn’t know the cause of the Friday night sightings. He said meteor showers are not that rare, but added, “it’s unusual to have so many people see it.” Robert Lunsford of the American Meteor Society told USA Today “it basically looked like a super bright shooting star.” Yeomans said meteor showers don’t typically reach the ground. He said they’re generally made up of chunks of asteroids that enter the earth’s atmosphere, and if small enough, “burn up after putting on a good show.”

 

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Sports

 

NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

Friday’s Games

Second Round

at Austin, Texas

Miami 78 Pacific 49

Illinois 57 Colorado 49

Florida 79 Northwestern St. 47

Minnesota 83 UCLA 63

 

at Kansas City, Mo.

Mississippi 57 Wisconsin 46

La Salle 63 Kansas St. 61

North Carolina 78 Villanova 71

Kansas 64 W. Kentucky 57

 

at Dayton, Ohio

Temple 76 NC State 72

Indiana 83 James Madison 62

Ohio St. 95 Iona 70

Iowa St. 76 Notre Dame 58

 

at Philadelphia

Duke 73 Albany (NY) 61

Creighton 67 Cincinnati 63

Florida Gulf Coast 78 Georgetown 68

San Diego St. 70 Oklahoma 55

Saturday’s Games

Third Round

At Auburn Hills, Mich.

SOUTH: Michigan vs. VCU, 12:15 p.m.

MIDWEST: Michigan State vs. Memphis, 30 minutes following

At Lexington, Ky.

MIDWEST: Louisville vs. Colorado State, 5:15 p.m.

EAST: Marquette vs. Butler, 30 minutes following

At San Jose, Calif.

MIDWEST: Saint Louis vs. Oregon, 7:10 p.m.

EAST: Syracuse vs. California, 30 minutes following

At Salt Lake City

WEST: Harvard vs. Arizona, 6:10 p.m.

WEST: Gonzaga vs. Wichita State, 30 minutes following

NBA

Friday’s Games

New York 99, Toronto 94

Indiana 102, Milwaukee 78

Oklahoma City 97, Orlando 89

Portland 104, Atlanta 93

Miami 103, Detroit 89

Houston 116, Cleveland 78

New Orleans 90, Memphis 83

Dallas 104, Boston 94

San Antonio 104, Utah 97, OT

Minnesota 117, Phoenix 86

Washington 103, L.A. Lakers 100

Saturday’s Games

Detroit at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Toronto at New York, 7:30 p.m.

Indiana at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Boston at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Sacramento at Denver, 9 p.m.

Washington at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

Brooklyn at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Friday’s Games

Pittsburgh 4, N.Y. Islanders 2

Columbus 5, Calgary 1

Washington 6, Winnipeg 1

Detroit 5, Anaheim 1

Saturday’s Games

Tampa Bay at Ottawa, 2 p.m.

San Jose at Minnesota, 2 p.m.

Vancouver at Los Angeles, 4 p.m.

Boston at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Buffalo at Montreal, 7 p.m.

Florida at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Columbus at Nashville, 8 p.m.

Colorado at Dallas, 8 p.m.

St. Louis at Edmonton, 10 p.m.

 

NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

Friday’s Games

No games scheduled

Saturday’s Games

First Round

At Storrs, Conn.

Vanderbilt vs. Saint Joseph’s, 11:05 a.m.

Connecticut vs. Idaho, 30 minutes following

At Columbus, Ohio

Oklahoma vs. Central Michigan, 11:10 a.m.

UCLA vs. Stetson, 30 minutes following

At College Park, Md.

Maryland vs. Quinnipiac, 11:15 a.m.

Michigan State vs. Marist, 30 minutes following

At Knoxville, Tenn.

Syracuse vs. Creighton, 11:20 a.m.

Tennessee vs. Oral Roberts, 30 minutes following

At College Station, Texas

Texas A&M vs. Wichita State, 4:05 p.m.

Nebraska vs. Chattanooga, 30 minutes following

At Boulder, Colo.

South Carolina vs. South Dakota State, 4:10 p.m.

Colorado vs. Kansas, 30 minutes following

At Spokane, Wash.

Iowa State vs. Gonzaga, 4:15 p.m.

Georgia vs. Montana, 30 minutes following

At Lubbock, Texas

California vs. Fresno State, 4:20 p.m.

Texas Tech vs. South Florida, 30 minutes following

MLS

Friday’s Games

No games scheduled

 

Saturday’s Games

Columbus at D.C. United, 3:30 p.m.

Sporting Kansas City at New England, 4 p.m.

New York at Montreal, 4:30 p.m.

Real Salt Lake at FC Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Vancouver at Houston, 8:30 p.m.

Colorado at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

Seattle FC at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

MLB PRESEASON

 

Friday’s Games

Detroit 4, Washington 3

Pittsburgh 6, Tampa Bay (ss) 4

N.Y. Yankees 9, Minnesota 7

Baltimore 6, Tampa Bay (ss) 3

Toronto 1, Boston 0

Houston 3, St. Louis 2

Philadelphia 7, Atlanta 6

Colorado (ss) 14, Texas 9

Cincinnati 6, L.A. Dodgers 5

Kansas City 13, L.A. Angels 9

Chicago Cubs 4, Milwaukee 1

San Francisco 11, Colorado (ss) 6

N.Y. Mets 4, Miami 2

Chicago White Sox 4, Oakland 4

Arizona 7, Cleveland 5

Seattle 3, San Diego 1

 

Saturday’s Games

Houston vs. Atlanta (ss) at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

St. Louis vs. Miami at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Minnesota vs. Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Philadelphia vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Atlanta (ss) vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Washington vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m.

Pittsburgh vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:35 p.m.

L.A. Angels (ss) vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Arizona vs. Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Milwaukee vs. L.A. Angels (ss) at Tempe, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Texas vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Oakland vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Cleveland vs. Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox vs. L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 10:05 p.m.

San Diego vs. Colorado at Scottsdale, Ariz., 10:10 p.m.

 

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