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MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (AP) – Authorities in central Pennsylvania are trying to find out why two masked individuals entered a convenience store over the weekend, gunned down the clerk and then apparently left without taking anything. Police in Cumberland County say the robbery at the Hess Express in Silver Spring Township on Sunday night claimed the life of 55-year-old Linda Ness of Carlisle. District Attorney David Freed called it “a brazen, brutal crime.” He says surveillance video shows Ness appearing to react to what the suspects said but apparently not resisting. Authorities said the suspects left after less than a minute without taking anything. A customer later found the victim’s body behind the counter. Police are trying to identify the two suspects as well as a third person who entered the store two minutes earlier.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett is focusing on unfinished business – transportation funding, pension reform and the privatization of liquor and wine sales – in the second half of his term. Speaking at a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon Monday, the Republican governor also said he does not plan to change his inner circle of advisers, even though his handpicked 2012 candidates for U.S. Senate and state attorney general were both defeated. Corbett says he’s concerned about action in Washington that could worsen Pennsylvania’s budget problems. He says the state cannot absorb the cost of any expansion of the Medicaid program because it would quickly spiral out of control. He also said he worries that failure by Congress to resolve the “fiscal cliff” issue could disrupt the nation’s economy or cause another recession.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania convenience store chain says it’s just now feeling the effects of Superstorm Sandy, three weeks after the massive storm moved into the area. Sheetz stores in central Pennsylvania reported running out of 87 and 89-octane gasoline over the weekend. A company spokeswoman says the shortage is a delayed reaction to the storm that made landfall late last month. Spokeswoman Monica Jones tells The Patriot-News of Harrisburg that up until now the chain has been using gas produced before the storm hit. That supply was disrupted when refineries along the coast went offline. The company hopes the interruption is temporary.


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The Latest Business News


NEW YORK (AP) – Anticipating the holiday Thursday and a shortened session on Friday, Wall Street is off to a good start for week. U.S. stocks on Monday shook off the recent post-election slump, chalking up big gains. The Dow Jones industrial average soared 208 points, or 1.7 percent, to 12,796. The Standard & Poor’s 500 was up 27 points to 1,387. And the Nasdaq composite added 63 points to 2,916. Coming into Monday’s session, the Dow had lost 5 percent since Election Day.


BANGKOK (AP) – Asian stocks rose today as investors gained confidence that President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress will reach a budget deal to avert tax hikes and spending cuts that could throw the world’s No. 1 economy into recession. News of a possible budget deal before the end of the year enabled markets to shake off a credit downgrade that was slapped on France late Monday. Investors were further cheered by U.S. housing data, which showed sales of previously occupied homes rose in October, helped by a stronger job market and record-low mortgage rates. Benchmark crude oil was down but remained above $89 per barrel. The dollar rose against the euro but fell against the yen.


WASHINGTON (AP) – There’s been a steady stream of positive news on housing lately. The Commerce Department today reports on October housing starts, with analysts looking for a decline in new building. That weakness, if reported, would stand in contrast to the reading Monday from the National Association of Home Builders. The trade group said confidence among the nation’s home builders had risen to its highest level in six and a-half years. In addition, the National Association of Realtors reported Monday that sales of previously occupied homes rose 2.1 percent in October. The pace of sales was up 11 percent from a year earlier. Also today, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks in New York.


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Pennsylvania Lottery Numbers


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


Cash 5



Evening Big 4



Evening Daily Number



Evening Quinto



Match 6 Lotto




Midday Big 4



Midday Daily Number



Midday Quinto



Treasure Hunt



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Features & Entertainment


HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) – Some tough cases are about to end their time in the slammer. But these aren’t bad people, they’re bad dogs. Six dogs were sent to a jail in western Kentucky to learn some manners. Inmates worked with the pooches to teach them good behavior, like the commands to sit and stay. The dogs were selected for the program by the New Hope Animal Rescue Center. They’ve been with the prisoners for a couple of months. New Hope President Paula Hawkins says the change in the animals is amazing. The jail “graduates” and other dogs will go up for adoption December 1st.


GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) – Steven Spielberg asked 16 newly minted Americans to remember equality as the Abraham Lincoln biopic director marked the 149th anniversary of the president’s famous “Gettysburg Address.”

Spielberg addressed citizens from 11 countries who took the oath of allegiance to become U.S. citizens Monday at the Soldier’s National Cemetery in Gettysburg. After spending seven years working his new movie “Lincoln,” Spielberg says the 16th president came to feel like one of his oldest and dearest friends. He says Lincoln would want us to realize equality is a “democratic essential.” Gettysburg is where the U.S. military was able to stop an invasion of the North by Confederate troops under Gen. Robert E. Lee. Lincoln gave the three-minute speech, which famously begins with the phrase, “four score and seven years ago,” at the dedication of the cemetery four months after the battle.


LOS ANGELES (AP) – A Christian youth club says a Southern California school district’s refusal to provide use of school facilities free of charge violates its constitutional rights. The American Center for Law and Justice filed a federal lawsuit against the Buena Park School District Monday on behalf of the Good News Club, an affiliate of Child Evangelism Fellowship. ACLJ senior counsel David French says Child Evangelism Fellowship asked the district to use after-hours classroom space last spring and was told it would have to pay $4,255 annually because the meetings would be tantamount to religious services. French says the club’s purpose is to provide children with after-school educational and recreational activities with a biblical perspective, not hold services. He adds that the district allows Scouting and other nonprofit youth groups to meet on school grounds at no cost. District Superintendent Greg Magnuson said he hadn’t seen the lawsuit and could not comment.


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Thursday’s Game

Buffalo 19, Miami 14

Sunday’s Games

Dallas 23, Cleveland 20, OT

N.Y. Jets 27, St. Louis 13

Houston 43, Jacksonville 37, OT

Cincinnati 28, Kansas City 6

Washington 31, Philadelphia 6

Green Bay 24, Detroit 20

Atlanta 23, Arizona 19

Tampa Bay 27, Carolina 21, OT

New Orleans 38, Oakland 17

Denver 30, San Diego 23

New England 59, Indianapolis 24

Baltimore 13, Pittsburgh 10

Open: Minnesota, N.Y. Giants, Seattle, Tennessee

Monday’s Game

San Francisco 32, Chicago 7


Monday’s Games

Charlotte 102, Milwaukee 98

Indiana 96, Washington 89

Atlanta 81, Orlando 72

Denver 97, Memphis 92

Golden State 105, Dallas 101, OT

L.A. Clippers 92, San Antonio 87

Utah 102, Houston 91

Tuesday’s Games

Toronto at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

New York at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

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




D.C. United vs. New York

Saturday, Nov. 3: D.C. United 1, New York 1

Wednesday, Nov. 7: D.C. United at New York, ppd., snow

Thursday, Nov. 8: New York 0, D.C. United 1, D.C. United advances on 2-1 aggregate

Kansas City vs. Houston

Sunday, Nov. 4: Houston 2, Kansas City 0

Wednesday, Nov. 7: Kansas City 1, Houston 0, Houston advances on 2-1 aggregate


Sunday, Nov. 11: Houston 3, D.C. United 1

Sunday, Nov. 18: D.C. United 1, Houston 1, Houston advances on 4-2 aggregate



San Jose vs. Los Angeles

Sunday, Nov. 4: San Jose 1, Los Angeles 0

Wednesday, Nov. 7: Los Angeles 3, San Jose 1, Los Angeles advances on 3-2 aggregate

Seattle vs. Real Salt Lake

Friday, Nov. 2: Real Salt Lake 0, Seattle 0

Thursday, Nov. 8: Seattle 1, Real Salt Lake 0, Seattle advances on 1-0 aggregate


Sunday, Nov. 11: Los Angeles 3, Seattle 0

Sunday, Nov. 18: Seattle 2, Los Angeles 1, Los Angeles advances on 4-2 aggregate


Saturday, Dec. 1: Los Angeles vs. Houston, 4:30 p.m.

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