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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The judge presiding over Jerry Sandusky’s criminal case is granting a television network’s request for access to photos used as exhibits during his trial this summer. Judge John Cleland issued an order Wednesday that gave ABC the right to get copies of 15 photographs related to Aaron Fisher, described as Victim 1 in court records. ABC had sought the photos last month, as it was preparing to report on Fisher’s book about his experience, “Silent No More.” Cleland’s order notes that Sandusky’s lawyer, Fisher, his mother and prosecutors supported or at least didn’t object to the release. The judge says he’ll consider future requests on their own merits. His order includes a request form and instructions. Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence for abuse of Fisher and nine other boys.

 

YORK, Pa. (AP) – More than 40 female inmates at York County Prison are being treated for carbon monoxide poisoning. Warden Mary Sabol tells The York Daily Record that 40-45 inmates in the female dormitory became sick Wednesday night and that officials are investigating the cause. Ninety women live there. She says, “We had some people who had some carbon monoxide poisoning. …It appears that everyone is going to be OK.” She says the gas levels in the dorm are dissipating. Emergency management officials in Dover Borough say the patients are at York and Memorial hospitals. Sabol says she’s out of town but that deputy warden Clair Doll and the prison’s facilities manager are handling the situation.

 

ERIE, Pennsylvania (AP) – It was a nice haul of trout for three Virginia men. However, it’s one that officials say have them on the wrong side of the law. The Erie Times-News (http://bit.ly/Sbst2I) reports the men allegedly stole 31 fish from a western Pennsylvania hatchery. The three are accused of walking off with 29 steelhead trout and two brown trout from the Trout Run nursery near Erie, Pennsylvania on Tuesday night. They’re charged with taking more than the daily limit of trout – and of doing so in an unlawful manner.

 

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The Latest Business News

 

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) – Forbes magazine says Aliko Dangote, a Nigerian tycoon who built his empire on commodities like flour, sugar and cement, is Africa’s richest man. Dangote topped the Forbes’ list published this week for the second year running. According to Forbes, he has a net worth of $12 billion. Forbes’ list of the 40 richest Africans living in Africa also includes:

 

- Nicky Oppenheimer and family, South Africa, $6.4 billion

 

- Johann Rupert and family, South Africa, $5.7 billion

 

- Nassef Sawiris, Egypt, $5.5 billion

 

- Mike Adenuga, Nigeria, $4.6 billion

 

- Christoffel Wiese, South Africa, $3.7 billion

 

-Othman Benjelloun, Morocco, $2.75 billion

 

- Patrice Motsepe, South Africa, $2.65 billion

 

- Naguib Sawiris, Egypt, $2.5 billion

 

- Mohamed Mansour, Egypt, $2.2 billion

 

Source: www.forbes.com

 

BANGKOK (AP) – U.S. stock markets are closed today but international exchanges rose after a survey showed that China’s manufacturing expanded for the first time in 13 months. It’s seen as rare good news for the struggling global economy. Sentiment also benefited from a cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Analysts at HSBC say the recovery is still in its early stages and remains fragile. Investors are also expecting a resolution to the U.S. “fiscal cliff” of tax increases and government spending cuts that are set to take effect Jan. 1 unless Congress and the Obama administration reach a deal first. Benchmark crude oil rose and is inching toward $88 per barrel. The dollar fell against the euro and the yen.

 

NEW YORK (AP) – Stocks staged a modest rally ahead of the holiday, putting the key averages on track for solid gains for the week. The Dow gained 48 points, or 0.4 percent, to 12,837. The S&P rose 3 points, while the NASDAQ surged nearly 10 points.

 

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) – A bankruptcy court judge has approved Hostess Brands’ request to begin winding down operations. The ruling came after the maker of Twinkies and Ding Dongs failed in final negotiations to end a strike by its second-largest union. That means that Hostess can now shed its 18,000 workers and sell off its brands.

 

UNDATED (AP) – Throughout most of the nation, drivers traveling this holiday are finding lower gasoline prices. Auto club AAA says the national average for gasoline is $3.43 a gallon, down 44 cents from mid-September, but up from the beginning of the year. Gas prices are expected to continue falling through year-end.

 

DETROIT (AP) – Toyota is recalling about 150,000 Tacoma midsize pickups because the spare tires can fall from beneath the trucks. The affected trucks from the 2001 to 2004 model years were sold or registered in 20 cold-weather states and Washington, D.C.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) – Mortgage rates fell to new record lows this week. Freddie Mac says the average rate for 30-year fixed-rate loans fell to 3.31 percent, the lowest on records dating back to 1971.

 

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Pennsylvania Lottery Numbers

 

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

 

Cash 5

08-09-11-26-42

 

Evening Big 4

3-2-2-3

 

Evening Daily Number

6-7-8

 

Evening Quinto

3-6-0-2-8

 

Midday Big 4

3-0-0-7

 

Midday Daily Number

6-9-2

 

Midday Quinto

5-5-8-9-6

 

Powerball

08-18-24-30-39, Powerball: 26

 

Treasure Hunt

04-11-16-19-30

 

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Features & Entertainment

 

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama says Thanksgiving affords the nation the chance to take stock and offer thanks for “the God-given bounty that enriches our lives.” The president also said in a proclamation noting the day that “Many Thanksgivings have offered opportunities to celebrate community during times of hardship.” Obama also encouraged Americans to honor the nation’s heritage by “giving back” to the less fortunate.

 

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) – A New Jersey church that has already helped neighbors suffering from Superstorm Sandy will expand its relief effort to New York’s Staten Island. Pastor Tim Lucas of Liquid Church says lots of its 2,500 members and other volunteers will be fanning out today and through the weekend to serve those who had storm damage. More than 1,500 volunteers will prepare and serve hot meals and join in the cleanup effort. Lucas says so many people inquired about serving that the church’s website nearly crashed. He notes that the Bible speaks of storms and a nor’easter. He says storms are “an opportunity for communities of faith to show Christ in the crisis” and that volunteers are being the “hands and feet of Jesus on a street level.” Volunteers will not only be distributing food and serving hot meals, but “mucking out” homes that were flooded.

 

ALBANY, New York (AP) – The Federal Communications Commission is trying to find out how to make sure people who need to be in touch with each other will be able to do so after situations like Superstorm Sandy. The FCC is trying to make sure there isn’t a widespread loss of communications among first-responders, emergency managers and the general public. The hearings will begin early next year and will include ways to keep cell phone towers operating after storm damage and power losses. One in four consumers in areas hit hard by Sandy lost service because of the storm.

 

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