By The Associated Press
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:
1. TRI-CORNERED COALITION LED TO BUDGET DEAL
The measure won support from the White House, most Democrats in Congress and many Republicans fearful of the economic impact of a default.
2. WHICH SENATOR COULD BE CALLED THE ‘TEFLON TEA PARTYER’
Sen. Ted Cruz, a main player in precipitating the government budget and credit crises, is still winning over conservatives.
3. QUALIFIED PRAISE FOR TEHRAN AS NUCLEAR TALKS CLOSE
High-stakes talks between Iran and six world powers adjourn on an upbeat note with an agreement to meet again in three weeks — and with much work still to do.
4. MEMO OBTAINED BY THE AP REVEALS HEALTH CARE GOALS
In the first month, the Obama administration had hoped that nearly 500,000 people would sign up for insurance. But that was before a cascade of computer problems.
5. NEW BLOW TO WESTERN-BACKED SYRIAN OPPOSITION
A rebel commander announces that dozens of factions fighting in southern Syria no longer recognize the largely exile-based political group.
6. FACEBOOK RELAXES PRIVACY SETTINGS FOR TEENS
The social network is now allowing users ages 13-17 to share their posts with anyone on the Internet.
7. WHERE WOMEN SCIENTISTS ARE EARNING THEIR DUE
An effort is underway to add information to Wikipedia about the scientific and technological achievements of women.
8. HAGEL APOLOGIZES TO MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT
The Army initially lost the relevant paperwork, causing a long wait before William Swenson’s heroism in Afghanistan was recognized.
9. WHO’S GETTING HIS OWN TV SHOW
Mia Farrow’s son Ronan — who until recently hadn’t been in the public eye — will host a weekday program on MSNBC.
10. SHORT, SHOELESS — AND SUCCESSFUL — ON BASKETBALL COURT
A team of Mexican Indian boys sweeps through a hoops tournament despite their generally short stature and the fact that most play barefoot.
By The Associated Press
Coal firm to pay record fine for water pollution
WASHINGTON — One of the nation’s largest coal producers will pay a $27.5 million fine and spend $200 million to reduce illegal toxic discharges into hundreds of waterways across five Appalachian states, according to a proposed settlement.
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Arson plea adds 3 years to jail time
SUNBURY — A Shamokin man has pleaded no contest to three counts of arson, which will add at least three years to his time in prison.
U.S. employers add 175,000 jobs during harsh winter
WASHINGTON — U.S. employers stepped up hiring in February despite a blast of harsh winter weather, renewing hopes that the economy could accelerate this year.
Federal inmate charged with possession of a weapon
WILLIAMSPORT — The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania has filed charges against a federal inmate for possession of a weapon.
Coroner's inquest slated in death prison inmate
POTTSVILLE — Jury selection begins today for a coroner’s inquest into the death of a Schuylkill County prison inmate a year ago.
State jobless rate falls again with hiring flat in January
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate dropped in January to its lowest rate since 2008, although hiring remained flat.
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