By The Associated Press
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:
1. BUDGET DEAL COMES WITH STRINGS ATTACHED
The last-minute agreement generates yet another round of looming deadlines on the same thorny issues.
2. GOVERNMENT GETTING BACK TO NORMAL
From the Liberty Bell to Alcatraz, federal landmarks reopen and furloughed employees return to work after the 16-day shutdown.
3. US RESURRECTS CASE AGAINST EX-BLACKWATER CONTRACTORS
The Justice Department brings new charges against four guards in a deadly shooting in a busy square in Baghdad that inflamed anti-American sentiment in 2007.
4. WHY ROUHANI NEEDS TO WALK A FINE LINE
Hard-line factions hold sway over Iran’s nuclear program and could pose complications if they feel the president’s diplomacy goes too far.
5. OBAMA TAPS EX-PENTAGON LAWYER AS HOMELAND SECURITY CHIEF
An administration official says the president will nominate Jeh Johnson because of his experience as a national security leader.
6. WHAT SET OFF A MANHUNT IN FLORIDA
Forged documents led to the mistaken release of two convicted killers serving life in prison, authorities say.
7. SCIENTIST BELIEVES HE’S SOLVED MYSTERY OF THE YETI
DNA analysis suggests the elusive ape-like creature in the Himalayas is really a bear.
8. HOW A SKULL SHEDS LIGHT ON EARLY HUMANS
Researchers say the 1.8-million-year-old fossil provides the earliest evidence of human ancestors moving out of Africa and spreading north.
9. PORN PUBLISHER DOESN’T WANT MAN WHO SHOT HIM EXECUTED
Larry Flynt says that while he would love to take pliers and a pair of wire cutters to the man, he does not believe in the death penalty.
10. NOLAN RYAN DECIDES TO STEP DOWN
The Hall of Fame pitcher says this is the right time for him to retire after six years as CEO of the Texas Rangers.
By The Associated Press
Good Morning Central Susquehanna Valley
Today is Friday, Dec. 6, the 340th day of 2013. There are 25 days left in the year. On Dec. 6, 1957, America’s first attempt at putting a satellite into orbit failed as Vanguard TV3 rose only about four feet off a Cape Canaveral launch pad before crashing back down and exploding.
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Governor seeks federal nod for alternative Medicaid plan
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Corbett will begin the formal process Friday of seeking approval for his plan to bring billions of federal Medicaid expansion dollars to Pennsylvania to extend health insurance to half a million working poor.
South Africa's Nelson Mandela dies at age 95
JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world’s most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa, has died. He was 95.
Western PA doctor charged with offering drugs for sex
CLARION — A western Pennsylvania doctor has been ordered to stand trial on charges he overprescribed anti-addiction and anti-anxiety drugs and traded them for sex with female patients before his offices were raided and closed last year.
Friends' annual cooking baking date continues into a sixth decade
RIVERSIDE — The three women stood and chatted with the ease that comes from decades of friendship. “Helen’s the oldest,” said Erma Walter, the youngest at 82.
Centre County man arrested for two DUIs in two hours
BELLEFONTE — A central Pennsylvania man has been charged with driving drunk twice within two hours.
Hartleton's top cop likely to lose badge following felony conviction
LEWISBURG — The trial is over, and so likely is the nearly 40-year career of suspended Hartleton police Chief Donald “Larry” Zerbe, who was found guilty Tuesday of theft by extortion in a “fines-for-the-playground-fund” scheme.
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