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
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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Police say distracted driver caused 2-car crash in Point Township
POINT TWP – Two women were sent to Geisinger Medical Center following a two car crash at approximately 4:25 p.m. on Point Township Drive, just past the Northumberland county line.
Chief Josh Vankirk, of the Point Township Police Department, said both vehicles were traveling at normal speeds but declined to release the names of the two women involved.
Former Sunbury firefighter arrested on theft charges
SUNBURY — A former Sunbury firefighter who was instrumental in helping flood victims during the September 2011 disaster that hit the Valley, and his brother were arrested today after police said the pair stole more than $3,000 from a city fire department.
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