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Looking back at the stories to remember from this week:
1. HEALTH CARE WEBSITE PROBLEMS GET SCRUTINY FROM CONGRESS, WHITE HOUSE
Nearly a month into the rollout, Obama administration officials say they have identified dozens of problems that need fixing and have tapped a private company to take the lead.
2. GERMANY, FRANCE WANT US TO AGREE ON RULES TO CURB SPYING
German spy chiefs will travel to Washington to talk with officials about the espionage allegations that have angered European leaders, including whether Chancellor Angela Merkel’s own cellphone was monitored by the National Security Agency.
3. ONCE A RISING STAR IN CHINA, EX-OFFICIAL NOW HEADING TO PRISON
Former Politburo member Bo Xilai lost his appeal of a life sentence for embezzlement, bribery and abuse of power, and is expected to serve his term at a facility that houses offenders from the political elite.
4. US AND PAKISTAN VOW COOPERATION AFTER STRAINED TIES
The Pakistani PM emphasized during a meeting with Obama the need to end US drone strikes, which have raised resentment after reports that large numbers of civilians have been killed.
5. DEMOLITION OF SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BEGINS
Workers have started razing the building in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults last December.
6. SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA TRANSIT WORKERS END STRIKE
The tentative contract that ended the four-day BART strike includes a pay raise but also increased worker contributions toward their health insurance and pensions.
7. PORTUGUESE AUTHORITIES REOPEN MADELEINE McCANN CASE
More than six years after the British girl’s disappearance during a family vacation, officials have resumed the investigation, citing new evidence.
8. WORLD SERIES TIED AT ONE GAME APIECE
The Red Sox and Cardinals head west to St. Louis for the next three games in the Fall Classic after a split in Boston.
9. NOEL HARRISON, WHO SANG “WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND,” DIES AT 79
The British actor, musician and Olympic skier was the son of actor Rex Harrison. The Academy Award-winning song was the theme of the 1968 movie “The Thomas Crown Affair.”
10. ROYAL CHRISTENING DRAWS A CROWD
Britain’s 3-month-old future monarch, Prince George, was dressed in a lace and satin gown for the ceremony, which brought together four generations at St. James’ Palace, led by his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
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Milton and Watsontown leaders explore regional police idea
WATSONTOWN — Leaders in two northern Northumberland County municipalities say they would consider looking into a regionalized police force, but that there are no plans for a joined force yet.
Activists arrested in Philly over XL oil pipeline
PHILADELPHIA — Dozens of environmentalists blocked entrances to a federal office building on Monday to protest the Keystone XL oil pipeline, and police began arresting them.
Police: Midd-West student made death threats
MIDDLEBURG — A Midd-West High School student is facing criminal charges for hurling death threats at a teacher inside the school.
Stolen passports probed in Malaysian plane mystery
PATTAYA, Thailand — Authorities questioned travel agents Monday at a beach resort in Thailand about two men who boarded the vanished Malaysia Airlines plane with stolen passports, part of a growing international investigation into what they were doing on the flight.
Pittsburgh-area woman was on missing Malaysia Airlines flight
PITTSBURGH — A western Pennsylvania woman was among the 239 people aboard a Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared en route to Beijing over the weekend, her employer said today.
Former Sandusky lawyer now subject of new state probe
HARRISBURG — One of the two defense lawyers who represented Jerry Sandusky at trial is being investigated for the potential theft of money from his clients, a prosecutor said today.
U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear dispute over ’boobies’ bracelets
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a Pennsylvania school district that wants to prevent students from wearing “I (heart) Boobies!” bracelets to promote breast cancer awareness among young people.
Blaze destroys mobile home near Winfield
WINFIELD — No one was injured in a Sunday night fire that destroyed a mobile home at 544 Broadway Road in Jackson Township, Snyder County.
Paycheck protection on speaker's agenda
LEWISBURG — Through his time as a student at Northumberland Christian School and then Susquehanna University, John Bouder, of Shamokin Dam, figured on a career teaching writing. So it shouldn’t be a surprise to those who knew him then, or now, that he has combined his two great passions, of communication and politics, into a career as policy analyst and communications officer for the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives think tank.
More than 100 join Priestley celebration
NORTHUMBERLAND — More than 100 people came to Northumberland to celebrate the 281st birthday of philosopher, scientist and minister Joseph Priestley.
The celebration occurred at the Joseph Priestley House, where Priestley spent the final 10 years of his life, from 1794 to 1804, after he and his family were driven from England because of Priestley’s views on religion and politics.
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