By The Associated Press
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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Auditor general: Oil, gas inspectors can't keep up with demand
HARRISBURG — The state’s 83 well inspectors face a daunting enough challenge keeping tabs on 120,000 active oil and gas wells that have been drilled during the past century.
Runner covers 120 miles in 24 hours in Danville race
DANVILLE — Some people just love to travel.
Take Paul Riley, for example. The 32-year-old resident of Tomball, Texas, came all the way to Danville for a 24-hour endurance race, then ran more than 120 miles — a pace of about 5 mph — to win.
BJ's owner still debating Danville location
DANVILLE — The fate of BJ’s Steak and Rib House in Danville, devastated by a fire April 20, should be decided in about 30 days.
Motorcycle ride raises $7,758 for Budd family
MILTON — A charity motorcycle ride on Saturday raised $7,758 for the family of Sharon Budd.
Federal commission to hold public meetings on pipeline proposal
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that oversees the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project will seek input in August from the public and interested agencies in order to prepare an environmental impact statement.
Supervisor fined weekly for blighted properties
A Point Township supervisor and city businessman has accumulated six code violations since June for allowing a commercial building property he owns to fall into a blighted state.
Sharon Budd out of 'life-threatening stage'
Sharon Budd’s life is no longer in danger, husband Randy Budd said Saturday, doctors confident the Ohio woman who once fought back breast cancer will survive the massive injuries sustained when an eight-pound rock thrown from an overpass smashed through the family’s vehicle windshield, shattering her face and head.
More than $50,000 raised for Budd, family
The total from Saturday’s motorcycle charity run for the Budd family was unavailable at deadline, but organizers anticipate it will be in the thousands.
Hundreds ride to honor Sharon Budd, family
The only thing brighter than Randy Budd’s smile was the gleaming chrome of 366 motorcycles as they roared off on a sunny Saturday for a 66-mile run through the Valley.
Representative says Israel could make Gaza a "smoking wasteland"
As the battles between Israelis and Hamas growing fiercer by the day, and with today’s “humanitarian” cease fire scheduled to end at midnight, both of the Valley’s U.S. Congressmen reiterated their strong support for Israel.
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