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October 26, 2013

10 things to know about this week

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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    MIFFLINBURG — More than 50 friends, fans and relatives gathered in front of Mifflinburg Area High School on Monday night to celebrate the homecoming of juniors Nick Osman and Garrett Enders, newly crowned winners of the BASSmasters National High School Championships, held last week in Tennessee.

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  • Federal appeals court deals blow to ACA

    A federal appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama’s health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who have bought policies.

    July 22, 2014

  • Newport official succeeds Snook in $94G-a-year post

    Newport School District’s director of educational services is slated to be hired tonight by the Midd-West School Board to fill the vacant director of curricular and instruction position.

    July 22, 2014

  • Report: Retaliation by supervisors common at VA

    A pharmacy supervisor at the VA was placed on leave after complaining about errors and delays in delivering medications to patients at a hospital in Palo Alto, California.

    July 22, 2014

  • $5,000 added for M-W restroom work

    The bill for the Midd-West School District stadium restroom renovations continues to rise to the consternation of at least one board member.

    July 22, 2014

  • Today's editorial: Dubious achievements in press secretary-ism

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    July 22, 2014

  • Danville train diver left hospital 4 days before suicide

    DANVILLE — The young man who killed himself by diving under an Iron Heritage Festival passenger train underwent treatment in mental health facilities as recently as four days before his death, according to Montour County Coroner Scott E. Lynn.

    July 22, 2014

  • Victim of rock-throwers making progress

    DANVILLE — Sharon Budd, the 52-year-old Ohio woman fighting for her life after being hit by a rock thrown from an Interstate 80 overpass, is slowly coming around, according to her husband, Randy.

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  • Porter Another teen says he threw rock on I-80, too

    MIFFLINBURG — The father of the third juvenile charged as an adult in a July 10 rock-throwing attack that left an Ohio woman fighting for her life was apologetic following his son’s arraignment Monday.

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  • Mayor's dog recovering from attack

    DANVILLE — Bernie and Red Swank have two different routes they take daily when they walk their dogs, and at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday in the 200 block of Water Street, a German shepherd attacked Lex, their white 5-year-old lhasa apso.

    July 21, 2014

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