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.
By The Associated Press
Police: 2 use torch to try to break into ATM in West Milton
Two men who used a torch to try and break into an ATM machine outside the West Milton State Bank on Sunday are cooling their heels in the Union County jail.
DA seeks to delay trial in grandma's death
MIDDLEBURG — Snyder County District Attorney Michael Piecuch is requesting an extension on the state’s speedy trial statute in connection with the homicide case against Jennifer K. Snook, who is accused of conspiring with her husband in his grandmother’s fatal stabbing last February.
Danville man charged with killing three bucks
DANVILLE — A Danville area man admitted to killing three bucks without having a hunting license, according to a wildlife conservation officer.
Photo gallery: Victorian Parade in Lewisburg
Congress ready to extend ban on plastic firearms
A Senate vote to renew an expiring ban on plastic firearms capable of evading metal detectors and X-ray machines is shaping up as a bittersweet moment for gun control supporters, days before the anniversary of the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
Valley avoids worst of winter storm
The Central Susquehanna Valley got a taste Sunday of the powerful storm that dumped a mix of snow, freezing rain and sleet on the Mid-Atlantic region. And those heading out the door for work this morning should exercise care, said Dave Dombek, an AccuWeather meteorologist. “It’s going to be icy in a lot of places,” he said.
Corbett proposes job-search rule for Medicaid expansion
Gov. Tom Corbett’s version of Medicaid expansion would make Pennsylvania the only state in the union to require working poor people to look for better jobs in order to get government-subsidized health insurance.
Sounds are sound among dyslexics, but access may lag
LOS ANGELES — A faulty connection between where the brain stores the auditory building blocks of language and where it processes them may be to blame for dyslexia, a new study suggests.
Pa. moves slowly ahead in compressed-natural gas fuel
WILLIAMSPORT - The River Valley Transit’s spiffy new compressed natural gas filling station here is the latest link in a growing CNG network aimed at fleets of large, fuel-hungry vehicles.
Good Sunday Morning
Today is Sunday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2013. There are 23 days left in the year. On Dec. 8, 1941, the United States entered World War II as Congress declared war against Japan, a day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
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