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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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  • Feds ship 500 children to Pennsylvania

    HARRISBURG — An influx of unaccompanied children crossing the southern U.S. border is spilling into Pennsylvania, as state officials received word Monday that more than 500 are being housed in the commonwealth.

    July 22, 2014

  • Hope Lewis Inmate's widow wants $750,000 from Northumberland County

    SUNBURY — The widow of a Shamokin man who hanged himself inside Northumberland County Prison is demanding $750,000, the firing of all jail employees who worked the night of June 16 and a complete overhaul of policies and procedures for suicidal inmates.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Vancliff Lifer gets more time for molesting Danville girls

    WILKES-BARRE — A convicted murderer accused of having persuaded a former Danville woman to bring two girls to visit him in a northeastern Pennsylvania prison so he could molest them has been sentenced to additional prison time and fined.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Union County driver, 86, dies near Weikert

    WEIKERT — An 86-year-old Weikert man died in a one-car accident Tuesday morning, when he lost control of his vehicle on Weikert Road in front of the Union County Sportsman’s Club, veered off the road and slammed into a tree.

    July 22, 2014

  • Director hired for Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area

    BURNSIDE — An Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area committee member with experience in the ATV industry was named the operations director of the park during Monday night’s authority meeting.

    July 22, 2014

  • Line Mountain hires expert to test gauge that failed

    MANDATA — Members of the Line Mountain school board Tuesday unanimously approved hiring an engineering expert to test a pressure gauge and fuel system that failed at the former Dalmatia Elementary School in February.

    July 22, 2014

  • 'Greatest con artist' gets 2 more years behind bars

    WILLIAMSPORT — The “greatest con artist” Senior Judge Robert Sacavage said he has ever seen was sentenced Monday to 2 more years in prison after he traveled outside the U.S. Middle District of Pennsylvania without permission and failed to report to his probation officer.

    July 22, 2014

  • 1obamanew.jpg Conflicting rulings on Obamacare

    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 1 Photo

  • bearden9.jpg Bail reduced for Bearden

    Jasmine Bearden, who was arrested earlier this year on criminal attempted homicide charges for the alleged abuse of her six-week old baby, had her bail reduced in Union County on Tuesday morning.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • US airlines scrap Israel flights

    Two U.S. airlines cancelled all flights to Israel until further notice, after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport.

    July 22, 2014

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