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POTTSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been hospitalized after police say he was shot by a state trooper after aiming a bow and arrow in the trooper’s direction.  Police encountered the 42-year-old man Tuesday while responding to a report of a domestic altercation in Porter Township near Pottsville.  Upon arriving, officers say a woman left the home while bleeding from her head. The man exited shortly afterward holding the bow.


Authorities say the man pulled the bow back and pointed it at the trooper, who fired his gun toward the man while running for cover.  The trooper fired again after the man raised the bow and arrow a second time, striking the man in the leg.  Police say the suspect is facing charges of attempted homicide and aggravated assault.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s governor is vetoing legislation to impose work or job search requirements for certain Medicaid recipients.  Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday rejected a bill that he said would have increased costs and ended health care for needy people.  Wolf says in his veto message the Republican-backed bill would not promote health coverage for older Pennsylvanians, those with disabilities or people with substance abuse disorders.


Supporters say the legislation would have saved money and kept Medicaid affordable, and that work requirements have been successful in other states.  But opponents argue the bill also targeted dental, vision, mental health and behavioral health clinic-based coverage, as well as hospice care.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man who was turned down by Penn State for rental space to hold an appearance by white nationalist Richard Spencer is suing the university.  Cameron Padgett, a Georgia university student, claims in the federal lawsuit filed Thursday the school violated his free speech rights by denying Spencer use of campus space.


Padgett’s seeking damages and an injunction to force Penn State to rent him a conference room or lecture hall.  The filing was made the same day as a planned speech by Spencer at the University of Florida, amid a large police and security response.  Penn State President Eric Barron denied Padgett’s request this summer, citing concerns a talk by Spencer could result in “disruption and violence.”  A Penn State spokesman offered no immediate comment on the lawsuit.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s governor is moving to consolidate parts of the state’s prison and parole systems in hopes of saving money by eliminating duplicated functions.  Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday that the Corrections Department and the Board of Probation and Parole will sign a memorandum of understanding that will outline their combined operations.


The two entities will remain separate but share employees, land, facilities and equipment.  There will be a single line of command for parole supervision and other services that relate to inmates re-entering society after serving their sentences.  The agencies will share business offices, internal affairs, investigative offices and public relations operations.  Corrections Secretary John Wetzel says the changes will improve record keeping, training and communications as well as the “handoff” of inmates to community parole agents and supervisors.


BLUE BELL, Pa. (AP) — The three announced GOP candidates for governor went to their first forum together where the would-be nominees fielded questions from Montgomery County Republicans.  Thursday night’s 50-minute forum at the Bluestone Country Club featured Scott Wagner of York County and Paul Mango and Laura Ellsworth of suburban Pittsburgh.


Asked what they’d do about the state government’s current fiscal troubles, they all avoided specifics.   But Wagner says he’d streamline costs in state agencies, Ellsworth says she’d impose discipline by requiring a comprehensive, on-time budget plan and Mango says the state cannot pull out of its current doldrums without a strategy to boost the economy.  The three are each seeking the nomination to challenge Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s bid for a second term in next year’s election.  The primary election is in May.


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ATLANTA (AP) — The National Rifle Association has launched a new insurance program for people who shoot someone. And it’s stirring criticism from gun-control advocates who say it could foster more violence and give gun owners a false sense of security to shoot first and ask questions later.  The NRA’s insurance, called “Carry Guard,” offers coverage for civil and criminal costs associated with shootings that are described as happening in self-defense.


A new gun-control group called Guns Down is urging the two insurance companies that back the policies to drop out.  They’ve launched an ad campaign to draw attention to the insurance. It features a video message from Sybrina Fulton. She’s the mother of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen shot and killed in 2012 by a neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.


STANDISH, Maine (AP) — A Maine high school has rejected a student’s submitted yearbook photo because it shows him holding a shotgun.  Bonny Eagle High School senior Wade Gelinas says he wanted his picture to feature hunting because it is a family tradition.    Principal Lori Napolitano says the school in Standish does not allow weapons in yearbook photos because administrators don’t want to be forced to decide which images are promoting violence and which aren’t.  The photographer says she thought there was “no way” Gelinas would be allowed to use it.  Gelinas says he will submit a different photo but hopes the school will change its policy.


NEW YORK (AP) — “The View” is giving new panelist Meghan McCain a birthday present on Monday. It’s a visit from her dad.  The daytime talk show said Thursday that it has booked Sen. John McCain as a guest. Meghan McCain, who joined “The View” last week, turns 33 on Monday. The visit is especially poignant since the 81-year-old Arizona senator and 1988 Republican presidential nominee has brain cancer and said doctors have given him a poor prognosis.  He’s a newsworthy guest, too, since Sen. McCain has been among the most outspoken Washington Republicans critical of President Donald Trump.  Meghan McCain has been an immediate hit on “The View,” with her debut episode ranking as the show’s second most-watched episode in seven months.


BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — Two young men made an unusually small request as they robbed a store in Massachusetts by demanding a single dollar in their robbery.  Police say two men entered the Brockton Market and Deli around lunchtime Tuesday while brandishing large hunting-style knives and demanded a single dollar. The men then fled.  The Enterprise reports the two young men were described as Hispanic and possibly between the ages of 15 and 18. One was wearing a red sweatshirt with a white shirt on top of it. The other was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt.  No arrests have been made.


WASHINGTON (AP) — A puppy lost its love for sniffing out bombs and the CIA lost a recruit.  Lulu gained a family.  Just a few weeks into her training, the doe-eyed black Labrador with floppy ears just wasn’t interested in detecting explosive odors anymore, the agency said.  Even food and play couldn’t motivate her. Lulu sought a different future.  She found one with a loving handler, who adopted her.  Now, instead of spending days finding blast materials and terrorist devices, the CIA says Lulu plays with kids and sniffs out rabbits and squirrels in the yard.  “She was clearly not enjoying herself any longer,” the CIA said of its erstwhile detector dog.  Of her new civilian life, it said: “This was the right decision for her. We wish her all the best.”


NEW YORK (AP) — You’ve heard of Bring Your Daughter-To-Work Day? How about bring your dad to work day? That will be the deal for the newest panelist on “The View.” Meghan McCain just joined the TV show — and she will have her dad on as a guest. ABC has booked Sen. John McCain for Monday — Meghan’s 33rd birthday. The visit will be especially poignant since the 81-year-old senator has brain cancer — and doctors have given him a poor prognosis.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Much of the U.S. should expect another warm winter, but not quite as toasty as the last two years. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration put out a forecast yesterday, calling for a warmer winter from California through the Midwest to Maine. A colder than normal winter is predicted for southern Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and the Northern Tier states. Normal temperatures are forecast for a thin swath of states from Indiana to Idaho. And the southern U.S. is likely to be drier than normal, while the north from eastern Washington through the Great Lakes to update New York is likely to be wetter.


WILTSHIRE, England (AP) — A set of rusty keys for a locker on the Titanic that belonged to a cabin steward who survived the disaster is up for sale. And they’re expected to bring up to $80,000. They belonged to Sidney Daniels, an 18-year-old third-class steward who was the last surviving crew member of the luxury liner’s doomed maiden voyage. They are the only known examples for concurrent lockers on the ship and were for F Deck where third-class passengers resided. They’re being sold at auction in England at Devizes, Wiltshire.


NEW YORK (AP) — Imagine having to take a selfie to make a purchase. It’s one of the things that may happen — as credit card companies look to make transactions more secure. Visa is launching a platform that would let banks use biometrics to help process credit card applications and payments. That could include having you use your fingerprint, face or voice to confirm your identity. For example, if an online purchase is made, a bank may ask that you provide a selfie that can be compared to a driver’s license photo or other data on file.


SHANGHAI (AP) — Throngs of people in the streets near an Apple-based facility? That happened — but it wasn’t people lining up to buy the latest iPhone. In this case, it was hundreds of workers who are reported as streaming through the darkened streets of an eastern Chinese city to protest how they’re being treated by a company that makes Apple gear. Workers have complained that they haven’t been paid bonuses, among other things. Word of the protests comes from two witnesses and a U.S. nonprofit group. The company that runs the Apple supplier says only 20 to 40 factory employees were protesting — and the rest were night-shift workers simply heading to work.


NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — A Halloween display in North Las Vegas that depicted tombstones of the Las Vegas shooting victims has been taken down. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the display was of a cemetery with 58 headstones, one for each of the victims killed in the shooting. Guy Becnel, who has lived in the neighborhood for a decade, said he thought the display was intended as a tribute to the victims. Another neighbor, Alina Tril, said she was unsettled by the display.


BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — Police in Pennsylvania say a 70-year-old man wearing a rubbery Halloween mask and brandishing a rusty hatchet attacked his neighbor while he mowed the lawn. Penn Township police Cpl. Jack Ripper tells WPXI-TV that Ronald Postreich attacked his 70-year-old neighbor Wednesday night after years of feuding. Ripper says the two have been arguing over their rural properties near Butler, but this was the first time it turned violent. Postreich is accused of creeping up behind his neighbor and striking him on the head with the hatchet. Ripper says the victim fought back and ripped the mask off, revealing his neighbor.


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