Canon-McMillan Changes Lunch Policy
Members of the Canon-McMillan School Board voted unanimously Thursday to make changes to the school lunch policy. The move comes a month after media attention when a cafeteria worker quit her job, alleging that officials would not let her serve a hot lunch to children who were more than $25 delinquent on their cafeteria account. Thursday's revisions added a paragraph that allows delinquent students to receive a "main lunch option" if families "establish repayment plans and remain in good standing." The language defining an "alternate lunch option" as a "sandwich, a fruit/vegetable serving and milk" was also removed. Officials added that "no student on free or reduced lunch will be denied a main lunch option," and removed end-of-year limits that could have prevented students from purchasing a lunch if their balance was too low.
Ex-Penn State Coach Takes Stand In Lawsuit
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) - Former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary is telling his story to jurors in his defamation and whistleblower trial against the university.
McQueary took the stand Friday in the fifth day of testimony in the case. He's seeking more than $4 million in lost wages and other claims.
McQueary is recounting a story he's told several times about seeing Jerry Sandusky sexually abuse a boy in a team shower in 2001.
He's describing how he reported the event to then-head coach Joe Paterno and two administrators who were later charged with crimes for their response after hearing McQueary's story.
McQueary was put on paid leave after Sandusky was charged with child molestation in 2011, and never returned to the football program. He testified against Sandusky in 2012.
PA Unemployment Rate Remains Unchanged
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.7 percent in September. The state Labor and Industry Department said Friday that total nonfarm jobs declined 5,300 for the month. The agency says jobs were down in seven of 11 categories. The education and health services sector, and the government sector, each lost 6,400. But state officials say two sectors reached record high employment levels - professional and business services with a gain of 6,700 jobs, and leisure and hospitality with 4,800.
East Coast Hit By Possible Cyber Attack
LONDON (AP) - There have been reports of internet disruption across the East Coast of the United States after a key firm was hit by a cyberattack. New Hampshire-based Dyn said its server infrastructure was hit by a distributed denial-of-service attack, which works by overwhelming targeted machines with malicious electronic traffic. The company said in a series of statements that the attack took place early Friday local time and created disruption, but that "services have been restored to normal," The level of disruption caused was hard to gauge, but Dyn provides internet traffic optimization to some of the biggest names on the web, including Twitter, Netflix and Visa. Several sites, such as coder hangout Github, said they were experiencing problems, although it was not immediately clear whether the issues were linked to the cyberattack.
Eleven Dead In ISIS Attack Near Kirkuk
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) - Iraqi police say three militants from the Islamic State group stormed a power plant north of Kirkuk, killing 11 people before blowing themselves up. And in Kirkuk, Iraqi Kurdish TV is reporting that two Islamic State militants are holed up in a damaged hotel, battling Kurdish forces. Kurdish TV says militants launched an assault in Kirkuk, and all of them but the two remaining fighters, were killed..
TV Legend Carol Burnett Signed To ABC Sitcom
NEW YORK (AP) - Carol Burnett fans: You'd be glad to have some more time together with this comedy legend, and she's likely headed back to series TV in a project Amy Poehler will executive produce.
Poehler publicist Lewis Kay and ABC have confirmed the project, a so-called "put pilot" deal for a multicamera sitcom.
Burnett, 83, has had a six-decade run on stage, in films and especially on television, where her "Carol Burnett" variety show aired for 11 seasons on CBS, wrapping in 1979. Although she's stayed busy on TV as both an actress and comedian, her most recent series, NBC's sketch-comedy "Carol & Company," aired a quarter-century ago.
Burnett has won a total of six Emmys. Earlier this year, she was presented with the SAG Life Achievement Award by Poehler and Tina Fey.
No Talks Scheduled; Classrooms Dark
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Professors are expected to strike for a third day, today, at 14 Pennsylvania state universities. The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education says it didn't formally negotiate with its faculty union on Thursday, but is working to move toward a fair contract. At California University of Pennsylvania, students who tried to attend classes Thursday were met, mostly, with dark and locked classrooms. This is homecoming weekend at the school and a spokesperson says activities will go on as planned, including the annual parade, which starts at noon. The system says it's attempting to debunk untrue claims about negotiations. Members of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties first went on strike at 5 a.m. Wednesday after contract negotiations with the state stalled. The union represents more than 5,000 faculty and coaches. The union says the strike will continue on Friday and until a deal is reached. Each university is providing specific instructions to the system's more than 100,000 students.
Photo: Striking faculty At Cal U)
Abortion Gets Attention In Pennsylvania Senate Race
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The battle to persuade swing voters in Pennsylvania's close U.S. Senate race includes a heavy emphasis on abortion rights.
This week it's bringing the presidents of Planned Parenthood and NARAL to moderate southeastern Pennsylvania to campaign for Democrat Katie McGinty.
McGinty supports abortion rights, and her allies have spent millions on TV ads attacking Republican incumbent Pat Toomey's record. Toomey opposes abortion rights, with exceptions for rape, incest and saving the life of the mother.
He's also voted to halt federal payments to Planned Parenthood.
Ilyse Hogue of NARAL says the issue's gotten new momentum, partly because of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's comments about women.
Michael McMonagle of the Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania says his side doesn't have the cash to match, but they're distributing voter guides around Pennsylvania.
Thanks To Trump & Clinton - Charity Event Turns Ugly
NEW YORK (AP) - An annual white-tie gala meant to raise money for New York City's impoverished children turned into a night of bashing. The bashers were Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. On stage, Trump called Clinton "corrupt" and got boos from the audience. Clinton joked about Trump's reputation for talking about a woman's looks. In the audience, only one person sat between them. New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan says his position between the two presidential nominees was "the iciest place on the planet."
Typhoon Leaves At Least 13 Dead
BEIJING (AP) - At least 13 people have been killed by a typhoon that wracked the northern Philippines. The storm brought ferocious wind and rain that triggered flooding, landslides and power outages. The storm is headed toward southern China, where rail services have been suspended in several provinces. In the city of Shenzhen, authorities closed schools, markets and factories.
6.6 Earthquake Hits Japan
TOKYO (AP) - Television footage shows scattered damage like roof tiles knocked loose, wall fragments from a sake (SAH'-kay) brewery fallen to the ground, and wine bottles and food items scattered on a store floor following a powerful, magnitude 6.6 earthquake in western Japan today. Officials say there is no risk of a tsunami.
Warner Bros. Promises 'New' Prince Music
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Warner Bros. Records is about to unveil two projects by the late megastar Prince that include previously unreleased material.
"Prince 4Ever" is a 40-song compilation of his biggest hits from his Warner Bros. days along with the previously unreleased song "Moonbeam Levels," recorded in 1982. It's due in stores Nov. 22 and will feature a booklet with new Prince photos shot by photographer Herb Ritts.
Warner Bros. also says the "Purple Rain" deluxe reissue will come early next year. It will feature a second album of unreleased songs.
Prince and Warner Bros. parted ways in 1996. Prince died April 21 of a drug overdose.