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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

December 18, 2018

Good afternoon! Here’s a look at AP’s general news coverage today in Pennsylvania. For questions about the state report, contact the Philadelphia bureau at 215-561-1133. Ron Todt is on the desk. Editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 215-446-6631 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

PHILADELPHIA HOMELESS CAMPAIGN

PHILADELPHIA _ Officials announce a campaign aimed at homelessness in Philadelphia’s Center City.

COOKOUT AMBUSH

PITTSBURGH _ A judge says he will “seriously” consider motion to bar the death penalty in the case of two men accused of killing five people and an unborn baby at a cookout in western Pennsylvania.

IN BRIEF:

STUDENT LOAN SERVICE-LAWSUIT _ A federal judge in Pennsylvania has ruled that a lawsuit alleging widespread abuse by student loan servicer Navient Corp. can go forward.

BAD FIRST BET _ One of the first legal bets placed at Pittsburgh’s Rivers Casino sports book didn’t exactly bring the house down.

MAN WITH SWORD-STANDOFF _ Authorities say a man with a sword surrendered after holding police at bay for hours in a Philadelphia home.

HEALTH INSURANCE FRAUD CHARGES _ Federal authorities in New Jersey have charged a man with scamming health insurance companies out of more than $10 million.

FUNERAL HOME DISPUTE _ The owner of a longtime Philadelphia funeral home is accusing a former employee of using the business’s phone number to continue soliciting business.

SLAIN NEAR NEWBORN IN CRIB _ Police have located a man sought in the death of a woman who was shot in Philadelphia while her newborn daughter slept in a nearby crib.

PENNSYLVANIA SOLDIER KILLED_ Family and loved ones are gathering to mourn a Pennsylvania solider killed in Afghanistan.

SPORTS:

HKN--WINGS-FLYERS

PHILADELPHIA _ Interim coach Scott Gordon makes his debut with the Philadelphia Flyers when they host the Detroit Red Wings. By Aaron Bracy

BKC--DREXEL-CONNECTICUT

STORRS, Conn. _ Drexel plays Connecticut at XL Center.

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