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AP-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

September 6, 2018

Good morning! 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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FLORENCE, N.J. — Authorities say they’ve opened a criminal investigation and executed a search warrant at the home of a New Jersey couple who raised $400,000 online for a homeless good Samaritan who now claims they mismanaged the cash. Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said Thursday he was confirming the investigation because of the “enormous public interest” in the case. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration may be about to slap tariffs of up to 25 percent on an additional $200 billion in Chinese goods, escalating a confrontation between the world’s two biggest economies and likely squeezing U.S. companies that import everything from handbags to bicycle tires. The administration could decide to begin taxing the imports — equal to nearly 40 percent of all the goods China sold the United States last year — after a public comment period ends Thursday. By Paul Wiseman and Anne D’innocenzio.

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—FATAL STABBING-MISSING GIRL — A Connecticut man charged with fatally stabbing his girlfriend, seriously injuring her best friend, then fleeing with his 6-year-old daughter has rejected a plea deal that would have sent him to prison for 50 years.

—HOME EXPLOSION-WORKERS BURNED — Authorities say an explosion at a Pennsylvania home left three people with severe burns.



PITTSBURGH — Randy Fichtner is ready to be second-guessed. Good thing, because it’s coming. The new Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator is ready to put his own unique imprint on one of the league’s most potent attacks, with or without running back Le’Veon Bell. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.


Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 2: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 2 Clemson at Texas A&M. For Jimbo Fisher, there’s no getting away from the Tigers. Fisher left Florida State for College Station this offseason, and his second game as the Aggies coach comes against his old perennial Atlantic Division nemesis — prompting Clemson coach Dabo Swinney to joke: “Seems I can’t get rid of him.” Swinney’s Tigers beat Fisher’s Seminoles teams in each of the last three years on their way to division and conference championships. And all eyes will once again be on Clemson’s quarterback situation, after incumbent starter Kelly Bryant accounted for two touchdowns in the rout of Furman while freshman Trevor Lawrence threw three touchdown passes in relief. By The Associated Press.


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