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AP-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

August 31, 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. Kristen de Groot is on the desk. Editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 215-446-6631 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

HELPFUL HOMELESS MAN

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. — A couple who raised more than $400,000 for a homeless man after he used his last $20 to fill up the gas tank of a stranded motorist in Philadelphia must now turn over what’s left of the cash. A New Jersey judge issued the order Thursday during a hearing on the lawsuit brought by Johnny Bobbitt , who worries Mark D’Amico and Katie McClure have mismanaged a large part of the donations raised for him on GoFundMe. AP photos.

STOLEN CANCER RESEARCH-CHINESE SCIENTISTS

PHILADELPHIA — A renowned researcher is expected to enter a plea in a scheme to steal trade secrets involving cancer research from GlaxoSmithKline and sell them through a company set up in China with ties to the Chinese government. Yu Xue was one of five people indicted in 2016 in the scheme that involved Xue and another research scientist and three others who allegedly stole confidential information about a dozen products including cancer drugs. By Claudia Lauer. UPCOMING: Developing from 11 a.m. hearing, 350 words by 3 p.m.

TROOPERS HIGHWAY SHOOTOUT

EASTON, Pa. — A man who opened fire on two state troopers during a traffic stop last fall, critically wounding one of them in a wild shootout caught on police dashcam video, is sentenced for attempted murder. UPCOMING: Developing from 10:30 a.m. sentencing, 400 words by 1 p.m., photos, video.

IN BRIEF:

— UNITED AIRLINES-COLLEGE FOOTBALL — United Airlines says it’s adding more flights and using bigger planes this fall to carry passengers to college football games across the South and elsewhere in the U.S.

SPORTS:

CUBS-PHILLIES

Jose Quintana (11-9) starts for the Cubs and Nick Pivetta (7-10) goes for the Phillies in the opener of a three-game set. By Rob Maaddi

PIRATES-BRAVES

ATLANTA — After seeing their NL East lead over Philadelphia cut to three games, the Atlanta Braves will open a weekend series against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night when right-hander Anibal Sanchez faces right-hander Jameson Taillon. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:35 p.m.

ALBANY-PITTSBURGH

Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi says sophomore quarterback Kenny Pickett doesn’t have to think he’s “Kenny Perfect.” Either way, Pickett will be the focal point for Pitt when the Panthers open the 2018 season on Saturday against Albany. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.

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