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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

May 16, 2019

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. Editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 215-446-6631 or lrosenthal@ap.org

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TOP STORIES:

OPIOID CRISIS-LAWSUITS

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ Five state attorneys general announced lawsuits Thursday seeking to hold the drug industry responsible for an opioid addiction crisis that has become the biggest cause of accidental deaths across the country and in many states. The new filings in Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, West Virginia and Wisconsin mean 45 states have now taken legal action in recent years against Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin. Some of the states are also suing Richard Sackler, a former president and member of the family that owns the Connecticut-based firm. Maryland is also suing other members of the Sackler family. By Anthony Izaguirre and Geoff Mulvihill. AP Photos.

FORCED BIRTH CONTROL-CHARGES

TURTLE CREEK, Pa. _ Police have filed charges against a Pennsylvania woman who they say took her friend’s 12-year-old daughter to get a birth control device implanted in her arm without the mother’s permission. Online court documents show Valerie Marie Fullum is charged with two felony counts of endangering welfare of children and a misdemeanor charge of recklessly endangering another person. SENT: 240 words.

MALWARE ATTACKS

WASHINGTON _ Ten people, including five Russian fugitives, have been charged in connection with malicious software attacks that infected tens of thousands of computers worldwide and caused more than $100 million in financial losses, U.S. and European authorities announced Thursday. The malware enabled criminals from Eastern Europe to take remote control of infected computers and siphon funds from victims’ bank accounts, and targeted companies and institutions across all sectors of American life. Victims included a Washington law firm, a church in Texas, a furniture business in California, a casino in Mississippi and a Pennsylvania asphalt and paving business. By Eric Tucker.

AP Photos WX102-0516191451, WX201-0727082103.

EXCHANGE:

IN BRIEF:

_ELECTION 2020-BIDEN HEADQUARTERS _ Former Vice President Joe Biden is choosing Philadelphia to base his 2020 presidential campaign, opting for his native Pennsylvania over the state of Delaware that sent him to the Senate for 36 years.

_ACTIVE SHOOTER DRILL-HEADSCARF _ A Pennsylvania school district is defending itself after video surfaced of a safety drill that had a teacher posing as a shooter and donning what appeared to be a Middle Eastern headdress.

_MALL SHOOTING _ Authorities say five people have been arrested and a sixth is wanted in connection with a shooting outside a Pennsylvania mall last month that prompted an evacuation.

_NATURE CENTER-RESCUE _ Emergency crews had to rescue a man who fell down a hill at Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Gap Nature Center.

_DOUBLE SHOOTING-PHILADELPHIA _ Authorities say two men wounded in a Philadelphia street shooting are expected to survive.

SPORTS:

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