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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

January 5, 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. 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:

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

WASHINGTON _ With many federal workers frozen out of the jobs and vacationers blocked from public attractions their tax dollars pay for, talks between White House officials and congressional aides kicked off Saturday aimed at ending a government shutdown that President Donald Trump has said could last years. In what has become a winter of discontent, negotiations are at an impasse over Trump’s demands for $5.6 billion to fund a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump, who was not expected to participate in the discussions hosted by Vice President Mike Pence in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, spent the morning tweeting about border security. By Catherine Lucey, Lisa Mascaro and Jill Colvin. SENT: 658 words, photos and video.

IN BRIEF:

_ DOUBLE FATAL HOUSE FIRE _ Authorities say a house fire that killed two people in eastern Pennsylvania is considered suspicious.

_ CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING _ A Pennsylvania woman who admitted allowing men to have sexual contact with a 3-year-old girl will now have serve up to 20 years in prison.

SPORTS:

FBN--EAGLES-BEARS PREVIEW

LAKE FOREST, Ill. _ Not long after he was hired, Matt Nagy watched the Super Bowl with his wife at a bar near the Chicago Bears’ practice facility. His good friend Doug Pederson was coaching the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super Bowl championship. The place was just about empty. He even had to ask for the game to be turned on. “It was awesome,” he recalled. Nagy hopes things don’t go so well for his pal when the NFC North champion Bears host the Eagles on Sunday in a wild-card game packed with storylines. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 898 words, photos.

BKC--PENN STATE-CHAMBERS SUPENDED

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. _ Penn State has suspended basketball coach Patrick Chambers for one game for shoving a player during a timeout Thursday night in a loss at No. 2 Michigan. Midway through the first half in the 68-55 loss, the ESPN broadcast showed footage of a fired-up Chambers in a huddle, reaching out with one arm and pushing freshman guard Myles Dread in the chest. SENT: 335 words, photos.

LUG-WORLD CUP

KOENIGSSEE, Germany _ Julia Taubitz of Germany won a World Cup luge race on Saturday, prevailing on a day where snow piling up on the track befuddled many sliders. With AP photos.

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