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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

December 25, 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:

PENNSYLVANIA YEAR IN REVIEW

From the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre to an explosive grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse, a look back at the year’s top stories in Pennsylvania. By Michael Rubinkam. SENT: About 930 words.

HELPFUL HOMELESS MAN

MOUNT HOLLY _ GoFundMe says it has made refunds to everyone who contributed to a campaign involving a homeless veteran from Philadelphia prosecutors accuse of scheming with a New Jersey couple to scam donors out of more than $400,000.

IN BRIEF:

SHOTS FIRED AT BUS _ Authorities say shots were fired at a city bus in north Philadelphia early Christmas morning, but the driver and 10 passengers aboard were uninjured.

WASHINGTON’S CROSSING _ High water levels have forced cancellation of the river crossing for the annual reenactment of George Washington’s daring 1776 crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas Day, but organizers said events were still going on at shoreline parks in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

SEX ASSAULT-PHYSICAL THERAPIST _ A judge has sentenced a man to six to 23 months in jail for sexually assaulting a 96-year-old World War II veteran in Pennsylvania.

SPORTS:

BKN--76ERS-CELTICS

BOSTON _ The Philadelphia 76ers visit the Boston Celtics.

FBN--BEHIND THE CALL

JuJu Smith-Schuster began Week 16 with a promise to tough it out for all those fantasy football owners trying to win their league championships. He ended it with an apology for a mistake that might have wrecked Pittsburgh’s playoff plans. Limited at practice all week by a sore groin, Smith-Schuster tweeted before the Steelers’ showdown at New Orleans that he wouldn’t miss the game for anything. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: About 910 words.

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