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PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania county is appealing a federal judge's ruling that the image of a large Christian cross on the county's flag and seal is an unconstitutional endorsement of religion. The Freedom From Religion Foundation objected to the cross's inclusion on Lehigh County's flag and seal and sought its removal in 2017. By Claudia Lauer. UPCOMING: About 300 words. Hearing set to begin at 9 a.m.


HARRISBURG — A former Pennsylvania Roman Catholic bishop who now serves in Indiana has denied an allegation of misconduct. The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend told in a statement Thursday that former Harrisburg bishop Kevin Rhoades "adamantly denies" the accusation and that he "did nothing wrong." SENT: 300 words.


— DEADLY HEAD-ON CRASH — Authorities say a head-on crash on an interstate highway in western Pennsylvania has left a woman dead and two other people injured.



NEW YORK — Cy Young Award contender Aaron Nola (15-4, 2.23 ERA) pitches for Philadelphia against Steven Matz (5-11, 4.20) and the New York Mets at Citi Field. The Phillies are 3 1/2 games behind first-place Atlanta in the NL East. Matz is coming off a career-best 11 strikeouts Saturday in San Francisco. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:10 p.m. ET.


Chris Archer, coming off his best start since being traded to Pittsburgh a month ago, gets the call for the Pirates when they open a three-game series against Miami on Friday. Dan Straily starts for the Marlins. Game begins at 7:05 p.m. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


No. 13 Penn State doesn't use the word rivalry when talking about facing Pittsburgh. The Panthers use it freely when describing the Nittany Lions. Either way, the 99th meeting between the two schools carries a fair amount of importance. Penn State wants to push past a sloppy opening win while the Panthers will try to prove they're back after a disappointing 2017. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


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