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AP-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

June 13, 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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HARRSIBURG — The fight over trying to take politics out of drawing Pennsylvania’s legislative and congressional districts is shifting to the state House of Representatives, where majority Republicans may be mostly interested in overhauling how state appeals judges are elected. By Marc Levy. SENT: NewsNow, will be updated.


BELLEFONTE — A defendant charged with providing alcohol the night a Penn State pledge suffered a series of falls at a Penn State fraternity is due in court Wednesday for a plea hearing. UPCOMING: About 250 words by 6 p.m. EDT.



NEW YORK — Comcast will likely bid for Fox’s entertainment business as early as Wednesday now that a federal judge has cleared AT&T’s $85 billion takeover of Time Warner. If Comcast succeeds in outbidding Disney for Fox, a major cable distributor would control even more channels on its lineup and those of its rivals. There are fears that it could lead to higher cable bills or hinder online alternatives. By Mae Anderson. SENT: About 830 words, photos.


— COMCAST-FOX SHARES IN MOTION — A federal court ruling this week has sent shares of Comcast, Twenty-First Century Fox and Disney into motion, with major media companies potentially on the brink of a bidding war.



WAYNESBURG — One woman remembers her encounter with the supernatural all too well. The teenager recalled a large, lobster-like alien that attempted to pull her through her Greene County home’s bedroom window as she slept one night. Luckily, she was able to fight the creature off and break free. The next morning, she awoke on her bedroom floor, covered in black and blue bruises from where the clawed bipedal crustacean grabbed her arm the night before. This mysterious abduction attempt and other supernatural occurrences are detailed in a newly-released book that names Greene County as the most haunted county in America. Trista Thurston, (Washington) Observer-Reporter. SENT: About 740 words.


GAS STATION EXPLOSION — An official says the rescue effort has ended for a worker trapped underground by a gas explosion in Pennsylvania.

STOLEN GUN-SCHOOL — Police say a teenager who took a stolen, loaded gun to a Maryland high school near Washington has been charged as an adult with several offenses.

SHOOTING-OFFICERS INJURED — Authorities say a 20-year-old man will face charges including attempted homicide and aggravated assault after shots were fired at two western Pennsylvania police officers.

DEADLY SHOOTING-MCKEESPORT — Authorities say a shooting in a western Pennsylvania neighborhood has left one person dead and another injured.

INMATE FOUND DEAD — A man who was convicted of killing three gay men during a weeklong rampage in Philadelphia in 1989 has been found dead in prison.

DRIVER RESCUED FROM POND — Good Samaritans have helped rescue a man who lost control of his car and ended up in a pond in Pennsylvania.

BEAR KILLED-INTERSTATE — Authorities say a tagged black bear from Pennsylvania has been struck and killed on a highway in Ohio.



PHILADELPHIA — Carson Wentz was having an MVP-caliber season before a torn ACL forced him to the sideline, where he watched Nick Foles lead the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super Bowl victory. Wentz has a mission to return for Week 1 and is already ahead of schedule after being cleared for 7-on-7 work last week. Still, he has a way to go before he is cleared for full activity. By Rob Maaddi. AP photos.


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