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PHILADELPHIA — The archbishop of Philadelphia has asked Pope Francis to cancel a bishops' conference focusing on youth in the wake of the child sex abuse crisis roiling the Catholic Church.



FREEPORT — Ed Graff knew he didn't want to go back into retail sales after leaving his job to take care of his aging parents. At 59 and facing the prospect of a new career, you might think Graff would be nervous about his prospects, but after graduating from the Natural Gas Utility & Pipeline Field Skills Training Program on Friday, Graff said he's ready to find a new way to make money. "After 30 years in retail, it was time for a change," he said. Graff, of Lower Burrell, along with about a dozen other students, spent the last four weeks learning the ins and outs of the booming gas industry through the course, offered at no cost by the Gas Technology Institute, a Chicago-based not-for-profit organization. The course includes both classroom and hands on instruction on topics including the nature of gas, the gas industry, equipment, procedures and operations. Matthew Medsger, Valley News Dispatch. SENT: About 600 words.


SHOT IN CAR — Authorities say a Pennsylvania man was found dead with gunshot wounds in his car in New Jersey.



STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — After allowing 451 yards of offense, No. 10 Penn State is facing big questions after its nail-biting overtime win against Appalachian State. By Travis Johnson. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 5 p.m. EDT.


PHILADELPHIA — All-Star righty Aaron Nola (15-3) goes for the Phillies against Cubs lefty Jon Lester (14-5) in a matchup of aces. By Aaron Bracy.


ATLANTA — Julio Teheran will make his 27th start of the season in hopes of pitching the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves to a three-game series win over Pittsburgh. Nick Kingham pitches for the Pirates. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 700 words with photos. Game starts at 5:05 p.m. EDT.


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