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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

December 17, 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:

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-FLYNN

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Two men involved in a Turkish lobbying campaign led by former National Security adviser Michael Flynn have been charged with illegally lobbying in a case related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. By Michael Barakat. SENT: About 630 words.

EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-SLINKY-STATE TOY

HARRISBURG _ Pennsylvania has a state dog, a state insect, a state fossil, and even a state beverage. Why, Bob Swaim wonders, can’t it also have a state toy? Swaim, a retired math teacher from Springfield Township in upper Bucks County, has made it his mission over the last five years to persuade the state legislature to do just that with the Slinky, the springy, walking wonder that became on overnight sensation in the 1940s — thanks to shoppers in Philadelphia. It saw a resurgance with a generation of latchkey kids in the 1980s and is still being produced today at a plant outside Altoona. By Angela Couloumbis, The Philadelphia Inquirer.

IN BRIEF:

POLICE CHIEF-SEX ABUSE CHARGES _ A western Pennsylvania town is preparing for the release from prison of its suspended police chief, who pleaded guilty to soliciting sex from what he thought was a 14-year-old girl.

CONCRETE WORKER TRAPPED _ Police say a worker became trapped under a concrete wall in Pittsburgh.

SHOPPING CENTER EVACUATED _ Fears that a Pennsylvania man possessed an explosive prompted the closure of a major shopping center.

LAFAYETTE COLLEGE-ONLINE THREAT _ Federal authorities have arrested a man in Alaska in connection to online threats made in May to an eastern Pennsylvania college.

BOY NAMED TRUMP-BULLYING _ An anti-bullying organization is offering some encouragement to a middle-school student who has been teased because his last name is Trump.

SPORTS:

FBN--STEELERS-DEFENSE

PITTSBURGH _ For once, Tom Brady didn’t get the best of the Pittsburgh Steelers defense. The AFC North leaders held New England to 10 points in a critical victory that the Steelers hope will propel them toward a fifth straight playoff berth. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m. EST.

BKN--76ERS-SPURS

SAN ANTONIO _ Philadelphia visits the Spurs a night after Jimmy Butler returned from a hamstring injury to help the 76ers win at Cleveland. San Antonio wraps up a season-long six-game homestand. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. CT.

HKN--DUCKS-PENGUINS

PITTSBURGH _ The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a third straight win on Monday night when they host Anaheim. Game begins at 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

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